Bill Nye The Science Guy Gets Shouted at by Christians During Lecture

I hate posting another link about silly religious things but this is too funny (or scary).

The Emmy-winning scientist angered a few audience members when he criticized literal interpretation of the biblical verse 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.”

He pointed out that the sun, the “greater light,” is but one of countless stars and that the “lesser light” is the moon, which really is not a light at all, rather a reflector of light.

A number of audience members left the room at that point, visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence.

“We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.

35 Comments

  1. OK, so you’ve made your point. Belabored it, in fact. There are alot of Christian jerks in the world. I’m wondering what is the difference between you and them. Here in your forum, you are spreading your “I hate Christians and think they’re stupid” message, while they are spouting angry “hate everyone who challenges my beliefs” messages. What is the goal here? To pick a fight? To spread hate between people? What are the possible positive outcomes? To lead people to question their faith in God? A Christian asshole who renounces God will still be an asshole.

  2. How DARE you post something that Xerxes doesn’t agree with chris!!! You think you can just post anything you want? Xerxes can’t just go to another blog ya know!

  3. Chris,

    It just seems your interest right now is putting down a certain group of people strictly because of their belief system. 22% of the articles currently posted have to do with anti Christian subjects.
    (NOT counting the Brittany Spears thing.) 🙂

  4. 22% of the articles currently posted have to do with anti Christian subjects.

    Did you know that 72% of all statistics are made up? (Old joke I know but I couldn’t resist)

  5. I’m gonna have to agree with Xerxes here Chris. I could really go for some Jew-bashing right about now.

    And we can’t forget the Hindus! Lords no! WWJD Chris?

  6. Thank you six. That is exactly my point. Would you devote the energy you have been to bashing Christians to bashing Jews, or Blacks? I don’t think you would. (and just in case Anti Xerxes chooses to misinterpret me again) nor do I think it would be a good idea.

  7. What’s wrong with these people, so scared of science? I never had any problem reconciling my religious training with what I learned in my science classes. I’m still fascinated about the universe and read up on the subject often…the more I learn, the more it helps me see the face of God! People that are so literal just aren’t very bright…

  8. Oh, suck it up, ye of the dominant world religion. What we need are more Christians out there condemning and ridiculing the “Christian jerks”. If we had that, I’m sure everything would balance out.

  9. You are comparing race to religion Xerxes? You are an idiot.

    Hey Xerxes, why do you come to a site where you don’t agree with 22% of the posts?

  10. Xerxes sucks ass. From the posts I have read, chris is bashing christian morons who want to impose their will on everyone. I’m guessing you are one of those morons Xerxes.

  11. Now now everyone, play nice. If Xerxes wants to display a persecution complex, i say let him.

    Note to Xerxes, when christians go back to church and stop parading their beliefs in public office and science classes, I’ll let up. Everyone has a right to believe in whatever they want, just don’t try to enforce your religion on me.

  12. interesting parallel going on here between chris (science guy) and xerxes (fat lady in back with the three children).

  13. Sorry chris but I have to pick on Xerxes for a minute.

    80% of the population in the US are Christians. How exactly is posting links to some idiots hiding behind their religion considered bashing? Don’t compare christianity to a minority like blacks or jews. That’s just ignorant.

  14. Sorry to jump on the “Bash the Persian” bandwagon, but dude, Xerxes, if you don’t like it, don’t read it. We aren’t pulling a Ludovigo project on you.

    I love how they seem to throw in communists with the anti-Christ. Apparently all communists are in league with the anti-Christ.

  15. For the love of all that is good just shut up Xerxes. You know, some of us actually like these posts so just go away.

  16. seriously xerxes…

    how was chris “putting down a certain group of people”? he made no comment other than “silly”. if you can’t take that minor commentary, i would suggest moving to that special place only your brand of speech is allowed, wherever that may be, so you can be happy.

    I don’t see jewish groups trying to make everyone mark Passover, nor muslim americans make everyone celebrate ramadan… but some christians think daily prayer or christian doctrine straight from the bible regarding evolution is appropriate in schools. it isn’t.

    oh, and by the way, I don’t agree with everything chris has to say, I am pretty moderate. but in his criticism (in other posts, there was none here) of the conservative religious push in this country, he’s completely correct.

  17. Xerxes, I just went through every post on the main page and where exactly does Chris say anything bad about Christians? I’m not trying to be a wiseass but I don’t see any posts within the last few days attacking christians. Am I missing something?

  18. “What are the possible positive outcomes?”

    That’s noble, but who says that all observations/opinions have to satisfy someone’s concept of a positive outcome?

    Sometimes it’s just fun to point out the things we find moronic… and make no mistake, walking out on a Bill Nye lecture for what he said is truly moronic.

  19. Oh Boy!!! Where do I start?!? 🙂

    Lets see. First I like Chris’ posts too. Its why I come. I also like the debate. I have never condemned Chris or asked him not to post anything. I merely pointed out that it seems that the anti Christian theme is a bit heavy.

    Race, religion, nationality, gender, we separate ourselves and each other into many groups. To compare one with another as an example OF a group is not idiotic at all. To take ANY group and single them out in a large percentage of negative posts was, I felt, in poor taste.

    I don’t believe I have ever advocated forcing my beliefs on anyone, but whats wrong with parading? What, about peaceful or passive public shows of religion bugs some people? IMO the people who are crying to remove our (yes, yours and mine) religious heritage from public places are just as bad as the people trying to force religion into the public schools where it is not wanted.

  20. Xerxes, you ask “What, about peaceful or passive public shows of religion bugs some people?”

    How is interrupting Bill Nye’s science presentation (shouting “We believe in God!” and walking out) a demonstration of a peaceful or passive public show of religion?

    About the perceived “heavy anti-Christian theme”: Lots of good people have been hurt by institutional religion’s fear tactics of eternal damnation, demons, etc. But because the programming starts so early for so many and is so deep-rooted, it can be difficult to break free (deprogram our minds). For many, Chris is providing an important public service, encouraging people to dare to question with boldness that which isn’t supposed to be questioned, to trust reason rather than be bound and blind-folded with irrational fears. Again, these issues are deep-rooted in a lot of people and to simply say, “Oh, but there are a bunch of good Christians. Don’t be so hard on the Christians” is to miss the point. It’s about something much deeper than that.

    And “religious heritage”?

    “I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.” – Thomas Jefferson

  21. “What, about peaceful or passive public shows of religion bugs some people?”

    What part of [““We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.”] sounds like “peaceful or passive” to you? It doesn’t to me. I would call it rude, obnoxious, and in, as you say, poor taste.

    What’s wrong with calling it out for what it is?

  22. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

    Thomas Jefferson

    In perusing many Jefferson quotes, he does not seem the atheist. I believe the quote above can be applied to organized religion also. Power tends to corrupt men. Government, military, police and religious leaders throughout history have abused their power, but abolishing any of these organizations is not the answer.

    Speaking out about their abuses is a good thing to do. The person interupting Bill Nye’s speach was rude and wrong. It is calling all religion bad and their followers stupid or ignorant that I have a problem with.

    And religious heritage?

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson

  23. Thomas Jefferson was a Deist. I thought everyone knew this.

    Where does chris call all religious followers ignorant?

  24. My apologies to Chris if I have inadvertantly accused him of personally calling all Christians ignorant or stupid. It is in some of the posts I’ve read. Some of the ruder replys have said such things and the atheist manifesto.

  25. I think it is hilarious that Bill Nye is triggering this! I wonder where Mr. Wizard, Bozo the Clown, Barney, and Fred Flitstone stand on the science vs. religion debate. I think that is the point of this post, that a mother was outraged by Bill Nye. That is the stupid part. Xerxes, you need to relax. Christians are far from persecuted.

  26. as i see it xerxes is no better than the muslim extremists. ‘talk about everyone else but me.’ and

    “Would you devote the energy you have been to bashing Christians to bashing Jews, or Blacks?”

    black isnt a religion 😉

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