I know those are three words I never thought I’d see, but apparently Ben Stein is a pro-Intelligent Design and has made a documentary about it. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Ben Stein, he came to fame in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” as the teacher who dryly continues to call out “Bueller…. Bueller….” though Ferris has taken the day off. He also hosted a hit game show on Comedy Central called “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. And apparently he is a notorious Pro-Life, worked in the White House for Nixon and Ford. He was even rumored to have been “Deep Throat” during the Watergate scandal. He was also a lawyer, and even taught at Pepperdine University Law School.
Now Stein is taking on the education system’s bias against teaching or even handedly discussing Intelligent Design with a new movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”. It is Stein’s view that Intelligent Design is mocked in scientific circles as well as educational circles and those who believe in Intelligent Design are thought to be lesser minds and ignorant. He says that there is no freedom to discuss this, and anyone who does is immediately black listed.
Ironically, one only has to look at the comments left on the blog on the website to see how true this really is. Peruse through the comments, and he is lambasted for the movie and the ‘moronic and idiotic’ arguments it makes. Check it out if you want to get frustrated.
I can say, especially after speaking with my sister, that this is definitely a problem. Intelligent Design is not seen as a credible option and anyone who claims it as their view is mocked and ridiculed. But is this a profitable conversation? I’m not so sure. I really don’t think that many people will have their mind swayed by this film, because both sides just spout off normal speaking points.
Don’t get me wrong. I think the issue is big and important, I’m just not sure if it is profitable for debate. People get very animated on both sides, and everyone reverts to dogmatics and speaking points. The only thing that happens is one side is made angry, while the other side is made more resolute in their argument. This movie isn’t likely to sway one side to the other, but it may be important nonetheless. It may be important to just raise the argument that there really isn’t freedom of thought. Check it out if you’d like!