I’ve blogged a couple times over the past 6 months (here and here) about the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, to be released April 18. View the 7:30 “super trailer” if your interest is picqued by this shorter one:
The premise of Expelled? CNS News, today:
Expelled calls attention to the plight of highly credentialed scholars who have been forced out of prestigious academic positions because they proposed Intelligent Design as a possible alternative to Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old theories about the origins of life .
Instead of entertaining a debate on the merits of competing theories, the scientific establishment has moved to suppress the ID movement in a “systematic and ruthless” way at odds with America’s founding principles, the film asserts.
Liberals have been going ape about Expelled for months. On March 20, two Darwinian defenders, who were paid to be interviewed for the film but came out looking like buffoons, tried to bust into a private screening in MN….
“PZ” Myers, a U of MN biology professor and proprietor of the popular atheist blog Pharyngula, was quickly expelled, much as he condones expelling professors who deviate from the monkey line, as he wrote on The Panda’s Thumb blog:
The only appropriate responses [to Intelligent Design proponents] should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing and humiliation of some teachers, many school board members, and vast numbers of sleazy far-right politicians.” ~ Comment #35130, posted by PZ Myers, 6/14/05, 07:50
Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist at Oxford who wrote the book, The God Delusion, gained entry by signing in with his formal surname, Clinton.
It just so happened an atheist convention was opening the next day in Minneapolis, so several other atheists in town also attempted to crash the party but were likewise expelled.
Then, according to CNS, Myers attempted to disrupt an Expelled conference call with reporters the next day.
These spectacles caused a liberal big bang. On March 24 the Expelled controversy held the number 1 slot in the blogosphere all day, as registered by Nielson’s BlogPulse, and it garnered over 800 Technorati results, all this according to an Expelled press release.
I spoke with Expelled’s pr rep today and learned Expelled is already making a difference on an interesting front. On March 12 Ben Stein screened the movie for FL legislators in Tallahassee as they geared up to present a bill supporting academic freedom. It looks like it will pass.
Tonight Stein will screen Expelled to MO legislators who have 3 academic freedom bills germinating.
Tomorrow Stein and legislators will hold a press conference spotlighting the pieces of legislation, one of which is the Emily Brooker Higher Education Sunshine Act. In 2006 Brooker sued MSU for violating her free speech and religious rights. MSU settled out-of-court.
In Expelled, atheism and evolution are shown to be chained together with no missing link. These tie to the abortion issue by equating humans as mere highly developed animals, certainly not created in the image of God.
Can’t wait to see Expelled. I think we’ve only just begun to hear the primates scream.
[Myers photo courtesy of Wikipedia; Dawkins photo courtesy of NNDB.com]