Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

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"Expelled" is a 2008 film intended to support Intelligent Design and suppress scientific theories regarding evolution.


Arguments

Ben Stein attempts to link evolution with communism, fascism, atheism, Planned Parenthood, and the Nazi holocaust by correlating evolution to eugenics. The film further contends that an extensive conspiracy exists to promote Darwinism and suppress any concept of intelligent design. This conspiracy allegedly involves scientists, media, educators, and even the courts.

In his blog, Ben Stein claims:

Under a new anti-religious dogmatism, scientists and educators are not allowed to even think thoughts that involve an intelligent creator. Do you realize that some of the leading lights of "anti-intelligent design" would not allow a scientist who merely believed in the possibility of an intelligent designer/creator to work for him... EVEN IF HE NEVER MENTIONED the possibility of intelligent design in the universe? EVEN FOR HIS VERY THOUGHTS... HE WOULD BE BANNED.

Counter-Arguments

Ben said that they did two years of "extensive research" regarding evolution before doing this film. However, he has said evolution is "lightning striking a mud puddle" in several talk show interviews, which is a straw man argument against abiogenesis, not evolution. One team extensively researching evolution for two years (with a bias towards the results) is also hardly on par with the numerous groups and individuals who have made researching evolution their life's work.

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