Evolution in the News - April 2008
by Do-While Jones

Expelled

Ben Stein’s new movie says that Intelligent Design has been unfairly expelled from the U.S. public school system.

Ben Stein’s movie Expelled is scheduled for release on April 18. Since our newsletter is published on the third Tuesday of every month (April 15, for this newsletter), we have not seen it yet. We have, however, seen the trailer and the advanced advertising which says, “educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired for the ‘crime’ of merely believing that there might be evidence of ‘design’ in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance.”

We would prefer to have seen the movie before recommending it, but the timing is bad. By the time you get the next newsletter, it may have already come to (and gone from) a theater near you.

It appears that Expelled will be more about censorship and political pressure than about science. We don’t like to devote much space to the sad stories of persecution by evolutionists. That’s why our articles about the Sternberg case 1 and Gonzales case 2 were so short.

We prefer to devote most of our writing to technical arguments against the theory of evolution; but we do occasionally have to answer the question, “If science is against evolution, then why do so many scientists believe in it?” The short answer is that children in the public schools have been taught only one side for decades. Ben Stein’s movie claims to explain why.

It appears that Ben Stein will do a much more thorough job of exposing the strangle hold that evolutionists have on academia and the media than we ever could (or would ever want to). If so, then the movie will supplement our work very well. We will let Ben try to convince you that there are things that evolutionists don’t want you to know, and we will continue to tell you what those things are.

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Footnotes:

1 Disclosure, November 2005, “Conspiracy Proof
2 Disclosure, August 2007, “Why Did He Ask?