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Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video
"The idea of deep time ... explains so much of the world around us," Bill Nye said in the viral video.
August 31st, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Bill Nye's viral YouTube video pleading with parents not to teach their children to deny evolution has spawned an online life of its own, with prominent creationists hitting back against the popular TV host.

"Time is Nye for a Rebuttal," Ken Ham the CEO of Answers in Genesis writes on his website. Answers in Genesis is the Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Nye's criticism of creationism went viral earlier this week, after being posted last Thursday.

"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it," Nye says in his Big Think video, which has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Ham writes that Nye is joining in with other evolutionists who say teaching children to deny evolution is a form of "child abuse." That idea comes in part from the atheist scientist Richard Dawkins, who in his book "The God Delusion" argues against exposing children to religion before they are old enough to fully understand it.

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"At AiG and the Creation Museum, we teach children and adults the truth concerning who they are in the Creator’s eyes — and where they came from," Ham writes. "We tell people that they do have purpose and meaning in life and that they were created for a purpose. "No, we are not just evolved animals as Nye believes; we are all made in the image of God."

Ham is the public face of a group that academics call Young Earth Creationists, though they prefer to be called Biblical Creationists. They believe in a literal interpretation of the creation account in the book of Genesis found in the Bible.

The Creation Museum also produced its own rebuttal video on YouTube that features two of their staff scientists, both Ph.Ds, David Menton and Georgia Purdom.

"[Nye] might be interested to know I also teach my young daughter about evolution and I know many Christian parents who do the same," Purdom says in the video. "Children should be exposed to both ideas concerning our past."

For the past 30 years, one popular method for Creationists to advance their cause has been to make an equal-time argument,with Creationism taught alongside evolution. In the late 1980s, some state legislatures passed bills that promoted the idea of a balanced treatment of both ideas in the classroom.

In 1987, the issue made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where a Louisiana "equal-time law" was struck down. The court ruled that teaching creationism in public school class rooms was a violation of the Establishment Cause in the Constitution, which is commonly referred to as the separation of church and state.

A key point between most scientists and many creationists is the timing for the origin of the world.

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Nye's argument falls in line with the vast majority of scientists, who date the age of the earth as 4.5 billion years old and the universe as 14.5 billion years old.

"The idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview becomes crazy, untenable, itself inconsistent," Nye says in his viral video.

Young Earth Creationists say the weeklong account of God creating the earth and everything in it represents six 24-hour periods (plus one day of rest) and date the age of the earth between 6,000 and 10,000 years.

"Yes we see fossils and distant stars, but the history on how they got there really depends on our worldview," Purdom says in the museum's rebuttal. "Do we start with man's ideas, who wasn't here during man's supposed billions of years of earth history or do we start with the Bible, the written revelation of the eyewitness account of the eternal God who created it all?"

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Polling from Gallup has shown for the past 30 years that between 40-46% of the survey respondents believe in Creationism, that God created humans and the world in the past 10,000 years.

The most recent poll showed belief in atheistic evolution was on the rise at 16%, nearly double what it had been in previous years. The poll also found 32% of respondents believe in evolution guided by God.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Creationism • Science

soundoff (5,973 Responses)
  1. yamnnjr

    I came to this story here to see the counter argument, not to be told the same argument from the same side again. Well that's liberal news media for you, you'll every hear one side.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • CK

      That’s because there is no other argument besides evolution. What PROOF does creationism have?

      September 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • niknak

      So you fundie are now going to try to link the liberal media with science?
      Whats next, linking it with socialism, and the Taliban?
      Actually, I bet Fix news is doing just that as I write this.
      Keep up the good work being a sheep, you fecless rigling, because the religious scammers need sheep like you to keep giving them your hard earned money.
      Religion, the best and most lucrative and longest running ponzi skeem every invented.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  2. Fred

    I see people are still here debating the village idiot's statement.
    I guess Jughead Jones succeeded in getting people stirred up.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      For 2,000 years people have debated that village idiot's words.
      I assume the Jughead reference was supposedd to remind us all of a particular fools' crown of throns....

      September 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Fred

      Maybe if you could spell, I could take your post seriously.
      Nah, it was too ignorant even if it had been spelled correctly.
      You are a great example of why they shouldn't let inbred people on the internet.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  3. No

    "Nye's argument falls in line with the vast majority of scientists, who date the age of the earth and the universe as 4.5 billion years old."

    This is incorrect from the author – the majority of scientist agree the Earth is around that age, but the universe is older – roughly 13 billion years old. Earth =/= Universe.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • CK

      You are correct. Isn’t the earth estimated to be around 4.6 billion years old?

      September 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  4. Jerry

    I think it is sad that people actually base their believe in God on such nonsense as creationism. People who accept evolution are not non believers, they just happen to believe in science also. They are not exclusionary beliefs. Most scientists look upon religion as a moral guide not a scientific guide. Use the brain that evolved within your head.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  5. CK

    I don’t mean this as a joke but do the creationists have any valid points at all? Of course I mean valid points that haven’t been refuted by evolutionists.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  6. dugg

    Creationists tell me that they can't accept that they are descended from monkeys. From? Wow they areen't even at monkey yet. I apologize to monkeys everywhere for their pretentions.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  7. SmellsFishy

    Bill don't stoop to the level of the "Flat Earth Society". They are in denial and always will be. They ignore scientific record by putting their blinders on. Evolution will weed them out at some point.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • CK

      I agree with Nye but maybe he should never have said anything to begin with. You are correct in the fact that the creationists will never be convinced. All what Nye’s comments seemed to have done was put a fire in their belly.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • yamnnjr

      You obviously don't understand how evolution works. it's all about reproduction. How someone thinks, what they believe, even if they're not as fit for survival, it all has nothing to do with evolution. Survival of the fittest is just a means to reproduction. Reproductive success is the key to evolution. If something can't survive even 2 seconds, but can manage to reproduce more in those 2 seconds, evolution will take place in their line, not the other who survived 4 years and reproduced way less.

      Evolution is not an intelligence like so many of you atheists seem to confuse it as. Evolution is simply a by-product of reproduction, a rolling of dice, a random assortment of traits, and that assortment more favoring reproductive success whether that be via survival for a greater time or a simply reproducing hundreds of offspring.

      But you're also naive and very religious because you don't even consider the merit of what these guys are saying, but instead blindly cast it out like heretical nonsense. But you believe your faith, and I'll believe mine. Either way we're both believing that which we cannot tangibly prove, and at the very least this video proves you can always be sure of something simply because the popular theory of the scientific community says it is so.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • HAVE MUD WILL TRAVEL

      Sounds like self-worship to me.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  8. pensimmon

    Of course evolution occurred- there is plenty of proof. Also, it seems to be forgotten that men wrote the bible, and they wrote what they thought was true thousands of years ago. We have advanced a bit since then. Plenty of theologians believe evolution. It does not preclude the existence of any supreme being.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  9. bassmaster22

    This will never be solved because there is no common ground on which to relate. There can be no way to disprove the existence of god to a believer. Only to prove god to a non-believer. If god never appears, there's always hope that he exists and if he does then there is the proof. Either way, athiests will never be able to do or say anything to any of these people that will convince them otherwise.
    As an athiest, the best I can hope for is the discovery of another inhabitable planet that I can move to free of religion.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • yamnnjr

      You will never be free of religion because the religious adherence to the belief of no-God is also just as, if not more religious than any theistic religion.

      The atheist's whole argument hinges on one single idea, and that's that they have no reason to believe in God, and that's not an argument, that's a supposition based on the assumption that God should have to come down and spell it out to each and every one of us exactly how He's already proven it to us.

      The fact is, the real reason an atheist doesn't believe in God is because they don't want too, not because they have no reason too. They prove this by their willingness to accept the things of atheism that they cannot prove anymore than they can a God. And God, being truly just and merciful has not only given them that freedom, but has now, thanks to the freedoms Capitalized upon by His children, given them every reason not to live their lives in guilt about their unwillingness to follow God.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Joel

      There is as much evidence for the Christian god as there is for Zeus, yet you don't call it religious for people to dismiss him as myth.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • WASP

      @bass: i'm pretty certain once we do find a habitable planet creationist and religious people will find a way to include it into their "god's" great plan or they will say it's a conspirancy or the devil is tricking everyone.

      that is the lovely thing about religion, the preist/rabbi/preacher etc etc etc will tell you folks whatever it takes to keep you from having to confrount the fact that WE ARE ALONE IN THIS WORLD!

      YOU ARE BORN ALONE
      YOU WILL DIE ALONE

      YOU EVEN LIVE ALONE; meaning there isn't a single way for you to leave your body and understand anything outside your own senses, it's impossible. please if you reply with yes you can please fly up here to NYC in your astral form and i will buy you a cup of coffee. ROFLMFAO

      September 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • bubba's left foot

      @yammer. what has god already proven? which god proved it?

      September 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  10. Rufus T. Firefly

    "Yes we see fossils and distant stars, but the history on how they got there really depends on our worldview," Purdom says...

    The history of how things came to be absolutely does not depend on our worldview. Whatever the actual history of the universe is , it is independent of the "wordviews" of various people, it is true whether it is believed in or not. That's part of the reason that many religious people just don't seem to get it – we can't make something true just by believing in it. We can only discern what is true by testing our ideas against that reality. That's why the scientific method is so effective.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • CK

      I know that the creationists believe that the stars we see in the sky are not actually there. They claim that they have all died out and we only see them b/c of the delayed time from when the star burnt out and the time the light travels to earth. Is there any truth to this?

      September 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  11. Blonde Guy

    @bubba's left foot

    Hopefully, Dr Tonya Smith can help. I looked up her information online and she has amazing credentials.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  12. Blonde Guy

    @ Doc

    You're right. I never met her before in my life. Please accept my deepest apologies.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      That was also suppose to go below. I am having trouble w/ that today.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  13. Blonde Guy

    You're right. I never met her before in my life. Please accept my deepest apologies.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  14. Lee Oates

    The nuts are out in strength today. Hopefully the human species will evolve past religion one day.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  15. wayne

    "Yes we see fossils and distant stars, but the history on how they got there really depends on our worldview," Purdom says in the museum's rebuttal. "Do we start with man's ideas, who wasn't here during man's supposed billions of years of earth history or do we start with the Bible, the written revelation of the eyewitness account of the eternal God who created it all?"

    Man wasn't here during men's supposed bilions of years, or do you start with the bible, whose writers (who actually wrote it, not God) also were not here billions of years ago?

    The correct way to apporach this is to ask "how do you know" With science there is a method that is used to determine the distance of stars and the age of fossils. The bible doesn't have that. It simply states and the reader just believes off assumed authority.

    Which is a better way to go about this?

    September 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • butch

      the best way to go about this for both sides to stop bickering about it and go on about their business of raising a family, discovering new planets, j a c k ing off to p o r n, or whatever it is they do because this stupid argument is for retarded people.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • wayne

      The only retarted one here is you Butch.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Butch,

      This is actually one of the most important questions facing humanity. We have the ability to blow up the world and plenty of religious people who find that idea appealing.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  16. HAVE MUD WILL TRAVEL

    'Jam 1:8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.'.......The theory of evolution is a myth in the making. It started out with Darwin's 'racial' ideas which were a perfect fit for his time. Now Leakey's pushing the unity of mankind and it fits our times as well. Sing a verse of, 'we are da wurld'...These guys now how to play a crowd. It must pay well.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • where does god go for vacation

      Do youhave evidence for any of that? Are you trying to imply that Darwin was a racist? His family led the fight against slavery!

      September 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Yes Darwin was a hindu, racist, he did nothing else but tried to justify hinduism, racism of hindu Dark ages, hinduism, absurdity of evolution is fundamental part of hinduism, pagan ism, secularism. For more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/

      September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  17. chuck

    Chick publications says it all. Fake story...no professor would be "cornered" by these arguments.
    Thank you JESUS for places like Massachusetts, where this type of insanity has to be imported from Kansas.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hindu's deniers of truth absolute profess their hinduism, absurdity of evolution in public, but never confess to their hindu ism absurdity of evolution by their mind, because seance does not prove their point but existence of truth absolute, GOD. For more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/

      September 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  18. Leah

    None of us really know how old the earth is...theories have changed many times over the years, and in 10 years it will be probably be different, such is the nature of science. Science is exciting to explore and to fine-tune. However, it seems most people who have commented here seem to use science as a weapon to discredit faith and such, but what I am most bothered by is trying to discredit Jesus through science!?!...it is not only ignorant, but disrespectful. The truth is, if you actually read the words of Jesus, he's not political, he's not out to condemn people, and he didn't insist on people listening to him. He didn't argue about religion or science or politics. He said "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you." He told people that in order to be his follower they must be humble and that they would suffer, "the greatest of all, must be least of all, and servant of all." He offers freedom through forgiveness, grace, and love. Sure there are "christians" and churches, who don't really follow the words and actions of Jesus and who may be ignorant and self-righteous, but with all the arguing and attacks, please don't bring Jesus into it, because he is above all that.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Nothing Jesus said was original. He also had some terrible advice like "slaves obey your masters" therby condoning slavery. I would think that the loving Son of the creator of the universe could do better.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      No one ever existed by the name of Jesus, but Easu, anointed one, word Jesus is hinduism, absurdity of hindu Jew's, filthy self centered, secular's, assuming themselves to be truth absolute, god. Easu is corrupted by adding letter J to make him a Jew, but he was a Hebrew,letter A is deleted to conform to hindu pagan trinity, as in word GOD, and letter S is added to show respect by divine language, not many personalities. For more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/

      September 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      Also, there is little evidence to support that Jesus even existed. Saul of Tarsis provided most of the story that the gospels are written about, and he never met Jesus. The Gospels weren't even written until at least 50 years after the death of the supposed Christ.

      Read about the following deities: Mithra, Dionysus, Horus, Krishna, Attis, Dagon and Zeus. You'll find almost the entire Jesus myth to be plagiarized from stories that were centuries or millenia old at the time.

      Jesus is a solar god representation and astrological marker for the age of Pisces. There were many before him and will be (unfortunately) many in the future.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • The flying spaghetti monster

      Jesus is okay I guess, but the flying spaghetti monster is the only true mesiah. Look up my teachings, they are the way, the light, the secret in the sauce...

      September 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  19. Blonde Guy

    Sorry, I meant he "actually" quit his job. I didn't realize I was writing a term paper here.

    Also, I'm 27.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      That post was suppose to go below

      September 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • midwest rail

      If you aren't embarrassed by the amateurish nature of your "evidence", you should be. Next.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Really. What a doofus.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Doofus???

      We might disagree but there is no need for that type of language. I happen to be very sensitive for your information.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      I see you all bad mouthing me but not providing any support for evolution. I think you all are just upset because you all, like my former professor, is backed into a corner.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You poor little troll.

      It's pretty clear now that you're posting this nonsense because you are in fact not a creationist at all.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Of course I am. Didn’t you watch that video? I clearly stated evidence that supported creationism, such as lucy being an odd shaped chimpanzee.

      Now if you all are going to respond, please do so KINDLY now need for name calling.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  20. Blonde Guy

    Good Afternoon,

    Just like many of you, I have been taught that evolution is the way of world. However, I have always been skeptical and of course believed in creationism. When I was in college, my biology professor started a class about the topic of evolution. Everyone in class agreed with him on the topic, except for one individual, me. I wanted to speak up but I felt very uncomfortable about doing so since I was alone. However, I did get the nerve to voice my opinion. The professor screamed at me for disagreeing with the theory of evolution but then I believe he thought it would be better for him to make me look bad in front of the entire class.

    Thus started a debate between me and a biology professor! For every fact he presented, I had a rebuttal and eventually backing him into the corner. Finally, he gave up and accepted that creationism is the actual truth! Later that day, he quit his job because he could no longer teach the theory of evolution as he knew it was wrong!!!

    I know a lot of you all are atheists and probably think I am making this whole thing up but as fate would have it, someone was recording the entire class and posted the ordeal to youtube. You can see for yourself that this really indeed happened.

    Creationism is the truth.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkwfhxkLAsI&w=640&h=390]

    September 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • WASP

      @guy: i've seen your BS before on another cnn blog about the creationist nasa employee getting fired. it was BS then and it is still BS.

      no unversity or college professor would be backed in a corner by some freshmen creationist.
      if you care to try me i will go toe to toe with you over the facts, i whopped you in the other articule and i would enjoy doing it again. :)

      September 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      I never did that post on the NASA employee.

      You can see for yourself in that video that my professor was back to a corner and actual quit his job.

      Finally, I would usually be more than willing to debate you on the topic but I am a bit reluctant knowing that your wife will probably divorce you after seeing how badly you got owned.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      AhhahhhaAA! That has got to be one of the worst acting jobs I've ever seen on film.

      Blonde Guy, are you for real?

      September 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "my professor was back to a corner and actual quit his job."

      Sure. And I'm the Queen of England. Your professor was "back" into a corner? He "actual" quit his job?

      Are you 12?

      September 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      That wasn't a play, it was someone recording the class on their phone. The acting might seem so bad b/c we weren't acting. That was rea life. It's a shame he felt the need to quit. I have no personal vandetta against the professor. I just disagree on how the earth was created.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Sorry, I meant he "actually" quit his job. I didn't realize I was writing a term paper here.

      Also, I'm 27.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You little lying twerp.

      That was no more a video of an actual lecture than you're the kid in it. Why don't you post the name of this "professor" and the date on which this was "recorded on someone's cell phone."?

      Nobody who got into Johns Hopkins would be unable to spell a simple word like "vendetta".

      You're just a troll.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I stopped at the point Kent Hovind was referenced for information.

      Since January 2007, Hovind has been serving a ten-year prison sentence after being convicted of 58 federal counts, including 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal agents, and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions. He is incarcerated at the FPC Satellite Camp of the ADX Florence prison in Florence, Colorado.

      BTW, you are not skeptical if you accept bronze age myths as real.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I was laughing so hard at the call-and-response crap with the class. "He's got a point."

      Was this the film you submitted for your Bible college film studies class?

      September 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • 1+1=2

      @blondie. You are a liar. You don't have the IQ to back your prof into a corner. Your post proves such. You are delusional and arrogant. Loser.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Congratulation, for honest statement and spoken truth, Science proves creation, not disproves truth of creation, and existence of truth absolute God, or Allah, Al, The, La, limit H, most high or absolute, science is nothing more than a medium, not the source, truth absolute, as hindu's Atheist hind, lie for their hinduism assertions of evolution. For more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/

      September 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No sir. That was a real class I took some time ago.

      The professor's name was Dr. Smith.

      Believe me now?

      September 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Do not be afraid of these hindu's Atheist, self centered, they have no proof of their hinduism absurdity called evolution. Visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/ for more.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      1+1=2

      Come on. That crossed the line.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Lemme guess, BG. His first name was John, right?

      Nice try. If you want to provide evidence of evolution, try not to be so ham-handed.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Blonde Guy
      Dr. Smith from which school?
      Your assertion is easily proven if you give a few bits of data.
      1) Name of professor: Dr. Smith
      2) Name of school: ????
      3) Year he quit: ????

      September 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      1) Name of professor: Dr. Smith
      Correctamundo.
      2) Name of school: ????
      Harvard. After that ordeal, I transferred to a much more respectable school called patriot university.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Bible_University

      Remember, no name calling.
      3) Year he quit: 2005

      Happy Now?

      September 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I know it can be hard to "spot the Poe" but c'mon people, this one was obvious.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Patriot Bible University (PBU), formerly known as Patriot University, is an unaccredited fundamentalist Christian correspondence school located in Del Norte, Colorado [2] which issues religious degrees only.[3] According to the State of Colorado, Patriot's "degrees or diplomas have no state recognition".[4] PBU is not accredited by any agency recognized by the Department of Education.[5] It has been called a diploma mill, lacking sufficient academic standards to award degrees.[6][7]

      Sure.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not hard at all Cheese. Just funnin'.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Tom,

      Yep, that’s the one. That’s my alma mater.

      I don’t know what else I can do to prove to you all that this is real. I have the year, professor name, and school. I even provided you all video evidence. What more can I do?

      September 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      You all have no response I see.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Blonde Guy
      A check of Harvard University's faculty list shows a Tanya Smith, Ph.D. who is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology.
      There is no indication that there was a male Dr. Smith teaching evolutionary biology in 2004/2005.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      How do you know that is not the professor? There are men in the world with the name Tanya. In fact, my name is Tanya.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • where does god go for vacation

      Primarily because you haven't provided anything to back up this incredible charade. You expect us to believe that based upon your intellect and knowledge you shamed a Harvard professor to not only convert to creationist views but also move from Harvard to an unaccredited diploma mill. How about some detail – full name, subject, etc

      September 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Well…uh…you see…

      Humina humina humnina.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Okay. You all got me. I made the whole thing up. I was just trying to make friends. You see when I was growing up, I was very shy and had a hard time making any friends. In fact, I never had a friend my entire life. I know this doesn’t justify my actions.

      I actually never went to Harvard.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Blonde Guy
      Becuase her picture is on the profile page
      http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~bioanth/tanya_smith/index.htm

      September 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • M

      This is by far.... BY FAR the most ridiculous and hilarious set of comments I have ever read on CNN. Thank you for brightening my afternoon with your hilarious foolishness.

      Sincerely,
      An actual college graduate with degrees from 3 accredited schools.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • WASP

      @Blonde guy.......better known as BG or bold george: you have posted this very video before and i have watched it only to laugh. one thing you don't know about me i have a photographic/photogenic mind, once i see something i can't ever forget it............and trust me there are many things i wish i could forget.

      for someone that doesn't wish to debate the topic in the video, you sure seem prone to wanting to stick around and provide names and dates, but i'm guessing because in a real debate you have no facts because you weren't there to debate with that "professor".

      i will give you points for not being atroll and constantly posting the same video over and over.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      Thanks. What can I get with these points.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      The acting is terrible. You're a fraud, and so is the video. Any professor worth his salt would have creamed the kid, who, by the way, is not you (the diction and phraseology do not match yours even in a passing fashion). The "professor" in the video is obviously the creationist dolt who wrote the whole thing.

      You probably got this off of some website that gave you the backup story and you're pretending it's yours. You're not only stupid, you're a plagiarist to boot.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • WASP

      @BG: nothing much. i don't understand the need to post a video you can't even debate the topic in. it seems kindof pointless and only leads you to be trapped into a corner, W.E.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • bubba's left foot

      I'd recommend redeeming them for an education

      September 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • prufrock

      Blonde guy...
      if you believe in creation, which version in the bible do you believe? Genesis one? or Genesis two? They completely contridict each other, so which one is correct? If you think they don't, read both, and write down the order of creation.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      @bubba's left foot

      Hopefully, Dr Tonya Smith can help. I looked up her information online and she has amazing credentials.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Blonde Guy

      I’m sorry everyone. I was just kidding around.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      What a ridiculous and downright dishonest video (could actually only sit through about 3 minutes of it). I understand that Blonde Guy is pulling some legs, but there are people out there that probably take this seriously. Disturbing.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Bob

      Bravo! Very entertaining. It would be more so if there weren't actually people who believe the "proof" offered by the "student". The use of antiquated names of for man's ancestors was amusing, and the dismissals of their validity, hilarious. But the whole thing had a Monty Python-esque ring to it, so again, bravo!

      September 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • firebird

      This must be a joke post. If you watch the video, it's an obvious parody of some sort. Just a bunch of kids acting over-the-top in as stereotypical a fashion as possible.
      Of course, if you still insist it's true, maybe you can explain how a single cell phone camera manages to cut from a student's view to the teacher's view just when they raise their hands. That's one magical cell phone.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
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