The following is the first section of a commentary written by AiG president Ken Ham about his evolution/creation debate tonight with TV’s Bill Nye “the Science Guy” at the Creation Museum. This guest column appears on the CNN website. It was exclusively offered to CNN, especially since the moderator of tonight’s debate is CNN correspondent Tom Foreman. In addition, Mr. Nye and Mr. Ham will be appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live interview program just a few minutes after the debate concludes—around 9:45 PM (ET).

CNN’s Tom Foreman will be the debate moderator.

Here is the first section of Ken’s guest commentary, with a link provided at the end so that you can read the full essay “Why I’m debating the ‘Science Guy’ about creation” (which I originally titled “The Two Science Guys”). You can watch this evening’s debate on the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” by going to debatelive.org.

(CNN) -- Public debates on evolution and creation have become increasingly rare. Several hundred well-attended debates were held in the 1970s and 1980s, but have largely dried up in recent decades.

So, I look forward to a spirited yet cordial debate on Tuesday with Bill Nye, the "Science Guy," of television fame.

Bill Nye “The Science Guy”

I also look forward to the opportunity to help counter the general censorship against creationists' view of origins. While we are not in favor of mandating that creation be taught in public school science classes, we believe that, at the very least, instructors should have the academic freedom to bring up the problems with evolution.

Even though the two of us are not Ph.D. scientists, Mr. Nye and I clearly love science.

As a former science instructor, I have appreciated the useful television programs that Mr. Nye hosted and produced, especially when he practiced operational science in front of his audience.

Ken Ham with one of the Creation Museum’s life-like animatronic dinosaurs.

Read the rest of Ken Ham’s article on the CNN website at religion.blogs.cnn.com.

To watch the live stream of this historic 2½ hour debate starting at 7 PM (ET) tonight and at no charge, go to debatelive.org. It is conservatively estimated that one million people will be watching the event tonight, based on the number of groups viewing the debate (over 10,000) as well as the 80,000 people who went on debatelive.org to inform AiG that they will be watching.

The live stream is powered by Google+ Hangouts On Air through YouTube. This live and unedited presentation is being made available tonight in HD for large-screen viewing in schools, churches, or other public venues, at no cost.

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