Bill Nye Debates Wingnut: Live Blog

Ahoy there!

Yeah, the time has finally come…the debate is here.


Creationism Vs. Evolution: The Debate Is Live Tonight : The Two-Way : NPR

After two weeks of hype about that turned out to be far less exciting than expected and after what feels like two months’ worth of reports about , it’s nice to have something completely different to talk about — even if it’s a topic that sparks heated discussion:

Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, it’s evolution vs. creationism when Bill Nye “the science guy” and Ken Ham, founder of the in Petersburg, Ky., debate onstage (and live online, for free, and ).

I will only put Nye’s quote up because I won’t give the nut a forum here…I mean, fact is fact…and fuck you if you don’t “believe” scientific fact…

CNN’s has posted pieces about the positions that Ham and Nye take:

Nye— : “I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that’s completely inconsistent with the world we observe, 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.”

Nye’s . Ham’s . We’ll watch for news and update.

You can go to the link if you are so inclined to.


Bill Nye the Science Guy Set to Debate Creationist Ken Ham Tonight at 7pm | Mediaite

Bill Nye, better known to children of the 90s as “the Science Guy,” will travel to Kentucky tonight, Tuesday, February 4th to debate Ken Ham, the president of the Creation Museum. In an interview with HuffPost Live last month, Nye explained why decided to debate Ham despite criticism from atheists who believe he is lending credibility to the creationist movement by taking it seriously.

Nye said he accepted the debate challenge because the spread of creationism “frightens” him. “I don’t think I’m going to win Mr. Ham over any more than Mr. Ham thinks he’s going to win me over,” Nye said. “Instead, I want to show people that this belief is still among us. It finds its way onto school boards in the United States.”

Let’s get the party started shall we?

This is an open thread…

18 Comments on “Bill Nye Debates Wingnut: Live Blog”

  1. Seriously, the Ham dude looks like a perfect example of evolution…I mean…resembles a monkey to me. s/

  2. uh…am I the only one watching this shit?

  3. I thought so, it is unfortunate the debate thing live on youtube is via the wingnut site.

  4. Okay that is weird, this Ham dude is using a video of another wingnut in his opening statement?

    Did he get these definition on Wikipedia?

  5. Nye: Mr. ham and his followers, yes…like a cult.

  6. OMG the graphics used by Ham…it is beyond fucking ridiculous

  7. dakinikat says:

    A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate. Creationist teachers don’t even need to be sneaky about it—the Texas state science education standards, as well as recent laws in Louisiana and Tennessee, permit public school teachers to teach “alternatives” to evolution. Meanwhile, in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, taxpayer money is funding creationist private schools through state tuition voucher or scholarship programs. As the map below illustrates, creationism in schools isn’t restricted to schoolhouses in remote villages where the separation of church and state is considered less sacred. If you live in any of these states, there’s a good chance your tax money is helping to convince some hapless students that evolution (the basis of all modern biological science, supported by everything we know about geology, genetics, paleontology, and other fields) is some sort of highly contested scientific hypothesis as credible as “God did it.”

  8. bostonboomer says:

    I just got home. How did it turn out?