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Bill Nye Defends His Creationism Critique

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TV personality Bill Nye attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures “The Astronaut Farmer” at the Cinerama Dome on February 20, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) -Bill Nye said that he is not attacking religion in his recent video comment on evolution versus creationism.

Known by many people as “Bill Nye the Science Guy” from his popular TV show, Nye’s video — called “Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children” — says that adults who deny evolution and teach a literal biblical view are hurting America’s future. The video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times in just five days.

On “CBS This Morning,” Nye said, “You can believe what you want religiously. Religion is one thing, but science, provable science is something else. My concern is you don’t want people growing up not believing in radioactivity, not believing in geology and deep time. You don’t want people in the United States growing up without the expectation that we can land spacecraft on Mars. You want people to believe in science, this process, this great idea that humans had to discover more about the universe and our place in it, our place in space.”

“And I really want to emphasize, I’m not attacking anybody’s religion,” Nye added.

A poll conducted in June 2012 found that 46 percent of Americans believe that God created man, 32 percent believe that humans evolved with God’s guidance, and 15 percent believe in evolution alone.

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