Added August 2009: Refusing to deal with the Complaint discussed below, the judge ordered that a new complaint must be filed before the lawsuit could proceed. Click here for the ICR’s second amended complaint. =========== The Institute for Creation Research Graduate School (ICR/ICRGS) has filed a lawsuit (April 16, 2009) against the Texas Higher Education […]
Category Archives: Expelled
During the January 21 hearings of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), there was an exchange between Board Member Cynthia Dunbar and Eugenie Scott (of the National Center for Science Education) that is, I think, particularly significant. The exchange concerns the views of Nobel laureate Werner Arber. Dunbar had invoked Arber’s name (or some […]
Ebert begins his column titled Win Ben Stein’s mind: I’ve been accused of refusing to review Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled,” a defense of Creationism, because of my belief in the theory of evolution. Here is my response. For more on Ben Stein and Expelled:
============== Added Feb. 1, 2009: Here’s the current form of an amendment that Texas State Board of Ed Chairman McLeroy (with an egregious quote-mining rampage) got added to the current draft of the Texas science standards, as approved at First Reading Jan. 23, to be put to a final vote in March: [Students will] Analyze […]
AAAS has a page of resources and news items on the conflicts over teaching evolution. The page now includes this five-minute video:
The Institute for Creation Research has announced its appeal seeking reversal of the decision by the Texas higher education board against accreditation for its distance education masters degree in “science education,” which would presumable have qualified its graduates for certification as science teachers in Texas (and, they would hope, licensing as science teachers in other […]
My guess is that Expelled will not survive out on the surface and in daylight. It might not be able to survive at all without some mutation to accommodate pressure from the legal environment — but after such mutation, the film will survive in dark, dank, cavernous environments; but the predators that feed upon such fare will still roam free to infect other populations with this malicious virus.
In addition to “Expelled Exposed,” a page maintained by NCSE with links to coverage on Ben Stein’s movie, the pro-creationist Access Research Network (ARN) also has a page of links to resources. The ARN page may be more comprehensive, including links to items both favorable and critical toward the movie.
Yoko Ono has won an injunction against Expelled, but the answer is effective public education — not “enforced science,” which is at best an oxymoron.
From Glenn Beck’s show on CNN Monday, April 28, 2008:
Darwinism cannot explain gravity, cannot explain thermodynamics.
… Mathis basically explains that these examples were excluded from the film because inclusion of this evidence against the film’s major argument “would have confused the film unnecessarily.”
In other words, the film is a lie, and the film-makers know it.
Blake Stacey compiles examples of people being penalized for being truthful about evolutionary biology. Meanwhile, for Dembski on expelled, see here and here. As usual, he’s being dishonest. For example, Dembski says Controversy surrounds this film. Reviews tend to be extremely positive or extremely negative. Who likes it? People who think God may have had […]
This story is critical to defending themselves against accusations that they deliberately mislead nearly all of their pro-evolution interviewees
Keep checking this space for the National Center for Science Education’s official response to the Ben Stein movie Expelled; for now, we hope you will find this collection of resources helpful.
Proponents of “Intelligent Design” continue trying to portray their efforts as a struggle for civil rights, as in this amusing post touting Ben Stein as “the Rosa Parks of Darwin Skeptics.”
For anybody interested in the source, it’s in Augustine’s book The literal meaning of Genesis (where Augustine explains that Genesis does not literally mean what “literal” Creationsists claim that it means).
Judging from the website, we can expect this movie to be an extraordinary example of the propaganda technique known as the Big Lie. The movie apparently hammers away at a few claims of monstrous misdeeds by the “neo-Darwinists,” with one fabricated example after another.