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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. Bob Lewis

    Forget the Bible. The existence of "Honey Boo Boo" definitely proves there is no evolution.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Well, maybe not in rural Georgia anyway...

      September 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Alex

    Indulge me...If I told you that I had a vision of Jesus Christ who told me to go out and feed the poor, save the whales and spread the word about his love of humanity, very few people would have a problem with that.

    But, if I replaced the name Jesus Christ with Alex Newberry, you would think I was crazy.

    What's in a name?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      Jesus would never say all of that. He's a Republican.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Alex

      Good point Jesus Freaker – How about this then? My vision from Jesus Christ was to lower taxes for large corporations, get rid of healthcare for the poor, let people buy more guns, and let oil companies drill in Alaska's wilderness.

      Is that a bit more realistic?

      September 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Alex: Once again Jesus is a republican...he'd have accounts in the Cayman Islands; deny woman their rights; say that a woman's body has ways of shutting down from becoming pregnant was raped; deny gay's equal rights; hide tax returns...the list goes on.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  3. hahaah

    I thought this was from the Onion. Goes to show how stupid people are.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  4. Harald

    It's really amazing. How can a supposingly sane person at the same time be a YEC ? How can somebody believe in nonsense such as a 6000 year old earth when there is absolute no evidence for such belief but overwhelming evidence for a far older earth.
    The same is true for creation. There is no evidence for anything being created out of thin air but lots of evidence for abiogenesis and evolution.
    I think people want to believe in a God (for whatever reason) and try to bend reality to fit into the god concept. Belief is the anti thesis to the scientific method and if everybody would build his/her life on belief we all would still live in caves.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      For an example, read Chad's posts.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Or Topher's.

      They both attempt to frame and distort facts to suit their belief system. It's kind of sad; it makes me wonder what is absent from their lives.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Harald,

      There's a reason for sunday school. There's a reason that it starts at a very young age with cute sing-along songs reinforced through repet’ition. It's brainwashing, pure and simple. Their church-mates are often their friends and neighbors. It all becomes very self-reinforcing. Some folks have a really tough time getting past this once their view of the world has been formed. I mean, many youth in the middle east are functionally illiterate but they can cite the Koran verbatim...there are actually Koran reciting compet’itions, and it's a big deal. That's how deep this goes. The Nazi's would be proud.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Tofu is born again...the absolute worst kind of christian...no wonder it acts like it does.
      Chad, I suspect is a mere 16 years old and has yet to go out on his own.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • hjezek@hotmail.com

      @exlonghorn: I agree and such things should be outlawed. It's like introducing your little ones to marihuana. That's why it is so difficult for a believer, who was indoctrinated from an early age on, to leave his belief behind. It's like a drug and intellectual persuasion usually doesn't much help.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  5. Kingofthenet

    "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."

    Jesus must be rolling in his grave.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      At least it's less than half, and by all accounts that number is shrinking.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  6. Shannon in Vegas

    If there was a god, why would he make the atheists so smart and his believers such illiterate fools?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  7. keyser

    F*#! religion. It has no place in our public education system or our government. 8,000 year old earth...how delusional can you be?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  8. Sam

    "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?"

    In other words, do we trust what man believed 2,000+ years ago? Or do we trust what man has learned since?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  9. Opkode

    " the written revelation of the eyewitness account ". Really? Who was the eyewitness?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Kingofthenet

      I like to know whoever the gospels writers were how they knew what people where thing in their heads or what they were doing when they were alone.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Steve Johnson

    " The most recent poll showed belief in atheistic evolution was on the rise at 16% "

    Thank god

    September 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  11. jk2001

    That scientist who says she teaches "both ideas" is being bigoted. Why doesn't she also explain other creation stories, like those of Hindus, Buddhists, numerous tribal religions, and other groups? Evolution happens – it's observed. The theory that evolution led to the diversity of life on earth is an extrapolation of that observation. There *are* problems with that theory. However, in comparison, the Bibile is a book written by people. It's based on a recording of origin stories by a tribe of Jews. Every tribe has a story of how life originated. Asserting that this one origin story, out of hundreds or thousands, is the true story, because an old tribal leader said it was the written word of God, when every other origin story also claims the same, has a lot more problems.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  12. exlonghorn

    I think we can conclude a couple of things:

    1) NOBODY on earth knows where the matter of the universe "came from" prior to the big bang. All energy has mass, so some form of mass existed prior to the big bang. Realistically, we don't know what existed before the Big Bang. We don't know if the universe is "inside" something bigger or not.
    2) NOBODY can correctly say that God unequivocally does not exist. There is really no experimental proof for or against the existence of one or more deities. All we truly know is what we can observe.
    3) ALL remaining observed facts and evidence heavily indicates that the universe, earth, and humans have developed or evolved in line with modern scientific understanding, including the theory of evolution. The accu’mulated scientific evidence absolutely dwarfs any observable evidence supporting any of the major religious texts.
    4) There are MANY religions, and they have many contradictions...many of which are mutually exclusive. NO one religion can legitimately claim it's the "truest" religion because they all lack the same experimental and observational proof of validity.
    5) Godless people in general do not commit violence or evil on behalf of their atheistic/agnostic views. I can't say the same for most major religions. If religions are good, why do so many believers act so badly while cloaking themselves in the self-righteousness of their beliefs?

    With those five things in mind, I conclude that the rational choice is to live a positive and optimistic, but godless, life and enjoy reveling in our place in the greater universe. Even if we DID decide to believe, there is no way one can be certain which religion is "correct" above all others. This strikes me as a fool's errand to even attempt. So...live a godless life well and observe the golden rule. How simple, satisfying, and peaceful is that?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Kalohu

      The Big Bang? Seriously? It would take emptying your brain of all brain cells to believe something like the human body evolved from an explosion. PLEASE!!!!!! Only a genius designer (God) could do something so fabulous!

      September 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I doubt you ever read a book, K.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Please tell me you're joking....

      September 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  13. trollol

    'Evolution guided by god' is just religion trying to assimilate science because they know they are fighting a losing battle.
    I ask you these questions: If we are made in god's image, why do we all look so different? Which of us look more like god and which of us the least? Are other primates considered to be made in god's image as well? Where do we draw the line? Maybe dark skinned africans and south east asian people were not made in god's image if a line had to be drawn. I'm willing to bet the jews would be quick to step up to that plate and say they look the most like god because they are gods chosen people.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Max Powers

      Historically, it was white people who where thought to look like god, hence all the pictures of white jesuses everywhere. I personally think God look like a cross between Al Franken and Chris Rock.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • CJ

      'Guided by god' is essentially meaningless. It is a pleasing semantic that religious people use to help them feel 'enlightened' by science like the rest of us. Usually what these most 'humble' servants mean is that evolution was being guided all along ...to bring about them. Even if it is 14 something billion years after the big bang. Not one believing scientist , even francis collins, has ever shown what 'guided by god' means or how that explanation does a better job explaining life than evolution by natural selection. Did god guide the evolution of small pox? Did god guide all primates to have a defective vitamin c synthesis enzyme? (which is why we and our primate cousins have to eat it). The creationists offer their usual self absorbed tripe criticizing science because it questions the fairy tale that makes them feel special.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  14. Colin

    What is oil?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  15. ross hein

    Why are those that espouse evolution so angry and bitter. Why demean those who disagree.Looking at the comments those that believe in creationism are also loving positive and welcoming of debate. Those against , hateful meanspirited and insulting.When I was a child my sisters and brother used to say the prayer "now I lay me down to sleep..... and at the end we used to say godbless mom and dad, grandma and grandpa abd our dog sugar. We were wishing good for people what is so evil about that. I will be interested in your enlightened comments.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Patrick

      Speak for your self.
      You don't have a clue about what scientists believe, feel or think.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't think you've read too many of the comments of the creationists on here.

      And quite honestly, I don't give a hoot if creationists are offended. They're living in denial of facts and insisting that everyone else should do so as well. They can take a flying leap for all I care. Their beliefs have no place in government, law, or public education.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • trollol

      People hide their true feelings, you know? Or maybe you don't. Just because negative feelings aren't expressed doesn't mean it isn't there. The people behind those positive posts are just more deceitful and the angry people are more honest. You need to look at things from different perspectives from time to time.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Kingofthenet

      You are trying to make your myths be taught is school, and your fairy-tales to have force of law restricting what women can do with their OWN bodies.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • workinprogress

      it seems to boil down to the fact that Christians stand for traditional marriage, though many agree with civil unions, and we speak out against abortion. Is that really the cause of all the anger?

      September 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • ME II

      @ross hein,
      "Why are those that espouse evolution so angry and bitter"
      One possible reason might be that believers often condemn others to hell for simply studying the physical world, which, according to them, God created.
      Why are those who espouse Creationism so judgmental and factually incorrect?

      September 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Ross,

      You say believers are "loving positive and welcoming of debate" which is nice. I respect that. The entire problem is that it doesn't end there. It NEVER ends there.

      "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." – Mark 16:15

      "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction." 2 Tim 4:2

      See your deity commands you to spread this garbage to everyone you can. Conversion has always been central to the major religions. Of course Christians will always say that they just spread the word and it's the Holy Spirit that does the conversion. My friends, this is absolutely splitting hairs. Their goal is still conversion, and I don't care for that mentality one bit.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • hjezek@hotmail.com

      Ross, I really don't care what anybody might or might not believe. It's really something personal.
      The problem begins only if somebody's belief system impacts my life. And this is exactly what happens is the US (but not only the US). There shouldn't be any discussion of religion when it comes to elections. People should look for representatives that are best for the country, but not at their religious background.
      There shouldn't be any discussion whether or not to teach creationism at school or not. When it comes to education, kids should learn science and not some obscure belief systems that have no foundation in science at all.
      Belief and religion, which is the dogmatic framework around belief, are relics of the dark ages when knowledge was very limited and people in their need for answers resorted to religion that provided (albeit the wrong) answers.
      Religion and unfounded belief have no place in any developed society and the more our knowledge increases, the less religion is needed.
      It has nothing to do with being "bitter" or "demeaning".

      September 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  16. workinprogress

    And this will be the beginning of the persecution of Christians here in America.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • 2olddude

      Well, what goes around, comes around.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The sky is falling!

      What a fvcktard.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Good grief, this nonsense AGAIN ? What the he-ll is it with the contemporary faux Christian that chooses to see any disagreement as persecution ?

      September 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Patrick

      Millions have died in the name of Christ. Your type have made your God look like Stalin.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • workinprogress

      I don't have any problem with those disagreeing with me, or even insulting me, which I find laughable, but to claim that I am abusing my children by teaching them the Bible...what will come next?

      September 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • workinprogress

      @Patrick,
      What do you mean by "our type have made your God look like Stalin"

      September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Christians have been persecuting the entire world population since before America existed and when they arrived they committed genocide on any groups they found. Tell me again about how YOU are being persecuted. You are filth to even joke about that.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • workinprogress

      and history also shows that Christians have been persecuted. Trust me, Christians in America have not seen persecution next, but if teaching my children the Bible is considered child abuse, I wonder what the next logical course of action will be.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " What will come next ? " You see a slippery slope where none exists. There is no war on religion. Christians in America are not being persecuted. Next.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • oldbones24

      This article sounds like the Christians are doing the persecuting.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      People just want to be left alone. Seriously when I hear you people complain about persecution it's like hearing Hitler complain about people mistreating him, You people are beyond brainwashed.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • JDavis

      Christians are among the most deluded people on earth.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • workinprogress

      Perhaps you should read my posts again. I did not claim that Christians were being persecuted. I said this will be the beginning. If it is viewed as a form of child abuse to teach my children the Bible, what will the next logical step be?

      September 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • .o.

      No, hopefully it will be the beginning of the elimination of all religion. And putting religious works in their proper place – on the shelf next to Harry Potter and other works about other deities that are no longer popular.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • workinprogress

      A thousand years ago, it was predicted that Christianity would go by the wayside, but it has only grown stronger. I know that Christians in America have not faced persecution, but feel this is the beginning. If it is considered child abuse to teach my children the Bible, then obviously there will be results. You cannot eliminate Christianity, no matter how hard you try.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • workinprogress

      Who are Christians persecuting today?

      September 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      I will answer again. The next logical step is for you religious bigots to stop waving your stick in peoples faces and paying the government to turn us into Iran. Thats it! No train ride, just leave us the hell alone! Get it?!

      September 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Bill Nye never made that assertion. That tenuous connection was made by....you guessed, a creationist.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      You even ask that? Please read a paper. The fact that you even have to ask that is disgusting.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • workinprogress

      and how are Christians trying to turn this nation into Iran? Because we stand up for traditional marriage and because we call abortion for what it is? Is this what you are referring to?

      September 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, please. It isn't the beginning of any such thing, you silly man. You can teach your children any damn thing you want. But you don't have the right to demand that the public schools teach your children only what YOU want. If you don't want your kids to learn about evolution, then home-school them. You don't have a right to demand that others remain ignorant just because you want your children to do so.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " Traditional marriage " – you mean like Britney Spears ? Or Rush Limbaugh ? Liz Taylor perhaps ?

      September 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • workinprogress

      I asked the question to get YOUR opinion. Is this truly all because of our stance on traditional marriage and abortion? Is that what this is about?

      September 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't get to decide for others what "marriage" is or isn't, just because you believe in the bible. And you don't get to tell others what to do with their bodies just because you believe abortion is "wrong." Don't like it? Go live in a theocracy where laws are based on religious belief. This nation's laws are based on the Const itution, not your bible. Get over it.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "You cannot eliminate Christianity, no matter how hard you try."

      If you believe that, why do you continue to attempt to force others to live by your beliefs and bleat about being persecuted when they refuse to be cowed by you?

      September 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • workinprogress

      I actually do homeschool my kids, because the public school system is not doing such a fantastic job, so I am not complaining.
      And I have absolutely no problem with civil unions, but "marriage" is between a man and a woman.
      And a woman having an abortion doesn't abort her own body but that of her own unborn child. I've talked to many post-abortive women who later had many serious regrets and complications from their abortion and felt that they were lied to and betrayed. If we value so little the life of a defenseless, innocent child it will surely show in other forms in our society and world.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • workinprogress

      "If you believe that, why do you continue to attempt to force others to live by your beliefs and bleat about being persecuted when they refuse to be cowed by you?"
      First, I have never attempted to force anyone to live by my beliefs. I simply share the gospel and the good news of Jesus Christ. I wasn't always a believer, so I know both sides. I mention persecution because if teaching my children the Bible and what I believe will be considered "child abuse" then obviously there will be actions that follow. And it wasn't a creationist to make that claim but Richard Dawkins.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And guess what, you moron? No one has to live by your laws. They don't matter to anyone but you.

      That's why this is a great nation-because no one has to live by religious laws and supersti t ions. You have a right to believe what you want. You can have a say–but you don't get your way. Laws are based on the protections and preservation of individual rights, not your views or your beliefs. That's why women don't have to continue pregnancies they don't wish to continue and why gays in 5 states and D.C. can legally marry.

      You're not going to be 'persecuted', you idiot. You're not being forced to marry a gay man, are you? You're not being forced to have an abortion, are you? You're not going to be forced to teach your kid about evolution, either, you whiny little baby.

      Grow up.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Reading comprehension is a skill. You implied that Bill Nye said it. He never said anything of the kind. The connection WAS made by a creationist, who likened Bill Nye to Dawkins, a tenuous connection at best. But it's to be expected, he sees persecution where none exists also.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You hypocrite, if you don't believe anything else Dawkins said, why would you pretend to believe that statement?

      Really, you idiots wonder why others ridicule you. You invite it.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • workinprogress

      Dear Tom
      You seem to have some major anger issues and I hope you are able to get them solved. I truly do not care what you do behind closed doors nor do I care if you have a civil union with your partner and feel all states should recognize this. So you seem to be venting your anger out on the wrong person.

      Many post-abortive women felt lied to and betrayed and have major regrets. They realized that they took the life of their unborn child. Those unborn children deserve rights as well.

      God bless you anyways

      Abortion stops the life

      And guess what, you moron? No one has to live by your laws. They don't matter to anyone but you.

      That's why this is a great nation-because no one has to live by religious laws and supersti t ions. You have a right to believe what you want. You can have a say–but you don't get your way. Laws are based on the protections and preservation of individual rights, not your views or your beliefs. That's why women don't have to continue pregnancies they don't wish to continue and why gays in 5 states and D.C. can legally marry.

      You're not going to be 'persecuted', you idiot. You're not being forced to marry a gay man, are you? You're not being forced to have an abortion, are you? You're not going to be forced to teach your kid about evolution, either, you whiny little baby.

      Grow up.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • workinprogress

      Perhaps reading comprehension is a skill you lack, because I never implied that Bill Nye said it, but it is obvious there are those that agree with it.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Listen, putz. I'm a married, straight woman. I have never had nor sought an abortion. I don't have to be kind and polite to people like you. You want a theocracy. You think your beliefs are correct and all others are not. '

      I'll treat you with exactly what you deserve: scorn.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not only are you ignorant, you are a liar. The research shows that women who've had abortions are no more likely to become depressed or suffer other mental illness than those who have not terminated a pregnancy.

      Stop pi ss ing on everyone's leg and trying to tell them it's raining.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • workinprogress

      Dear Tom,
      You seem like a very bitter and angry woman and for that I am sorry for you. To resort to name-calling is beyond ridiculous and it's rather hard to have an intelligent conversation with someone that will sink so low. I haven't spoken against anybody and I certainly don't call anyone names.
      Regardless of what the "research" says, I've spoken to many post-abortive women who do feel remorse and regret because of their abortion and quite a few of them suffered from complications that made them infertile. Perhaps you should do your own research. There are programs and organizations in place just for women dealing with post-abortion and men as well because they often have no say.

      Anyhow, may God bless you and your family.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  17. Chris

    The educated open minded person can look back in history all over the world and see that religion has been used as a tool to unite people. It has helped develop our civilizations into what they are to day, and it has laid out some of the ground rules and lasws for how we should govern our lives.

    In a time when we have access to information from all over the world instantly and an accedmic system which allows free thought and the science to see how the world was actually created and see what makes the universe tick. I think relgion has to change and adapt once again, the belief in a "God" or god like character controling all actions of the universe can be a bit much to believe in, a belief in the power for man to do good and accomplish extrordinary things seems to be a much more concieveable idea.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Unite? You must be reading a fictional version of history. It united so well that the founders of this country made sure to separate church and state and you will find many quotes by them that state it is because religion divides the people. Look how religion is uniting those in the middle east. Keep living in your fantasy.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  18. IRONY

    Bill Nye makes two factually correct statements in his video:
    1. America has a high amount of believers in Creation, and has had it for a long time.
    2. America is the leading technologically advanced power in the world.

    What more needs to be said? He basically conceded the point to creationists right in his opening statement. You're welcome, Bill Nye.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • JDavis

      You find causality where there is only irony.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Brian

      Why bother even reading the article. If your going to butcher what he said just make it up completely, "Bill Nye says creationism is true!" Now go find some young earth creationists that can teach you a thing or two about re-writing history.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Ironic

      This rambling makes absolutely no sense, what-so-ever. No point was conceded.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • keyser

      F*#! religion. It has no place in our public education system or our government. 8,000 year old earth...how delusional can you be?

      September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • critical thinker

      1. America has a high amount of believers in Creation, and has had it for a long time.
      2. America is the leading technologically advanced power in the world.

      I would like to add #3.
      3. America is the leading technologically advanced power in the world despite having a high amount of believers in Creationism. Look at the leaders: Gates, Jobs, Wozniak, Zuckerburg, all atheists. 97% of the academy of sciences.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • .o.

      He didn't concede anything. He prefaced his message with that so that the entire message could serve as a wake-up call. We will lose the edge of being technologically advanced if we continue to allow a lame excuse for creation as science just to continue to satisfy unfounded beliefs.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • yabbadabbadoo

      First, get a dictionary and look up the meaning of the word "irony". Then, look up "non-sequitur". Engage the brain before the mouth (or in this case, they hands on the keyboard).

      September 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  19. Max Powers

    The bible says that the world will be brought to its knees as a result of the sins of man. That the world will be consumed by fire and death and war. Al Gore says that the world will be brought to its knees as a result of the sins of man. That the world will be consumed by fire and death and war. The difference is, Al Gore wants us to try to prevent these things and bible followers want to bring them to pass.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • JDavis

      The Bible followers have so little faith in Biblical predictions that they try to make them come to pass.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  20. Rip Van Winkle

    Wake me when it's over.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
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