Nye's most recent comments are noteworthy because he articulates the intolerant position of many evolutionists towards skeptics. He tries to scapegoat Darwin-skeptics for many problems in society in order to justify taking away people's freedom to teach kids about challenges to evolution.
The scapegoating begins when Nye says, "When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in it [evolution], that holds everybody back." He says that those who "deny evolution" have a worldview that "becomes crazy."
"And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems."
What's concerning is that Nye represents an increasingly prevalent view among materialists -- one that hopes to restrict freedom of expression for skeptics of Darwinian evolution. And I'm not just talking about the standard NCSE-style intolerance which opposes teaching about scientific views in schools that challenge Darwinism. I'm talking about Nye's unwillingness to endorse parents' rights to inculcate in their own children their doubts about Darwin. It's scary to think what the world would look like if these people had their way. Meanwhile, many in the scientific community continues to criticize the Darwinian paradigm.
Bill Nye is welcome to believe and say whatever he wants about evolution. But perhaps Nye has some catching up to do, both in his scientific understanding of the current status of Darwinian evolution, and his commitment to liberal values like freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, and parental rights.