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 archaeopteryx on December 6, 2012 at 2:55am

@Stephen - once you have thoroughly explained to me why you don't believe in Zeus, then you will understand why I don't believe in Yahweh.

I don't like religions because they prey (not pray) on Human insecurities and fears, in order to promote doctrines for the purpose of controlling the behavior of others. But as the world's population becomes more and more educated as to how the world REALLY works, religions will automatically recede further and further into oblivion.

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 6, 2012 at 3:14am

I wish I had a dollar for every theist who has come on this board over the past year, saying, "I am very interested in better understanding your viewpoint" --

But only Morgan Matthew makes THAT kind of big bucks!

Comment by James Cox on December 6, 2012 at 6:59am

"I am just curious, but if you were to explain to me why you believe what you do, why you don't like Christianity, why you don't like other religions, why you don't believe in a God, what would you say? "

1)  '..explain to me why you believe what you do..' As a person that has decided to move on after being only marginally theist, I think your question allows to once again revisit material that seems a waste of time. Being answerable 'to you' seems implay that you are here to bless or condemn one more time. Since I do not see you as a priest, father confessor, or grand inquisitor, it seems unclear if such a demand on my time is reasonable.

2)   '..why you don't like Christianity? ' For me it seems to be unneeded. If you must indulge, knock yourself out.

3)   '..why you don't like other religions?..' For me I do what I can to honor them when they atleast appear to do good works, respect civil rights, attempt to promote 'wisdom', consider kindness and compassion as high ideals. Else, like christianity I have moved on.

4) '..why you don't believe in a God?..' The concept seems unneeded. As a working hypothesis for the hows and whys of existence, it seems to not be up to the task. It has opened up the process of human questioning, and stifled it also. Again, I feel as if I have moved on. If you must indulge, atleast have the common sense to consider other options before making a commitment.  

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 6, 2012 at 8:50am

I don't believe there are any gods because I've seen no evidence of there being any gods.  I've seen plenty of evidence against any concept of 'spirits' or an 'afterlife'.  The Christian concept of a god is self-refuting.  You've got a father who sacrificing his own son out of love for humans - but wait, the son IS the father, which sort of negates the father/son relationship and therefore the magnitude of the sacrifice - but wait, if Jesus is STILL ALIVE and going to return then there was no sacrifice - was there?  It never ends.

The reason I don't like Christianity is it pumps people's heads full of such contradictory malarkey and then tells them that if they don't believe it then they will burn alive for all eternity.  This creates a bunch of brainwashed zombies who walk around smiling with glazed over eyes while many of their cohorts drive pregnant teens and teenage gays to suicide - and they all get together on Sunday and sing happy songs about their endeavors.

The other religions aren't much better.

I'm happy with my life but that has nothing to do with whether or not 4-sided triangles exist.  Christians often suggest that gods must be believed in because it's scary or sad to think there isn't one - but the appeal of any idea attests nothing to its veracity.

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 6, 2012 at 1:15pm

@Stephen - RE: "I think some people use religion to control people aka Constantine and many more, but however i also think that people use religion out of the goodness of their heart."

Yes, there's certainly Constantine, but to him, we must add all of the Popes, Priests, Bishops, Arch-Bishops, Cardinals, Rabbis, Mullahs, Imams and Preachers who ever lived, along with many of the world's governmental leaders, such as Napoleon:

"How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of overeating, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares 'God wills it thus.' Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte --

And the ever-popular Adolph Hitler:

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ... We need believing people."
-- Adolf Hitler --
April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat of 1933

As well as members of America's Religious Right:

"I trust God speaks through me."
-- George W. Bush --

And really, Stephen, do you have so little faith in your fellow man, that you believe good people wouldn't do good things, with or without religion? That's like saying I wouldn't help a little girl get her kitten out of a tree, unless I believed an invisible god was watching me and keeping score --

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 7, 2012 at 11:17pm

Looks like Stephen deleted all his comments and left with his tail between his legs --

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 7, 2012 at 11:27pm

That's about the 10th one to do so since I've been on this site, lol!

Comment by James Cox on December 8, 2012 at 4:01pm

Are we creating enemies, or people that are now stuck with doing their home work? Will they return after years of exploration, soul searching, and growing some version of an enlightened life, to find some solace among the rest of us, trying to find our way without a big daddy? Is he just one more brick from the wall, that hides reality from many, or will he submerge himself more deeply in fantasy?  Are 10, another window, or a bigger wall? I might be wearing out metaphor......  

Comment by Steven on December 8, 2012 at 5:43pm

Hey guys this is Stephen, sorry i didn't leave. My profile got deleted. And apparently it took everything i had associated with my profile with it. I made a new one. Anyways, I am actually in finals right now at my school. I finish on Wednesday. I have a physiology final on monday, a bunch of drawings due, biochem final on wednsday and my senior research paper due too in chemistry. I can answer more of these questions if you want to hear more about me and what i believe after Wednesday. But most importantly, i joined this sight just to read and see why you are atheist. Not to fight and then run with my tail between my legs. haha. I joined out of curiosity not to debate. Anyways, you will here from me next week.

Comment by Steven on December 8, 2012 at 5:56pm

But while I'm out, could you reply back and try to convince me why christianity is wrong. keep it to the point as much as possible. Ill read it later. I liked the Zeus comment. Never heard of that before. What are the best arguments that you could make against christianity or any other religion. I think ill make a discussion post on this just to read. 


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