Monday, April 21, 2008

The Movie ‘Expelled’ Stirs Ruckus

Below is an article of interest:

The movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed opened on Friday in hundreds of theaters nationwide, and the Internet is abuzz with comments from angry evolutionists and atheists who oppose the film’s message.

The film chronicles the censorship of teachers, professors and students who question the theory of evolution.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that some bloggers were outraged that Yoko Ono, widow of rock star John Lennon, had allowed Expelled’s producers to use a portion of her husband’s song “Imagine” in the movie soundtrack.

The inclusion of “Imagine” so angered writer James Boyce that he posted an article at a widely read liberal blog accusing Ono of greed. Boyce later retracted the article after Ono’s lawyers said she had not licensed the song for use in the film. The movie’s producers argued that the film included less than 25 seconds of the song — short enough to be protected under “fair-use” allowances.

In a Focus on the Family radio broadcast on April 7, Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, expressed dismay that Expelled stirs intense opposition.

“It is just amazing to me that so many intelligent people could believe that the beauty and complexity of life on this earth, with each kind being designed, it seems, for a purpose — having no design and no Designer,” Dr. Dobson said. “There is no allowance for any other point of view. And you dare not even talk about it, or you violate political correctness.” (from CitizenLink daily email update dated 4/17/2008. © 2008 Focus on the Family Action, Inc., All rights reserved. International copyright secured)

My question is, what is the academic establishment so afraid of? That their hypocrisy will be exposed? That we will discover that universities are not bastions of free speech and intellectual inquiry? Liberals rise up with mean-spirited hate-filled diatribes against anyone who dares to say something not in keeping with Political Correctness and Leftist orthodoxy. Here’s another example. Check out World Magazine’s interview of Ben Stein at

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