We have already seen that Neil Degrasse Tyson likes to make up stories and repeat them as facts. What’s more, he seems to be a constant source of biological misinformation, even to the point of propagating the myth that bats are blind. But I noticed the other day that Tyson is also promoting misinformation about other countries:
DF: Is religion dying?
NT: It depends on what you mean by dying. Most of Europe is atheistic. Even in Italy, the seat of the Vatican, most people never go to church. The Netherlands is essentially 100 percent atheist. The churches are relics.
The Netherlands is essentially 100 percent atheist? Really? Let’s take a lot at the data, shall we?
From the Eurobarometer Poll 2010:
% that believe there is a God – 28
% that believe there is some sort of spirit or life force – 39
% that doesn’t believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force – 30
While the 30% that doesn’t believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force probably includes a large number of agnostics who would not be atheists, let’s be unreasonably charitable and pretend all 30% are atheists.
It would mean that Neil DegrasseTyson thinks 30% is essentially the same as 100%.