Bill Nye Embarrasses Creationist Ken Ham in Epic Debate of Science vs. Creationism
I tend to agree with this conclusion. Nye was incomparably better prepared this time. In particular, he has worked out a way to counter the “Gish gallop” and even expose it for the gibberish it is. In particular, Ham the Sham was repeatedly backed into admitting, even boasting, that creationism is purely a religious doctrine. This undermines one of the central tenets of creation boosters in public education. It won’t change the minds of any real believers, they are beyond hope, but it may deny them legitimacy in the public sector. That is all we need to do, and all we really have any business doing.
When I first heard this debate was going to happen, I couldn’t wait. I never thought as a child that somehow “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” who I watched on Saturday mornings, would one day become a leading figure in the political battle of science vs. delusion.
Keep in mind that I am a Christian, so I don’t discount everything in the Bible. Though I’ve made it clear that I don’t put a whole lot of stock in the Bible as it’s obvious (to me at least) that much of it has been rewritten - and poorly translated - over centuries.
The dawn of the tea party brought about the attempted hijacking of the GOP by radicals, and science that had never really been up for debate previously (besides between people who were borderline insane) because it had always been accepted as scientific fact, suddenly became a “debatable topic.”
Not because the science changed, but because insane people were suddenly given a voice in mainstream politics thanks to the tea party.