Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson Thank Pope Francis for Embracing Science

neil-degrasse-tyson-bill-nyeFor well over a year now I’ve sat back and watch Pope Francis, the most recognized Christian religious leader in the world, essentially annihilate Republican ideology. He’s slammed trickle-down economics, pushed for acceptance of homosexuals and actually used Jesus’ own words to crush the GOP’s economic beliefs.


And the best part is, he couldn’t care less about the Republican party. Everything he’s said and supports is taken directly from his belief in what Christianity is and what Jesus Christ stood for. It just so happens that by finally pushing the Catholic Church to act more Christian he’s completely exposed “Christian conservatism” for the farce that it is.

It really is hilarious (and yet downright sad) that we finally have a Pope who’s trying to make the church follow the doctrine of the teachings of Jesus Christ – and it’s really pissing Republicans off.

Heck, back in October, Pope Francis even embraced science saying:

“The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love,” Pope Francis said. “The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”

He also went on to say, “When we read in Genesis the account of creation [we are] in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand that can do all things. But he is not.”

Well, his words were apparently so surprising that they caught the attention of two of the most well-known scientists in the United States, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

During an episode of StarTalk Radio, the pair commented on the Pope’s comments with Tyson jokingly saying, “Do we write you a check Catholic Church? Thank you! You have now joined the last two centuries, welcome aboard!”


Though Tyson did explain that evolution has been an accepted principle among the Catholic Church for quite some time.

But the sad part of all of this is that I doubt anything Pope Francis says or does will make any difference among right-wing religious radicals. It’s like I’ve said before, they don’t follow Christianity, they follow “Republicanity.” It’s more of a cult than a religion or political party.

However, despite Republican ignorance, I’m glad to see leaders in the scientific community and religious community coming together on issues such as these. Though I’ll be honest, had someone told me a few years ago that one day I’d be talking about how Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson praised the Pope for his take on science, I would have said you were out of your mind.

And that’s a huge step in bridging two different worlds that I don’t feel have to be mutually exclusive.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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