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 David Conrad on November 6, 2013 at 7:02am

I'm an atheist, antipathetic to religion, and am completely in favor of Bill Nye's approach to the issue.  However, I am completely opposed to the misleading headline of this story.  Atheists should proudly report the facts and remain as objective as possible, and this headline is nothing but bad spin.

Comment by Kristi Fenstermacher on November 6, 2013 at 3:41pm

People don't like it when you fuck with their reality, and it's so delusional and fragile, you don't really have a choice at this point.  (Also - Of course she's already tripled her genes - because we need more bat shit.)

Comment by Amanda Dallas on November 7, 2013 at 8:43pm

Hello to all, i'm glad to be here.

Comment by Winston Cracks on November 8, 2013 at 12:30pm

Not gonna defend anyone who still believes that the moon is its own light, but Bill Nye is quite an elitist.  Saw the video from him about how parents shouldn't pass on their relationship with Christ/God because it defied the truth of science.  That's BS by the way.  The more we hang around, the more what the Bible ACTUALLY says about science and archeology is being proven.  But it doesn't fit into what they're taught or support their theories so they mock it.  I know Bill is proven himself quite an arrogant punk lording his 'superior' knowledge over all of us peons.  I like what MCM had to say above.  Nye didn't quote the Bible to do anything else than to mock Christians.  There's no education here.  Just mockery.  I have no time or patience for this man.

Comment by JRinPV on November 8, 2013 at 12:39pm

But it's so easy to 'mock' fools :)

Comment by Winston Cracks on November 8, 2013 at 1:06pm

Yeah, I understand.  Just have a little respect.  He didn't have to bring that scripture out like that and use the wrong way just to get his comeuppance.   Last time I looked, America still gave a lot of leeway to fools.  Just look at Washington.  And the Bible says that the man who mocks God is a fool.  So, he proved himself a fool too. 

Comment by Don on November 8, 2013 at 1:12pm

Please, what does the Bible "actually" say about about science and archeology and just how is it "being proven"? 

Nye advises parents not to indoctrinate their innocent and impressionable children by presenting mythology as truth and by encouraging them to believe in supernatural entities.  Such practices only promote science denialism, such as the stubborn and foolish rejection of the fundamental fact of evolution.

Comment by JRinPV on November 8, 2013 at 1:35pm

I have zero 'respect' for foolish people, why on earth would I ?

Comment by Kristi Fenstermacher on November 8, 2013 at 1:41pm

Winston - no.  First of all - the buybull doesn't prove anything.  Why should we have respect for people who are slowly losing touch with reality because they can't handle the truth?  Because we've been programed to treat questioning religion like it's taboo, and these people have had their curiosity smothered by a security blanket they don't know is obscuring their view.  Now that their failures to accept reality are seriously threatening actually reality - I appreciate his attempt to plant seeds of doubt and snatch that security blanket away and force people to grow up.  Even if his action were inappropriate - her reaction to new information was inhumane.  We got here by understanding reality better than everything else.  If we lose our grip - we will be replaced.  

Comment by Rod Granda on November 8, 2013 at 1:51pm


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