Neil deGrasse Tyson declares all-out war on creationists: ‘Keep it out’ of the science classroom

Appearing in an interview with Bill Moyers this Friday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson slammed politicians and religious activists who look to include creationism with science classes, saying that they are linked to a historical tendency to use the concept of God to fill in the blanks that science hasn’t tackled yet.

“If that’s where you’re going to put your God in this world, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance,” he told Moyers. “If that’s how you’re going to invoke God — if God is the mystery of the universe, these mysteries, we’re tackling these mysteries one by one. If you’re going to stay religious at the end of the conversation, God has to mean more to you than just where science has yet to tread.”

Moyers noted that some “religious people” told him they were scared whenever deGrasse Tyson’s predecessor, Carl Sagan, said that “the cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be,” because they felt Sagan was dismissing the belief in an afterlife.

“Do you have any sympathy for people who seem to feel, only feel safe in the vastness of the universe you describe in your show if they can infer a personal God who makes it more hospitable to them, cares for them?” Moyers asked.

“In this, what we tell ourselves is a free country, which means you should have freedom of thought, I don’t care what you think. I just don’t,” deGrasse Tyson replied. “Go think whatever you want. Go ahead. Think that there’s one God, two Gods, ten Gods, or no Gods. That is what it means to live in a free country.”

But according to deGrasse Tyson, the problem begins when people try to prioritize their religious views over proven data when it comes to science education in the public sphere.

“Then I’m going to stand there and say, ‘No, I’m not going to allow you in the science classroom,’” deGrasse Tyson said. “I’m not telling you what to think, I’m just telling you in the science class, ‘You’re not doing science. This is not science. Keep it out.’”

Watch the interview below. His remarks on science and creationism begin at about 16:40:



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    January 18, 2014 at 4:51 am

    I’m not gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that,) but I think Dr. Tyson is sexy-smart!!!

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    January 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you!

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    Tong, Tang Soong

    January 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you for the very interesting discussion. One main thought remain with me at the end is that “Religious people can only claim God to be at the very place where no man has been before.” Each new discovery will move this claim further into the unknown. Science is a learning where evidence is required to explain and clarify physical existence while religion is meant to calm our emotions and give us gaps to continue further into the unknown. We can depend on God to give us the courage and pull towards more knowledge. Both Science and Religion must exist then……

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    flo rida

    January 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Why did you have to qualify it then?

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    January 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Oh Neil deGrasse Tyson, how I truly, madly deeply love thee.

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    Alessandro Bernardi

    January 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I’m not gay either, but I find him sexy-smart too.

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    February 5, 2014 at 4:19 am

    The tree of knowledge shockingly left out full knowledge. It has taken thousands of years just to get where we are now. When oh when does that “knowledge” kick in? We should have known everything by the first bite, am I not correct?

    Love your mind Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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    Peter Smythe

    March 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    For additional clarification as to what he meant. Translation: “he is sexy smart but not like sexy to his, just sexy in a way guys can see.”

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