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.

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Comment by Sarah on June 13, 2011 at 7:30am

Lol at the part where the woman storms out! It's too ridicules. 


Comment by Ken Hughes on June 13, 2011 at 7:37am
Our idiotic governor and the Texas State Board of Education have stripped as much as they can from school textbooks in an apparent attempt to foster such idiocy in every possible mind in Texas and if possible the entire nation.
Comment by Chuck B. on June 14, 2011 at 3:41am

Confirms why I hate Texas.


Comment by Chuck B. on June 14, 2011 at 3:42am
Comment by Big River on June 14, 2011 at 3:43am
There is no fight.Let them find what we have found.
Comment by Ken Hughes on June 14, 2011 at 7:58am

Is that "we" as in those of us who Think Atheist or "we" as in the other crowd?  Just wondering Mr. Big River. 


Speaking of rivers big or small, Texas rivers are getting smaller all the time from the global climate change that folks in the Perry camp and Perry himself vociferously deny is connected to human activities over the last 200-years when the scientists in the rest of the world have found and demonstrated ample evidence that it is.


What was/is Perry's solution?  He called for mass prayer of course, which reinforces his idiocy  and demonstrates his total unfitness to be the governor of Texas or any other state, except for Lower Sloblovia perhaps.

Comment by ladymoonage on June 20, 2011 at 10:57pm

that's texas for ya! just about everyone here is religious whether they practice it or not and also brought up to never question god. 

Comment by Don on June 21, 2011 at 7:20am
The geographical attributes of a place may not, in themselves, have a bearing on "what we need to believe," but geography does influence culture in all kinds of ways, and it's the culture that holds sway over a person's world view.  Belief systems are generally imposed on people in childhood, and so religion is most often simply an accident of birth.  People assume the beliefs of their parents and of the subtly oppressive culture that, by chance, they inhabit.  In that sense we believe not what we "need to believe," but what we are taught to believe.  The "need" arises out of the steady pressure to conform, not out of some innate, personal outlook.  We're all atheists at birth.
Comment by Ken Hughes on June 21, 2011 at 9:04am

I was born 2/23/44 in a small North Carolina textile town then named Leaksville, since 1967 part of "Eden" of all things, that was saturated with Baptist culture/language/theology with a strong measure of fundamentalist BS mixed in as well.


My mom tried, desperately in fact, to inoculate me with the mental virus of the prevalent religious culture by dragging me to the family church, King's Memorial Baptist, as often as possible.  Her mom went there as did a lot of other family members and relatives.  I resisted as much as possible and when I was old enough and empowered by age to make my own decisions I opted out.  I was a skeptic from earliest memories arguing with cousins about the existence of Santa and all such myths that led me later in life to agnosticism and eventually confirming my atheism.


However, you are spot-on about essentially everyone being imbued with the religion of their specific geographic/religion location and it sucks!

Comment by Don on June 21, 2011 at 9:36am
Ken, thanks.  It's important and encouraging to keep in mind that everywhere in the world there are some like you--and like many members on this site, too--who are endowed with a strong and healthy skeptical urge to resist inculcation and to think rationally about how the world works.  What today's atheist movements seek to do, in part, is to give comfort and support to those people who, in decades past, have been too often alone in their resistance to all the cultural pressures to conform.  The Internet helps us.


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