“[A] June Gallup poll found [that] 46 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.”
When I first saw this headline, I thought a different Nye was in question; I’m not familiar with this Bill Nye, and am not sure why anything he says is newsworthy. Then again, I’m prone to find these statements newsworthy regardless of the source.
And I’m prone to look at the whole thing several different ways.
It seems to me everyone is free to believe whatever one likes. I also find it hard to believe science can be “threatened” by anything, or needs any defense. Nye must not understand much about religion if he wants parents to not pass their beliefs on to their children.
That’s a whole separate question from what is mandated to be taught or permitted in the public school classroom.
This goes against everything I was taught in high school (1970-73) and invites comparisons to the doctrines of Lysenko. Neither of those features rules out the possibility of this being accurate science.
So the suspicions many of us have had are confirmed. I suspect this is a temporary situation that will correct itself once more creative artists arrive on the scene. I do not endorse some of the researchers’ suggestions:
The sanctions as reported strike me as inappropriate. As far as I know, the only pertinent information Penn State had concerned one (1) incident, about which the sole eye-witness made inconsistent statements.