It was inevitable. We knew when we posted Bill Nye Blasts Creationism that the creationists would be responding (to him, not to us). Today is the beginning of the great backlash.
The first salvo comes from Answers in Genesis. As you know, AIG is one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
At Hambo’s personal blog we find Time is Nye for a Rebuttal. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
I wanted to provide you with a link to a short video we just produced to counter an anti-creationist video that has gone absolutely viral on internet through YouTube and other outlets. The video shows Bill Nye, well-known for his popular PBS-TV program for young people called “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” taking a shot at creationists who teach that Genesis is true. It’s one of the most-watched videos this week on the Internet. (At last report, there have been over 2.2 million views on YouTube.) It was produced by an on-line think tank called Big Think.
The Bill Nye video has had over 2.2 million views? Fantastic! There’s not much ol’ Hambo can do about it, but he’s trying. Observe:
A recent tactic by evolutionists in their battle against creationists, one that is especially used by Richard Dawkins, is to employ an ad hominem argument — that creationists are committing a form of “child abuse” when they teach creation to children. Well, that phenomenon continues, this time with Bill Nye.
That’s not an ad hominem argument — it’s a true statement. Let’s read on:
AiG was planning to rebut Nye’s views in our regular news feature that we post on Saturdays called News to Note. But dozens of people have asked us to present our reply now, such as this emailer.
Skipping what’s supposed to be a desperate plea for a response, we continue:
We are doing so today with a video rebuttal featuring our “science guys” — Dr. David Menton and Dr. Georgia Purdom of our AiG and Creation Museum staff. These two PhD scientists were asked to reply to Mr. Nye, whose academic credentials do not come close to Drs. Menton and Purdom. You can watch their three-minute video here.
Their video is also at YouTube, so we could put a copy of it at the top of this post for your convenience. Then, after some bible-talk, Hambo says:
By the way, our lead article tomorrow on our main AiG website we will go more into depth about the claims of Mr. Nye. We will even show you a photo of Bill Nye standing outside the Creation Museum (he did not go inside).
Would you please do me a favor and send our video to as many people as you can? We need to get out the word and rebut Bill Nye.
We haven’t seen the AIG video. But if you’re interested, take a look and let us know if we’ve missed anything.
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