Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Liars for Jesus

So apparently some (well-funded) crackpots are making a movie, Expelled, about how intelligent design is being shunned by scientists, some sort of conspiracy by Big Science to keep the edgy, new theory from getting its due hearing.

Okay, fine. Typical martyr-posturing by the I.D. / creationist / fundie crowd. And, to rub salt in the wound, they're releasing it on Darwin's birthday in 2008.

Unlike some other documentary films, Expelled doesn't just talk to people representing one side of the story. The film confronts scientists such as Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, influential biologist and atheist blogger PZ Myers and Eugenie Scott, head of the National Center for Science Education. The creators of Expelled crossed the globe over a two-year period, interviewing scores of scientists, doctors, philosophers and public leaders. The result is a startling revelation that freedom of thought and freedom of inquiry have been expelled from publicly-funded high schools, universities and research institutions.

The thing is, they didn't do this as the makers of Expelled; they came up to PZ saying they were making a movie called Crossroads, about the intersection between science and religion.

So they lied about what they were doing to show what good Christians they are. Sounds about right.

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