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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Stands His Ground After Offending Christians On Twitter

His Christmas Day tweet was a masterclass in trolling. h/t Gothamist

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:03 p.m. ET

Posted on December 27, 2014, at 5:36 p.m. ET

Scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has refused to apologize for a series of tweets sent out on Christmas Day that upset many Christians.

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Normally known for posting about scientific curiosities, Tyson tweeted the following posts on Christmas Day.

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

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

10:54 AM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

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

10:30 AM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One particular post soon became Tyson's most retweeted post of all time, with more than 69,000 retweets.

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@neiltysonFollow

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

10:38 AM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Many people were offended:

.@neiltyson fun fact: Isaac Newton was a Creationist. Where's your God now Neil?

Matt Dawson@SaintRPhFollow

.@neiltyson fun fact: Isaac Newton was a Creationist. Where's your God now Neil?

4:28 PM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@neiltyson @joerogan amazing clowns like this can insult my savior. Yet if I say "merry Christmas" it's viewed as insensitive or insulting

Lee Youngblood@BloodintheBlueFollow

@neiltyson @joerogan amazing clowns like this can insult my savior. Yet if I say "merry Christmas" it's viewed as insensitive or insulting

5:05 PM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@neiltyson You piece of shit! How dare you blaspheme a Holy Day for billions? When it's Muhammad's Birthday, will u do same?

Sue Palmer@SuePalmersFollow

@neiltyson You piece of shit! How dare you blaspheme a Holy Day for billions? When it's Muhammad's Birthday, will u do same?

5:41 PM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU @neiltyson

cam g@bone_saleFollow

FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU @neiltyson

8:02 PM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I'm going to give you a monster wedgie, you nerd. @neiltyson

PaulMcCartneyXmas@TonyDanzaClausFollow

I'm going to give you a monster wedgie, you nerd. @neiltyson

3:32 PM - 25 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But instead of apologizing to those who denounced him, Tyson posted his own think-piece on the controversy on Facebook on Friday night.

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"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," he wrote. "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."

He also tweeted the following post:

Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.

7:05 PM - 26 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"And a humble thanks for your continued interest in what I have to say about life, the universe, and everything," Tyson wrote on Facebook.

"But most importantly, enjoy a Happy New Year. A few days after, I'll be tweeting about Earth's perihelion. Just a head's up in case people want to avert their eyes over that one."

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