Bill Nye "The Science Guy" is not dead despite a death hoax that originated earlier this summer by the satirical news site "The Onion" (which reported that Nye died in a freak hot air balloon accident). But ever since his rejuvenated fame thanks to the death hoax rumors, Nye has made it his mission to speak out against the teaching of creationism in U.S. school science classes.
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In a video posted by bigthink in August, Nye warns that creationism is not an appropriate topic for children to be learning in school, because such beliefs have nothing to do with actual science. Nye urges parents to not pass down their religious-based notions of evolution to their kids, because they are science's "future" and must not be hindered by such "false" teachings. Creationism is a Christian-based belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe are the creation of a supernatural being (God). The video has since garnered over four million views on YouTube and sparked an online debate with almost 200,000 video comments. Check out Nye's warning against creationism here:
During a recent Associated Press interview, Nye goes on to say:
"The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old. It's not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs.
If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate."
56-year-old Nye, star of the popular 1990s kids television show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," has spent the past few years condemning some state lawmakers and school boards that encourage the teaching of Bible stories as an alternative to educating scientific evolution in public schools. While Nye has been preaching his views on science and evolution for years, it wasn't until people thought that he had died that the public really began to take notice (especially with the YouTube video clip).
For the full transcript of Nye's "Creationism is not appropriate for children" video, check out YouTube. So what do fans think? Do you agree that strictly science should be taught in classrooms, or is Nye being a little too critical considering peoples' wide-range beliefs on evolution?