Expelled: reason and common sense

You may have seen the advertisements on TV. The question to be asked is what has been expelled. Ben Stein’s new anti-science propaganda film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed opens this Friday in 1,100 theaters, the largest theatrical release ever for a documentary, according to its producers.

It is another propaganda piece in the Michael Moore vein (see, for instance The lies of Michael Moore . – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine) that suffers by lacking an honest view of reality. It should be more of an exercise in the study of denial behaviors and such things as Dr. Sanity’s Heirarchy of Disagreement than as any enlightenment about creationism or the science of evolution.

Ben Stein’s new anti-science movie Expelled is all worldview and no evidence (Ronald Bailey, Reason Magazine, April 16, 2008) describes the issues.

Stein and the film’s producers maintain that belief in evolutionary biology makes societies more likely to succumb to totalitarianism.

“What’s happening here is politics,” lamented the film’s star, Ben Stein, at Heritage. “Politics in the halls of science and that needs to be stopped.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Expelled Exposed is a website created to counterbalance the propaganda.

We’ll show you why this movie is not a documentary at all, but anti-science propaganda aimed at creating the appearance of controversy where there is none.

The idea of Expelled is that of censorship that leads to bad things. It tries to don the mantra of free speech. The problem is that the freedom of speech comes with its responsibilities. When those responsibilities are abused, the freedoms become hindered and inhibited. You do not have the freedom to shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater or otherwise stimulate panic in such a way. You do not have the freedom to turn a science class into political theater. Even your freedom to misrepresent and distort reality in movies like Expelled have its consequences.

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