Bill Nye isn’t a scientist, but he plays one on TV. In the same way, he’s not a Constitutional scholar, but he recently played one in a Vox interview.
The thing is, you don’t have to be a Constitutional scholar to understand the Constitution. It’s pretty plainly written. All you have to do is read it. Here’s the Daily Caller:
In an interview with Vox, Bill Nye argues that politicians who deny man-made global warming are violating their constitutional duties to the American people. Nye then misconstrues a clause in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution to support his point.
“Well, first of all, I think denying climate change is in nobody’s best interests,” Nye told Vox in a recent interview. “But I also think denying science in general is in no one’s best interests.”
“When you have people denying this basic process, and how we all got here, it’s offensive to me intellectually,” Nye added. “And I happen to think it’s unpatriotic. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says the government shall ‘promote the progress of science and useful arts.’”
“So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job,” Nye said. “I want voters and taxpayers to recognize this. Do you really want to vote for somebody who doesn’t believe in the scientific method — and doesn’t believe that we defeated smallpox? Do you really want that person running your government?”
Oh, poor guy. He’s “offended intellectually.” Is this guy for real? What congressman or senator stands up and says, “The scientific method is trash!” No one. There isn’t a single congressman or senator who “denies science.” Sure, there are plenty who question manmade global warming theory. But that has nothing to do with “denying science.” Whether or not they believe in manmade global warming depends on whether they’re receiving large donations from the green lobby.
These silly insults may have worked on the playground when Nye had his kids’ TV show, but it doesn’t work out here in the real world.
His dogmatic approach to manmade global warming and his crusade against those who don’t believe in vertical evolution show how religiously he holds to these belief systems. He’s not in favor of “promoting the progress of science.” Think Galileo and the Catholic Church. Bill Nye is the Catholic Church. And anyone who questions his edicts shall be excommunicated.
In essence, Bill Nye is an evangelist of sorts. Just not for Christianity. He’s said that he doesn’t mind people believing in Creation, but that they shouldn’t teach their kids Creation. He’s quite the religious zealot. I’m sure the same goes for climate eschatology.
He’s promoting a religion, and he wants the government to establish it as the official religion of this country. Isn’t there some amendment that addresses establishing an official religion? I think it prohibits it, but we’ll have to ask Bill Nye about that, since he seems to know so much about the Constitution.
Ironically, the Constitution doesn’t say what he thinks it says about science. Again, you don’t have to be a scholar to understand the Constitution. You just have to read it. A text without a context is a pretext. Here’s what it actually says regarding “promoting science”:
“To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
Yeah, that’s about copyright law. But don’t tell Bill Nye that. He might excommunicate you from his church upon declaring you a “denier.”