As soon as this week, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether it will hear a challenge to Texas’ restrictive anti-abortion law. Also this week, far-right politicians will continue to push the notion that Planned Parenthood should be defunded even if it means shutting down the federal government, a move that retiring Speaker John Boehner has suggested ignores political realities and is deeply unpopular with the American public.

So here, attempting to talk some sense into those same politicians by using facts, is our friend Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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We were pleased to hear the Texas Freedom Network come up in Tuesday night’s “debate” between science advocate Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. Ham brings TFN into the discussion in the clip above, but the full debate video is here. Here’s what Ham had to say about TFN:

“Kathy Miller is president of the Texas Freedom Network, and she’s vocally spoken out about this textbook battle there in Texas. And the mission statement of the organization she is president of says: ‘The Texas Freedom Network advances a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right.’ Religious freedom. Individual liberties. Hmmm…

And then she makes this statement: ‘Science education [what does she mean by science?] should be based on mainstream science education, not on personal ideological beliefs of unqualified reviewers.’

Wait a minute. They want religious liberty and not personal ideological beliefs? I assert this. Public school textbooks are using the same word ‘science’ for observational and historical science. They arbitrarily define ‘science’ as naturalism and outlaw the supernatural. They present molecules-to-man evolution as fact. And they are imposing the religion of naturalism/atheism on… Read More

by Jose Medina

Here it is, the entire Bill Nye the Science Guy speech at this year’s TFN’s EPIC Evening. Bill was in Austin to help us celebrate the DarWIN for science and to accept TFN’s Stand Up for Science award.

Bill was supposed to speak for 20 minutes. He went on for almost an hour. No one minded one bit.


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by Kathy Miller, TFN President

Even in the fight to stand up for science, we’re reminded sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow, but you always go with the beat.

As Gov. Ann Richards said about Ginger Rogers, she did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.

So in that spirit, we’re asking you to update your calendars as we’re pushing back TFN’s EPIC Evening to Sunday, December 8.

As it turns out, this is just one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for one of our heroes of science to take center stage. Literally.

As you may already know, our keynote speaker for this year’s EPIC Evening, Bill Nye the Science Guy, recently joined the cast on the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Whether ballroom dancing is an art or a science, Bill’s formula is winning over judges and fans, and we couldn’t be more excited for him and the added exposure it gives to his advocacy for sound science education in our schools.

So we’re waltzing TFN’s EPIC Evening back a few weeks to Sunday, December 8, to allow Bill to both fulfill his obligations to “Dancing with the Stars” and still come to Texas.

We sincerely apologize… Read More