For years he helped kids learn and get excited about science on his hit PBS show “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. Now Nye is taking aim at creationism by asking parents to stop denying the theory of evolution when discussing science and religion with their kids.
For those of us who came of age in the early 90s, Bill Nye is a very recognizable and hugely influential figure. His PBS show ran from 1993 until 1998, though Nye has continued to make appearances on a number of other shows and websites in the years since.
In the eyes of many kids and adults, Nye deserves great credit for bringing science education to the masses in a digestable, entertaining way.
However, his popularity may soon take a hit. In a video titled “Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children,” posted on YouTube, Bill Nye has this to say:
“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.’”
Nye went on to suggest that those people who fail to embrace evolution are holding “everybody back, really.”
Nye and those who think like him have a tough task ahead if they hope to win people away from creationism, or the belief that God created man and all other forms of life.
A May 2012 Gallup poll showed that in a survey of just over 1,000 American adults, almost half (46 per cent) said they consider themselves creationists.
For Nye, this represents a huge problem for the United States. For those kids who grow up in creationist households, “You’re just not going to get the right answers,” he says.