Hollywood Film to Expose Darwin Dogma
Darwin is going to get a surprise on his birthday next year. Ben Stein is releasing a film on Feb. 12, 2008, entitled “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” The gift may not be what Darwin wants. The press release subtitle asks, “Whatever happened to free speech?” Apparently Premise Media decided to document the trend among Darwinists to crush any dissent:
What freedom-loving student wouldn’t be outraged to discover that his high school science teacher is teaching a theory as indisputable fact, and that university professors unmercifully crush any fellow scientists who dare question the prevailing system of belief? This isn’t the latest Hollywood comedy; it’s a disturbing new documentary that will shock anyone who thinks all scientists are free to follow the evidence wherever it may lead….
Ben Stein, the lovable, monotone teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Wonder Years is on a journey to answer one of the biggest questions ever asked: Were we designed or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning? Stein, who is also a lawyer, an economist, a former presidential speechwriter, author and social commentator, is stunned by what he finds on his journey. He discovers an elitist scientific establishment that has traded in its skepticism for dogma. But even worse, along the way, Stein uncovers a long line of biologists, astronomers, chemists and philosophers who have had their reputations destroyed and their careers ruined by a scientific establishment that allows absolutely no dissent from Charles Darwin’s theory of random mutation and natural selection.
The Discovery Institute, one of the frequent targets of the Big Science “Darwinian machine,” is looking forward to this documentary with cautious optimism. The movie trailer can be found at ExpelledTheMovie.com. It shows Ben in shorts and a tie blowing the bullhorn on suppression. The site contains a blog, newsroom and other resources for involvement.
Well, this is an interesting development. Will the Darwin attack machine try to take on Ben Stein, or just ignore him? Do we finally have a courageous reporter unafraid to ask the hard questions and stand up to institutionalized suppression? What will the NCSE do to forestall a media crisis, right when they are trying to make Darwin Day an international event? They certainly have ample warning, so this will be a battle royale worth watching. We just hope that the comedy-documentary format will not detract from the scientific and philosophical flaws of Darwinism. These need airing in serious circles among trained minds. Still, sometimes a media focus can help shake a stalled discussion loose. Stein’s appeal to the rebel instinct may attract some youthful bystanders to ask questions.
Most likely the Darwin Party will try to portray Ben Stein as a clown who doesn’t know what he is talking about, and treat the film like a small roadside protest that can be safely ignored as Big Science marches on in the Darwin parade. We know their tactics: whitewash the cases of suppression in the film as small-time aberrations, lie about all the overwhelming evidence for evolution, pick on small flaws in the film but ignore the main points, and marginalize Stein and film fans as religious nuts. It appears that Stein and the producers will not take being pigeonholed so easily. They intend this to start a nationwide debate. We’ll see. The Darwin Party has amassed a huge arsenal to protect its idol. The thing about idols, though, is: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Pieces of the Darwin idol may one day become trophies as coveted as pieces of the Berlin Wall.