Expelled - the Movie
Expelled is a film produced and being released in the United States (18 April 2008) which seeks to expose the campaign aimed against scientists who hold to a creationist view of the universe. Professional academics have suffered attacks at all levels within their professions; including lost job opportunities.
The title 'Expelled' picks up on the fact that in every generation there is a 'rebel'; and for our present time it the rebel is personified in those who hold the anti-establishment politically-incorrect view that our world is the product of a creator God.
The film has created a huge reaction and hullabaloo. The pre-release controversy surrounding Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed didn't quite reach the fever pitch that preceded The Passion of the Christ, but it has nonetheless "bought" the filmmakers more free publicity than they ever could have afforded.
Producer Ben Stein has interviewed prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, and captured the author of The God Delusion acknowledging that he is more inclined to believe that life originated on earth as a result of a visit from aliens, than to entertain the scientific possibility that an Intelligent Designer could exist. But if there were a designer, Dawkings certainly wouldn't call him "God." No surprise here, but Dawkins, one of the many experts interviewed in the film is reportedly a bit upset about how he comes across in the movie…
According to the publicity for the film:
EXPELLED uncovers the dramatic exposition of the current and often hidden persecution of educators and scientists who are being denied tenure and even fired in some cases, for their belief in the evidence of “design” in nature, challenging the idea that life is a result of random chance or the result of evolution.
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Unlike 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 extensive grass roots campaign for EXPELLED, spearheaded by Motive Entertainment president, Paul Lauer, will include nationwide screenings and endorsements with key leaders, promotional materials, a promotional resource DVD, publicity, radio promotions and Internet. In addition, a pre-launch campaign will include unprecedented partnerships and a widespread campaign together with educators, youth, scientists, families and the media nationwide.
The currency of and interest in this debate presents a great opportunity to discuss the Christian faith.
“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” the pro-intelligent design documentary featuring actor Ben Stein, made history this weekend as it propelled full speed into the top 10 box office. It opened as the widest and one of the most commercially successful releases for any documentary film.
Footnote: When asked about the film's release in the UK the answer came back:
We are working on a Canadian release next and as the movie gets more momentum, we will expend the release options. Keep checking the Web site www.expelledthemovie.com for possible release updates and the future release of the DVD which is planned for later this year.
Christians Together, 22/04/2008