If you were in grade school anytime in the past 25 years you probably remember watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. I used to love watching his humorous ways of teaching a subject that would otherwise be boring. I learned a lot from his Emmy-winning show, which ran from 1993 through 1999. Even though it stopped airing in 1999, teachers continued to show the show to their classes.
Bill Nye played the lovable, lanky, bow tie and lab coat wearing “TV Scientist” who taught kids the importance of science and most likely inspired many kids to go on to become scientists themselves. I was thrilled when I heard that he had a new Netflix show, “Bill Nye Saves the World”. Looking forward to a sense of nostalgia, I sat down to watch the show.
After only watching two episodes, I was shocked to find that Bill Nye has more in common with the sadistic Nazi eugenicists who designed the systematic extermination of the Jews than a real scientist.
In the episode entitled, “Earth’s Population Problem”, Nye starts off by comparing people to sponges and talks about how there isn’t enough water for all the sponges to soak up. I assumed that he was going to take a scientific approach to this and address how we need to use clean energy, recycle, carpool, and share our resources with others so that there is enough to go around. But that’s not what he did at all.
Instead, he suggests that the answer lies with women. He cuts to one of his correspondents who is in India interviewing women. Correspondent Emily Calandrelli states “Social scientists believe there is a direct link between overpopulation and a lack of education and employment for women.” She interviews a few women in a big company in India that is known for hiring more women than most companies. One of the women being interviewed says that “being educated, it means people are family planning and it’s really good because people can think about overpopulation and the problem it causes on earth.”
The segment goes on explaining how the more educated women are, the more they know about sex and contraceptive methods, and this decreases the number of children they have, thus helping the “overpopulation problem”.
Nye then asks a panel of “experts” what they thought we should do about this problem. First to speak up is Dr. Nerys Benfield, Director of Family Planning at Montefiore Medical Center. Her fancy title is just another name for an abortionist. She is known to speak at universities promoting abortion. She says that access to “healthcare” and “family planning” is incredibly important to the “overpopulation problem”. To most people, “healthcare” and “family planning” sound like good things, but to anyone who has been involved in either side of the abortion issue, they mean one thing: abortion.
Scientifically, we know that every abortion takes the life of a unique living and whole human being. Of course, a woman who makes a living from killing innocent children would suggest that killing the most vulnerable of our society is the best way to decrease the population. Bill, in an attempt to be funny, creepily chimes in that we wouldn’t want to keep women from having sex. Obviously a nod towards the popular pro-abortion idea that women should be free from all responsibility regarding their sexual actions and that they should not be “punished” by being forced to carry an “unwanted child”.
Bill Nye asks the panel if we should have policies that penalize people in the developed world for having “extra kids”, to which one of the panelists replies that “we should at least consider it”.
Having spent a lot of time studying the eugenics movement in the United States, all of this talk sounds eerily familiar. Words like “family planning” and “healthcare” coming from an abortionist are simply substitutes for saying abortion. They sound much more peaceful and caring than abortion. I’ve met several former abortionists who have said that they are instructed to use those words for that very reason. One question I have is, what qualifies as an “extra kid”? I am one of three boys, which one of us is the “extra kid”? I know families that have a dozen kids, how many of their kids are “extra kids”? How would you determine who the “extra kids” were? And how would you penalize people for having them?
The elite leftists in the United States that pushed for eugenics forcibly sterilized poor or minority women as young as 17 for decades in order to decrease the number of “unfit” or “undesirable” people. This practice lasted well into the 1970s. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, a well known pioneer in American eugenics pushed for these very things. In an article written in 1932 in her magazine, Birth Control Review, Sanger advocated for “a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”
In line with Nye’s “overpopulation” ideas, Sanger believed that large families were detrimental to society. In her 1920 book, The Woman and the New Race, she writes,
“The most serious evil of our times is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large families. The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children…The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
That is exactly what Nye and Benfield suggest.
Much like Nye’s suggestion to penalize families in developed countries for having “extra kids”, Sanger also advocated for the “American Baby Code” which would limit the amount of children born in order to “protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.”
Another thing to mention in this episode is when a correspondent, Joanna Hausmann, goes out and interviews people on the street about sex and their methods of birth control. She and the interviewees go into graphic details describing their preferred sexual acts and their birth control methods. It was very uncomfortable to watch and listen to, and yet this show is targeted at kids and teenagers.
Contrary to what Bill Nye says, there actually is no “population problem”. According to the U.N. Population Database, the world’s population as of 2010 could comfortably fit into the state of Texas with each person having a 33 foot by 33 foot plot of land. Texas is just a tiny portion of the inhabitable land in the world, meaning that there is plenty of room for everyone. There is no “population problem”.
Instead of looking at actual numbers or science, Nye is basing that episode on a false premise in order to push a political agenda that promotes eugenics, sexual irresponsibility and promiscuity, abortion, and attacks on large families. In another episode, Nye takes a step further in the realm of eugenics to discuss genetically altering human beings in order to make “more desirable” offspring.
That will be the subject of my next article.