A new movie opens today with Ben Stein titled “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” This documentary explores the oppressive tactics used by the academic community to attempt to silence all discussion of Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolutionary theory. The movie reportedly includes interviews with some well know evolutionary scholars and opponents of the Christian faith.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I received a strong endorsement in a email newsletter from Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa:
I want to encourage you all to go see a great movie that opens this weekend on Friday.
It’s called “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” I’ve seen it twice and it is an entertaining and eye opening film about how Intelligent Design is being systematically forced out of scientific discourse by the bigotry and intolerance of the Darwinist establishment.
This is a powerful movie about the necessity of freedom of speech, and freedom of inquiry in science that is being lost through academic censorship and punishment of legitimate scientists who merely question the dogma of Darwinism.
It is hosted by a brilliant and funny Ben Stein and is the best documentary I have ever seen on the topic.
Anti-Christian crusader Richard Dawkins apparently crashed a private early screening in Minnesota. Some of those opposed to Intelligent Design have been very vocal in attacking the movie and trying to discourage people from seeing it. The National Center For Science Education has set up a special web site dedicated to discrediting the film. Apparently there are a lot of people who really don’t want you to see this movie. That just makes me want to see it even more!
The movie opens today, and depending on how many people see it this weekend it may or may not be around the following weekend. I am trying to figure how how to fit this into my schedule, because it looks like it will be well worth seeing. The movie website includes a theater locater.
Update on 4-25-08: I saw the movie on Wed. with my family. The theater was nearly empty, but it was a Wed. night. Apparently it did fairly well over the weekend. The film is still in theaters this weekend, so you can still see it. I think that this movie is well worth seeing. It does not deal primarily with the evidence for or against evolution, but rather with the efforts by those in power in academia to silence the debate and ruin the careers of those who dare to give any credence to Intelligent Design.
We’re thinking about seeing it for small group this Thursday, if you want to kill two birds with one stone.
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