Colorado Springs Independent: Lies, damned lies and “intelligent design’

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expelled movie exposedLies, damned lies and “intelligent design’

It’s nuttiness right from the opening moments of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Images of Nazi atrocities and the terrors of life behind the Berlin Wall are smugly deployed in an attempt to editorialize away basic scientific fact. In a saner universe, you could scoff at Stein and not give his nonsense another thought. But we don’t live in that universe. We live here, where the religious insecurity of a scientifically illiterate populace is being twisted by people who certainly know better.

Pointing out that Ben Stein, like Mathis, lacks the intellectual background to effectively critique evolutionary science, or defend Intelligent Design musing:

Since Stein is unable to adequately critique evolutionary science, he resorts to a kind of name-calling that is purposely designed to mislead his audience. He constantly refers to those who accept evolution as “Darwinists,” which is akin to referring to quantum physicists as “Newtonians” or “Copernicans.” He does this even though one of his own ID proponents notes that biological science has moved on from Darwin just as physical science has moved on from Newton.

All pretense that the “competing theory” Stein champions is not Judeo-Christian Creationism is put to rest, too. The (supposed) scientists interviewed here who support intelligent design make no mention of who an “intelligent designer” might be. Yet Stein wastes no time in focusing on a particular and narrow idea of who that designer must be.

And finally, the realization that ID is all about “God”

Nope; wrong designer for Stein and his audience. If ID isn’t about “God” as defined by Stein, then why does Stein believe he has impeached the honor and professionalism of scientist Richard Dawkins when Dawkins admits that he’s an atheist (as if it were a secret)?

Expelled isn’t about “intelligent design,” about an alternative scientific theory, or even about academic freedom. It’s about Stein believing he has proven that acceptance of evolution leads to atheism (and also, we’re told, to such horrors as birth control). Hence, evolution cannot be allowed to be true. Even if it is.

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Thanks, Pim. That’s a nice, succinct and comprehensive review. It even touches on one of the key foundations of science - that reality is what it is, no matter what our opinions of it might be, and that the only way for us to understand reality is to study it without preconceptions.

As a resident of Colorado Springs I am so proud of our little independent paper. Considering the heavy delusional shadow of “Focus on the Family”, the “New Life Church” and other fundie organizations in the area, this is an incredible statement. The only drawback is the inflamed rhetoric that will follow over the next several weeks. You want to see fascism come see these organizations influence on local politics.

BpB:

As a resident of Colorado Springs I am so proud of our little independent paper. Considering the heavy delusional shadow of “Focus on the Family”, the “New Life Church” and other fundie organizations in the area, this is an incredible statement. The only drawback is the inflamed rhetoric that will follow over the next several weeks. You want to see fascism come see these organizations influence on local politics.

Say “hi” to my Dad for me! :-)

He tells me that the fundie movement there has been getting really obnoxious the past couple of years.

Obnoxious doesn’t begin to describe the situation. Many of my Xian friends are very aggravated with the “holier than thou” mentality.

This has to be the quote of the week if not the month. I love it! Sad, but, so true.

“We live here, where the religious insecurity of a scientifically illiterate populace is being twisted by people who certainly know better.” - Maryann Johanson on Expelled:No Intelligence Allowed in the Colorado Springs Independent Online Edition

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