Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson picked Christmas Day to troll Christians, posting a snarky comment on Twitter meant to belittle believers.
“On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world,” the “Cosmos” host tweeted Thursday. “Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.”
The comment was retweeted more than 57,000 times.
Tyson — a darling of liberals and youngsters on reddit.com — further targeted the faithful celebrating the birth of Jesus by tweeting: “Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).”
Funny, though, that the supersmart physicist got the date wrong. Newton was born while England used the Julian calendar, which put his birthdate as Dec. 25, 1642 — but the Gregorian calendar was used elsewhere says he was born Jan. 4, 1643.”
What’s more, Newton was a devout believer in God and once wrote:
“Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.”
But Tyson had one more dig: “QUESTION: This year, what do all world’s Muslims and Jews call December 25th? ANSWER: Thursday.”