Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Christmas Tweets Incite Religious Ire

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Christmas tweets have been called anti-Christian, and the astrophysicist and science education advocate is being accused of trying to ruin a special day. It seems the beloved star of Cosmos thought he’d make a little Christmas joke, leading social media followers to think he was about to offer a birthday tweet to Jesus, then making a quick shift.

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While many followers called the tweet a successful troll, and offered the digital equivalent of a high five, it was clear that a number of social media users were offended by the tweet.

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Further, many jumped in to point out that Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Christmas tweets got Newton’s birthdate wrong, at least by the modern calendar, suggesting that Neil didn’t mind twisting the truth to attack Christianity.

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Others brought up Newton’s own faith, suggesting that Tyson was disrespectful to use the name and life of the celebrated scientist in a mockery of modern Christian beliefs, since the man was a believer himself.

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Tyson also spoke in mockery of the modern Christmas, centered on consumerism, and made a joke about other religions’ view of the day, before moving on to Santa and science.

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These, too, returned further offense and anger (even the Rudolph tweet, though most of the response to that was a discussion of whether the mythical reindeer’s nose actually gave off, or only reflected, light):

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Neil’s views on science and religion have offended before — Cosmos provoked responses each week (and the forthcoming second season will likely do the same), from viewers who disagreed with the information presented on the show, or with the means of presentation.

Do you see Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Christmas tweets as offensive, or as a harmless joke?

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