The man who has been infuriating creationists week after week, Neil deGrasse Tyson, sat down with HuffPost Live‘s Josh Zepps to talk about science, religion, and the bane of conservatives’ existence: Cosmos, on Monday.
“We live in a free country — a pluralistically free country where religious expression is Constitutionally guaranteed. I don’t debate people’s belief systems. If you feel that God created the universe, I don’t get into that,” deGrasse Tyson said.
“What I will say is that kind of thing should not be in the science classroom because it’s not science, but wherever else you want to put it, that’s fine.”
“If you [allow religion in the science classroom] you are undermining what science is and how it works so that your community of people will not be a participant in the invention of a tomorrow where we have the economic, cultural, and financial security that we all seek,” he added.
He pointed out that scientists do not demand that churches educate the masses. “There’s no tradition of scientists — not even atheists — knocking down the Sunday school door saying ‘You shouldn’t teach that. That’s not necessarily true.’ That’s never happened, nor will it. So I’m not going to have a conversation about someone’s belief.”
He continued, “I will offer you what science is, why we know what is true, and what is not true. What you do with it from there is an expression of your own freedom in a free country.”