‘Religion Is the Enemy of Science’: Bill Nye Joins Bill Maher in Lambasting Creationism

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Scientist Bill Nye and comedian Bill Maher targeted Republicans and religious individuals as enemies of science, especially in regard to the growth of the U.S. economy and overall human progress, while lambasting creationism and spiritual fervor.


At the start of the interview on “Real Time” Friday, Maher proclaimed that science has become politicized and asked Nye — who has been speaking out against creationism of late — what it has felt like to “come out of the closet” on these important issues.

Calling for increased scientific advances and innovation, the so-called “Science guy” said that it’s important for the U.S. to embrace these ideals so the nation can continue to grow and prosper.

“If you want an iPhone, you still have to have the United States. … innovation is what’s going to make the United States economy grow,” he told Maher, going on to discuss far more controversial subjects.

“You have this situation in Texas where people want to have creationism in textbooks. Unlike some other acquaintances of mine, I don’t have any big deal about somebody else’s religion, but if you claim that the earth is 10,000 years old, that’s just wrong,” added Nye.

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  1. I hear Bill, the science guy and not the comedian, will have specially designed bow tie for his dancing gig!

    Innovation vs creationism. In Texas this is called dancing with the stupid and we have to move beyond the two step here.

    Religion the enemy of science? I think it is the other way around and science had been winning too much lately, so religion is running scared and doing stupid things, ergo, Texas.

    • In reply to #2 by prettygoodformonkeys:

      The news to me was Nye saying ‘religion is the enemy of science’, but he didn’t, Maher did. Pretty sure Maher has said that before…

      The magic of editorial headlines.

  2. Oh my Bill, I wonder how many will realize you missed the distance to the moon by about 50,000 miles. I’m sure Bill Nye caught it but the subject changed too fast for him to correct you. Oh well, love Bill Nye!

      • In reply to #6 by jel:

        In reply to #4 by justinesaracen:

        Must remember. Do…not…read….the….comments.

        They’ll make you gag.

        I don’t remember ever seeing so much stupid in one place before. Eurghhh.

        Religion is the ultimate manifestation of ignorance. “Don’t understand it, therefore Poof! God”. The hardcore version on display there is willful, stubborn, pathological ignorance. And sh*t-talking. And missing the point of the debate entirely.

        Meh, here I go again, ranting about a shower of idiots. Complete waste of anyone’s time!

        I’d rather listen to Neil bringing the points home.

        • In reply to #8 by obzen:

          I’d rather listen to Neil bringing the points home.

          Thanks for the link. Quite an eye opener by NDT and an important point. If even the most brilliant scientists in history can fall for the illusion of intelligent design, then anybody can. Once again NDT shines by his brilliance and not just in physics but by his pertinent analysis of the effects of religious thinking on the human mind.

  3. Bill Maher is a well known anti-vaccinationist and PETA advocate. So while he might be on the same page with regard to creationism, he is still prone to following anti-scientific woo when it suits him.

    • In reply to #5 by locka:

      Bill Maher is a well known anti-vaccinationist and PETA advocate. So while he might be on the same page with regard to creationism, he is still prone to following anti-scientific woo when it suits him.

      That’s the part that disappoints me about Bill Maher. I like the guy, he’s funny, he’s smart and a sharp political observer but whenever the discussion turns towards science, he reverts to a dumb and narrow minded attitude. I don’t criticize him because he’s not trained in science but because he has this typical juvenile-like lazy attitude towards science. Whenever a guest tries to talk about a scientific subject, Bill invariably interrupts and goes:

      “Doc, please!!! Stop! My head hurts!”

      That’s code for “I’m not in the least bit interested in what you’re talking about and I can’t be bothered to try to understand any of it. Please stop talking!”

      But unlike a clueless teenage high-school drop-out, he has no excuse for being proud of his ignorance. This is a man with a high IQ and he’s supposed to know better. He just has a bad attitude and it’s unbecoming.

      • In reply to #13 by NearlyNakedApe:

        That’s the part that disappoints me about Bill Maher. I like the guy, he’s funny, he’s smart and a sharp political observer but whenever the discussion turns towards science, he reverts to a dumb and narrow minded attitude.

        Did you notice the not-so-subtle jibe Bill Nye gave him at the beginning?

        • In reply to #14 by Peter Grant:

          Did you notice the not-so-subtle jibe Bill Nye gave him at the beginning?

          I certainly did. The joke about drinking from the wrong cup but not needing to get vaccinated because of it. Bill Maher didn’t take the bait and switched gears quickly. I wish he had though. One of these days, someone is going to have to confront him with the issue of vaccination but it’s virtually impossible to do as a guest on his show since he tends to steer the topics of conversation in a way that lets him have the last word most of the time.

  4. That’s quite a politician’s grin Michael Steele is wearing; status quo, I suppose.

    The show was taped last Friday (13th) – plenty of time for Nye to switch bow ties, err, hats, for hoofing. Gimmicky, yes – smart move by Bill, my personal jury is still out.

    • In reply to #11 by ridelo:

      What’s woo with PETA? Treating animals with respect can only diminish suffering in the world. They can suffer, you know.

      Pen and Teller do a good peice on PETA, depicting the concerns of many. They do a lot of good, and some evil too. They espouse nutty anti-human rhetoric based on metaphysical and sometimes mystical assertions, and have many cult tendencies. They are not simply for treating animals with respect. No one would be against that. Check it out.

  5. After reading the comments (or as many of them as I could stomach), I must reiterate loudly and clearly…. Religion IS the enemy of science.

    Christ, what a parade of willful ignorance in those comments. Jabbering gibberish with absolutely ZERO chance of rehabilitation. I just don’t know what can possibly be done to move the needle one inch.

    Oh, wait, the answer is education and the future is bright as far as the needle moving. The present? Not so much…

  6. What was the hiccough in his thinking on vaccinations? Seriously, what was that about? Did he benefit from that in monetary terms? It also seemed disingenuous of a previous poster that his position on vaccinations at the time, should be squared with his support of PETA. The support of an organisation promoting the ethical treatment of animals is a noble one, even whilst knowing full well that they are an indispensable tool for medial research.

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