Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Ben Stein's dangerous new movie "Expelled"

It's about scientists who are persecuted for doubting Darwinism.
View the provocative trailer here. See the website here.

6 comments:

Jay Rogers said...

I saw the movie in an advance screening and I thought the movie was hysterically funny, sad, powerful -- the gamut of emotions ran through me. It will make people amused, angry, sad, hopeful, fearful.

See my review for more details:

http://forerunner.com/blog

Mark my words. It's going to open big, get bigger, and then it's going to stir up more controversy than ever before -- and then it's going to get bigger and have a longer run due to the controversy. All during this, the media will be saying it is tanking.

Of course. They have to. There is no other alternative except to admit the impending failure of the liberal worldview.

EXPELLED is entertaining. It's hilarious, but it's not meant to amuse.

The Greek word MUSE means to think or ponder something. A-MUSE-ment is the lack of thoughtful consideration.

In fact, most of the best humor is unintentional and deeply ironic.

This is an experience movie. People flocked to see The Passion of the Christ -- one of the least entertaining movies you will ever want to see. A low budget film that made a billion.

EXPELLED is in the same vein. It begins in an upbeat light manner and slwoly descends into serious blackness. You can dismiss it, but it's another one of these low-budget masterpieces whose producers have chosen to spend their few millions on advertising. And it's going to get a big boost from word-of-mouth and grassroots efforts (like your blog).

I have to laugh when I read critics saying that Michael Moore's style of jump-edited out-of-context mockumentary is better than EXPELLED.

It is a masterpiece compared to anything More has done. I know he is the patron saint of the radical left, but take out his political views and an ape with a camera could put together a better production. (No pun intended.)

I am a Christian who can't stand some Christian movies becasue they have been historically schlocky, but this wasn't a "Christian" movie (Stein is a Jew) and it had high production quality.

With the availability of high tech media production at a lower cost than ever before, we are seeing conservatives and Christians in particular turn the corner with high grossing efforts that are at once entertaining, informative, uplifting and provocative.

Michael S. Class said...

I wonder, would a public school teacher in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, be allowed to say the following:

"It is interesting to contemplate ... [all the many forms of life on earth] ... so different from each other, have all been produced by laws acting around us. ... There is grandeur in this view of life, HAVING BEEN ORIGINALLY BREATHED BY THE CREATOR INTO A FEW FORMS OR INTO ONE; and that from so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."

Just imagine a public school teacher who says those words: that God creates life and places it on the earth in a few forms, and then that life evolves according to the physical and natural laws that God put into place in the universe.

Would that be allowed?

Actually, it should be REQUIRED FOR THE TEACHER TO SAY THAT.

Why? Because the quote is from: On the Origin of the Species, Chapter XV, Recapitulation and Conclusion, By Charles Darwin.

If you are going to teach Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools, you should teach what Darwin actually wrote about it.


Michael S. Class
Author

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame: The History Book with a Message for Today's Young Americans

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Web Site: www.MagicPictureFrame.com

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Gary said...

I also saw this movie in an advanced screening, and anyone that likes this needs to go say 5 Hail Mary's and 3 Our Father's because they were not paying attention in school, when Sr. St. Ursaline was teaching art or science.

This is a poorly-made piece of propaganda that Goebbels would be proud of. The producer/ writer has an ax to grind, and their pathetic attempts to link evolution to Nazism is ludicrous, and at best is disingenuous. Anyone paying attention in shcool, would realize that Jews were persecuted long before Darwin!

Sr. St. Ursaline, and indeed the Church has taught me that God is good, and to use my mind. This movie encourages closed minds and hatred.

Intelligent Design, is not science. It is only a political ploy to teach Creationism in public schools, which is forbidden by the U.S. Constitution, and more recently by court cases. The latest defeat was in Dover, PA, where a Judge, appointed by G. W Bush ruled that ID is not science, and Can Not be taught in public schools. One wag defined ID as "nothing but creationism dressed up in a cheap tuxedo.

The Discovery Institute, funded in part by Christian Dominationist Howard Ahmonson, backed this film. The DI has a published aim to sneak their brand of religion into schools. And not just "any" religion - they only want their brand. If they get their way, they will not rest till all other religions, including Catholicism, are eliminated.

These people are dishonest, and so is the movie. Do NOT waste any money on this piece of garbage.

C. Madden said...

I saw this film the other day and found it amazingly eye-opening. It's interesting to see that many who haven't even seen it, as well as some who have, are posting thoughts brimming with arrogance and hate. This demonstrates sheer narrow-mindedness and intolerance. The objective of this film is to expose the suffocation of freedom of thought in academia today. So many who don't agree with it are the very ones who are proving its message to be unquestionably true.

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Anonymous said...

I saw the film for the first time on Cable and had no heard of it before. Nothing in it surprised me. I have been following the Climate-gate scandal closely, where scientists in the Climate Research Unit, at the University of East Anglia were exposed for their global warming myth. They too attacked dissenters, but do not as yet have the power that evolutionists have. Do I believe what stein was saying? I must admit I do.