Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists
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Public education is a major enemy of creationism and intelligent design. Now the fears of these two camps are culminating around one person, the host of Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Intelligent design proponent and conspiracy blogger David Klinghoffer writes on Evolution News, the anti-evolution blog:
“Despite its increasingly undisguised axe-grinding, history-befogging, and faith-baiting excesses, there's no question that the rebooted Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson will be turning up in classrooms as a 'supplement' to science education.”
Klinghoffer offers no evidence of this, simply that a few teachers posted on Facebook how excited they are about showing their science classes the Cosmos series when it is out on DVD.
It is a safe bet to assume that the popular, critically acclaimed show will turn up in classrooms across the country, and why shouldn’t it? Tyson does a great job of explaining science so that everyone can understand what makes science fun and exciting.
Klinghoffer is off-base to assume this will be a “supplement.” Think back to your days in school and how many times a year you would have a movie day and watch a documentary about a specific thing you were learning. We can safely assume this will be the same case, and that it's unlikely all 13 episodes will be played for students.
Teachers should be excited about the DVD set and how it can aid in teaching such things as the cosmic timeline.
One teacher posted online:
“Cosmos will likely soon find its way into the middle school canon, and hopefully the young people of America will find deGrasse Tyson as charming as I do.”
To those like Klinghoffer, this is scary news: the last thing he or any of his colleagues wants are students excited about actual science. They want students excited about their dumbed-down, edited version of science, where instead of science textbooks saying “Biology” on the outside they say “Holy Bible.”
Klinghoffer warns parents, while masking his disdain for science:
“[…] Let me emphasize that I'm not here to condemn any teacher who uses the series in her class. It's not easy getting kids or adults jazzed about science, and doing so is a laudable goal. But parents should probably take an active role in supplementing what their kids learn from a 'supplement' like this.”
What he means to say is parents should erase the actual education their kids receive and replace it with the biblical nonsense of their choosing.
Klinghoffer has already publicly confessed on Evolution News that he pauses Cosmos throughout to explain to his son that Tyson is not often doing science. He even went so far as to claim he won't let his son watch the latest episode, which explains the Noah’s Ark myth. Klinghoffer explains:
“With past installments I had to pause now and then to point out to Ezra where host Neil deGrasse Tyson had stopped talking about science and switched to baiting Christianity. Last night's episode, number 11 of 13, would make that procedure impractical and tiresome.”
What is impractical here is stopping the show at all and explaining your mythology over scientific facts and evidence.
“Casey [another blogger] and I were talking about where, with two episodes left and having dropped the initial pretense of a program on science, the Reverend Dr. Tyson will go from here?”
Science has not been dropped from the show. In fact, Tyson was explaining the origins of writing and civilization when he came to the Epic of Gilgamesh, the story that was later plagiarized to tell the Bible’s great flood tale. Though this is more anthropological, it is still science and does a great deal to explain the origins of civilization, as we know it.