Bill Nye made recent headlines when he announced that creationism is not appropriate for children, part of a new campaign pushing for evolution’s exclusivity in the classroom. A creationist offered a rebuttal to Nye’s original YouTube video, in which she says that children should be aware of evolution’s flaws.
Bill Nye’s quest against creationism unofficially launched with a BigThink YouTube video that got 4.6 million views. “If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine,” Nye says in the video. “But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”
The video, which was taken by some as a direct attack on conservative Christian parents, hasn’t been received well in those circles. Georgia Purdom of the Creation Museum posted a rebuttal video to YouTube, which has already gotten 150,000 views.
“He might be interested to know that I also teach my young daughter about evolution, and I know many other Christian parents who do the same,” she says. “Children should be exposed to both ideas concerning our past. Being a good scientist and a mom, I want my daughter to be educated about evolution so that she can see the inherent problems with it.”
According to the LA Times, 40% of Americans do believe that God had a hand in whatever process got us to where we are, including the present incarnation of human beings. Roughly equal numbers believe in evolution and creationism. Of those who believe in evolution, only 15% believe that God had nothing to do with the process.
Nye’s video was also curious in that his argument seems somewhat politically motivated. He specifically frames the evolution vs. creation debate as one with rippling economic consequences. He never goes too deeply into it, and MediaBistro wonders if the political tone hurts the argument.
So do we.
But decide for yourself. Here is Bill Nye’s video, followed by Creation Museum’s rebuttal: