Which, to my mind, is a wonderful thing. The alleged offense came during a talk he gave at McLennan Community College:
The Emmy-winning scientist angered a few audience members when he criticized literal interpretation of the biblical verse Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”
He pointed out that the sun, the “greater light,” is but one of countless stars and that the “lesser light” is the moon, which really is not a light at all, rather a reflector of light.
A number of audience members left the room at that point, visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence.
“We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.
It shows how much better a man Bill Nye is than myself in that he didn’t immediately respond in a scathingly sarcastic manner as I would have. I’ve always liked Bill Nye and this just reaffirms it. Used to watch his show whenever I could despite it being aimed at kids just because it did a pretty good job of educating and entertaining all at once.