VillageVoice: Ben Stein, Propagandist, in Expelled

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A series of interviews with ID true believers has him playing Michael Moore–dumb—no hard questions for the folks at the Discovery Center, whose infamous leaked 1993 “wedge memo” stated as one of its primary goals the propagation of the idea “that nature and human beings are created by God.” ID’ers protest that they’re simply interested in secular alternatives to Darwinian evolution; their scientific opponents, meanwhile, are potential Communists and Nazis. Bizarre and hysterical.

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The Seattle Times has a review of Expelled: no stars (out of four)

On Rotten Tomatoes:

Zombie Strippers: 42%

Expelled: 6%

I am delighted that the Village Voice has weighed in, demonstrating that Ben Stein is truly an ignoramus. Alas The New York Post yesterday had the audacity of bestowing two stars on Stein’s pathetic exercise in cinematic mendacious intellectual pornography, but even the Post reviewer told Stein to “go get a life” by recognizing that evolution is valid science, and Intelligent Design isn’t.

The avalanche of bad reviews is really telling. The reviewers are typically trained reporters, who bend over backwards to give the appearance of objectivity as if by pure instinct.

Yet, to a word, they all find the movie horrible.

The Atlanta paper here chose not to review it at all, which will kill it in this market.

“intellectual porn” surrenders

Anyone else here remembers Keith Eaton’s charming little prophecy about how “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” was going to motivate the people of the US to not only legislate against “Darwinism,” but also organize mobs to hunt down “evolanders” with vicious dogs today?

Why pay to see the movie, in a few months WorldNet Daily will be giving it away on a DVD, if you will only buy the book on curing cancer for a miracle drug that cost 49 cents.

Re: “hunt down “evolanders” with vicious dogs today”

Over at the Expelled site a certain person is thus quoted:

“I heard the local evo brownshirts are considering a protest event at the local showing of Expelled. No problem I’m taking my two pit bulls with me and if necessary their leashes might break at the appropriate time.”

That’s hilarious. Who would protest this swill? Why bother? The makers of this crap have done all that is necessary to destroy it themselves. No “evo brownshirts” required.

It’s all so delightful to watch.

hje:

Re: “hunt down “evolanders” with vicious dogs today”

Over at the Expelled site a certain person is thus quoted:

“I heard the local evo brownshirts are considering a protest event at the local showing of Expelled. No problem I’m taking my two pit bulls with me and if necessary their leashes might break at the appropriate time.”

And yet, Ben Stein says that evolanders“darwinists” are more like Nazis.

How strange.

Rick R:

That’s hilarious. Who would protest this swill? Why bother? The makers of this crap have done all that is necessary to destroy it themselves. No “evo brownshirts” required.

It’s all so delightful to watch.

It’s wonderful, yet simultaneously wrong, to delight in watching malicious fools crashing and burning upon takeoff. It’s the exact sort of feeling one gets from eating an entire box of flavored chocolate truffles by yourself without telling anyone.

I caught part of an interview with B. Stein on the radio: “Darwinism can’t explain that the orbits of the planets are circular, that the Earth is at the right distance from the sun so water won’t freeze or boil, or even that the Earth is turning at the right speed so that we DON’T FLY OFF INTO SPACE.” (emphasis mine)

He then rattled off the same old tired talking points that one might expect to find in a religious pamphlet: “Information theory, Piltdown man, peppered moths, DNA, Thermodynamics and irreducible complexity all disprove Darwinism.” He also mentioned that “the lack of planets outside the solar system disproves Darwinism.”

Naturally the talk show host didn’t challenge anything he said with more than “Ok … lots of stuff. Huh. Ben Stein, everybody, his movie opens on the 19th.”

Fly off into space is right. And since when is “Darwinism” supposed to explain planetary motion?

The only good reviews I heard about were in the commercial played on Air America said that “Rush Limbaugh calls it “Brilliant!” and Michael Medved says “an important film,” and Bill O’reily exclaims “Great science!””

Obviously no intelligence is involved. Imagine airing a commercial on Air America, a radio network primarily for progressives, and using Rush, O’Reilly and Medved to promote the film.

Just to clarify: the station that aired the interview was KFI in Los Angeles. Its mostly a conservative station, but I listen on weekends because there is a computer program and then a medical program, both of which are non-political. Immediately after those two shows was a mildly conservative show which I tuned into due to a prior announcement about “Expelled.” KFI has not as far as I know promoted the film, although Air America (AM 1150 in LA) has quite a bit, which is strange. The are many commercials for it on CNN, which has been transforming into a clone of Fox News as of late.

Did Stein really say that the planetary orbits were circular? If so, his ignorance extends beyond biology, geology, and history.

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