Why America is Dead – Period: Christianists Expect People Not to Point Out the Fact that the Moon Reflects Light and Has No Light Source of its Own

As disturbing as this theocratic insanity is, its actually not a self-executing punchline:

Bill Nye, the harmless children’s edu-tainer known as “The Science Guy,” managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don’t tell that to the good people of Waco, who were “visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence,” according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College’s Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled “We believe in God!” and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they’d always suspected.

No…

This is the punchline:

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/06/04062006wacbillnye.html

Well, I guess I was wrong about one thing.

Apparently Morgan Meneses-Sheets’ post-‘Equality’ Maryland gig wasn’t with HRC after all.  Apparently it is with the McLennan County, Texas, tourist bureau – doctoring news stories so as to make people with brains think that Waco actually supports the concept of sanity.

4 Responses to Why America is Dead – Period: Christianists Expect People Not to Point Out the Fact that the Moon Reflects Light and Has No Light Source of its Own

    • Katrina Rose says:

      Shit, I didn’t even attempt to use the Wayback Machine; I presumed that the incident was too recent for the article to have archived there. I didn’t realize that it was from 2006.

      Thanks!

  1. bonze blayk says:

    Regarding the ‘ole Facebook Scrub-A-Dub-Dub routine applied by EqMD…

    More than one person has pointed out within my (rather small) FaceSpace that Facebook is apparently expected by its users to function as a chorus of affirmation…

    I have the feeling, every time the term “community” is invoked, that something like this is the goal: a zone free of discordant notes on off beats, purged of unpleasant confrontations with… reality.

    Please, not to remind us that our inerrant text is factually flawed!

    OH TEH IMPOLITESSE…

    WHERE’S MAH BANHAMMER?

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