Monday, April 14, 2008

"Expelled Exposed"--Exposed

Thanks for the great article, Rob...

The folks at the National Center for Science Education have set up a website to attack the film Expelled before it ever gets into movie theaters. It undoubtedly will be a resource for those already organized to damn the film as quickly and thoroughly as possible. This is the ideology of the NCSE, which, after all, is not what it sounds like, but a lobby for Darwinian evolution.

Most of the material is pure diatribe and misrepresentation. The film’s main theme is that those scientists who support intelligent design, or even question Darwinian evolution, are coming under vicious personal and professional attack. Much of it (the interviews in the film show) is motivated by atheist ideology.

But that is not a theme that Eugenie Scott and colleagues want to discuss. Instead they are eager to do whatever they can to create other controversies that they do want to discuss. As usual, that involves creating a straw man and then vigorously knocking it down.