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 8, 2012 at 6:45pm

I'm so relieved! I was concerned you'd been raptured, which would mean that there was some sense to all the nonsense, but I had faith that there wasn't!

RE: "What are the best arguments that you could make against christianity" - you'r going to have to be more specific - which christianity? There are SO many --

I have an even better idea - when you get back, you can make your arguments FOR - providing your evidence of course, and we'll add our comments. Sound fair?

'Cause see, the way it seems to be working so far, is you ask a question, then we spend a bunch of pages and a bunch of time and energy answering it, then you ask another one. What I've noticed, is that you rarely spend your time and energy answering ours. So it's your turn in the barrel (old Navy joke!) --

Comment by Pope Beanie on December 8, 2012 at 9:33pm


Have you ever refuted, or felt the need to refute Islam, or Judaism?

If NO, then our only difference is that I also don't need to refute Christianity. Nor do we need to laboriously refute unicorns, or flying spaghetti monsters, right?

If YES, then hopefully you could simply copy/paste your success to here, and enlighten us, too?

Comment by Don on December 10, 2012 at 9:20am

The argument against Christianity, Steven, is one you have already heard but have not thought about carefully enough.  For hundreds of years, the Romans believed in and worshipped their many gods.  Likewise the Norse people and other early peoples.  Those gods (and all the beliefs attached to them) are now recognized as elements of poetic myth.  Like the Roman gods, the gods and stories of Christianity are also elements of myth.  There is no evidence for them whatsoever, and those people who suffer from the conviction that they are real are prevented from fully appreciating what truly is real in this the only life they will ever have.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 1:55am

This is just simply outrageous! Deliberate ignorance and not even ashamed of yourselves. What is the matter with your religious leaders? Are they some hicks who couldn't make it in the real adult world and so took up religion to put food on their tables and roofs over their heads. Well, people, you had better grow up because the world doesn't need eternal children. Where are my dear relatives and friends who put their faith into beliefs and that will sit silently while such nonsense happens. Those who didn't know the moon was not a source of light should have to go back to school before they can sign any documents requiring an adult signature. I suppose you believe the Earth is only 6,000 year old, too. Good grief! Disgusting! Do you burn witches at the stake, press warlocks to death, put people on the rack and pull them apart? The Dark Ages continue in Waco, Texas? 

Comment by Robert Germanovich on May 17, 2013 at 3:50pm

ok, who's the wiseguy that booked Nye at a community college in Texas? Whoever did that, can he book Pat Robertson to a visit to Mecca? smh

Comment by M.M. on May 18, 2013 at 12:14am

HA! You should try living here.

If all goes according to plan I will depart Texas at the end of the year.

Good Riddance!

Comment by Pope Beanie on May 18, 2013 at 12:40am

I hear Austin's not so bad.

Comment by brookelynn rainwater on May 18, 2013 at 4:24am

interesting fact : the word used for "greater" in that verse means the size- not power. But from the earths perspective the moon looks bigger bc its closer, so if that verse had been written by man alone, they wouldve called the moon greater (bigger) but it was written by God so it says the sun is bigger -because it is.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on May 18, 2013 at 6:17am

mcm, did you purposely choose to be obtuse.  YOu have missed the point of the article.

Comment by Lance Angus Miles on May 18, 2013 at 8:38am

because his proven true facts conflicted with their unproven magical fairy tales


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