Creationist Wisdom #271: Bill Nye Is Dangerous

Today’s letter-to-the-editor was brought to our attention by one of our far-flung network of clandestine operatives. It appears in the Bowling Green Daily News located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The letter is titled As a scientist, Nye ought to be a little more open-minded. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:

In the Sept. 24 Daily News, an AP story ran about scientist/entertainer Bill Nye condemning Christian parents for passing their religious doubts of evolution on to their children and that lawmakers should get the Bible out of the classroom because it risks creating a generation that will turn its back on science.

You know all about the Bill Nye video. If not, see Bill Nye Blasts Creationism. The letter continues:

Does anyone believe the Bible is so firmly entrenched in our educational system that it risks the forward progress of science?

Half the country is creationist, so something is definitely wrong. Let’s read on:

I would think that as a scientist, Mr. Nye would be open to ideas and not doubt something because he can’t see it physically. If all scientists acted like him, we wouldn’t know microorganisms cause disease or about the existence of the atom or black holes or electricity or … you get the point.

Yes, we get the point. Thanks to all those creationists who have faith in things unseen, we know all about the cause of disease and the structure of the atom. Now the letter-writer challenges Nye:

Perhaps he could act like a scientist and experiment to prove the presence or absence of God before subjecting us to his personal agenda. C’mon Bill … be a scientist instead of political mouthpiece!

We can’t think of anything to say about that. Well, we can, but we’d better not. Here’s more:

On another note, I worry for Mr. Nye as well as our embassies overseas. Even though he singled out Christians, I would assume Nye means any religion that believes a superior being created us. Since the Quran says the Earth and life were created by God (2:117), I am awaiting the outcry from our Muslim brothers as they rally with Christians to protect a foundation of both our beliefs.

This may be the creepiest letter we’ve seen yet, and we’ve written about hundreds of them. Moving along:

Hopefully our government can be prepared for the next series of attacks since the ones caused by an obscure video a few weeks ago supposedly caught them by surprise.

Hey, that’s right! Our embassies are already burning all over the Middle East because of a movie (or so we’re told), and now we have Nye’s video to fan the flames. Someone call Homeland Security — Bill Nye is a danger to the nation! And here’s the stunning end:

I find it interesting that Nye doubts religion, and yet was married by the pastor of the eighth largest church in the U.S. in 2006.

We see that the letter-writer saved his strongest point for the end. Smart man!

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15 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #271: Bill Nye Is Dangerous

  1. You correctly withhold the name of the letter write, which is just good journalism, but my guess is that his first name was Bubba.

    Why is it these people equate being “open minded” with magical thinking. “Gee, I don’t know what caused that. Was it fairies?”

    Basically I think these folks want scientists to be more forgiving of ignorant stupidity, look where it got them!

  2. I’m actually kind of surprised how much Bill Nye has scared them.

  3. I am awaiting the outcry from our Muslim brothers as they rally with Christians to protect a foundation of both our beliefs. Hopefully our government can be prepared for the next series of attacks…

    As if he didn’t hope. I wonder if creationists have any idea how transparent they are? Funny how it suddenly became scientists who are responsible for religion-inspired terrorism.

  4. Gabriel Hanna

    I think it’s because Bill Nye is seen as an educator of children. We certainly wouldn’t want to warp their minds with science that might make them question the Bible, would we?

  5. Gabriel Hanna says: “I think it’s because Bill Nye is seen as an educator of children.”

    Their thinking is far more fuzzy than that. Nye is on television. That makes him a celebrity. And thus he’s an authority. To the primitive mind, he’s more important than Richard Dawkins. They’d be just as crazed if Justin Bieber criticized creationism.

  6. The insane letter writer claims Bill Nye’s video advocated

    that lawmakers should get the Bible out of the classroom

    Nye, of course, said nothing even remotely resembling this statement, it is pure confabulation by the deranged author of this epistle to an editor.

    But it does illuminate what these people manage to hear in such contexts, and probably illustrates why their lunacy is so doggedly persistent.

    Just pathetic.

  7. Aaarrgghh!

    [Cry of anguish rendered moot by providential Curmudgeonly editing.]

  8. I would think that as a scientist, Mr. Nye would be open to ideas and not doubt something because he can’t see it physically.
    How does that relate to How do you know? Were you there?

  9. Bill Nye is an icon beloved by kids. This is what worries the creationists.

  10. I am awaiting the outcry from our Muslim brothers as they rally with Christians to protect a foundation of both our beliefs. Hopefully our government can be prepared for the next series of attacks…

    Uh, is he saying Muslims and Christians should get together and jump Bill Nye? Or uh “rally” to “protect a foundation of both our beliefs”?

    When Muslims are engaging in violent riots to protect a foundation of their beliefs, that’s the wrong time to say Christians should “rally” with them to get Bill Nye.

    But maybe I’m reading too much into this incoherent word salad.

  11. Perhaps he could act like a scientist and experiment to prove the presence or absence of God

    Suggested reading: Victor Stenger, “God: The Failed Hypothesis”.

  12. I do not believe that proof of the existence or non-existence of God is a proper subject of the scientific method by which scientific theories are generally tested. How could this be done? Correct answer: it can’t. Although I believe in a higher power that I call God, I have no problem that He created the universe according to the scientific laws that have been revealed to date, and many that we have yet to discover. Religion seems to be a way for people to limit God. I’ll stick with science, and the belief that God created the universe through science. I further believe that God gave men and women brains so they could discover how He created everything. I am much more in awe of God given this belief, than I am by reading ancient texts written by superstitious people who heard bushes talk, saw the dead be brought back to life, and who believe that human virgins can give birth.

  13. Religous views on scientic matters are a joke

  14. On the 7th Day, Man created God in his image

    Jethro Tull, Aqualung

  15. I am sixty but my grandparent are the ones I speak here. They were faithful Southern Methodist from the bible-belt. Three times a week and 3 or 4 times on Sunday, they were at Church service. And they tithed 10%. They liked John Birch, too. But, they KNEW the Bible could not be taken literally. It was man’s words inspired by God but MAN’S! They knew creation didn’t happen in six days and the earth was billions of years old. No matter. Their faith was unshakeable. They believe in school prayer but that was the end of it. They believed in Sunday school, too. And that’s where Spiritual teaching belonged whichever the many faiths–including with deference God’s chosen people, the Jews. They would smirk and shake their heads in scorn at today’s creationist!

    How did we ever go from there to here?