Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/06/040620...

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Comment by Ken Hughes on May 19, 2011 at 8:27am
Dubya, or as I prefer to call him, Mad King George 43, was born in Connecticut, I think, and was moved to Texas were he was a drunk and a failure at everything he tried, even with daddy's name and money.  He was an attentive, if inarticulate fool and lush and I'm sure he went along with the Texas bible-pounders until he had his epiphany and joined to fold as it was of great personal benefit.  Then he moved to within 60-miles or so of where I live and that's tooooo damn close!
Comment by Anthony Broderick on May 19, 2011 at 11:13am
YEAH Mr. Villemaire !!! You are right we Texans are all just a bunch of bible bashers and just love George W. Real good point to make.
Comment by sheesh on May 19, 2011 at 11:36am

@johnny i don't think he was booed because the people there believes that the moon itself generates light instead of reflecting the sun's light. this is kid's stuff, as pointed out by the writer of the article. chances are good the people in attendance knows this as fact. he was booed because he said it in a way that discredits the bible.


"The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector"

 

by this statement does he concur then that the greater light IS a light? because if we really want to be strict about this then he would be wrong because the sun is in itself NOT a light. it just GIVES OFF light (self-generated) much as the moon also gives off light ( a reflected one). the bible does not talk of the light sources, it talks about the light itself and it's intensity: greater by day, lesser by night.

Comment by Daniel Villemaire on May 19, 2011 at 12:10pm
Sorry Anthony for the offense taking I am sorry what I meant to say was this. In states that vote vastly republican   behavior like this is more predominant because of the symbiotic relationship the republican party has with Christianity  vs a more progressive state that tends to vote more liberal . I would just venture to guess that texas has fewer atheists and agnostics per capita than states like CA and MA that are more liberal and focus less on religion. once Again I should have elaborated and  am sorry .
Comment by wyocowboy on May 19, 2011 at 1:22pm

Has anyone read "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz...excellent book.  The Four Agreements are:

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
  2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
  3. Don't Make Assumptions.
  4. Always Do Your Best.

It does come from a spiritual perspective of natives of Mexico but they are so good and good principles to live by.

Comment by Akshay Bist on May 19, 2011 at 11:27pm


by this statement does he concur then that the greater light IS a light? because if we really want to be strict about this then he would be wrong because the sun is in itself NOT a light.

Using that line of reasoning, there isn't a single object in this world that can be called a light - except for a photon.


it just GIVES OFF light (self-generated) much as the moon also gives off light ( a reflected one).

Exactly, the sun gives off light generated by the fusion going on in it. The moon does not give off light, it reflects it, there is a difference. Calling an object a light is akin to calling it a light source.

You're just twisting semantics to your advantage.

the bible does not talk of the light sources, it talks about the light itself and it's intensity: greater by day, lesser by night.

Yeah, its a very vague book isn't it? Too vague to be the word of god IMO. Shouldn't the word of god be concise?

Comment by William C. Walker on May 20, 2011 at 5:16pm
The Wholly Babble is simply a sloppy compilation of folklore, mythology, hearsay & fairy tales thrown together early in the fourth century CE. Emperor Constantine really screwed up when he convened that council. He dumped a boondoggle on the Western world which only now is beginning to unravel.
Comment by Akshay Bist on May 20, 2011 at 5:34pm
Lol @ Wholly Babble
Comment by lloydleroimiller on May 25, 2011 at 2:50pm
"We believe in GOD!"  Goddamn hillbillies make all us bumpkins look bad.
Comment by Carol Foley on May 25, 2011 at 3:12pm
This makes me embarrassed to live in Texas... and in Waco none the less, haven't they had their fill of"god" yet?

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