Oh, were to begin. I've actually put this off for months, but the time has come I guess. Now I haven't seen this movie, but I've read sooooo many reviews that go over this thing point by point it's ingrained in my head. But I'm only going to hit on the things I know are definately in the movie, because I did read the Answers in Genesis review....ugh so they confirmed these points.
So, in the next few weeks the movie EXPELLED will start appearing, in limited release around the country. Mostly in the southern states what one would call the bible belt. This is a movie that's supposed to be about Intelligent Design, but from everything I've read they only seem to bash evolution and offer no science to back up their claims. Intelligent Design is the belief that everything was created but not like the bible creation story, it's sort of like taking the history of earth and every time something new pops up that was specifically created, as is, complete and perfect. For awhile they wouldn't say who this creator was but lately they've finally caved and said it is the Judeo/Christian God. There is also this thing called irreducible complexity. Basically saying things are so complicated that they couldn't have evolved. They have this great analogy that if you take a piece of a watch out it will no longer work and since the watch was designed so are we. Well, If you remove my arm I will live, well it depends I guess, I might bleed to death but if a doctor did it I would most likely survive. I can also live without one of my lungs or a kidney, my gal bladder or apendix. I'm sure I'll get some comment about eyes or cell tails so I give you this. It a great web page refuting and giving source for all this ID garbage:
They make claims that evolution lead to the Nazis, and that Hilter was an Atheist, he was not, he was born a Roman Catholic and while he stopped going to church later in life was still a believer in Jesus. He even says this in his book, so if you don't believe me check it out for yourselves. Go here for info:
They make claims that 'scientists' were refused tenure and kicked out of science for their beliefs (thus the name Expelled.) Which isn't really true, these guys were lousy scientists and didn't bring in any funding, which is how you actually pay for research that you publish, since the colleges don't fund that stuff. And if you don't do any real published science work and someone else does, who do you think should get the better job? No one who is actually a scientist agrees with this 'theory.' But I digress.
They obtained interviews under false pretense saying that this was for a movie called Crossroads and it was a documentory about the clash of science and religion. They got interviews from PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins and Eugenie Scott telling them the name of the movie was Crossroads (there is a paper or email trial with all this info just check out http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/ You may have to look some but I'm tired of finding everything, look for yoursleves;)) but in reality they had already paid for the website address of expelled.com. I don't really know why they would lie about this, but that's apparently what they do. They asked Dawkins about how ID could work. Off the cuff Dawkins says the only way it could work is that aliens, who themselves had to have evolved, seeded the earth with life. It was just a quick idea but they now claim Dawkins believes in ID.... Ugh. If someone asks me to speculate on something, I'll do it. It doesn't mean I agree with them. They cut away from the actual scientists with shots of Nazis to drive home their point. Evolution is evil and it leads to Nazis. Nice guys.
So basically this movie is made for a specific group of people and the uneducated creationist masses, who apparently love this thing. Unfortunately the educated people (like you guys...RIGHT?!) can see through this, not even fox news gave it a good review:
They've been showing advanced previews at theaters around the country. Jess would not let me go, for fear that I would get arrested. But if you went online and filled out a form they would put your name on a list to see these advanced screenings. A bunch of people have done this and it is well documented. Well, one of the interviewies put his name on the list and received a confirmation email. While in line for the movie they tossed him out, or expelled him as he put it, go here for the full story:
The whole point of this movie is to create a controversy that there is a rift in science and that evolution should be taken out of schools. Or at the very least the 'controversy' should be taught in science class. Which, according to the Dover Trial in PA, is illegal since ID is actually just creationism in disguise. But there isn't a controversy is science it's just the same old evolution vs. religion thing again only the religion is trying to call itself science. It's not. How can this be science when they look at something and say God did it, when actual scientist have already SHOWN how it works and it wasn't god it was evolution (you could argue God made evolution which I don't really have a problem with but since macroevolution is impossible to these guys I using the special creation theme song.)
Some other reviews are here, these are from Scientific American and another interviewie:
And another review here:
And now they are being sued for copyright violation:
I'm sure they will claim that 'Big Science' is out to get them. And they would be right. There is no room for the lies they peddle. They are simply trying to get God back in schools through the back door.
Well that's it,
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