Scientists Turn on Bill Nye for Reasons Having Nothing to Do With Science
You won’t find us regularly defending Bill Nye, the Science Guy, who has made a second career for himself as a fixture on the cable news circuit, where he takes potshots at conservatives, carries water for the climate change agenda, and generally disparages anyone who departs from the liberal view of the world.
But this week proved that even the most dedicated warriors for the leftist agenda are not safe from the rabid wolves of extreme progressivism. Merely for having the audacity to show up at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Nye is taking it on the chin from a group of activist scientists.
In an open letter published in Scientific American this week, a group calling themselves “500 Women Scientists” said that Nye had cast his lot with the wrong crowd:
Tonight, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will accompany Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator, to the State of the Union address. Nye has said that he’s accompanying the Congressman to help promote space exploration, since, he asserts, “NASA is the best brand the United States has” and that his attendance “should not be … seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community.”
But by attending the SOTU as Rep. Bridenstine’s guest, Nye has tacitly endorsed those very policies, and put his own personal brand over the interests of the scientific community at large. Rep. Bridenstine is a controversial nominee who refuses to state that climate change is driven by human activity, and even introduced legislation to remove Earth sciences from NASA’s scientific mission. Further, he’s worked to undermine civil rights, including pushing for crackdowns on immigrants, a ban on gay marriage, and abolishing the Department of Education.
As scientists, we cannot stand by while Nye lends our community’s credibility to a man who would undermine the United States’ most prominent science agency. And we cannot stand by while Nye uses his public persona as a science entertainer to support an administration that is expressly xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, racist, ableist, and anti-science.
This is an eye-opening essay, and it’s not because it says anything revelatory or even truthful about Bill Nye. Nor is it worth reading due to its demonstration that liberals eat their own – we already were well aware of that.
No, this is a must-read because it shows the degree to which leftist ideology has infected mainstream science. Nye is as much a problem in this regard as anyone, but he usually doesn’t come right out and just…say it…the way these women do. What the hell does illegal immigration, gay marriage, or even civil rights have to do with science? How does one’s position on any of these topics reflect on their ability to be an ambassador for astronomy? Or for the scientific community in general?
If there is a problem with science today, it is the same (not unrelated) problem that we have on today’s college campuses. Soft, squishy concepts like racism and the various “phobias” are being thrown around with the same authority as hard scientific theories. The true sciences have been taken over by the soft sciences. Moral relativism has crept into the one domain where there must be only ONE truth. How many scientific doors have been slammed shut – not because the hypotheses behind them have been proven irrevocably wrong, but because they are too politically incorrect?
“Scientists are people, and in today’s society, it is impossible to separate science at major agencies like NASA from other pressing issues like racism, bigotry, and misogyny,” the women write.
It is not only possible to separate science from those issues, it should be our mandate to do so. Facts are facts, no matter how uncomfortable they may be. When you publicly slaughter a lamb for straying too far from the flock, you are sealing shut the very doors of inquiry that have formed the entire foundation of modern science.