He's firmly entrenched in his quivering tower of "I don't want controversy"
I get it, he's about science, lets talk about science.
This would work to promote unity if everyone did it.
However evil thrives when good people say nothing.
If you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing.
I mean he's an atheist, but good luck getting him to speak up about it or join a cause like Bill Nye did. I respect his education, but he's got a pretty big ego on him and usually does little to confront the toxic arguments of the religious that tries to muddy the waters of science.