Ben Stein – Expelled

This film is very thought-provoking. There are a lot of reviews online, mainly by Scientific American, Time, and famous atheist Richard Dawkins, all supporters of Darwinism, that paint the picture that Ben Stein is pushing Creationism. The driving argument of the film is that scientists should have the right to discuss and even teach Intelligent Design / Creationism along side Evolution, not in place of it. It is obvious that Ben Stein believes in God, and dislikes Nazis as both a Jew and a reasonable human being, I didn’t get the feeling that he is trying to push religion on anybody, just freedom, and I am somewhat of a skeptic when it comes to religion. The film is DEFINITELY worth watching. It makes good arguments, or at least draws interesting connections. What I took away from it is this: fanaticism is dangerous to individuals, be it religious, scientific, or patriotic. Any time a person or group of people ostracizes, punishes, hates, or in some way hurts another person, or group of persons, just because they think, act, or even look different, it’s hate, and it’s evil. I agree with that. And it seems as if the scientific community is now doing to religious or spiritual scientists what the religious community used to do to scientific people: discriminating against them.

I am a logical, open-minded, liberal, progressive, radical, green, independent individual living in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, amongst apparently brainwashed conservative southern Baptist Republican zombies. I'm tired of the lies of the government and their media mouthpieces and their corporate masters. I'm tired of the cheating and the stealing and the killing. I'm ready for the future. But the only way we are going to fix things is to all band together and say NO MORE! We have to start punishing the rich white collar criminals as harshly as the poor black blue-collar criminals, if not more so. And I'm tired of cults (AKA religions). They are dangerous, divisive, and delusional. We should evolve past religions towards a global humanitarian ethics. We should move away from a new world order and get back to city states with local democracy, power, food, and water.

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3 comments on “Ben Stein – Expelled
  1. Dave says:

    The reality of the situation is somewhat different than what Ben Stein and the Expelled producers have offered in Expelled.

    Please see to learn the truth about Expelled and its claims.

    It is really sad that so many people believe what Expelled is saying without researching the facts for themselves.

  2. Dave says:

    How sad. Not a single positive comment to support your review. How many negative comments have you deleted?

  3. markbaland says:

    Actually, you are the only person who has commented. I haven’t deleted any. I had yet to approve your previous comment. I have now approved both. I hope you are happy. This topic seems very important to you.

    I am no a Christian, nor do I believe in Creationism A.K.A. Intelligent Design. Evolution is backed by a good deal of observation and experimentation. However, Evolution still doesn’t explain creation, nor does the Big Bang Theory. What caused the Big Bang?

    At some point, even as a vaguely spiritual person who is a big fan of science, I have to admit that science can never answer every question about the universe, because we are inside the experiment, and can’t see it from outside.

    I liked Ben Stein’s Expelled not because I want religious dogma to take education back from the scientific method, but because it makes the interesting point that in some cases, religion is now as oppressed by science as science was once oppressed by religion.

    There should be room in this world for the skepticism of science and the faith of spirituality of faith.

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November 2008
Mark Baland

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