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Bill Nye bashes creationism

Jason Oliva

Bill Nye at Bridgewater State College April 10, 2007

Evolution is key to America’s future

Bill Nye, famously known for his educational PBS show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993-1998), protected evolutionist theory this weekend in a video for Big Think entitled “Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children.”

Nye, a mechanical engineer turned television personality, gathered more than 1,000,000 views on his video claiming that creationism does not do children any good in the United States, one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries in the world.

In a move that outwardly—or even passive aggressively—challenges American right-wing conservatives, Nye preaches that teaching creationism is doing American youth a disservice since it undermines their scientific understanding and development. Nye also goes on to say that the U.S. needs “scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future,” as well as “engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

Nye also goes on to state that denial of evolution is unique to the U.S. as opposed to other places in the world, and that this denial “holds everybody back.”

Because evolution provides the evidence that life existed millions of years ago via fossils, radioactivity and star’s life cycles, it simply does not make sense to believe in creationism since it relies solely on individual belief rather than factual evidence.

Nye also encourages parents in his video rant by saying, “If you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.”

Naturally, Nye’s comments have spurred a debate from both the left-wings and right-wings. Even 153 years later, when Darwin first published his magnum opus “The Origin of the Species” in 1859, the debate still rages between evolutionists and creationists.

Nye closes out his video with, “In another couple of centuries I’m sure that worldview won’t even exist. There’s no evidence for it.”

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