Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is responding to critics who claim that a series of tweets showed a lack of respect for Christianity and Christmas, reports TheWrap.com.
Tyson, who is the host of the Fox science series “Cosmos,” sent out a Christmas Day tweet that ended up being retweeted almost 80,000 times as of Monday morning. He wrote, “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.”
He also sent out a series of other Christmas-related tweets, such as,”Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).”
That inflamed critics across the Internet, with some accusing him of “trolling Christmas” and being “deliberately cynical,” reports CNN.
On Facebook, Tyson addressed the backlash, writing, “My sense in this case is that the high rate of re-tweeting, is not to share my enthusiasm of this fact, but is driven by accusations that the tweet is somehow anti-Christian. If a person actually wanted to express anti-Christian sentiment, my guess is that alerting people of Isaac Newton’s birthday would appear nowhere on the list.”
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