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Mon May 20, 2013, 10:00 AM

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Fucking reflected light -- how does it work?


Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

http://www.thinkatheist.com/m/blogpost?id=1982180%3ABlogPost%3A44493

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Reply Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun (Original post)
phantom power May 2013 OP
hobbit709 May 2013 #1
Buzz Clik May 2013 #11
hobbit709 May 2013 #13
Aerows May 2013 #19
Occulus May 2013 #23
Aerows May 2013 #70
Aerows May 2013 #119
rbrnmw May 2013 #44
Aerows May 2013 #69
Bertha Venation May 2013 #75
Liberal In Texas May 2013 #88
tofuandbeer May 2013 #93
phantom power May 2013 #29
SoapBox May 2013 #64
narnian60 May 2013 #86
pscot May 2013 #104
awoke_in_2003 May 2013 #105
Quixote1818 May 2013 #100
Blue_Tires May 2013 #39
kardonb May 2013 #66
hobbit709 May 2013 #67
spanone May 2013 #2
marmar May 2013 #3
awoke_in_2003 May 2013 #106
Initech May 2013 #4
liberal N proud May 2013 #5
dixiegrrrrl May 2013 #49
liberal N proud May 2013 #54
cordelia May 2013 #60
Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #71
malaise May 2013 #6
CBGLuthier May 2013 #7
hfojvt May 2013 #22
ScreamingMeemie May 2013 #28
southernyankeebelle May 2013 #8
agent46 May 2013 #9
RC May 2013 #26
bowens43 May 2013 #10
Union Scribe May 2013 #102
byeya May 2013 #12
donquijoterocket May 2013 #50
byeya May 2013 #58
unblock May 2013 #14
Tierra_y_Libertad May 2013 #15
Aerows May 2013 #18
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geckosfeet May 2013 #16
hfojvt May 2013 #24
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phantom power May 2013 #27
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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:01 AM

1. Rerun from 2006

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:13 AM

11. It's nice to see we're getting the latest news.

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #11)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:14 AM

13. If you can't get outraged over something new, rehash the old outrage.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #13)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:21 AM

19. Exactly

 

WTF is up with posting ancient crap?

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Response to Aerows (Reply #19)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:26 AM

23. I've been told there's some social media news ticker or something out there running old, old shit

and people aren't bothering to check or get their news from other sources, so....

It's not a good thing at all, IMO.

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Response to Occulus (Reply #23)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:17 PM

70. The only way I like my hash

 

and re-hash is with onion

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Response to Occulus (Reply #23)

Tue May 21, 2013, 12:28 PM

119. You and me both

 

Dredging up old shit just provides a new stink.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #19)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:51 AM

44. I posted a Joe "Red Scare" McCarthy Hearing

and it outraged me seeing it 59 years later



“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
-George Santayana

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Response to rbrnmw (Reply #44)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:16 PM

69. LOL!

 

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Response to Aerows (Reply #19)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:37 PM

75. No need to whine.

What especially is wrong with posting old news? It's a big site; it can take it.

Edit: what's more, as of this moment it has 63 recs.

Plus, it seems more than one person (myself included) hadn't heard.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #75)

Mon May 20, 2013, 02:28 PM

88. If years old news is going to be posted, it ought to at least have the date

somewhere in the post.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #19)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:24 PM

93. Funny thing: I saw this in the news last week, and was going to post it on DU (I thought it was new)

until I did a search and found it was from a long time ago.
:O

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #13)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:33 AM

29. It was new to me.

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Response to phantom power (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:44 AM

64. And new to me as well...glad it was posted.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #64)

Mon May 20, 2013, 02:02 PM

86. Same here.

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Response to phantom power (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:40 PM

104. AS the bishop remarked when he reached down the back of the Lady's dress

in search of her broken necklace; I felt a perfect ass.

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Response to phantom power (Reply #29)

Tue May 21, 2013, 01:22 AM

105. Me too...

 

and I am floored by the stupidity.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #11)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:36 PM

100. I remember even Free-republic posted about this years ago


And even most of them thought it was nuts: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1882976/posts

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:42 AM

39. I was about to say...

"Nye got booed AGAIN? Why does he keep going back to that place??"

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:56 AM

66. Waco

 

its not Waco. TX , its Wacko Texas .

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Response to kardonb (Reply #66)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:59 AM

67. we called it wacko back in the early 70's.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:02 AM

2. science deniers......dumber than a bag of hammers

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:03 AM

3. Good grief. Militant stupidity.





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Response to marmar (Reply #3)

Tue May 21, 2013, 01:23 AM

106. Go away, 'bating. nt

 

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:03 AM

4. I'm telling you people the earth revolves around the sun!!!!!

"He's a witch!!! Get him!!!"

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:03 AM

5. I have always thought the people in Waco were a little Wacko

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #5)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:18 AM

49. ALL the people in Waco?????

even DU members who live in Waco?????

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #49)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:31 AM

54. There are always exceptions

It just seems there are so many wacko stories from Waco.

I know some wacko's who moved to Waco, it was very appropriate, I thought.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #54)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:40 AM

60. Since when is broadbrush bashing EVER appropriate?

Never.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #49)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:18 PM

71. Yes, every single one of them.

 


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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:04 AM

6. Please make the sun burn the stupid out of the brains of these

FUCKING MORONS - I cannot share a planet with people who are so blissfully ignorant

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:05 AM

7. Yeah we heard about it way back when it happened

and about twice a year on DU ever since.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #7)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:25 AM

22. the story must revolve around DU

about once every year. But this was the first time I remember seeing it http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002632149#post61

Maybe it gets posted more often in R/T.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #7)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:33 AM

28. It's kind of like the "Dial 112" curse of DU.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:06 AM

8. Whatever happen to the good education that we use to get in TX when I was a kid?

 

Even one yr I went to catholic school. You just can't disute science period. No matter how much you believe in god. You can live with both and also respect to both.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:08 AM

9. Not surprised anymore.

Religion is usually helpful for believing your own bullshit.

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Response to agent46 (Reply #9)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:29 AM

26. That would be funny if it wasn't so true.

 

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:11 AM

10. Wow. True beleivers are such morons.

 

these people are dangerously stupid, there is virtually no difference between christian fundamentalists and islamic fundamentalists The christian taliban is alive and well

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #10)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:07 PM

102. "True beleivers are such morons."

Lol.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:14 AM

12. The firmament, or vault of heaven, is a solid celestial structure through which heavenly light pours

 

onto the earth. One of the holes is for the sun, another, the moon, and lesser ones for the stars. It's in the Bibble.
They were right to walk out. Heresy!

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Response to byeya (Reply #12)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:18 AM

50. I particularly

enjoy those times when the heavenly light is obstructed by crescent shaped devices that render the sun and moon in odd shapes and block the light. One wonders how these lunatics deal with eclipses. Generally good snark there although with folks like these one too often runs headlong into Poe's Law.

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Response to donquijoterocket (Reply #50)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:39 AM

58. I also enjoy those times but I was deeply saddened when the Apollo astronauts

 

ran into the firmament and dashed themselves and their rocket to bits. It was a terrible day for Americans.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:16 AM

14. lunatics!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:18 AM

15. "Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things:

 

"Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love." - Butch Hancock

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #15)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:20 AM

18. LOL

 

Too true.

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #15)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:13 PM

99. I keep that quote in Evernote

 

And I refer to it from time to time. One of my favorites.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:19 AM

16. They left the "k" out of Waco. As in Whacko fundy xtian science failures.

When I look at the moon glowing at night, I can picture the relative position of the sun based on the phase of the moon and how the light is coming off of it.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #16)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:29 AM

24. I like seeing the moon with earthshine on it

it's like a double bank shot. Off the earth, off the moon, back to the earth into the eye socket.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #24)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:33 AM

55. Yes. The "daytime" moons.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:19 AM

17. Hmmm

 

Only 4 years old, this article. I'm as pro-science and anti-religion as the next agnostic, but this is old news being recycled.

Why is that?

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Response to Aerows (Reply #17)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:29 AM

25. This four year old article is actually a rehash of something that actually happened in 2006

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Response to Aerows (Reply #17)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:38 AM

33. Know thy enemy...If you forget history, you are doomed to repeat it

I like to be reminded just how dangerous ignorance can be.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:23 AM

20. On the subject of this being an old story...

 

This story is unusual somehow, as it's regularly brought up and re-posted as if it's new. I don't mean to put any heat on the OP here, honestly-- old or not, it's just as relevant today as it was in 2006, and it always seems to be new to a lot of people who respond to it in the thread. But I do wonder why this story is such a zombie. I mean, it just never lays down.

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Response to Marr (Reply #20)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:31 AM

27. I had never seen it -- I assumed it was new...

At a guess, it's just such a window into how thin the veneer the Enlightenment really is. Scratch the surface, and Carl Sagan's demon haunted world is alive and well.

I mean, we aren't talking about new science like cosmology, or computational biology. This is old, old news. But if you force people to observe that their Bible is in conflict with it, their heads immediately explode.

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Response to phantom power (Reply #27)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:40 AM

37. Yes, this story confirms every fear that non-fundies have about the widespread religious idiocy

 

in this country. And it's not just the woeful ignorance and the clinging to the mythology of an isolated desert-dwelling people from 2,000 years ago, it's the pugnacity about it. The fact that they get angry when someone dares state a simple scientific fact that has been well-known by non-morons for ages -- well, it's disturbing on a deep level, and it doesn't bode well for the future of this country.

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Response to Marr (Reply #20)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:43 AM

40. it's not the only one

this rightwing rant gets KNR'ed to the front page on a regular basis http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022736379 no matter how many times it gets debunked http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=439&topic_id=652744&mesg_id=658538

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:24 AM

21. I actually think it was pretty smart of God to use reflected sunlight to provide illumination

of the night-time side of the Earth. This way He only had to invent one actual light source (the Sun) and the other could be a simple reflector (the Moon). And with the added bonus that the Moon also creates tides which makes surfing possible. Sheer genius, which, if anything, should reinforce people's faith.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #21)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:36 AM

31. Yeeeah, I'm sure that's what happened.

 

God thought of it. Hooo-kay.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #21)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:36 AM

32. Unfortunately for believers, the reflected light business is non-Biblical. As Genesis made clear

 

God created the firmament to separate the earth from the waters above and called it heaven(or something like that).

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #21)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:39 AM

34. LOL

 

He kind of fucked up though, made the sun so hot not even a god can get near it


Kind of got away from him like a runaway diesel



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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #21)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:41 AM

38. That, and a major radiation emitter that close to earth would have fried

 

all forms of life and rendered it sterile.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:35 AM

30. Oh my Gawd! Of course you know these Texas titans of nolege

probably believe the Theory of Relativity is the concept of dating a first cousin.

Bill Nye could suffer a massive stroke, fall into the path of an oncoming train causing it to run over his head, doctors could remove the worst-damaged parts and IF he survived, Nye would beat any of these fucking goobers in a debate hands down...

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Response to rustydog (Reply #30)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:35 AM

56. Albert Einstein married his first cousin.

In fact, he was such a believer in relativity that his wife was not only a first cousin through his mother, but was also a second cousin through his father.

Charles Darwin also married his first cousin.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:39 AM

35. Wiiiiitch!

Wiiiiitch! 'E's a wiiiitch! Buuurn 'em! Buuurn 'em!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:40 AM

36. sigh

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:43 AM

41. Hey.. don't we all know that the moon shines because

God is shining a flashlight on it ?

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:44 AM

42. Who cares if it is old? It is still an interesting reminder

Wonder what the lady's kids think now on the subject of celestial bodies.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:46 AM

43. It's just so telling of their limited ability to accept an idea...

 

they didn't learn in Home-school or church.

We are correct to believe that level of ignorance is dangerous.

Then again, their kids are the ones who will be working to serve our kids, at McDonalds, and elsewhere.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:52 AM

45. I love Bill Nye as did my kids when they were growing up - but -

who brought up these lines from Genesis - Nye or an audience member ? If Nye brought up these lines specifically to point out a Biblical inaccuracy in order to denigrate religion, then he deserved the reaction he got. I'd like to hear the other side of this story.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #45)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:26 PM

74. Pointing out facts is "denigrating" religion

 

Well, I guess that's so. Religion needs an absence of facts and a steady supply of ignorance to keep it in business.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #45)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:17 PM

83. I was going to post the same thing ...

If he brought it up, out of the blue, I can see why he got that sort of reaction. I would conclude, in fact, that he was TRYING to get that sort of reaction. And in that sense, I think it was kinda poor judgement, esp. given where he was. Could've made his point (whatever that was) w/o being EXPLICIT in bringing up that Bible was totally in error.

I'm assuming of course that the topic of the lecture wasn't "ways in which the Bible is proven erroneous by Science" ... in which case, it was wholly appropriate, and the people who were upset brought it on themselves.

Now that all that ^^^ is out of the way ... what a bunch of dumb-asses!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:58 AM

46. Newt added his own testimonial: "He's a witch I say! He tried to make me evolve into a human...

But I managed to escape before he finished!"

When asked to comment on Bill Nye's lunar talk Newt replied: "He had better be wrong. My moon colon...colony is to be powered by the same power source that lights it up at night. Once we get up there I'm sure we'll find the coal power plant God installed 6000yrs ago. Also, Callista refuses to have any of those ugly NASA sun thingies in our colon...I mean colony"




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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:01 AM

47. gaaahhhhh

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:13 AM

48. "Talkin bout science is witchcraft aint it?"






"Yup. We oughtta burn that boy at the stake."


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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:25 AM

51. it's fifth-grade science--but to the New Pharisees....

....it might as well be tensor calculus....!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:26 AM

52. It may be out of date as some have said but

 

I for one thank you for posting this..

I am at a loss for words as to how damn dumb people can be,,can this story be real and not be a joke?

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:31 AM

53. BENGHAZI

n/t

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:36 AM

57. Speaking of reflected light and Conservatives

The Conservatives on my street were concerned that our solar panels would blind them as they drove by. We were also requested to paint the panels to match the roof.

They must actually think the moon really does glow. It must be that magic moon dust.





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Response to rightsideout (Reply #57)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:43 AM

61. you can't write that kind of comedy...

Here in AZ, they finally passed a law forbidding HOAs from having rules against roof panels.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:40 AM

59. Let the burning of books and witches begin

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Mon May 20, 2013, 11:43 AM

62. sad nt

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:44 AM

63. While this is old news, it reminds us how the stupid is doing out there.

Scary. Really scary. And these nuts are writing our text books.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:47 AM

65. You've got to be shitting me!

Last edited Mon May 20, 2013, 12:44 PM - Edit history (1)

I somehow missed this information when it happened. That is crazy

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:00 PM

68. Waco?

That explains it. Were the members of his audience standing upright or dragging their knuckles on the ground?

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:21 PM

72. The Moon is made of green cheese....

and there is a man's face on it....



http://dom.net/word/2005/07/moon-cheese.html


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Response to Historic NY (Reply #72)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:08 PM

80. We got moon rocks from when Neil Armstrong cut the cheese.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #80)

Tue May 21, 2013, 03:32 AM

108. Now we know why the flag was waving

 

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:23 PM

73. Bill made the classic mistake of using the Bible and then inserting some science.

 

Thereby guaranteeing some in the crowd would be offended, by what they have no idea. Just some smart guy trying to prove the Bible WRONG! STONE HIM!!!!

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Response to Rex (Reply #73)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:12 PM

81. I'm not sure it was a mistake. I think he knew exactly what he was doing

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Response to Bucky (Reply #81)

Mon May 20, 2013, 09:23 PM

96. Maybe Nye accomplished a miracle by getting some clueless brains to start functioning.

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Response to Rex (Reply #73)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:42 PM

91. Poor Galileo now Bill Nye.........

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Response to Rex (Reply #73)

Tue May 21, 2013, 07:46 AM

113. Yeah. This is why he was booed.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:39 PM

76. Wow, what's with all the haters? nt

 

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:49 PM

77. I have given up being embarrassed for the closed minded idiots from my state!

We have a lot of Progressives and Dems here, we just don't get AirPlay b/c we don't fit the narrative. Screw the idiot lady who felt like this was an attack on God, small minds will always exist. They do cling to their God and guns! It is hard to argue or explain things to irrational people who refuse to listen and think for themselves.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:52 PM

78. And nobody down there

goes on a cruise, because they would never come back what with sailing over the edge and all.

I know there are good people in Texas, and I feel sorry for them. Of course I am from Illinois and can't say too much.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:02 PM

79. Good thing he didn't mention that the earth is round...

they would not have stormed out, they would have demanded off with his head!!!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:14 PM

82. Such people are dangerously, criminally wacko, a clear and present danger to themselves and

others.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:33 PM

84. A fully CAPTIONed event in Texas!



Bill Nye: "You see, the moon only reflects the light from the sun."

Voices from audience: "Communist!" "I believe in God. I don't know what you believe in , buster." "Mr. Science Guy, my eye. More like Herr Nazi Joseph Stalin!" "The science of liberal losers!" "We've got nothing to learn from this Bozo!" "He's Marx without the beard!" "Maybe he's got a bomb." etc., etc., etc.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:40 PM

85. They'd probably do to Bill Nye what they did to Principal Skinner if they could:



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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 02:10 PM

87. There's a reason that we used to call that town Whacko (yes, I lived in Texas)

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:44 PM

89. Sorry for all the hate directed at your post.

I think it's relevant even if it is old. There's a serious cancer here on DU that seems to detest any point of fact or scientific evidence. It's detested and put down immediately no matter the relevance. Seems the scientific method has gone extinct along with the dinosaurs (or Republican reasoning).

Take Care.



-p

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:00 PM

90. Relevant quote from Isaac Asimov

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” Isaac Asimov

By the way, I encountered exactly the same response from a Sunday school teacher at my Grandma's fundamentalist church - the one she tried to raise me in. See why I escaped?

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Response to LongTomH (Reply #90)

Tue May 21, 2013, 07:35 AM

111. I love that quote

But completely off-topic. My mother used to clean his teeth. She HATED when his appointments would come up. She called him a creepy old man.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #111)

Tue May 21, 2013, 09:41 AM

115. I'd hardly call it off-topic -- if the event in Texas wasn't anti-intellectualism, I don't what is!

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Response to LongTomH (Reply #115)

Tue May 21, 2013, 09:45 AM

116. LOL, not your comments.... my comments were off-topic :)

I put a period instead of a comma.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:51 PM

92. I don't often don a tinfoil chapeau BUT

This story, dated as it is, would have us believe that some nutjob fundamentalists went to a presentation by a person advertized as THE SCIENCE GUY and stormed out in a huff because they were outraged by a little science.

Sounds like a false flag op if you ask me.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:33 PM

94. Alas for fun times, the story is *MOSTLY BOGUS*

You know, we should all exercise a little habitual skepticism here, especially of too-good-to-be-true stories we really want to believe, lest we turn into the Good Twin of the Tea Party.

During his talk Bill Nye in passing made a point about how silly a hyper-literal reading the Bible could be, and some audience members apparently misconstrued his remarks to be a general attack on the Bible, and in anger a few of them stormed out. While some accounts say one of the people talking offense shouted something on the order of "We believe in God!" a journalist actually present described the reaction as "a low murmur," and Bill Nye himself said that he did not recall being heckled and pointed out that he received a standing ovation at the end. Even among those taking offense, there's no indication any of them think the Moon shines by its own light.

For a sensible account from a blogger who initially helped spread the rumor, see http://www.examiner.com/article/reporter-of-bill-nye-moonbat-story-speaks

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:35 PM

95. WTF

 

There must have been some pretty dim bulbs in the audience or perhaps they were just reflecting the stupidity from their church.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 09:38 PM

97. what?! it`s not made of cheese?!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:04 PM

98. With 22523 posts you know it's a compulsion, obsession.

 

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:03 PM

101. maybe reading one book in a lifetime is good enif for some folks in TX

why read more? - it could cause confusion!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 11:38 PM

103. You can't fix stupid

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 01:57 AM

107. SCIENCE? Te-Jas don't need no science...

 

Until the Latinos take over and transform the state.

In 10 years, the old, white dead wood will be swept aside.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 05:08 AM

109. Pffft!..... Everybody knows

the Man in the Moon lights a lamp every night.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 07:11 AM

110. Good thing he didn't try to say the Earth is round. n/t

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 07:42 AM

112. This is a joke, right?

Even conservatives can't be THIS stupid. Can they?

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 08:31 AM

114. Bill Nye is the devil's spawn!

just look at his face! Those eyebrows! And the costume (bow tie) is meant to fool us!

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 10:08 AM

117. Devil's advocate:

I wonder, do they actually believe the moon is a star, or were they offended that he brought it up and quoted the bible just to tear it down.

I am open to the possibility that they actually are that entrenched that they would pretend to believe it, but have doubt. It seems (almost) as unlikely as Nye being unable to predict the reaction, especially given the audience.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 10:22 AM

118. Teh Stupod...It hurts....

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