Neil deGrasse Tyson notes that scientists typically don't picket churches


"I wonder which row Albert sat in."

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"I personally don't care what people want to believe. This country was founded on religious freedoms."

That is astrophysicist, author and Cosmos reboot host Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about religion in the video below. He is not against people having personal beliefs about an invisible god, deity or celestial being. He doesn't care. To reiterate:

"I don't have any issue with what you do in the church."

He does, however, have an issue with religious people who "knock on my science classroom and tell me I have to teach what you're teaching in your church."

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deGrasse Tyson also makes the following points:

"There's no tradition of scientists knocking down the Sunday school door, telling the preacher, 'That might not necessarily be true.'"

"There are no scientists picketing out in front of churches."

We personally think the scientists should get going on that stuff, if only for the YouTube videos that would ensue.

Finally, in the video -- which we stumbled upon while visiting Addicting Info -- deGrasse Tyson rescues Albert Einstein from the clutches of the persistent myth that he believed in God, citing a letter the theoretical physicist wrote in 1924:

"I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly."

Still probably not clear enough for some people


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