Bill Nye

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Bill Nye

Bill Nye is an engineer best known for his children's television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, a Disney show which was broadcast on PBS in the 1990s. In 2010, he was given the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association.[1] The American Humanist Association opposes belief in the existence of God.[2] Videos of the show are often used in public schools.[3]

Opposition to biblical teachings on creation

In 2012, Bill Nye produced a video attacking the teaching of creationism to children. In the video he said: "I say to the grownups, 'If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we've observed in the universe that's fine. But don't make your kids do it.'"[4] In an interview on the topic he said "[t]he biblical stories were presented to me, but they never seemed reasonable."[4]

On February 4, 2014, Nye debated Ken Ham, the president of the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis.[5] The debate was the dominant trending topic on Twitter and Facebook and it was estimated that over 3 million people watched the debate live.[6] It was reported by the mainstream media that because of the debate, interest and support for the Ark Encounter, which had been struggling for funds, returned, and AiG was able to raise enough money so construction could begin in 2014,[7] even though AiG has stated that this was not the case, as it was not reasonably possible to purchase a bond after the debate.[8]

On July 8, 2016, the day after the Ark Encounter opened to the public, Nye toured the attraction upon invitation from Ham.[9]

Global warming

Bill Nye advocates action on global warming and has appeared in Climate Code segments on the Weather Channel giving advice on how to save energy.

References

  1. Ken Ham Responds to Bill Nye "The Humanist Guy"
  2. What is Humanism - AHA website
  3. Original research by User:DMorris
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/08/28/bill-nye-creationism_n_1837505.html
  5. Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham. Answers in Genesis. February 4, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  6. Over 3 Million Tuned In Live for Historic Bill Nye and Ken Ham Evolution/Creation Debate. "'Answers in Genesis. February 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  7. "Creation Museum's $73m Noah's Ark park to begin construction in Kentucky", 28 February 2014. Retrieved on 13 April 2014. 
  8. Ham, Ken & Looy, Mark (August 22, 2016). Media Misinformation Continues with the Ark. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  9. Ham, Ken. Bill Nye Visits the Ark Encounter. Answers in Genesis. July 8, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.

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