Report: Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Exposed as Godless, Soulless Blasphemer in Texas

225px-bill_nye_bscThere is an interesting account out of Waco, Texas where Bill Nye “The Science Guy” was booed for saying that the Moon does not generate it own light — in contradiction to the Bible. This will likely end any dream of Nye to open a new Bill Nye “The Religion Guy” line of products. The speech reportedly occurred in 2006 but the controversy was rekindled after critics cried foul at the removal of the story from the local newspaper’s online archive.

Nye ran afoul of the faithful by remarking that it is not true that the moon generates its own light as opposed to reflecting light. This contradicted Genesis 1:16, which says quite clearly (if only Nye bothered to read it) that “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.” Fortunately, there were educated people in the audience who proceeded to boo Nye and walk out. One woman with three children reportedly screamed “We believe in God!” while storming out.

Now what is particularly interesting is the Waco Tribune broke the story and ran an article with quotations from the audience. However, it has been removed from the online site, as noted at an atheist site. However, it has now been returned, here. Why would the newspaper remove a clearly important story with international interest? If the story was false, there should have been a retraction and an investigation. If it is simply embarrassing, the newspaper is engaging in self-censorship. Either way, the newspaper owes people and explanation.

In the meantime, Nye needs to answer for his rejection of biblical science. Recently, Texas legislators moved to help create a master’s in creationist science. Perhaps Nye should be required to get a real science degree in creationism as opposed to that ridiculous Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Cornell.

Next he is going question the fact that the sun revolves around the earth and find himself in a papal trial.

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126 thoughts on “Report: Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Exposed as Godless, Soulless Blasphemer in Texas

  1. “God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.” Do they mean to say god couldn’t have made the sun to shine on the moon who’s relected light in turn, shines in the night sky? Are these people questioning god’s majesty and power? They should be ashamed. If god wants relective light, then let there be reflective light. Sinners! If god can make headlights for cars he can use reflection on the moon. End of story!!!

  2. Wait, I am confused. He was booed for saying the moon DOES NOT generate its own light? There are people who truly believe that the moon generates its own light and SO much hang on to this belief that it would be cause to carry an article in a local paper which headlined ignorant quotes from the “angry” mob? I guess I just didn’t realize that people existed who would take such a literal translation of the passage from Genesis.

  3. As a resident of Texas (Austin) I wince every time some local yokel opens their mouth and confirms the worst stereotypes about Texans. This and that “moran” Texan congressman who thought he stumped the Nobel laureate yesterday asking about Alaskan oil…

  4. Good ‘ol Wacko, Texas…

    Jill said:

    “If god can make headlights for cars he can use reflection on the moon. End of story!!!

    Well Jill, all I know is that I praise the hand of god for equipping Eve with heavenly headlights…

  5. Bush is in Crawford near Waco. Hummm, Baylor University and that Former dictator has made sure that G-d is Alive and well.

    I guess in January 09 when a streaming light was seen coming from Austin to Dallas it was G-ds work of course. I see it as the alien lifeforms investigating there own.

  6. But what happens when they realize that all of the stars in the sky are actually other suns in the sky? Once they realize this, there heads just might explode.

  7. Oh Oh Buddha has arises from his dormancy. Never to return to normalcy is truly a fallacy.

    Good Morning, Buddha but that Bill Nye reminds be of a freak. Probably was a Catholic at one time.

  8. All I have to say to the Jesus Freaks is that if God didn’t invent both reflection and refraction of light, we’d all be blind. Physics! ‘Nuff said.

  9. All celestial bodies are made of green cheese

    The moon is a celestial body

    Therefore the moon is made of green cheese


  10. Despite the optimism which I use to brighten my days and hopefully prolong my life, sometimes the facade is too tough to maintain. Can this story really be true? Are there really people so stupid? Is the denial that great? All questions for inquiring minds, but sadly I fear the answer is yes and being optimistic about human survival becomes difficult, when fools such as this abide in the world. Even the RCC gave up and admitted Galileo was on to something hundreds of years ago.
    These born again types raise stupidity to unheard of modern levels and are too dumb to even understand why people oppose and ridicule them.

  11. Mike,

    As someone who had a large chunk of his misspent youth learning about Biblical literacy and Creation science, the answer is simply Yes and No.

    When most of the adults in your life are telling you one thing, and that anything that contradicts that is a “test of faith,” you learn to rationalize quite a bit. When you factor in that most of the “leaders” of the movement are either con men out to exploit the faithful, or so convinced of their rightness that they will lie to prove that they’re telling the truth it gets hard to get good information. So, while the story is true, the people aren’t stupid just very misled.

  12. >Bush is in Crawford near Waco.

    No longer. He abandoned that former pig farm as soon as it served no political purpose. Now he lives in a soon-to-be-gated (f not already gated) white Dallas suburb.

  13. I’m comfortable with this move. I hope that the gate is sufficiently maintained to keep W from getting out.

  14. OFF TOPIC: Cryptonomicon

    Mike S.,

    I’ve just finished the book during some unexpected free time at the airport. KCI is a wonderful place to read. Thanks again for the referral. I intend to read the Baroque Cycle as time permits.

    First – Long. Not for the faint of heart, but worth the effort. My editor’s eye says it could have been about 100 pages shorter and had the same effect, but my writer’s eye says so what? It was entertaining ride from cover to cover. My only complaint was I felt Andrew Loeb to be a little underdeveloped for being so pivotal. It made him smell a bit of deus ex machina. Not fatally so, but the scent lingers.

    Second – That’s the best explanation of Van Eck phreaking for the layman I’ve ever read. I’ve seen Van Eck in action in a lab and it’s quite a neat trick. Stephenson has quite a grip on the basics of computing as well as cryptography. I bet he’d be a real interesting conversation IRL.

    Third – The discussion between Root and Waterhouse about the nature of Athena vs. Ares was pure brilliance. Worth reading the several hundred pages it took to get there.

    Fourth – Amy Shaftoe is a woman after my own heart. ‘Nuff said.

    Ignoti et quasi occulti, here’s to hoping the followers of Athena win!

  15. Gyges:

    “As someone who had a large chunk of his misspent youth learning about Biblical literacy and Creation science, the answer is simply Yes and No.”

    what is wrong with believing a prime mover set it all into play and set up the systems, i.e. physics to keep it all working? Why do christians need to think that God is in control of every moment of every day? If god exists then he would be smart enough to take eternity off and relax in Tahiti with a good book and cold glass of iced tea by some lagoon.

  16. Bron,

    Is it not basic psychology than when one fears a responsibility (or anything), one may abdicate one’s decision making (or other elements of self-control) in order to avoid the possibly painful consequence of owning one’s actions? Is that not Pavlov in action? Such is the case of free will when viewed in light of the concept of God as Prime Mover. I put it to you that is the case with fundamentalist/creationists. The idea that they are to a large degree “on their own” is just too frightening to contemplate. Hence they become prey for the unscrupulous who would use them to Earthy and sometimes nefarious end.

  17. Bron,

    I’ve got nothing against religion. It seems to be a natural consequence of having an animal that a)uses symbols b)seeks patterns and c)is social. I think the first two explain themselves, the third simply has to do with the hierarchic element that seems to be a common thread in all religions that I know of.

    My problem is with fundamentalism (religious or otherwise). I think this is a very clear example of that. My response to Mike can basically be boiled down to “fundamentalists are made not born.” That’s an over simplification, I think it’s probably about 35/65 Nature/Nurture.

    As for the rest, Buddha’s answer is as good as any I could give.

  18. Thanks for the collective reply, I am not particulary religious and was really just curious because I know from past posts that you and Buddha were raised in shall we say, different circumstances and was wondering about the motivation behind fundamentalism.

    I keep wanting to understand it as a special club, that feeds the ego. Most people seem to have a need to get a leg up on the next guy and so I attribute it to that. The hey look at me I am going to spend eternity with God. The I am special and better than you thinking.

    But I like Buddha’s take on it to, an abdication of responsibility. If you screw the pooch (keeping with Buddha’s Pavlovian theme) you had help or you have a friend to make it better.

  19. Who could ever forget this little ditty?

    Dear Dr. Laura:

    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I
    have learned a great deal from your show and try to share that knowledge
    with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual
    lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22
    clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

    I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other
    specific laws and how to follow them.

    1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
    pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They
    claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her
    period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how
    do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

    Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is
    eternal and unchanging.

    Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.


  20. Bron,

    It’s a mix of those things. No one reason is the only answer. With me, a large part of it was an attempt to prove myself intellectually. How much better for me, if not only do I KNOW the Revealed TRUTH, but understand it as well (believe me, the most obnoxious fundi is a smart fundi). I went to church with people who loved God for the same reason they loved their cousins: that’s how they were raised. I also knew a guy that just liked the hymns and the offertory (we had a fantastic piano player in the congregation).

    Think of this though: You take a smart child, and surround him with friendly nice adults who week after week are telling him the same thing. Some of his teacher’s disagree, but by the time he gets old enough to take THOSE (science) classes, he’s been exposed to the same message for all of his formative years. Plus, his parents wouldn’t lie would they, or his pastor, or that guy that came in with the pictures of the eye and that smug analogy of putting watch parts in a bag and shaking it… You get the point.

  21. Buddha,
    I’m so glad you liked the book. Stephenson doesn’t do short. you’re right Loeb was curiously underdeveloped for Stephenson, who takes pains to develop even minor characters. The man knows his code and explains it to old farts like me. Amy’s ancestor from 300 years in the past is the true hero of the Baroque Cycle, “Half-Cocked” Jack Shaftoe, who doesn’t show up until about page 340 in the first book Quicksilver. Jack is one of the greatest picaresque heroes I’ve ever enjoyed. Waterhouse’s ancestor Daniel is also a main character, he is a Natural Philosopher and a close friend of Isaac Newton’s. Root is also in the book, but not as anyone’s ancestor, a twist I’ll say no more about. Enjoy, when you get the time.

  22. Why I don’t like or trust Barack Obama anymore:

    Admiral Blair & Porter Goss admitting the CIA received high value, lifesaving information from terrorists, while President Obama is condemning the same interrogations as immoral and counterproductive purely for political gain.

    President Obama is throwing and has thrown grand White House parties with Kobe beef, a hundred bucks a pound, while telling the nation to cut back in order to survive the greatest economic downturn supposedly since the Great Depression.

    Bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia, listening patiently and respectfully while a two-bit dictator lectures Obama with false charges for 50 minutes about the criminal country he leads, and Obama doesn’t say one word to object, one word in disagreement, does not stand up for his country at one point during the Summit of the Americas.

    Now we’ve got Fidel Castro setting Obama straight about how Cuba handles political prisoners and its economy. Fidel Castro, one of Obama’s idols, calling him superficial.

    We had the nomination of tax cheats to his cabinet, including the man who oversees the IRS, five tax cheats in the Obama administration.

    We have Obama’s joke of a press spokesman, who makes a complete idiot of himself on a daily basis.

    He sends back a symbol of freedom, that bust of Sir Winston Churchill to Great Britain just after moving into the White House. He wants nothing to do with it. He did of his own volition. They said you can keep it. He said no, we don’t want it here. They said put it in a different room in the White House. We don’t want it here, and sent it back to the British embassy. It was given to us, President Bush, after 9/11, by the Brits. He insulted the prime minister of England, the queen of England, with embarrassing, thoughtless gifts.

    We have the French president Sarkozy ridiculing Obama’s messianic complex, inviting him to walk on water at Normandy beach.

    We have Iran taking a hostage, an American journalist, as Obama promises better relations.

    We have North Korea humiliating Obama with their missile launch.

    We have Obama putting the country in debt for generations to come while promising fiscal responsibility, offering up laughable budget cuts, banning lobbyists from his administration, while appointing them left and right.

    Openly lying that Caterpillar would hire up with the passage of his stimulus bill, then watching while that company lays off thousands after the stimulus bill passes.

    He pledges to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay but then he keeps it open with no plan for its future.

    Proclaiming total transparency, while keeping secret who got the TARP funds, when, where, why.

    He is incapable of communicating without a teleprompter.

    He attacks a private citizen broadcaster from the White House as part of an orchestrated plan to distract the country from legislation and policies we don’t want, which thus touched off a political firestorm, all of this while claiming to be a unifier.

    He makes a ham-handed attempt to nationalize the banks preventing financial institutions from paying back TARP money they don’t need or want.

    General Motors is a debacle; it is an absolute debacle and mess, and soon Wall Street is going to be the same thing. He has made bad situations worse with car manufacturers, and the worst is yet to come.

    He has sparked hundreds of protests involving hundreds of thousands of Americans at tea parties regarding irresponsible government spending while his Homeland Security chief labels peacefully demonstrating Americans and veterans as security risks.

    Spending 800 billion dollars in stimulus. Money that even my grandchildren, if I have any, will not ever be able to pay back.

    Spending 3.6 trillion in this budget and ensuring trillion dollar deficits each year for the next decade.

  23. “My problem is with fundamentalism (religious or otherwise).

    Amen Brother Gyges, that’s my problem too. However, what pisses me off no end and what I call blasphemy in any religious context is the idea of pre-ordination. It make God into a puppeteer, watching people as an amusement in a story that is not allowed to vary. firm believers in the book of Revelation typify this and don’t realize what a put down of God this is. This is why as you say the preachers are mostly con-men, though stage magicians would fit aptly, they need to send peoples attention elsewhere so as not to see the reality behind the trick. At least Thomas More, Beckett, Luther, et. al. had some intellectual chops. This modern day crew lacks the ability to at least superficially resolve the disconnects.

  24. Former Dem,
    When were you last a Dem, 1980? You’re just another troll parroting your FOX-fed propaganda. Do you really think your pretext as a disenchanted Democrat is even a little plausible given the content of your drivel?

  25. Former Dem,

    Is your favorite James Brown tune, “Talking Loud and Saying Nothing”?

    Yeah. I’m a thinkin’ . . .

  26. Former Dem,

    Are you doin’ much preachin’ lately? If so, please answer the questions Bob, Esq. posted … (Jerry asking Laura).

    You will need those answers if you plan to attend tea bag parties dude.

  27. Buddha,

    Shush yo mouth. You will awaken the might troll with nothing to say.

    This is to the guy that posted about the Bible, in it the fun da mental ists. They don’t know nothing about the B-I-B-L-E or they would all claim to be Jewish and that would really screw up the system for everyone.

    Really, no where in the book does Jesus ever say. “I Jesus Renounce Judaism and all it stands for.” and another secret I learned while trying to clear my head, in seminary, and you want to know where all the Politics started, only once in the BIBLE does it get close to Jesus saying he was g-d and that is in I believe Luke, I am in the Father and the Father is in me and therefor yada yada. Thats the only place.

    But Please don’t tell them. They will tell the leader of PTL which stands for Pay The Leader. And they will come a trollin doing the master bidden.

    One part of the Old Testament states that there shall be a city for people would commit Murder. Actually a couple of em. But I am too lazy to go to the exact cite. I admit it I AM LAZY at times. But some of these people are lazy all the time. You wonder how they figured out how to turn the puter on and work other inventions of marvel.

    So there you have it the Bible as AY sees it today.

    Can you say Amen. Opps another one of the foreign words we use that people don’t know about and do not tell then that most people are only introduced to two numbering systems Roman and that other one I am afraid if I say it, they will pray for my soul to decompose and not to be recomposed.

  28. AY,

    If they have a problem with Arabic numerals, then Roman numerals are too good for them.

    I say let them use binary modulus 25.

    I can smell the Wal-Mart’s burning to the ground from customer frustration now!

  29. Pardon Me?

    You are correct in your observation of me. The first step in any recovery is to admit your defects. The next step sir is to do something about the defect.

    Sir, with all due respect, what is it that you can admit to.

  30. Wow. Former Dem copied and pasted that srtaight from Limbaughs radio broadcast. It is virtually word for word. And look at that, he/she doesn’t even attribute it. Gotta love those thieving ditto heads.

  31. I,for one am happy that Former Dem is no longer a Dem, if he ever was one. Of course, I thought the Democrats used a troll filter before registering anyone, so it is doubtful that he was a Democrat ever. Unless he is so old that he is a Dixiecrat.

  32. Jonathan,

    Your header is wrong, wrong, wrong. He has a soul and you know where it’ll be going after he dies. There is only the light of fires there–and those fires were commanded by a just god.

  33. AY,

    “…with all due respect, what is it that you can admit to.”

    er umm…i have not seen the dark side of the moon?

  34. Pardon Me?

    I won’t tell you but, you must have kept your eyes closed for at least 7.233 days per month. You have heard of the Full Moon. Well it is the Opposite.

    So you are excused from participation the rest of the day. Please have a good day.

  35. pardon me is very, very confused. The dark side of the Moon faces the Earth 13 times a year at the phase of the New Moon.

    pardon should look up more.

    pardon may have meant the “far side” of the Moon, permanently faced away from the Earth, but we have all had access to photos of that since the Moon flights.

    pardon me may believe that the Moon flights and landings were faked.

  36. Gnome,

    You are going to confuse Pardon me? with tell him we have 13 moons a year and only 12 months. S/He probably cannot handle the fact that it happens.

    He is probably not aware that just because you cannot see the moon during the day does not mean that it is not present.

    For the simple and addled minded I must correct my previous posting and now it should be reflective to state:

    “””””I won’t tell you but, you must have kept your eyes closed for at least 7.233 NIGHTS per month. You have heard of the Full Moon. Well it is the Opposite.”””””

  37. Pardon Me?

    Pardon my French!

    That was funny. “Make that the Dark ….”

    Very clever. Not original but it will do. LOL.

    Please take the teasing in stride.

    If you are a Troll. Well you know the Roll. You will be beaten and then eaten by mere wods. By the Wolves of Words.

    You did learn how to get along with your family? Well I did not.

    Sent from my damn phone. Because I could not leave it alone.

  38. Al;

    In answer to your question, “So when is Texas going to leave the union?” As soon as the government of the United States refuses to send Texas any more money/hurricane relief/flu vaccine.

  39. But the universe did generate itself….this we know. Anyone who insults this common knowledge should be deemed an unbelieving imbecile and slandered for all eternity on the comment sections of blog posts. That will teach those intolerant religious types.:) I do love you guys…am I allowed to say “love” here?

  40. The religion/science debate will eternally rage on, but I believe both make better bed-mates than people think. Each experiences appreciable change through analysis. Take the Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany written by Galileo for example. Here’s a man with great scientific clout who discovers that the Earth is not the center of the Universe. He writes his “oh crap” letter to the duchess to avoid getting thrown in prison for his blasphemy. I think that we would all agree that the earth is not the center of the universe today, right? Obviously there was a change in the doctrine to allow the two to lay harmoniously together. Well, I’d say that one is hogging the sheets on that one. On the same coin, science is constantly changing to become the truth too. That’s ultimately what the goal is…we would all agree on that one.

    Religion is a philosophy and science is a definition of matter and its interactions. Having two approaches to the same questions will derive different answers at times. Take light for example; when we test its properties with the assumption that it is a wave, light appears to be a wave. When the assumption is made that light is a particle, a light is a particle. The world is as we perceive it.

    Knowing that these two things are working towards a common goal, I don’t see it necessary to huff and puff and storm out of a lecture. I know it’s sensitive sometimes because it hits the core to some people’s beliefs but the truth will stand on it’s own. It doesn’t need to be stuffed with emotions to be legitimized.

    What I’m getting at here is that we should listen to Bill Nye. We know that the moon does not have the same nuclear reaction occurring at its core to produce electromagnetic radiation. The light travels as a wave/particle from the sun, where there is nuclear fusion occurring, and this is reflected off the moon to light up our dark nights. That’s just how it is.

    Emotions disturb logic like a stone to a stagnant pond. Before we know it, our justification for a divine being at work loses clarity of what is being discussed.

  41. Waco Tribune used to be known for publishing about 80% bible quotes in the letters to the editor. But, since Baylor University is down the street, what do you expect.

    A lot of the Bible beaters – and I’m from Texas, born in Waco (though luckily educated overseas) – are just well, nuts. Clueless. Definitely candidates for a mental disease classification.

    You can’t educate them, they just go to Church at least once a week come out and babble nonsense. Baptists are the worst, but other sects are a close second.

    Republicans love them, they’re like lemmings, they just run right off the cliff.

  42. Texas ex: “…Republicans love them, they’re like lemmings, they just run right off the cliff.”

    That’s an insult to the intelligence of lemmings. That running off cliffs stuff is just Disney propaganda and not true.

  43. The write-up here makes it sound like Nye was booed simply for saying that the moon reflects light.

    He seems to have actually been booed because he specifically pointed out the contradiction with Genesis.

    The nuts are pretty nutty, but stuff like that goes rocketing over their heads unless you carefully point it out.

  44. When I was about to move to Texas, I remember dismissing the stereotypes. Big mistake. Texans, by and large, are morons. Complete idiots, in a way that is difficult for people who have not spent significant time in the South to understand. Believe all of the stereotypes and then imagine it being a bit worse, and you’ll be about right.

  45. Perhaps it’s not that Texans are idiots per se, but that they truly believe that John Wayne really was a hero, rather than an actor. This in tandem with a “fairy tale” history of Texas’ creation, leaves them at a loss to separate truth from fiction. They really believe “macho” means tough and manly. Don’t forget to throw in the fact that from the beginning Texas was controlled by a small, wealthy group, that pretty much called the shots as to education, news and politics.

  46. As if the story itself isn’t scary enough, the spelling and grammer in the article are embarrassing! For Pete’s sake – hire an editor!

  47. loling at people who either cannot detect the article’s sarcasm, or think they are being funny by pretending that this is the case.

  48. Chuck, if you’re going to criticize the article’s spelling, you’d do well not to make spelling mistakes yourself. I didn’t see Kelsey mentioned anywhere in the article!

  49. Former Dem,
    You mean Barrack Obama did all those things? And Barrack Obama did all those things all by his self? No help from the Senate or House of Representatives or business lobbyist or staff? That is amazing! I wonder where he has found the time!

  50. In 1779, no less than the same Christian hymn-writer who gave us “Amazing Grace”–John Newton–wrote a hymn entitled “The Moon Has But a Borrowed Light”:

    Christian thinkers have used this scientific knowledge to demonstrate the idea of turning from false faith to permit the sun itself–through Jesus–to shine on the believer.

    To the religious right, I say, learn your own traditions before you shove half-knowledge on others.

  51. in all fairness to the Christians who walked out, the moon *does* actually generate it’s own light. NASA’s fact sheet has a black-body temperature of 270.7 K, corresponding to a spectrum peaking at about 10micron wavelength, or somewhere in the infra-red.

  52. Oh my this is funny. So you people bashing Bill believe God, knocked up a virgin, and she had his baby,and if you don’t mindlessly believe this you will burn in hell forever? Silly people. Grow up.

  53. You science types have dropped the ball so badly that now theocrats run legislatures. A religious leadership is ever closer to once again seizing power in the US, and what do science promoters do? Grouse and giggle at the ‘backwards’ people. Yet it’s their organization and money that are winning. Who’s laughing now?

  54. I thought this was one of those sarcastic articles like in The Onion, but after perusing the rest of the site I realized it was a serious article. All I can ask is, “Seriously?”

    I’ve believed in God since parental indoctrination and watched Bill Nye The Science Guy when I was young, and neither one ever disproved the other. Now I’m an engineer and pray every day.

    No wonder there’s a Texas Edition of World History. I bet soon there will be a Texas Edition of Science. I guess that is why young Americans rank twenty-something in Math and Science in the world. You *can* be religious and have an interest in the ways things work, too – unless we teach them that’s a sin. Stop keeping your kids back.

  55. Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.’s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it’s way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”, along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: “The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.”

  56. I too believe in one all-poweful white American sky-person, and also find science to be generally difficult to understand…so much that completely infuriates my religiously psychotic monkey-brain. When confronted with any intellectually puzzling situation, rather than to look to logic or carefully tested and well thought out scientific theories, I find it simply makes much more sense to sing and praise the given situation as a magical and miraculous act of the almighty sky-monkey. Bill Nye is clearly a blasphemous piece of shit for his engagement in the pursuit of knowledge and the true beauty of life. We should send him (and everyone else with a brain for that matter) into outer space where they belong. Then the rest of us can finally peacefully continue to halt evolution in the name of gOD and probably even decimate the enire human race with a series of glorious holy wars!

  57. I had to read this article three times to finally allow myself to realize that people really are that stupid. I could seriously hear my parents ( hardcore Catholic…to the point that I can’t stand religion after the 19 years of living with them and being told that if I strayed from my religious path I would end up just like the girl from “The Exorcist.”) saying “Well, Bill Nye was just sent from the devil to make us doubt our Lord. There is religion and then there is ignorance. Most people will never know the difference.

  58. Oh wow nice to see we live in a country of idiots no wonder Texas is close to last academics. To boo somebody off stage for stating a proven fact is mind boggling. I’m lost for words at the idiocy of these people.

  59. Bill Nye should be commended for shining a light on biblical errors in science. When he shined that light on silly Genesis the cockroaches ran. The Bible is an ancient holy book that chronicles events that never happened. Let the roaches run and say “we believe in God!” The light of science and reason prevailed that day when Bill dared to call into contempt the false and ridiculous claims of the Bible.

  60. The thing that seems funny to me is that studying science has given me greater awe for the universe and creation than going to church has.
    Not that I knock going to church. There actually are some pertty nice religious folks and those potlucks… nuff said!

  61. I doubt anyone who reads an article like this would care but here it is for those wanting to see truth.
    Genesis 1:16 as Qouted by Jill up top wouldnt be exactly a precise translation of the hewbrew scriptures. The hewbrew word used for light is ‘ohr for example “Let there be Light” while the word used in 1:16 is ma’ohr meaning Luminary or something affording light.

    The Bible is a book of History and Phrophecy therefore is both Literal and Symbolic. For Example although not a phrophecy Jesus said ” You are the Salt of the earth.” (Mt 5:13)Would it make sense for Jesus to tell his apostles that they are Literally Sodium a mineral found in the earth?No, rather Jesus was saying that his apostles would have a preserving effect on the lives of those whom they shared their message with.

    Although in Genesis God Did Litterally create the heavens and earth and so on, What about the length of the creative days? Were they literally 24 hours long? Some claim that because Moses—the writer of Genesis—later referred to the day that followed the six creative days as a model for the weekly Sabbath, each of the creative days must be literally 24 hours long. (Exodus 20:11) Does the wording of Genesis support this conclusion?
    No, it does not. The fact is that the Hebrew word translated “day” can mean various lengths of time, not just a 24-hour period. For example, when summarizing God’s creative work, Moses refers to all six creative days as one day. (Genesis 2:4) In addition, on the first creative day, “God began calling the light Day, but the darkness he called Night.” (Genesis 1:5) Here, only a portion of a 24-hour period is defined by the term “day.” Certainly, there is no basis in Scripture for arbitrarily stating that each creative day was 24 hours long.
    How long, then, were the creative days? The Bible does not say; however, the wording of Genesis chapters 1 and 2 indicates that considerable lengths of time were involved.

  62. I love it! The Bible never, ever, lies. It never has been inerrant of anything,nothing, and when you read why Bill
    got himself boo’d for saying the moon reflects the suns rays
    in opposition to what God supposedly said, all hell breaks
    loose; that he’s a blasphemer, godless, a libeeral no doubt.
    Of course when science says the Earth is 4.5 billion years
    old, Fundie reasoning has it that its a day old plus a few
    thousand years, what about 8,000? a stretch at 10,000?
    For all you who are too young to know, if you remember
    Prohibition guess real hard on who was directly responsible
    for making it all come true? You can heap all the accolades
    on you fast and friendly neighborhood fanatic on why booze
    was such a terrible thing for fine Christian men (who probably
    started drinking just to get away from their obnoxiously over-religious wives). I’ts one thing to be a believer but to be one three or four time’s beyond believing? Oy!!!!
    Understand the South is going to rise again-and rise just like
    Jesus almost did if he could-they think we are all anti-christ
    liberal’s who need to be made a prodigal example of-as they look at it they are only doing what Jesus would do had he been a

  63. New moons hardly shine at all. Obviously the only part of the moon visible to us is the side facing the sun. Lunar eclipses have an obvious effect on how a full moon appears in the sky.

    They see but do not understand.

  64. […] Report: Bill Nye „The Science Guy“ Exposed as Godless, Soulless Blasphemer in Texas (via JONATHAN TURLEY) Erstellt am 27. April 2011 von toumai1470 There is an interesting account out of Waco, Texas where Bill Nye "The Science Guy" was booed for saying that the Moon does not generate it own light — in contradiction to the Bible. This will likely end any dream of Nye to open a new Bill Nye "The Religion Guy" line of products. The speech reportedly occurred in 2006 but the controversy was rekindled after critics cried foul at the removal of the story from the local newspaper's online archive. … Read More […]

  65. Texas legislators “help to creat a master’s in creation science”
    Excellent! I am sure said scientists will soon help Texas to become a global leader in Lunar Power;-) May i propose company name: Lunatac Inc.

  66. Please tell me this article is satire and not serious….. Whining about how Nye pointed out a scientific error in the bible as if it’s never happened before ^_^

  67. The link to the 2006 Bill Nye story is no longer active on because the Waco Tribune-Herald changed ownership in 2009 and contracted with a different internet provider. Not all content was migrated over from the previous provider to the new. The story is available in our electronic archive.

    Bruce Kabat
    Internet general manager

    Here is the story:

    The Science Guy is entertaining and provocative at MCC lecture

    Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) – Thursday, April 23, 2009
    Author: Tim Woods Tribune-Herald staff writer
    Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald on April 6, 2006

    Audience members who expected to see Bill Nye “The Science Guy” conduct experiments and wow their children received quite a surprise Wednesday when Nye spoke at McLennan Community College.

    Nye instead addressed such topics as Mars exploration, global warming and energy consumption, particularly oil and gas. He even ruffled a few religious feathers along the way.

    The scientist with a background in stand-up and sketch comedy kept spectators interested, entertained and at ease with his funny, sometimes hilarious, delivery.

    Speaking as part of MCC’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, Nye spoke to two audiences, one at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m., of about 600 each. He said the first audience, though littered with young children listening to some rather adult scientific topics, “was very supportive.”

    The second group also was rapt from the beginning, greeting the scientist with a raucous standing ovation upon his introduction.

    “You haven’t heard the presentation yet!” Nye told them.

    Opening with a discussion of Mars and his hopes for further discovery on the neighboring planet, Nye encouraged the audience to take interest in discovery and “change the world,” a mantra he repeated throughout.

    Nye indicated that the presence of water in Mars’ atmosphere – evidenced by the planet’s ability to form frost – leads him to believe that there is a strong possibility that the planet once supported life.

    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.

    Nye also was critical of what he said was governmental agencies’ lack of action, even lack of understanding, in protecting the Earth from global warming and wasted resources.

    Nye ‘s educational science show won 28 Emmy awards during its television run from 1992-98.

    It seemed most in attendance were pleased to hear Nye speak, and some were even awed by the presence of a childhood icon.

    “How cool is that, to be face to face with the man, Bill Nye ?” said Jared McClure, who worked sound and video for the event. “And he’s funny, too.”

  68. When will you religious nut jobs remove yourself from politics and the national spotlight? It’s fine if you want to be a religious nut but just do it in your own personal space and don’t talk about it. You people that take the bible literally are as bad as the radical Muslims. Ya I am a godless atheist and I’m damn proud of that. I quit believing in fairy tales at the age of 5 when will you start?

  69. There is no “god” you all are a bunch of uneducated idiots. How the hell would the moon generate it’s own light?! Are you freaking retarded? Religion is a brain washing cult.

  70. Surely this is satire I, I find it hard that anyone even a wack job creationist could not possibly believe that the Moon generates its own light. So what about the dark side of the Moon? Selective illumination? What a twit.

  71. Whoa…why are people so blinded by such an imaginary thing. There isn’t anyone who’s gonna save you when you die. That’s the end…. open your eyes. If God was real he would save children with cancer, an all the innocents that is exterminated everyday throughout the world everyday. WAKE UP BIBLE THUMPERS.

  72. what the verse meant was the sun was the ligt for day and night!!!! the stars were the other great lights!!!!!!!!!!

  73. nobody knows ppl!!!!!!! y r u guys so stupid?!?! every one has their own beleifs!!!! if u think the moon lights its self up then ok, if u think the sun reflects the moon thats fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it dosent matter what religeon u r or if u dont have a religeon!!! JUST CHILL PPL

  74. Religion=shit, if i could wipe the face of the earth of religion without getting in trouble, I’d do it in a heartbeat. its all a bunch of lies, ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. That is all:)

  75. The Bible is 66 fairy tales written by 40 authors in three different languages over 1600 years. There is factual evidence to support that the moon does not generate its own light but it is the suns light reflecting on it. The phases of the moon are caused by the relative positions of the earth, sun, and moon. The moon goes around the earth in 27.3 days, or 27 days 7 hours 43 minutes, on average. This measurement is relative to the stars and is called the sidereal period or orbital period. However, because of the earth’s motion around the sun, a complete moon cycle (New Moon to New Moon) appears to earthbound observers to take a couple of days longer: 29.5305882 days to be exact. This number is called the synodic period or “lunation”, and is relative to the sun.

    The sun always illuminates the half of the moon facing the sun (except during lunar eclipses, when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow). When the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the earth, the moon appears “full” to us, a bright, round disk. When the moon is between the earth and the sun, it appears dark, a “new” moon. In between, the moon’s illuminated surface appears to grow (wax) to full, then decreases (wanes) to the next new moon. The edge of the shadow (the terminator) is always curved, being an oblique view of a circle, giving the moon its familiar crescent shape.

    Now the reason it says in the bible that the moon generated its own light is because 2000 years ago they did not know why the moon glowed as it does so they turned to religion for the answer. Now in the modern day we have the technology to study the moon and find out the real reason why. There have been multiple studies done on this topic with volumes of facts and information to support it. You religious folks in Texas are using one source to justify your answer while we “educated” people are using hundreds of sources to back up our facts.

    To anyone who has gone to college think of it this way: You are professor and you assign your class to do a research project with cited sources. One student uses one source for his or her project and claims they are right regardless of anyone else says. While another student wrote a paper contradicting what the student with one source says. This student has multiple sources and evidence backed up by facts that you can see. So who has the better argument? Just because someone is using “faith” and “religion” to justify what they believe does not mean we can just say “Oh they can believe in what they want its what they believe” NO! You are clearly wrong and uneducated on the topic and should look at the facts presented to you end of story!

    “The book of lies becomes alive again” -Hypocrisy “Alive”

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  77. Actually, the moon DOES reflect the sun’s light… your precious bible will also tell you there was days and light and night… before the sun or moon.

  78. Nice to see that people enjoy being servants, grovelers and straight up unable to grow up (can’t imagine life without a father/god figure) and think for themselves. Makes me want to toss my cookies just considering that some of you religious nuts passed a grade school (it boggles the mind how you can still be that ignorant and lacking self-guidance). “The bible says…the bible says”… just as pathetic as a comic fanatic defending a superhero.

  79. Just fyi to Christian’s. The Bible was translated from Hebrew to Latin to English. It also had parts missing. Another point is if you read the different versions like King James version you are reading an edited Bible by King James and not the real scripture. Christians can not deny science such as anthropology and the theory of evolution, astronomy and biology. Its proven and likely was an act of good because the big bang theory is a kind of obsurd theory. Remember religion is a theory that is unproven just like evolution and there is nothing wrong with faith and the values of Christianity.

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