EXPELLED Controversy Top Issue in Blogosphere

EXPELLED Controversy Top Issue in Blogosphere

Something amazing happened yesterday. The controversy around Premise Media’s upcoming movie Ben Stein’s EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed became the hottest topic in the blogosphere. According to BlogPulse, a service of Nielsen Buzzmetrics, the issue held the number one slot throughout the day on Monday, March 24th (http://www.blogpulse.com). There were also over 800 results on Technorati (www.technorati.com).

“It is amazing to see the reaction of PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins and their cohorts when one of them is simply expelled from a movie. Yet these men applaud when professors throughout the nation are fired from their jobs and permanently excluded from their profession for mentioning Intelligent Design,” said producer Mark Mathis. Mathis was at the event that has raised this controversy.

[From EXPELLED Controversy Top Issue in Blogosphere]

Nothing unexpected here. Last September I wrote:

Come next winter the Intelligent Design debate is going to have a bomb ignited under it. The film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, featuring Ben Stein, is set for release in February. If the film comes anywhere near the level of the interview Rob Crowther did with producer Walt Ruloff, it’s going to hit our culture hard.

The release date was pushed back, but the interest level is about what we all should have expected. And reactions by P.Z. Myers and Richard Dawkins are about what we should have foreseen as well.

5 thoughts on “EXPELLED Controversy Top Issue in Blogosphere

  1. Tom, unfortunately I think you’re going to find that the attention in the blogosphere around the ridiculousness of the Expelled producers keeping someone from attending their screening will only serve to increase the general public’s skepticism around the movie and the intelligent design movement.

    What’s needed in intelligent design, if it is in fact a viable project, is sound scientific research that supports its claims, instead of a puffy movie that does nothing toward that end. To the academic establishment, the intelligent design controversy is ridiculous, like a debate around the historicity of Santa Claus. To them, the explanatory power of evolution are so tested and strong (a fact which, even from my Christian perspective, I find myself compelled to agree with) that to allow a contrived, unsupported, dare I say completely undefined “alternate view” is completely unnecessary. Ultimately, though, as in all things, the truth should prevail — so we’ll see!

  2. Expelled is truely the perfect film to represent ID.
    (Sad really)
    Everybody should watch it.
    Repeatedly!

    Some Christian blogs have finally seen through the hype and they are not amused.

    “Mark Mathis: The Premises of Feeding the Beast and Expelled”

    http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2008/03/24/mark-mathis-the-premises-of-feeding-the-beast-and-expelled/

    The damage control by the makers of the film is just icing on the cake.

    http://pigeonchess.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/contradictory-stories-from-the-id-crowd-on-the-expelled-incident/

  3. Cedric, your own credibility would be higher if there were some evidence that you actually have a connection to randi.org, the website you listed as your URL. Do you? The idea here is not just to list a website you like or agree with, but to list your own site if you have one.

  4. “The idea here is not just to list a website you like or agree with, but to list your own site if you have one.”

    Oh. I didn’t know that. Sorry.
    I’ll leave the URL blank in future.

  5. I’ve heard good things and bad things. But all in all I’ve noticed that evolutionists are waiting with every ad hominem and biology textbook at the front doors of this movie. They seem scared, I don’t know why.

    Maybe they are concerned natural selection is excluding evolutionists from the gene pool.

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