Neil deGrasse Tyson insults your intelligence… again

posted at 3:21 pm on April 1, 2015 by Noah Rothman

Perhaps no one has done a better job of exposing Neil deGrasse Tyson for the bias-confirming liberal totem that he has become than National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke. Tyson leads a small band of self-described rationalists for whom “science” has become a political value.

“Ironically enough, what Tyson and his acolytes have ended up doing is blurring the lines between politics, scholarship, and culture — thereby damaging all three,” Cooke wrote. “Actual science is slow, unsexy, and assiduously neutral — and it carries about it almost nothing that would interest either the hipsters of Ann Arbor or the Kardashian-soaked titillaters over at E!”

Tyson has embraced his celebrity, and increasingly seems to view his role as something akin to the Jon Stewart of the hard sciences. He spends his days confirming for a narrow audience of uncurious liberals what they already believe, adding value to their preconceptions by varnishing it with the supposed veneer of incontrovertible truth. Perhaps Tyson’s greatest offense to scientific community is his routine suggestion that today’s conventional wisdom on matters scientific is immutable and unchanging. Real scientific exploration means forever testing biases, never accepting dogma, always allowing for the prospect that your most cherished convictions are unfounded.

But that is anathema for today’s liberals who know in their hearts that their correctness on matters cultural and scientific can be verified in a laboratory environment. Tyson routinely legitimizes that prejudice.

His most recent offense occurred during interview with The Daily Beast, where Tyson offered up a series of thoughts on homophobia and the evils of religiosity that will only further cement his brand as chief guardian of liberal self-satisfaction. After offering up a defense of the cultism of Scientology, Tyson went on to lament homophobia’s roots in religion. No, he was not talking about theocratic regimes like the one in Tehran that routinely hangs young men on the suspicion that they may be gay, or the Islamic State militia members who throws gay men from rooftops. Tyson was, of course, indulging in the favored liberal pastime of oikophobic self-loathing by lamenting the rampant homophobia in the United States.

“I just think it’s a little weird that there’s a law that allows you to earn less money,” Tyson said of Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. “I think that’s weird within a capitalist democracy. If you’re a company and you don’t agree with it, you don’t put your factories there, and I don’t think that’s good for your economy. Usually the economy wins in the end in terms of decision-making, so we’ll see what comes of this.”

It’s an odd impulse to contend that a “capitalist democracy” should compel its citizens to engage in commerce (unless you’re talking about purchasing health insurance, of course). Particularly when he appears to suggest in the next breath that it’s perfectly acceptable for those firms that disagree with Indiana’s RFRA to avoid investing in the state.

But Tyson goes on to lament the very fact that RFRA laws exist, and the prejudice he believes they shield. In doing so, he exposed a fundamental misapprehension about what RFRA laws do, why Democratic politicians popularized them in earlier decades, and the legal precedent that governs their application.

“But the point here is that if you’re religious, and your religion tells you that being gay is bad, then don’t be gay,” he said. “But you have to remind yourself that that’s your belief system, and there are other belief systems that don’t agree with that, so you should not be in the position to make legislation that affects other people.”

Tyson added that homophobia “almost always entirely stems from religion.”

Nonsense. The homophobia of Western democracies pales in comparison to codified anti-gay hatred espoused by the secularist dictatorships of the not-so-distant past.

In 1933, the officially atheist Soviet Union added homosexuality to the criminal code. Being gay was an offense punishable by up to five years in the gulags. The following year, hundreds of presumed homosexuals were rounded up and imprisoned. Many of those supposed gay people were also writers, artists, and presumed anti-Soviet dissidents.

The Russian writer Irena Maryniak noted that the abuses suffered by gay men and women in the Soviet labor camps was extensive and driven by paranoia and prejudice.

In his book The Mordovian Marathon (Jerusalem, 1979), Eduard Kuznetsov devotes a chapter called Queer Folk to homosexuals in the camps.

“According to people in the know,” he writes, “90 per cent of convicts are homosexual. But only passive gays—about 10 per cent—are regarded as such. They are the so-called kozly (lit: billy goats, or customers of prostitutes) and petukhi (lit: cocks, or faggots). Active homosexuals are so commonplace they don’t even merit a special name.”

“Passive homosexuals are not necessarily prisoners with gay inclinations”, writes Andrei Amal’rik in the book Notes of a dissident (Ann Arbor, 1982), “they are the unassertive, the timid, those who have lost a game of cards, those who have broken the camp code of ethics. Once you have the reputation of being a “cock”, it is impossible to get rid of it. It follows you from camp to camp. And if, after transfer to a new place a “fallen” prisoner fails to reveal himself, sooner or later it is bound to come to light. Then punishment is unavoidable, and it will take the form of a collective reprisal often ending in death.”

The fates of suspected homosexuals in the atheist nation of China was equally harsh. Being gay was only decriminalized in the People’s Republic of China in 1997 and was declassified as a mental illness in 2002. That does not suggest that being LGBT in China is openly tolerated. Quite the contrary, in fact. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who harshly criticized Indiana over its RFRA law, is looked to by LGBT Chinese as a source of possible reform in that country. Chinese firms are not only allowed to discriminate against gay and lesbian workers, that discrimination is tacitly encouraged. Abuses are also infrequently punished in the PRC. In December, a psychological clinic was ordered by a Chinese court to pay compensation to a gay man who was repeatedly administered electric shocks to cure him of his homosexual impulses. For all those cases like this that are publicly exposed, perhaps thousands outside of China’s increasingly liberal coasts go undisclosed.

In Cuba, Fidel Castro dubbed gay men “agents of imperialism” shortly after deposing the Batista regime in 1959. In the 1960s, Communist Cuba embarked on a mission to “reeducate” the Island nation’s gay population. “Yes, there were moments of great injustice – great injustice,” Castro conceded in 2010.

From Yugoslavia, to Laos, to Vietnam, to East Germany, not to mention the hell hole that is North Korea, the secular communist dictatorships of earlier decades outpaced most liberal democracies of the West in terms of outright hostility toward gays and gay rights.

That is to say nothing of the fascist dictatorships of Germany, Italy, Romania, and Hungary. Equally hostile toward religion as a substitute for faith in the omnipotence of the state, the 20th Century’s fascistic regimes were violently intolerant toward homosexuality. Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 were arrested on the suspicion that they were gay and up to 15,000 were sent to concentration camps. Officials believe that up to 60 percent of them did not survive the ordeal.

Neil deGrasse Tyson may make his cadre of incurious liberal fans feel good about themselves and reaffirm their faith in a set of common beliefs, but he routinely does them a disservice by steadfastly refusing to challenge their dubious preconceptions. It is a tragedy that such an accomplished man of great talent and intellect feels that he has no greater calling in life than to validate and reinforce liberal chauvinisms.


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He should go back to biting off peoples ears…wait, wrong guy? Nevermind…

right2bright on April 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM

“I just think it’s a little weird that there’s a law that allows you to earn less money,” Tyson said of Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. “I think that’s weird within a capitalist democracy. If you’re a company and you don’t agree with it, you don’t put your factories there, and I don’t think that’s good for your economy. Usually the economy wins in the end in terms of decision-making, so we’ll see what comes of this.”

He doesn’t know it, but right here Tyson is explaining why more government regulation and taxation is bad.

nobar on April 1, 2015 at 3:29 PM

He only insults himself, so far as I can see.

Midas on April 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Well educated with a high IQ, yet lacking in wisdom.

Tater Salad on April 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

This guy’s published peer reviewed articles are non-existent. But he’s a celebrity…so there’s that.

iwasbornwithit on April 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

OT
lerner wont be charged with contempt

cmsinaz on April 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

What’s with Joe on every caption? Is he running for prez/

jake49 on April 1, 2015 at 3:33 PM

I will say, this whole Biden for every cover is well done.

I’m sure a lot of work went into finding fitting pics.

nobar on April 1, 2015 at 3:35 PM

What’s with Joe on every caption? Is he running for prez/

jake49 on April 1, 2015 at 3:33 PM

I can’t think of a better April Fool icon than Joe Biden.

Mommys Little Darling on April 1, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Isaac Newton was a “homophobe”.

BTW,I just wonder how a scientist, like Tyson (even though he’s an astrophysicist) would describe the purpose of homosexuality in life.

We have noses to breathe, legs to move, blood to carry the nutrients we need, eyes to see, ears to hear, etc.

What is the natural function of homosexualism?

BobMbx on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

That’s not Tyson that’s Bide… Oh… Yeah…

Tyson’s “I’m so smrt” rhetoric fails him again.

Execution is legal in many states in the Union.

Should Tyson be required, as part of his civic duty, to execute people properly condemned to death.

Tyson: “No no… That infringes on my personal beliefs of the sanctity of life and that’s an abomination.”

I agree… And that’s why I support RFRA.

And so it goes…

Skywise on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

I think he’s Mike Tyson’s cousin.

anotherJoe on April 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM

OT
lerner wont be charged with contempt

cmsinaz on April 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Of course she won’t. She was doing the dirty work to destroy the TEA Party…..and the RINOs just loved it.

BobMbx on April 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM

This guy’s published peer reviewed articles are non-existent. But he’s a celebrity…so there’s that.

iwasbornwithit on April 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Yeah, I’m thinking the “sky-high IQ, wunderkind” is not merited in NdG Tyson’s case.

jdpaz on April 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Kudos to the HA team for the Biden pics today

Happy April Fools Day to our favorite fool

cmsinaz on April 1, 2015 at 3:41 PM

who?

BoxHead1 on April 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Well said, Noah.

juliesa on April 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Give me more Joe…I love me mo Joe!!

I laugh at every picture…you could do that every day with every post about a democrat because nothing represents them better than Joe.

I won’t link, but is there funnier moment, pathetically funny than “Stand up…, or I forgot, God Bless, let’s stand up for…”

right2bright on April 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM

One thing that opponents of religion often forget is that for those of us who are religious we hold our belief system to be the true religion. Additionally, particularly for Christians, our faith demands that we strive to share that truth with others and help to build the kingdom of God on Earth. This means that to be true to our faith we have to take a stand against those things that we see as immoral, such as gay marriage.

Tyson’s “if you don’t like it, don’t do it” declaration, so frequently parroted by liberals, does not account for that fact that, for most Christians, even if we are doing what is right, to not try to help others who are wandering in sin is not a very Christian thing to do.

fragglerock61 on April 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson may make his cadre of incurious liberal fans feel good about themselves and reaffirm their faith in a set of common beliefs, but he routinely does them a disservice by steadfastly refusing to challenge their dubious preconceptions.

Now thank you Noah for those rare words of wisdom. But could you do me a favor and actually use those word of wisdom for yourself. you need them just as much as Neil.

coolrepublica on April 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

The masses are becoming Christianphobic!! I wonder if that will work for our side as well as the leftists use homophobic??

Deano1952 on April 1, 2015 at 3:57 PM

It’s Crazy Joe all day today.

cat_owner on April 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

fragglerock61 on April 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

That’s because “convictions” of Tyson’s Ilk usually involve things like “gluten free diets” or “promises to exercise” and when they don’t work out they’re just thrown off like an old shirt.

Sacrifices, true convictions, these things are anathema to liberals.

Skywise on April 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Tyson is a huge leftist global warming shill.

He says everyone else is denying the “obvious” global warming. “Obvious” like, by now, the DC cherry blossoms were supposed to be blooming in February because of global warming. But today is the first April 1 on record when cherry blossoms florets were not active in Washington DC. And it’s NOT an April Fools joke. Obvious like by now we were supposed to be nearly boiling. Instead, we’ve 18 years of stagnant temperatures despite their laughable climate models saying that the temps should have been skyrocketing all this time. We got record Antarctic ice. Record growth of the Arctic ice. Record Great Lakes ice!

Here’s a post on the DC cherry blossoms:

https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/latest-cherry-blossoms-on-record-in-washington-dc/

Oh, and by now, much of country was supposed to be underwater from the sea rise. But for decades now there has been practically now change in sea level:

https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/no-change-in-california-sea-level-since-1871/

No change, but these were the dire predictions of the doomsaying warmist Chicken Littles:

“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of eco-refugees, threatening political chaos.” -Noel Brown, ex UNEP Director, 1989

“[in twenty years (2008)] the West Side Highway [and thus much of Manhattan] will be under water.” -James Hansen, 1988, NASA http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/22/a-little-known-but-failed-20-year-old-climate-change-prediction-by-dr-james-hansen/

anotherJoe on April 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

“an accomplished man of great talent and intellect”- You still talking about Neil Degasbag? Well, he did get to host a TV show for awhile, but otherwise, no. His every utterance confirms that he is no great intellect.

fitzsweetpea on April 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Isaac Newton was a “homophobe”.

BTW,I just wonder how a scientist, like Tyson (even though he’s an astrophysicist) would describe the purpose of homosexuality in life.

We have noses to breathe, legs to move, blood to carry the nutrients we need, eyes to see, ears to hear, etc.

What is the natural function of homosexualism?

BobMbx on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

provide SJWs with a raison d’etre.

dmacleo on April 1, 2015 at 4:01 PM

By Neil deGrasse Tyson’s own logic, the group that he should rail against most is the Islamic fundamentalists of the Middle East, but he goes after American Christians instead. My logic says it’s because Christians turn the other cheek and therefore are the favorite target of cowards, like Mr. Tyson.

RBMN on April 1, 2015 at 4:01 PM

“I just think it’s a little weird that there’s a law that allows you to earn less money,” Tyson said of Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act.

Madness, next you’ll tell me it’s legal to quit my job and earn no money… that can’t be legal.
This is a capitalist society, right?
Work is mandated at the highest paying jobs you’re capable of doing… isn’t it?

Or you’ll ramp it up and tell me I can give my money to a charity and get nothing in return?
Laughable that anyone would allow such a thing with Capitalism in place.

Everyone knows all good capitalist societies are built on forcing all people to make and hoard all the money they possibly can, and make anything else illegal.

If you don’t force everyone to make as much money as possible until they die; you can’t be capitalist… right?

/Don’t call an Ambulance, this was not serious.
I’m not having a stroke.

gekkobear on April 1, 2015 at 4:02 PM

“But you have to remind yourself that that’s your belief system, and there are other belief systems that don’t agree with that, so you should not be in the position to make legislation that affects other people.”

Will Tyson recommend to those whose belief system includes the idea that man-made CO2 is destroying the planet likewise refrain from making legislation that affects those whose beliefs are different? I won’t hold my breath.

Bigfoot on April 1, 2015 at 4:05 PM

A couple of supportive links for my comment above on Tyson & global warming:

On the TOTAL failure of the fear mongers’ bs climate models: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/

On ZERO warming for 18 years despite the continued rise in CO2: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/02/its-official-no-global-warming-for-18-years-1-month/

On Obama’s INSANE plan to cut US CO2 emissions by 28% in a decade by Executive Order, while letting or potential enemy China et al dramatically increase their CO2 output: https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/obama-seeking-to-wreck-the-economy-and-the-constitution-via-executive-order/

anotherJoe on April 1, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Kudos to the HA team for the Biden pics today

Happy April Fools Day to our favorite fool

cmsinaz on April 1, 2015 at 3:41 PM

So far, the pizzeria picture’s the best. It looks like he’s hailing a cab, as if he doesn’t even have a ride home. Hee.

SailorMark on April 1, 2015 at 4:10 PM

I watched “Cosmos” last year, starring this guy. I found it interesting that, almost every episode featured a scientist from the past that went against the establishment, had refused to accept “settled science”. Every episode celebrated these pioneers of scientific thinking. As a matter of fact, the global warming episode was the ONLY episode where, “the science was settled.”

Snitchmo on April 1, 2015 at 4:14 PM

lerner wont be charged with contempt

cmsinaz on April 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Who made the call?

Mimzey on April 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Now thank you Noah for those rare words of wisdom. But could you do me a favor and actually use those word of wisdom for yourself. you need them just as much as Neil.

coolrepublica on April 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Geez…get over yourself.

p.s. you left the “s” off of “words”. Doesn’t bother me, but isn’t a main component of the criticism towards Noah something about typos and such?

Mimzey on April 1, 2015 at 4:22 PM

“But the point here is that if you’re religious, and your religion tells you that being gay is bad, then don’t be gay,” he said.

And if I consider baking a cake for a gay wedding “being gay” what say you, Neil?

Occams Stubble on April 1, 2015 at 4:25 PM

I watched “Cosmos” last year, starring this guy. I found it interesting that, almost every episode featured a scientist from the past that went against the establishment, had refused to accept “settled science”. Every episode celebrated these pioneers of scientific thinking. As a matter of fact, the global warming episode was the ONLY episode where, “the science was settled.”
Snitchmo on April 1, 2015 at 4:14 PM

The conceit of every current generation of scientists: “We’re the latest, we’re the greatest, we have complete understanding of the mistakes of the past and we don’t repeat them.”

Marcola on April 1, 2015 at 4:38 PM

And if I consider baking a cake for a gay wedding “being gay” what say you, Neil?

Occams Stubble on April 1, 2015 at 4:25 PM

I think that gays should be required to issue a “trigger warning” that they are gay. Not doing so may cause anxiety in some people by suddenly being confronted with the ghey. A simple sign or symbol could suffice, though I don’t feeel that would be enough. Trained facilitators should walk at least 100 feet ahead of where any gay walks, and that facilitator could ease the potential shock with a simple whisper and subtle nod in the direction of the approaching gays. That’s just common sense.

Mimzey on April 1, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Isaac Newton was a “homophobe”.
BTW,I just wonder how a scientist, like Tyson (even though he’s an astrophysicist) would describe the purpose of homosexuality in life.
We have noses to breathe, legs to move, blood to carry the nutrients we need, eyes to see, ears to hear, etc.
What is the natural function of homosexualism?
BobMbx on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

To make the world ” FABULOUS ” of course

Mr Soames on April 1, 2015 at 4:41 PM

I realized I was a science hater when it dawned on me that I would rather have irradiated food than organic food.

tmitsss on April 1, 2015 at 4:43 PM

“But the point here is that if you’re religious, and your religion tells you that being gay is bad, then don’t be gay,” he said. “But you have to remind yourself that that’s your belief system, and there are other belief systems that don’t agree with that, so you should not be in the position to make legislation that affects other people.”

Unless you are a leftist.

I LOLd on that statement. The lack of self awareness is staggering.

jukin3 on April 1, 2015 at 5:22 PM

Religion is close to one of the worst things ever.

Modern human/our evolutionary ancestors have been on earth for over a million years.

How did we get to the point where we decided that a sky pappy had the answers to all questions regarding life?

weedisgood on April 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Just another liberal elitist…

crosshugger on April 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM

I’m an atheist with a doctorate in cosmology, and I couldn’t take this guy seriously after watch his heliography of a nut just because said nut preached life on other planets.

Count to 10 on April 1, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Did miss something? what’s with all the Biden images?

Spyder23 on April 1, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Religion is close to one of the worst things ever.
Modern human/our evolutionary ancestors have been on earth for over a million years.
How did we get to the point where we decided that a sky pappy had the answers to all questions regarding life?
weedisgood on April 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Christianity is the only reason you’re living in a civilization today where you can rest on your laurels, smoke your weed and rant about how people can be so dumb when you’ve got it all figured out.

Enjoy your hot pocket btw…

Skywise on April 1, 2015 at 8:34 PM

Good grief, Spyder. April Fool’s!!!

dolfan on April 1, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Tyson’s “I’m so smrt” rhetoric fails him again.

Execution is legal in many states in the Union.

Should Tyson be required, as part of his civic duty, to execute people properly condemned to death.

Tyson: “No no… That infringes on my personal beliefs of the sanctity of life and that’s an abomination.”

I agree… And that’s why I support RFRA.

And so it goes…

Skywise on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Excellent point.

itsnotaboutme on April 2, 2015 at 4:18 AM

What is the natural function of homosexualism?

BobMbx on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Interior design, fashion, companionship for fat chicks.

Younggod on April 2, 2015 at 6:59 AM

The homophobia of Western democracies pales in comparison to codified anti-gay hatred espoused by the secularist dictatorships of the not-so-distant past.

Noah Rothman insults our intelligence . . . again. By regurgitating the liberal canard that fear is the reason for rejecting homosexuality.

Younggod on April 2, 2015 at 7:03 AM

Never ceases to amaze me how someone can be so smart in one area and think they are smart in all. Science is always changing because it has to. Based on observation first and then continues from there. Just because you say it is so, doesn’t mean it is forever! I have stopped watching this man when he is on because his “smart” is really a deficit condition. If he really looks at the cosmos, he would shut up and praise the creator of it. Even Chinese Medicine calls it the universal qi (chi) from which all other qi is made. This man is truly ignorant of reality and lives in another world that is not ours. I used to admire him but can no longer. He has one idea and it is a faulty one! He insults our intelligence and the intelligence of the universe!

Roselle on April 2, 2015 at 11:23 AM

“I just think it’s a little weird that there’s a law that allows you to earn less money,” Tyson said of Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. “I think that’s weird within a capitalist democracy. If you’re a company and you don’t agree with it, you don’t put your factories there, and I don’t think that’s good for your economy. Usually the economy wins in the end in terms of decision-making, so we’ll see what comes of this.”

Brilliant idiot. From the same brain, the same mouth, he bashes then praises freedom.

Any law which doesn’t allow you to earn less money is a fascist, totalitarian law. The implicit phrase left out of his sentence is “based upon conscience”. Liberty has one valid meaning in this context: The ability to choose based upon conscience, sans compulsion. He apparently lacks the ability to notice that the corollary, which he tacitly endorses through his comment, is this:

It would be good if there were a law which forced you to earn more money, even in opposition to conscience.

What twisted thinkers such as Tyson skip over in their agenda-addled minds is that only capitalism, of all economic forms, is based upon, and settled by, liberty. However, the busy-bodies have co-opted capitalism, and crafted crony-capitalism, where laws and regulations are used to select winners and losers, instead of the open marketplace doing so.

Freelancer on April 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM