Bill Nye Rips Religion In Science: There’s ‘No Controversy’

A new profile of Bill Nye (“the science guy”) in The New York Times is a departure from the TV personality’s long-held mild public persona, and Nye has recently lashed out at “science deniers” for working to restrict evidence-based policy and education.

Bill Nye’s new gig seems to be, in part, taking on issues of science literacy and science denial head on — but unlike his good pal and fellow science superstar Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Nye isn’t shying away from a more forceful approach. (He recently took on lawmakers over whether deadly tornadoes in the midwest were worsened by a changing climate.)

The profile quotes Tyson on the matter of handling science deniers, and the famed astrophysicist and new host of Cosmos says that he indeed is a bit gentler than Nye is now, observing his friend is “hitting controversial topics head on,” but adding:

“I’m looking to stimulate curiosity so most people can go out there and learn on their own.”

Slate science blogger Phil Plait was a bit more enthusiastic about tackling the issue of science denial in policy and education, saying of Bill Nye’s recent battles:

“He will very calmly tear [science deniers] apart … His big advantage is, he’s right. We know that climate change is real. We know creationism is wrong. These are no longer scientific controversies.”

Plait adds that Nye’s assertions are supported by science, and arguments against such consensus-based topics as “global warming” (preferably called “climate change”) are in no way actual controversies to anyone but political opponents:

“When people call these ‘controversial topics,’ that’s misleading … They are only controversial politically. And politics is not necessarily evidence-based.”

Tyson has, in the past, vociferously argued that acceptance of science is not anti-religion, and the issues only become contentious when religion is expected to supplant science — and Nye said to a recent audience:

“The earth’s not 4,000, 6,000, 10,000 years old … I’ve got no problem with anybody’s religion. But if you go claiming the earth is only 10,000 years old, that’s just wrong.”

But, Nye says, his mission now and then remains the same — science advocacy. And expounding upon that issue, he explains:

“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering … for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.”

He adds:

“I’m not kidding.”

As the profile of Bill Nye makes its way around the Twittersphere, many users too are sharing the below clip in which he argues “Creationism is not appropriate for children.”