This ghastly news appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo): Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Debate at the Creation Museum. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
TV’s famed “Bill Nye the Science Guy” will argue the case against creation and for evolution as he faces the founder and president of the Creation Museum, Ken Ham, on February 4, 2014, in the museum’s 900-seat Legacy Hall. … The agreed-upon topic for the 7 PM debate is “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific world?”
Big mistake. We’ve given our opinion about such debates before — see Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism. Among other things, we said:
Why would any sane person debate a professional creationist? By now they’ve read and heard and seen all the arguments and evidence against them, yet they persevere. Why? Some of the answer is here: Ignorant, Stupid, Insane, or Wicked.
Anyway, Bill Nye is a big boy, so he can make his own decisions. But we suspect he has no idea what he’s likely to encounter. Here’s a bit more from the AIG article:
Ham [said], “I hope to show Mr. Nye and our debate audience that observational science confirms the scientific accuracy of the Genesis account of origins, not evolution.”
Yeah, “observational science.” Does Nye know what a phony issue that is? We’ve debunked that silly “observational vs historical” dichotomy before — see Answers in Genesis Explains Science to Us. And we have a section on it in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Let’s read on:
Ham also noted, “If his schedule permits, Mr. Nye will be my guest at the museum on February 4. I would personally show him through our museum before the debate. I would also like him to meet our several full-time staff members who hold earned doctorates in science.”
If Nye has lost his mind, he might enjoy that. One more excerpt:
Tickets are $25 each and will be available for purchase through the debate event page starting Monday, January 6. [link omitted]
We hope Nye comes to his senses and decides to back out of this event. If he doesn’t, we fear it’s going to be a train wreck. Well, it’s possible that Nye might mop the floor with ol’ Hambo. Dawkins could. But Bill Nye? Anyway, we’ll just have to await developments.
Addendum: We’re closing comments here, in order to funnel your comments into our open thread for the actual debate: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham — Live Debate Thread.
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