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Bill Nye Reveals Backlash After Creationism Debate With Ken Ham

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  • Bill Nye showing a photo of a car with writing "Bill Nye the Science Lie" in an interview with CBS 58 News on Feb. 10, 2014.
    (Photo: CBS 58 News video screenshot)
    Bill Nye showing a photo of a car with writing "Bill Nye the Science Lie" in an interview with CBS 58 News on Feb. 10, 2014.
By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter
February 11, 2014|1:26 pm

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" revealed that following the much-publicized debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham last week, a person defaced his or her own car to take a shot at him.

"Somebody out there hates me enough to actually deface their own car," Nye told CBS 58 News on Monday, showing a photo that was sent to him. The photo is of a car with its windows marked with the lettering "Bill Nye the Science Lie."

"I think that car was a caravan which has fuel injection. People use the technologies without really appreciating where it all came from. It's troubling," Nye added.

Nye, who is also the CEO of science-advocacy group The Planetary Society, was a guest speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday, talking about the importance of technology and science, points he raised during the debate with Ham last week.

The event at the Creation Museum in Kentucky last week was watched by an estimated 3 million people online, and focused on the question "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?"

While Ham argued in favor of creationism and a literal interpretation of Genesis, Nye defended evolution.

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The '90s TV show presenter has consistently warned against teaching creationism to children in school, arguing that America will be left behind by the rest of the world if its students do not believe in real science.

"If we accept Mr. Ham's point of view ... that the Bible serves as a science text and he and his followers will interpret that for you, I want you to consider what that means," Nye said at the debate. "It means that Mr. Ham's word is to be more respected than what you can observe in nature, what you can find in your backyard in Kentucky."

"The Science Guy," as he is popularly known, also said there is "no incompatibility between religion and science," but argued that Ham is the exception. "There are millions in the world who believe in God and accept science," he noted.

In a previous interview with Huff Post Live, Nye said that he was an agnostic.

"You can't know. But the idea that there is a plan for everybody, that this deity has it all worked out, and is really directing things is an extraordinary claim that I find troublesome," he said.

Nye continues making guest appearances promoting science, noting that many who attend his speeches grew up watching his show.

"It's very gratifying, I mean I put my heart and soul into the thing and people still want to hear what I have to say," Nye said.

The Nye-Ham debate has received both praise and criticism, some of which can be found in this Christian Post report.

 

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