You should really spend a few minutes today reading this New York Times profile of Bill Nye the Science Guy published this week.
The quotable, pro-science stuff in the NYT piece and in the accompanying video below got us thinking that Bill would make an excellent Texas State Board of Education member. OK, maybe a little wishful thinking on our part for that one. Still, a Texas-based nonprofit organization committed to fighting creationism in public schools can dream, can’t it?
But in any case, here’s the money quote from the article:
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.
Amen. Let’s hope the SBOE keeps this simple quote from Bill Nye in mind as they work toward adopting new science textbooks later this year.
Also happening this year: Bill Nye comes to Austin for TFN’s EPIC Evening. Full details are at tfn.org/epic.
If you were watching our Facebook page this week, you may have noticed a series of silhouetted pictures teasing a big announcement of this year’s celebrity guest for TFN’s EPIC Evening.
Well, we’re very proud and honored to reveal that the person depicted by a silhouette in those images is Bill Nye the Science Guy.
(EPIC Evening will take place in Austin on Sunday, Nov. 3. You can find event details at tfn.org/epic)
Bill Nye the Science Guy, or BNtSG for short as some of us at the office have been calling him, is an ideal choice this year. The Texas State Board of Education has already started the process of adopting new science textbooks, and as we know all too well, these adoptions can get contentious.
The final vote in this process will take place shortly after Mr. Nye visits Austin for EPIC Evening. So who better to give us a science pep talk than the man who is known for wearing bow ties and for lots of other things, including saying this about creationism:
First, let’s make clear that the Texas Freedom Network doesn’t oppose the right of parents to educate their children at home. Nor does TFN oppose the right of private organizations to invite whomever they wish to speak to members at their convention. And finally, we realize that people choose to home-school their children for many different reasons, religious and otherwise.
So with that out of the way, we do think it’s interesting to see that one of the most prominent home-school lobby groups in Texas has invited Ken Ham to be the featured speaker at its state convention Aug. 1-3 in The Woodlands near Houston. Ham, a young-Earth creationist from Australia, founded the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis. The organization seeks “to train others to develop a biblical worldview” and “to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a ‘millions of years old earth’ (and even older universe).”
Check out this video of Ham attacking Bill Nye (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”), a science educator, engineer, comedian and popular television host. Nye has strongly criticized teaching creationism as science:
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