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Atheists are enraged. The politically correct academic nomenclature is upset. A reporter in Florida even posed as a minister to sneak into a church screening to stop actor, pundit and financial guru Ben Stein’s new movie about the totalitarian attempts by Darwinian scientists to suppress dissent, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”
The totalitarian left should be upset because “Expelled” is a wry, funny, well-crafted documentary. The juxtaposition of popular music, dramatic vignettes, documentary footage and Ben Stein’s quest for truth is often laugh-out-loud funny. At the same time, it is heart-rending, convincing and transformational. Like any documentary, of course, there are a few moments when the tension relaxes, but most of the movie, especially the last third, is captivating because Ben Stein takes on atheists and Darwinian evolutionists like Richard Dawkins and exposes the fact that they are logically challenged.
Ben Stein starts out talking about the fact that the United States was built on freedom. He quotes the Founding Fathers and juxtaposes the freedom of the United States with the Communist Berlin Wall in Germany.
Carefully, Stein makes the case that the academic community has become as oppressive of freedom as that same community oppressed freedom in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. He interviews professor Richard Sternberg, who lost his long-term job at the Smithsonian Institute because he dared to publish a peer-reviewed article with two or three references to intelligent design. The article did not endorse intelligent design, but the very mention of intelligent design brings severe repression from the pseudo-scientific academic community. He then talks to Dr. Caroline Crocker, who lost her professorship at George Mason for having one reference to ID.
One by one, Stein introduces us to prestigious scientists at major universities who were expelled because they dared to mention intelligent design and open up the academic discussion to non-Darwinian viewpoints. He moves from there to questioning the institutions and the administrators who expelled these academics. The administrators squirm under his interrogation but eventually admit that the academic community has no room for freedom and honest intellectual inquiry.
Then, he visits France and Germany and shows the Darwinian roots of fascism, taking the audience through the famous mental institution of Germany where hundreds of infirm and mentally ill people were cruelly murdered. What is more frightening is his guide who says she cannot judge the doctor, who headed the institution that disposed of the infirm and the outcasts, and she seems to side with the Darwinian fascists. Ben even takes on Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and the other proponents of eugenics who wanted to rid the world of the races that they thought were inferior.
Stein interviews scientists who say their Darwinian education converted them from Christianity to atheism. Several of them note that death is the end, there is no free will, life has no meaning, and none of them can explain the origin of life.
Finally, the famous self-promoter Prof. Richard Dawkins, when cornered in an interview, says life may have originated from aliens seeding the planet. Of course, everyone watching “Expelled” realizes that the teleological argument should lead Dawkins to ask where did that alien life originate.
“Expelled” then takes us to discussion of the complex life of the cell. The Dawkins interview at the end exposes an incredibly villainous attack on the good, the true and the beautiful while at the same time showing that the smug Dawkins has no idea what he’s saying and is unable to answer even the most basic questions!
As noted, this movie has leaked out into the atheist community and created a vicious outcry. Rather than expelling the movie, the professors and freedom of thought, it is clear that the successors of Darwinism, Hitler’s National Socialism and Communism would like to torture anyone who dares question, as real scientists should, the existing order of the academic community.
Atheists and Darwinists should make sure that people of faith and values and agnostics do not see this movie. It is so well crafted that it will completely expose the naked inconsistencies of the Darwinists. It will equip every person of faith and values with common sense to refute the arguments of the academic overlords. Atheists might want to go out of their way to stop this movie by buying up theaters and perhaps even buy out the distributorship itself because this movie will do more to undermine them and bring down the wall of the academic gulag. Perhaps, they should see it so they can figure out how to come up with viable arguments instead of the ones Ben Stein demolishes with such wry humor and careful questioning.
Ben, by the way, is not arguing for a particular point of view. He is arguing for academic freedom and rational scientific inquiry.
Even so, however, this movie proves the truth of what the Psalmist says in the Bible, “Only a fool says in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1).