Not only is Bill Nye not a scientist, but he’s also not a historian or a student of the United States Constitution.
Anybody can make any written document say anything if portions of it are taken out of context. It’s done with the Bible all the time. The second most misquoted and misapplied document is the Constitution.
In a recent interview with CNN at the March for Science, Bill Nye the so-called “Science Guy” stated, “And it is interesting to note, I think, that Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution refers to the progress of science and the useful arts. . . . Useful arts in 18th Century usage would be what we call engineering or city planning or architecture.”
Nye said something similar in a 2015 interview:
“So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job. I want voters and taxpayers to recognize this. Do you really want to vote for somebody who doesn’t believe in the scientific method — and doesn’t believe that we defeated smallpox? Do you really want that person running your government?
“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.’”
Wow! Nye is counting on two things: (1) the general constitutional ignorance of the American people (there’s a lot of it) and (2) that most people will not actually read Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. I’ll tell you what’s unpatriotic — misinterpreting the Constitution in order to stop people from questioning bad science.
How many times have you heard someone appeal to the constitutional doctrine of the separation of church and state even though the Constitution never uses the words “church” or “separation”? The First Amendment is about the relationship between the national government (“Congress shall make no law…”) and the various state governments that had their own constitutional provisions regarding religion…