Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Provocative Tweets About Christmas Started An Internet Flame War

Neil deGrasse Tyson undoubtedly hopes you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season. Nevertheless, a series of tweets sent by the astrophysicist on Christmas have incensed some, as he provocatively questioned both the significance of the holiday — and the reason we celebrate it.

Tyson kicked off the tweets by posing this cheeky question to his nearly 2.9 million followers:

QUESTION: ThIs year, what do all the world’s Muslims and Jews call December 25th? ANSWER: Thursday

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 25, 2014

Tyson followed up the rhetorical question by wishing a happy birthday to a significant figure who was born on Christmas:

On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 25, 2014

Before pausing to reflect on the history of the day:

Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 25, 2014

Finally, Tyson ended with a Rudolf-themed physics lesson:

Santa knows Physics: Of all colors, Red Light penetrates fog best. That’s why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer —> Read More Here


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