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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

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Ben Stein examines the issue of academic freedom and decides that there is none when it comes to the debate over intelligent design.

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Academic freedom is being suppressed, says Ben Stein. He contends that professors from around the United States are being fired from their jobs for promoting, or even exploring the possibility of, intelligent design as an alternative to Darwinism. Stein interviews the expelled academics and other supporters of intelligent design. He also interviews the scientists in the mainstream, who support Darwinism. Stein links Darwinism to Nazism, Communism, eugenics and abortion. Vintage clips of educational films and Hollywood movies are used to illustrate points in a satirical way. Written by J. Spurlin

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Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom...What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel!

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Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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$2,970,848 (USA) (18 April 2008)

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$7,499,617 (USA) (23 May 2008)
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The Anti-Defamation League has condemned the film for its linking of evolutionary theory and the Holocaust: "Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry." Promoting the movie in Canada, Stein told the Vancouver Sun that "It's none of their [expletive] business". See more »

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Before the Dawkins interview, Stein is seen walking across campus on his way to the interview location, but when he arrives he's wearing different clothes. See more »

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Jeffrey Schwartz: This conflict over the principles of evolution has become a religious war. It really is no longer about scientific investigation.
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5 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Amongst this films multitude of sins you can count quote mining (contorting information from even Darwin himself), the blatant misrepresentation of Evolution (which has nothing to say abut the origin of life) and the rather offensive suggestion that being an atheist results in a lack of morality to the extent that we may harbour genocidal tendencies.

For the record the term 'Darwinist' is redundant. There is only the theory of Evolution. It is not a cult of personality but rather a scientific concept involving the work of thousands of scientists over hundreds of years. Whatsmore, it is a bit rich to make an emotive plea for free speech in terms of a 'level playing field' considering that religion does not exactly have a stellar record in such matters. For example the stagnant knowledge sink of the dark ages is the true face of the religious mind when it comes to principles such as 'free speech'. In Science if you cant back up what you say with evidence then it is of no use to the system. This damningly renders Expelled as a whiney, erroneous film which is thick on rhetoric and wafer thin in terms of anything useful or insightful.

Plagued by dishonesty and misrepresentation this film lacks the very moral values it claims to promote (for examples check out the trivia on IMDb.com). Overall I would say that Expelled will be looked back on by future generations and probably ridiculed and puzzled over in equal measure. 'Did people really used to think like that?' I am afraid so.


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