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 Dan on November 3, 2013 at 2:07pm

Both parties are incorrect with the context involved in the interpretation...that's all. Why is everyone all mad? The Waco people are just ignorant on the interpretation as is Mr. Nye. Mr. Nye is correct in his scientific answer, but the bible isn't talking about the moon and the sun here. In fact the verse has nothing to do with electromagnetic radiation, it is symbolic.

Here is Scofield's commentary, and be sure to check surrounding verses:

"The "greater light" is a type of Christ, the "Sun of righteousness" Malachi 4:2 . He will take this character at His second advent. Morally the world is now in the state between ; Genesis 1:3-16 ; Ephesians 6:12 ; Acts 26:18 ; 1 Peter 2:9 . The sun is not seen, but there is light. Christ is that light John 1:4 John 1:5 John 1:9 but "shineth in darkness," comprehended only by faith. As "Son of righteousness" He will dispel all darkness. Dispensationally the Church is in place as the "lesser light," the moon, reflecting the light of the unseen sun. The stars Genesis 1:16 are individual believers who are "lights" ; Philippians 2:15 Philippians 2:16 ; John 1:5 "

Comment by Strega on November 3, 2013 at 2:34pm

Seriously Chris, calling people names only serves to make your post seem infantile.  If you think that "we all" should be considerate in our dealings with others, don't you think that calling "we all" 'Hypocritical libtards' is a poor example of how to behave, according to your perspective?  If you actually have a point, it might be more effective if you attempted to make it in a less provocative and more coherent manner.

Comment by kOrsan on November 3, 2013 at 2:53pm

Sorry Chris, all the anger in the world is not gonna change the fact that your book is full of scientifically unsupportable quackery and bullshit.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 3, 2013 at 3:16pm

She was pissed because she believes the Bible is the word of her God and cannot be wrong. She cannot allow her delusion to be shattered by the obvious cognitive dissonance her brain endures from believing such nonsense. So she throws a tantrum and storms out. She is followed by other sheep that must show support or be branded libtards by the pious and the sanctimonious that fill the pews around her each week.

@Chris: Which of  “our books” are hypocritical on the subject or are you just throwing a little tantrum yourself? Are you just making  a sweeping statement or do you have an actual argument worth debating?

Comment by JRinPV on November 3, 2013 at 4:37pm

Chris is a typical Christian, dumber than a doorknob, and I'm not a liberal or political in anyway, I'm not even American :)

Comment by Cito Dagreat on November 4, 2013 at 7:56pm

I just wonder how proud that mom felt pulling those kids out of that lecture and 20 years down the road what that will mean?

Comment by Tigger Wolfinger on November 5, 2013 at 2:18am
Being raised by a creation science believing, homeschooling parent...I am in no way offended by his comment. He was right, and the "offended persons"....are idiots.
Comment by Gallifreyan Spitz Jones on November 5, 2013 at 9:49am

If moonlight is reflected Sunlight, then Why dont Vampires burn? 8)

Comment by James Cox on November 5, 2013 at 9:51am

Because Vampires use a special PF 30 moon screan. Ever notice how 'white' they are? DUH!

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 5, 2013 at 6:46pm

....and we know Jesus existed or why else would Vampires be afraid of crosses??


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