A Warning Shot Worth Heeding

“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” is the clever work of Ben Stein, writer, commentator and occasional wise curmudgeon. Frankly, it is fascinating.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net

This column is a little like a movie review in that I’m going to mention a movie.

But I’m not going to talk about acting performances, music, lighting, plot, dramatic tension or any of the other rather mundane things a real movie critic might worry about.

This movie, you see, is “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”  It is the clever work of Ben Stein, writer, commentator and occasional wise curmudgeon.  Frankly, it is fascinating.

Maybe you saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” an ode to global-warming hysteria and the challenge of walking through airports, and were left wondering “where’s the beef?”  See “Expelled” and you’ll understand why there is something very serious to worry about and it isn’t the temperature of the Mississippi River.

Maybe you have had the vague sense that all is not well in academia, that freedom of expression is under attack.  “Expelled” will confirm your fears.

Maybe you are afraid that science is as much about politically correct consensus as it is about finding truth.  “Expelled” may make you more afraid.

“Expelled” is a movie that can be viewed on a couple levels, both worthy of our concern.

The first involves the debate over Intelligent Design and evolution – with the first suggesting there might be a God and the second tending to lead to atheism and a general disregard for human life.  This is disturbing stuff.

But the second level, to me, is even more disturbing.  It involves the fate that awaits anyone in academia or research who doesn’t toe the line of politically correct consensus.  That is, if you believe in God and that he might have put the heavens and earth in motion, you certainly won’t get tenure and you might not have a job.

Expecting academics and scientists to toe the “consensus” line really isn’t a new thing.  So the fact that evolution of the pure Darwinian breed is the “consensus” explanation for life might fit in a long line of obvious truths…the earth is flat…the earth is the center of the universe…if you drive a car faster than 20 miles per hour you will die…there are gods living on Mount Olympus.

These consensus “truths” were challenged – and the challengers lost tenure and employment.  But they were right. 

Let’s not forget that some of those shunned, God-believing teachers just might be right – and Darwin might be the flat-earther of the present age.

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Published by: John Doe
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Well said.

Published by: Mary Smith
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Good points there.

Published by: CN User
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Never thought of that...

Published by: John Doe
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Well said.

Published by: Mary Smith
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Good points there.

Published by: CN User
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Never thought of that...

Published by: John Doe
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Well said.

Published by: Mary Smith
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Good points there.

Published by: CN User
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Never thought of that...

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