Thursday, May 01, 2008

Win Ben Stein's Last Remaining Shred of Sanity

Ben Stein has gone from playing the monotone teacher ("Bueller....Bueller") to beach ball loving pitchman ("Dry eyes, red eyes...") to wacky creationist lover. He is the star of a new documentary, "Expelled", whining that everyone hates the scientists that try to promote intelligent design (aka Creationism 2.0). From what I've read he basically chops up interviews with noted evolution defenders like Richard Dawkins, claims they don't have any facts while offering up none of his own, takes up the cause of shitty professors like the guy that was at Iowa State for a few years, and intersperses it all with clips of Hitler and Stalin. Classy move. I've read that not only is it completely ridiculous subject matter but it isn't even well done. They apparently even take time to disprove parts of Darwin's "Origin of the Species." Yes, I'm serious. Hey, I heard that in ancient times they used to think Pi was about 3.13...clearly all math is false too.

Well, today part of an interview he did with the Trinity Broadcasting Network is making the rounds.
Stein: When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers [i.e. biologist P.Z. Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.

Crouch: That’s right.

Stein: …Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.

Crouch: Good word, good word.

Now, first, TBN sucks. I had a friend who called them about his wife having the cancer and not only did her cancer not get better but it turned out she didn't even exist and the guy just wanted to speed read a prayer to him.

Second, science apparently leads you to the holocaust. Forget any of the advances in science that have led to saving countless lives because his opinion is that scientists were responsible for the mass murder of millions. Well, of course it's just an opinion because there's absolutely no evidence he could ever come up with to support that ridiculous theory. I really hope that he chooses to live his life without any of those horrific scientific advances. You know, no cars, no thick glasses, no pasteurization of milk...just Ben Stein doing some hunting and gathering in animal skins.

The Anti-Defamation League responded by saying
The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler's genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

Umm, clearly.

"...and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you."
Wow, just reading that quote again pisses me off to no end. Ben, you're free to believe whatever you want to believe but the fact is that intelligent design can not be defined as science and when people like you start trying to force children to learn that it is on equal scientific footing as evolution there's a problem. And when you're using hyperbole (is there something even worse than hyperbole...slander, defamation?) like that there's an even bigger problem.

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