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 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

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 18, 2013 at 8:39am

@Brookelynn - right, and you can work your way through the book changing the meaning of words all over to support your cult doctrines; but it doesn't change the fact that you have been brainwashed by a cult and are now infected with the god-virus.  I suggest you seek out psychological care - anti-psychotic medications may help.

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 18, 2013 at 10:42am

I respectfully disagree, Brookelynn, I believe it had to do with the brightness - the luminosity - not the size.

Comment by Kenneth Gallaher on May 18, 2013 at 11:51am

Homed skoolin'

Comment by Adam on May 18, 2013 at 1:23pm

that's what happens when you stop funding education and people resort to homeschooling where the parents teach every type of nonsensical creationist science. 


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