Several Bill Nye comments bugged the creationists.
Remember when Bill Nye said that teaching creationism to kids is tantamount to child abuse? He made this video and posted it in August of 2012.
Yeah, the biblical literalist crowd wasn’t too happy about that. They didn’t like his comments about the moon last September on Bill Maher’s show, either. In fact, one of the best-known biblical literalists got his panties in a bunch about those comments. Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis, complained about Nye’s factual comments on his Facebook page:
“What a load of nonsense. These two mock the Bible and totally distort the Bible’s account of the creation of the sun and the moon. Bill Nye still doesn’t understand the difference between historical science and observational science–so he may be known as ‘Bill Nye the science guy’–but he doesn’t understand science correctly.”
Yes, really. Ken Ham, a man with a mere Bachelor’s Degree in applied science said that Bill Nye “doesn’t understand science correctly.” Bill Nye, who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Bill Nye, who is VP of The Planetary Society. Who won 18 Emmy awards for explaining science to children. Bill Nye doesn’t understand science “correctly?”
Ken Ham is the curator — such as it is — for his very own Creation “Science” Museum. He also runs the website Answers in Genesis. You may remember that name from the so-called “science” test in a South Carolina school which was based on their DVD. Ham printed a whiny and thin-skinned column on the AiG website about how “atheists” were attacking him and his organization. It’s fairly obvious that Ham and actual science are not on speaking terms.
Bill Nye offers to debate Ken Ham.
In an interview with the Associated Press last September, Bill Nye said that he would be willing to debate Ham at the latter’s museum. Last month, Nye agreed to the debate details and the arrangements were made. The date has been set for the 4th of February.
Other “evolutionists” have wanted to debate Ham before but he has always declined. Why did he agree to debate Bill Nye?
“A debate with Mr. Nye, nationally known for his children’s TV program and for promoting evolution, will be one of our major events in 2014 to highlight how children and teens are being influenced by evolutionary thinking,” declared Ham. “This year, our AiG theme is ‘Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids.’ Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation/evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters. 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.” (Answers in Genesis)
Ham says that, if Nye’s schedule permits, he will give the Science Guy a personal tour through the Creation Museum. Well, that should be fun — oh, to be a fly on the wall. He also plans to introduce Nye to some of his staff whom, Ham says, hold doctorates in science. Which kind of science was not indicated.
Critics believe that Nye shouldn’t debate.
Some critics have expressed disbelief that Bill Nye has accepted the invitation. They point out that the bible-thumpers will outnumber the science nerds (and I use that word with love). They say that this puts creationism on the same footing as real science, “as if their ideas also carry equal weight.” Others have mentioned that Ham’s museum attendance has been declining and that this is just a stunt to get publicity. The idea that Bill Nye is drumming up publicity for his upcoming show has also been floated. I can say, as someone who knows Bill Nye, that just isn’t the way he works.
The “Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?” debate will be held in the Creation Museum’s Legacy Hall, which seats 9,000. The museum is located in Petersburg, KY. You can buy tickets — at $25 each — on the debate event page beginning Monday, January 6. Tickets will likely sell out fast. I hope that the creationist crowd doesn’t elbow out the science people, but I fear that they might. If I could go, I would. But Kentucky is a long way from here. However, I *do* have friends in Kentucky… Watch this space.
Here’s a video with a report from WHAS 11 News: