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
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, Ben Stein told the Vancouver Sun that "It's none of their [expletive] business." See more »
During an interview (at about 27 minutes), the drink on the far right is half full, and then appears completely full in the next shot. See more »
But will eradicating religion really lead to a modern utopia? Let me try to imagine that and let's let history be our guide.
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The Absolute Worst
"Expelled" is yet another of a slew of films pandering to the ludicrous fundamentalist Christian notion that everyone who doesn't drink their Koolaid is "persecuting" them. Critical thinking and the scientific method are not welcome in the fundo world-view, instead we should accept that science is a fierce contest between God and Darwin in which both sides hold equal weight, and should be offered to students so that they can make "informed choices".
This is, of course, utter nonsense. Science is not a democracy and religion has no place in the science classroom. Ben Stein's craptacular excuse for a documentary film is an utter, shameful disgrace. He presents no evidence in support of intelligent design, shamelessly quote-mines, and so obviously edits the interviews with Dawkins and Shermer as to beggar belief.His own statement that "Science gets people killed" is testament to his aggressive ignorance and moral bankruptcy.
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