Bill Nye the Science Guy Slams Biblical Creationism
”They’re Not Kidding”
In a video that has been viewed 4,617,916 times on YouTube since August, Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” politely explained that the Creationist movement brainwashed children and corroded America’s capacity for growth and innovation.
“If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate,” Nye said in a wide-ranging telephone interview.
The brief online video was not Nye’s first foray into the combustible debate, but “it’s the first time it’s gotten to be such a big deal.”“I can see where one gets so caught up in this (debate) that you say something that will galvanize people in a bad way, that will make them hate you forever,” he said. “But I emphasize that I’m not questioning someone’s religion — much of that is how you were brought up.”[...]“What I find troubling, when you listen to these people … once in a while I get the impression that they’re not kidding,” Nye said.
That’s not the only troubling thing. A Gallup poll from June found that Forty-six percent of Americans believe God created humans in one day, 10,000 years ago. Only 15 percent said humans evolved without help from God. ” The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago,” the pollsters said.
Bill Nye’s message seems particularly suited to a moment where people are likely to dig in their heels against aggressive attacks on their worldview. While he demonstrates the absurdity of Creationism, he refrains from bashing all religious belief. He ties evolution denialism to a resonant narrative of American decline, and he allows adults to believe any dumb thing they want but begs that children be given a chance at an education that can help them and the country get ahead