By Roger Erdvig
Remember “Bill Nye the Science Guy”?
Bill Nye starred in a series of science videos that have been used to make science fun in homes and classrooms for years. I always had my suspicions about his worldview, but now I know for sure where he’s coming from. Take a look at this video…
(Of course, I just helped Mr. Nye get even more hits on his already-viral video. Oh well.)
My main purpose in sharing this with you is to help you see what’s being said about Creationism by a very prominent and influential person. (Bill Nye was honored as “Humanist of the Year in 2010.” Surprised?)
There are a couple of statements Mr. Nye made in this video which we need to hear very clearly:
“When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in [evolution], it holds everybody back.”
“I say to grownups, if you want to deny evolution… that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future… we need engineers that can build stuff [and] solve problems.”
“In another couple of centuries that world view [creationism], I’m sure… won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.”
I could spend hours critically evaluating the logic of these statements, and there are several more audacious claims in the video that I’m sure you picked out. But instead, let me give you the bottom line of what he’s saying:
“Believing in creationism is completely groundless, damages our children, and holds back the progress of society. Ultimately, such belief is on the way to extinction.”
It seems to me that Mr. Nye is doing the very thing he claims that creationists do, which is to make audacious claims that have no basis in fact and are really just a muddled mess of ill-conceived opinions and myths.
I bring this up just to keep us all sharp and aware of the battle that rages over the minds and hearts of our children. It’s a shame such a direct attack has come from such a respected teacher. It’s never been more important to know what your children are learning, and who they’re learning it from!
Roger Erdvig is the Superintendent Smithtown Christian School in Smithtown, NY. Learn more about Roger or check out his blog here: Roger Erdvig.