Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to creationist: "That's messed up"

The astrophysicist appeared on "Real Time With Bill Maher" and issued a succinct response to Ken Ham

Published July 28, 2014 10:40PM (EDT)

Neil deGrasse Tyson                                    (AP/Richard Shotwell)
Neil deGrasse Tyson (AP/Richard Shotwell)

Last week Ken Ham, president and founder of creationist organization Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, called for the end of the U.S. space program. The pseudo-science promoter does not believe we should be searching for extraterrestrial life. Why? Well, for starters, if we found alien life it would be damned to hell.

On Friday's "Real Time With Bill Maher," the comedian asked Neil deGrasse Tyson what he thought of Ham's ridiculous view. The astrophysicist and host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" kept his response short and right on point.

"That's messed up," Tyson said. Watch the clip below, and read my colleague's in depth interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson here.

By Sarah Gray

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