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article imageBen Stein’s Movie Attacks Theory Of Evolution In Bible Belt Of America

By Nikki Weingartner     Apr 18, 2008 in Science
Scientific theory of human existence questioned as movie debuts this weekend portraying the intolerance our nation has developed for Intelligent Design. The movie, Ben Stein Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, opens today.
Stein, who is known for his role as Ferris Bueller’s “Voodoo” economics teacher in the 80’s hit movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, flexed both his acting skills and faux teaching experience in his new film that stands toe to toe with the popular theory of Charles Darwin, being strongly debated in schools across our nation by many labeled as religious zealots.
Simplistically speaking, Stein’s movie is meant to challenge the scientific theory by bringing up what is deemed as quashed evidence from the past on opposing theories of evolution. Stein goes on to cite the violation of First Amendment rights, as perceived freedoms to inquire into certain areas of science have been held down or prohibited.
Abilene’s reporter news
"Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are," he said. "Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-science, it's anti-American."
The film examines scientists such as astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzalez, who press materials say was denied tenure at Iowa State University "in spite of his extraordinary record of achievement."
"Gonzalez made the mistake of documenting the design he has observed in the universe," according to the release.
The film also examines the plight of Caroline Crocker, "a brilliant teacher at George Mason University" who the film says was forced out for "discussing problems with Darwinian theory and for telling ... students that some scientists believe there is evidence of design in the universe," among others.
The news article from the “Bible Belt” of Texas also quotes movie press materials as stating Stein’s beliefs towards the movie as
"freedom-loving American" would -- and should -- be outraged "to discover that teachers and professors are teaching a theory as indisputable fact, and that scientists who dissent from that theory are being silenced and ousted,"
In Abilene, TX, many are rallying for Stein’s movie and it’s diverse opinion. In a comment made by Carolyn Walden, co-director of The Discovery Center which is a pro-intelligent design ministry
"(Stein) is exposing the intolerance that the scientific elite display toward anyone who dares to touch Darwin's sacred cow."
Intelligent design supporters have taken a stance, sending out free tickets in a town busting at the seams with Christian churches and equally strong beliefs. Many believe the movie will serve as a great discussion for other viable options on how humans came to exist.
According to one Baptist minister in the town, some children are drilled with Darwinism being the only way, as
"the theory of evolution is forced upon them" -- and not treated like a theory.
As with any plausible scientific theory, it should consist of testable data that reproduce the same results, regardless of times tested. And from where are such theories derived?
A hypothesis that consists of supportive data, evidence and conclusive reports published in peer-reviewed journals, at least that is what movie critics and scientists believe.
So whether its foundation is free speech, science, dinosaurs or Divine intervention, the reason for our existence is still at the heart of national debate in schools as the fight over time tested scientific methods continue to clash with the elements of faith.
My only question is why not teach both theories as part of standard curriculum and allow students to draw their own conclusions based upon unskewed evidence provided?
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