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Bill Nye: Kids should not learn creationismAugust 28, 2012 @ 4:38 am (Updated: 11:34 am - 8/28/12 )
Famed Seattle scientist Bill Nye slams parents for letting their children believe in the Bible's view of how the world began in a new online video "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children."
The video features the bow-tie-wearing science guy expressing saying to parents, "If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientific literate taxpayers and voters for the future."
Nye's video has more than 1.7 million views in just a few days.
Most creationists believe in the account of the origins of the world as told in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. God creates Adam and Eve, the universe, and everything in it in six days.
For Christians who read the Genesis account literally, the six days in the account are literal 24-hour periods and leave no room for evolution.
The Gallup Poll has been tracking Americans' views on creation and evolution for the past 30 years.
In June, it released its latest findings, which showed 46 percent of Americans believed in creationism, 32 percent believed in evolution guided by God, and 15 percent believed in atheistic evolution.
"Your world becomes fantastically complicated if you don't believe in evolution," Nye says.
"The idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview becomes crazy, untenable, itself inconsistent," he says.
Nye says "in another couple centuries" he's sure the world view of creationism won't exist. "There's no evidence for it," he concludes.
By LINDA THOMAS
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