There was a time when it seemed like Bill Nye would slip quietly and comfortably into the realm of our fondly remembered childhood. Not that he likely would have minded, but that’s a dangerous position for anyone in the public eye; halfway between the event horizon of a quantum singularity and the friendzone, it’s a place that rare few escape.
It takes one Hell of a thrust to escape that kind of warm obscurity, and it turns out taking Heavenly myths out of school was enough to break science hero Bill Nye free.
Nye made headlines nationwide last year when he released a video that shouldn’t have been particularly controversial for anyone named “The Science Guy.” The subject was the teaching of creationism and the refutation of evolution in school. If you live under an ark and haven’t seen it yet, this is certainly worth 2 minutes and 32 seconds of your time.
It took some time, but eventually Nye’s opposite number caught up with him. That’s going to happen when you win 2010’s “Humanist of the Year.” Ken Ham, operator of Genesis is the Answer, vocal opponent of evolution and proponent of Creationism in schools has officially announced an upcoming public debate between himself and Bill Nye on February 4th. And Ham is plenty ready to “stand his ground” against science’s most beloved bit of Hell-bait. To sum up, he said on his page:
[box type=”shadow”]On his TV program, watched by millions of children over the years both on TV and as videos in science classrooms, Nye promoted evolutionary ideas…Because our ministry theme for 2013 and for 2014 is “Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids,” our staff thought that a debate on creation vs. evolution with a man who has influenced so many children to believe in evolution would be a good idea.
…This debate will help highlight the fact that so many young people are dismissing the Bible because of evolution, and even many young people who had grown up in the church decided to leave the church because they saw evolution as showing the Bible could not be trusted.[/box]
While Ham bemoans the fact that he does not relish debates, he looks forward to this one, titled “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”
Early bets are already coming in, and the consensus is a 10 to 1 crushing defeat…for Bill Nye. Vegas Booking Inc. says Nye will concede at the 42 minute mark after having given up on the entire human race, writing off the 46% of America that still believes in fairy tales and announcing his plans to move to a more scientifically liberal and educated area of Khazakstan. OddMakers Sports Betting gives 17-to-1 odds that 7 minutes in, Bill Nye will die of a pulmonary embolism resulting from excessive face-palming.
Either way, this should be a good one. Stay tuned!