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Yesterday, Bill Nye gave his first mainstream media interview since posting a video on YouTube declaring that denial of evolution harms kids in the long run.  On CBS This Morning, Nye said he wasn't attacking religion.  Rather, he was attacking scientific illiteracy, which he rightly says is harming our country in the long run.

Asked why he's passionate about his stance on evolution, Nye said, "It's for the betterment of the United States, the United States economy and our future. What makes the United States great, the reason people wanted to live in the United States, move here still, is because of our ability to innovate. This goes back to Ben Franklin and Thomas Alva Edison and George Washington Carver, let alone landing on the moon, Neil Armstrong. All these people believed in science. This morning, talking about Hurricane Isaac, and we're watching satellite maps made with spacecraft orbiting the earth, and this all comes from science. If you have this idea that the earth is only 6,000 years old, you are denying, if you will, everything that you can touch and see. You're not paying attention to what's happening in the universe around you. As I say, this is bad for kids."
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Couldn't have been framed better.  When you call out those who want to give "equal time" to creation and intelligent design, you're not attacking religion.  You're calling them out for trying to pass something off as science that isn't science at all.  

Originally posted to Christian Dem in NC on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 06:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by Astro Kos and SciTech.

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