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 Heather Spoonheim on June 19, 2012 at 9:24am

He did choose a very subtle point in encouraging them to think about their holy text in terms of scientific observation.  It's not like he pointed out that the bible has us living in an air bubble trapped under a convex disk - a disk with various windows through which the sun and moon can pass on their various trajectories throughout the season.  He also didn't mention the part about Yahweh thinking that bats were birds.  :D

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 19, 2012 at 10:15am

@Alex - RE: "to make god out to be an idiot"

I don't believe anyone is trying to "make god out to be an idiot," that fault lies entirely with those who created him.

Comment by Ken Hughes on June 19, 2012 at 10:34am

Myths may have as much power and omniness as its creator(s) wants it to have, and people who base their lives on mythical gods and even the one they choose to capitalize, are the real, raving idiots.  They want to reshape the world and all humanity in their idiotic image.  They're just a crowd of sick puppies.

Comment by Brandy D on July 5, 2012 at 8:52pm

Just what I would expect from Texas, considering the way many there want to edit important stuff out of textbooks.

Comment by archaeopteryx on July 5, 2012 at 9:04pm

Oh, that's just the tip of the iceberg Brandy D! Follow this carefully: Texas buys more schoolbooks than any other state; textbook companies make a greater profit if they can save money. Therefore, whatever the State Board of Education decides for Texas, is what goes into all of the schoolbooks across the nation, that way, the publishing companies don't have to go to the expense of creating and publishing different textbooks for each state, thus saving money. Now a state can CHOOSE to opt out of receiving the Texas version, but to have their own printed will cost them FAR more money, and considering the financial positions of most school systems today, that's not possible - so far, only two states, California and one other, have chosen not to accept the Texas version, which this year, minimizes the role that atheist Thomas Jefferson played in the establishment of this country.

Google the controversy - it'll turn your hair gray overnight to see what Texas is not only getting away with, but foisting onto other states as well - Texas gets to indoctrinate the little children of America! Give it a generation, and "Ooops!" will be the largest word in our vocabulary.

Comment by archaeopteryx on July 5, 2012 at 9:06pm

And we'll all vote Republican and go to church every Sunday.

Comment by Karen Lollis on July 5, 2012 at 9:33pm

Yep - it's appalling! Our boys' middle school world history book actually presented ancient Israel (and the OT bible stories) on equal footing with other ancient civilizations.

Comment by Brandy D on July 5, 2012 at 11:05pm

Archaeopteryx - That is exactly what I meant; I just couldn't remember details and didn't want to bother looking them up because I have a bunch of stuff that I should be doing tonight [doing real well at getting it done too, seeing I am reading email and came back here. :-)]

Comment by archaeopteryx on July 5, 2012 at 11:16pm

I believe I would complain to your individual State Board of Education, and spread the word and organize others to do so as well. See, that's how corrupt democracies work - it takes a handful of people to create a problem, and thousands to correct it. That's how they win, because it's next to impossible to get those thousands together.

Coming together forced this country to extend civil rights to all races, and forced the country to leave Viet Nam, so we know it can be done.

Comment by archaeopteryx on July 6, 2012 at 12:01am

BrandyD - glad I could help, unlike you, I was just hangin' out, not doing much of anything, and decided, what the hey --!


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