- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 25, 2014

Scientist and “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” host Neil deGrasse Tyson decided that Christmas was the perfect day to troll Christians on Twitter.

“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,” the astrophysicist wrote.

The Christian Twitter users were not happy with the Christmas jab, as others informed Mr. Tyson that Isaac Newton was actually born on Jan. 4, 1643, under the Gregorian calendar. The Daily Beast reported Thursday that the scientist was born during a period in England when the country used the less accurate Julian calendar.

Mr. Tyson then followed up his Isaac Newton tweet with “Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).”

The exact date of Jesus’ birth has been debated. Mr. Tyson’s tweets played on that uncertainty.

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