Lots of Hate for Neil deGrasse Tyson

So, this happened.  I’m really curious about people’s thoughts.  I like Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I think he’s doing great things to help educate people on science and get people interested in astronomy.  However, he’s gotten a lot of conservative Christians angry.

So, Sir Isaac Newton was born December 25, 1642 (Julian calendar).  It’s a fact that can’t be changed.  Newton was a celebrated physicist.  I could see an astrophysicist wanting to celebrate his birthday.

So, December 25th was a Pagan holiday before it was Christmas. That’s a fact that can’t be changed, either.  What’s funny is that the traditions you see on Christmas aren’t even Christian traditions (the tree, presents, Santa.  And certainly not ham, because the Bible says pork should not be eaten).

Because Tyson is in the spotlight a lot, he gets vilified.  In my opinion, I don’t care one way or the other.  I’m not a Christian, and I don’t attack religion.  I like to get along with everyone.  But on the other hand, Tyson was just stating facts.  It’s how people interpret them that’s important.

Just my thought this morning. What do you think?  Happy Holidays, everyone.

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10 thoughts on “Lots of Hate for Neil deGrasse Tyson”

  1. Ho Hum. I tire easily of pedagogic, narrow thinking, whoever the current purveyor of such. If I were the betting type, I’d be willing to wager those “Conservative Christians” who are decrying this scientist do not represent the majority of Christians. They are just louder and more obnoxious.
    I am Christian, as is another commenter here. I find no offense, and have no need to tear apart anyone’s point of view or “their facts.” He has stated his opinion, and they — theirs. But that doesn’t mean I have to pay a lot of attention to the discord and weary arguments.
    As a group, we humans often appear to sink to the lowest common denominator in religion, politics, education, and business. Let’s ring in a new year, with the intent to be at our best, and L-O-V-E one another, without the worldly judgment.

    1. I agree. And I have to add that it seems that many of the problems, especially with politics, religion, and business (not so much education) is that those in power or strong voices tend to act like children. They get offended and they start screaming their heads off. I just want to tell them to grow up and behave like a thinking adult.

  2. As a Christian, reading this tweet brought me no kind of harmful or disrespectful feelings. As an aspiring scientist, reading this tweet brought me an according head nod. That’s about it.

    I don’t see why the controversy. At all.

    I don’t see why science and religion have been at odds for so long, either, when, essentially, they both can explain the other’s existence. The way I see it, they coincide, not collide.

    1. I wonder how many people realise that the Catholic Church’s official stance on evolution (as stated by the Pope himself) is that it happened and should be accepted by everyone. That doesn’t mean I agree with everything they say (being anti-contraceptive is dangerous, especially in Africa with its AIDS epidemic).

      1. There is a lot that needs to happen in terms of the Orthodox Carholic Church, but it always is a very slow process with them. Baby steps. Contraceptives are a big one, not just with the Church but even Western American organizations (I’m referring mostly to the wholw Hobby Lobby fiasco).

  3. Everything Tyson said was indisputably true, so I don’t see why this would offend people even if they do believe that Jesus was born on December 25 and more important than Isaac Newton.

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