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 May 19, 2013 at 7:54pm

@Strega, RE: "That's a perfect repudiation!" - are you SURE you've read all of my website?

    "Can we imagine all of the dancing, twinkling, sparkling confetti in the sky, bathing the new Earth in its starglow on that fourth day’s night? It would have been as dark as the deepest cavern with the lights turned off - as dark as the dark this god had to work in until he created light. The nearest star to Earth, Proxima Centuri, lies 4.3 light years from our sun. It would have taken light from that star, traveling at 186,000 miles per second, just over four and a quarter years before that lone, solitary pinpoint of light was ever visible in Earth’s night sky. By the time Methusula's joints began to ache, there may have been a few dozen, hardly enough to illuminate his way to the outhouse in the middle of the night."

Comment by brookelynn rainwater on May 19, 2013 at 7:57pm

Willet, who wrote before the birth of Newton, and at a time when solar physics and spectrum analysis were things of the remote future. It m not unlike, says he, "but that this light (of the first day), after the creation of the celestial bodies, might be drawn upward and have his reflection upon the beame of the sunne and of other starres" And again, "Whereas the light created the first day is called or, but the starres (meaning the heavenly bodies) are called meoroth, as of the light, hence it may appear that these lightsome (i.e. luminous) bodies were made the receptacles of that light thou created, which was now increased and united to these lights" ('Hexapla,' vers. 3, 14, London, 1632)

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 19, 2013 at 8:03pm

@Brookelynn - it also says that he separated the light from the darkness, and the light, he called, "day," and the darkness, he called, "night," which amply illustrates early Bronze-Age thinking. Now we know that no one creates darkness, it's simply the absence of light.

Comment by Robert Germanovich on May 19, 2013 at 8:05pm

Arch, whoever says you cannot create darkness, has not dated any of my ex girlfriends.

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 19, 2013 at 8:11pm

Actually, Robert, Genesis makes it clear that Earth and the Universe were created on the same day, "In the beginning, god created the heavens and the earth...." - if one assumes the "heavens" to be the universe. If "the heavens" are intended to mean an actual, "heaven," that leaves the universe to have been created at the time of the stars, on the fourth day, implying that earth was created four days earlier.

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 19, 2013 at 8:12pm

Robert, I'll trade my ex-wife for any three of your darkest girlfriends --

Comment by Strega on May 19, 2013 at 8:13pm

@Arch yes I'm sure.  But I liked the bite sized version you gave above, too

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 19, 2013 at 8:40pm

Here, wait, I may still have a picture of her --

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 19, 2013 at 8:47pm

@Brookelynn - apropos of what? RE: "Willet, who wrote before the birth of Newton" - that would imply that Newton lived in a more advanced time than Willet, yet newton was a lifelong virgin, believed women were "nasty," and spent the last years of his life dabbling in alchemy. While it's true he discovered some of the principles behind which the universe operates, his religious thinking was as deluded as any other of his time.

Comment by Albert Bakker on May 20, 2013 at 5:02am

And I thought it was such a big thing in Christian apologetics that cause precedes effect. But first making the light and after that a source from which that light emanated is perhaps more supernaturally elegant. Why not have it so that the Sun instead of radiating light is just sucking out the darkness from the Earth?


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