Hey, have you ever wondered why they don’t teach the personal religious beliefs of some of the population in science class to explain the origin of the universe? Me too!
Which is why I was really excited when I heard about “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”
Hosted by Ben Stein, this movie takes a fair and balanced look at the unquestionable truth behind the fact that there is a conspiracy by scientists to suppress open discourse and allow the beliefs of design theory equal ground in the classroom alongside evolution.
A major theme in the film is the link between the beliefs preached by Darwin and the Holocaust. Which makes a lot of sense, because I actually have heard that the Nazis believed in evolution and used it to justify the things they did to the Jews.
There’s a really gripping part where Ben Stein starts crying at a concentration camp. Ben Stein is Jewish and there were millions of Jews killed in concentration camps. If evolution is even partly responsible for this, as stated in the movie, I think it is time to teach something else, so that it never happens again. I guess science means more to these people than the lives of millions of innocents.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
A good portion is devoted to illustrating that scientists are afraid of the truth and are pushing their own agendas because only popular theories get published.
“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”
Nope, no evolution here, just science!
But rather than a boring lecture on the scientific basis of design theory (which is what they call the science of intelligent design), it’s more of a Michael Moore-style ambush of the people actively trying to suppress any attempt to just admit the fact that evolution might be wrong and there is a way better way of explaining all this stuff.
He repeatedly sticks up for the little guys who had their careers ruined, simply because they tried to push a theory thought thoroughly unproven by the “scientific method.” This, in effect, is a tautology, because of course the scientific method is going to prove things that are based on science and thereby disprove anything that has no basis in scientific fact at all.
You really find yourself sympathizing with these poor people. Imagine if you went to your job and were just trying to enlighten people and then you got fired and ridiculed for it. I really found myself getting heated, several times throughout the showing.
The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. If I put forth a theory and people don’t like it and criticize it, I am being suppressed by their arguments against it. It’s a form of censorship. And this film has opened my eyes to the fact that it’s going on all over the country in many famous places that claim to be proponents of free thinking and open discourse.
In the interest of an open discussion, I will disclose that I actually never saw this film, but have read many articles and seen many news programs devoted to it that all felt it was a great and worthwhile project. I feel that I don’t need to see the whole thing to form a valid opinion of whether it speaks the truth.
I haven’t read a book by Shakespeare (who honestly has?) but that doesn’t make him any less great of a writer, right?
So, from what I have seen, I heartily recommend this entertaining and informative film. At the risk of being hyperbolic, I have decided to give it my first ever “three thumbs up” because I feel it is simply too powerful and important to only give 2.