Bill Nye Says The Constitution Supports His Belief Denying Science Is Unpatriotic. But He Didn’t Quote It Correctly.

by Jennifer Van Laar | May 25, 2015 3:12 pm

Bill Nye the Science Guy has shown his ignorance[1] in non-scientific subjects big time in an interview with Vox Magazine, where he claimed the Constitution backs him in thinking people who deny science are “unpatriotic.” His views were teased in a tweet:

Bill Nye: Denying science is "unpatriotic" http://t.co/xB2qiPtpDk[2] pic.twitter.com/sACNtaPuta[3]

— Vox (@voxdotcom) May 24, 2015[4]

When you have people denying this basic process, and how we all got here, it’s offensive to me intellectually. And I happen to think it’s unpatriotic. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says the government shall “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job.

But Twitchy noted that the words Nye pulled from Article I, Section 8 are taken way, way out of context.

Here’s what comes after the quote Nye spouted off: “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;”

Yup. Nye’s interview text actually linked to the Constitution. Then a simple reading of the quote in context indicates it’s all about what has become American copyright and patent law — and has nothing to do with the Nye’s claim that those who question science are “unpatriotic.”

Wow, that’s quite a thought train, Bill Nye. Maybe you should just stick to science.

Endnotes:
  1. shown his ignorance: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/24/bill-nye-uses-constitution-to-claim-denying-science-is-unpatriotic-too-bad-he-didnt-quote-it-very-carefully/
  2. http://t.co/xB2qiPtpDk: http://t.co/xB2qiPtpDk
  3. pic.twitter.com/sACNtaPuta: http://t.co/sACNtaPuta
  4. May 24, 2015: https://twitter.com/voxdotcom/status/602553404238397440

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