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Bill Nye the Science Guy Plans to Take on Creationists

Former science show host and outspoken evolutionist Bill Nye the ‘Science Guy’ plans to take on creationists head-on.  Tickets for the Feb.4 debate with Creation Museum Ken Ham will go on sale Jan. 6 for $25 and sponsors plan for a full house.

“It’s quite rare these days for such a well-known evolutionist to publicly debate a creationist – so we do expect a lot of media interest,” Ham said in a Facebook post promoting the event which will be held at the Petersburg, KY museum.

Ham also hoped the event will help educate young people on evolution alternatives. “Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation-evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters,” Ham stated via press release.

While Nye is yet to offer a public statement on the upcoming debate, last November the scientist openly condemned a plan, opposed by creationist parents and lawmakers in Texas, that would disallow evolution to be taught in public schools.

Speaking on the possibility that evolution would be eliminated from textbooks, Nye said, “Everyone should take a moment and think what it will mean to raise a generation of students who might believe that it is reasonable to think for a moment that the Earth might be 10,000 years old.” He added, “”It’s an outrageous notion.”

The proponent of science education continued that to teach creationism over evolution would ultimately hurt America’s future. “It’s not a benign idea. It’s inane or silly,” Nye stressed. “These students will not accept the process of science, which will stifle or suppress innovation.”

Some within the scientific community, however, are not pleased that Nye plans to debate Ken Ham, likening the debate to a publicity stunt that is aimed at bringing in cash for Ham and his creationist cause.

“There is nothing to debate, and a ‘debate’ with Mr. Nye will only give Mr. Ham credibility that he does not deserve and increase not only his visibility but also his ability to attract investors,” Matt Young wrote on his blog.  He concluded, “Please, Mr. Nye, do not “debate” with Ken Ham or any other charlatan. No good will come of it – no good can come of it.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Answers in Genesis

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