Well, as I mentioned in my last post, Amber and I went this past weekend to see Ben Stein’s new movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. In order to review this movie, I will use an advanced movie-rating system that I have developed using mathematical models and probability distributions; I have named this model the ‘Yamamoto-Yakatori Severed-Head Index™.’
More than anything else, I think that Expelled is primarily a message about the consequences of the suppression of free ideas. This debate is framed in terms of Intelligent Design versus Evolution; however, the concept of one “popular,” “correct” idea versus a traditional idea, I believe, can be applied to many different debates in America. One could, in my opinion, merely substitute the terms “I.D.” and “Evolution” with any two sides of a “hot-button” issue in our culture today (for example, Pro-Global Warming Thinkers versus Anti-Global Warming Thinkers).
Expelled presents us with the picture of a wall between the ideas of evolutionists (or, as Bill O’Reilly might term them, Secular Progressives) and the ideas of those who believe in the idea of an intelligent design and a grand purpose to creation and the order of our universe and our world. Stein likens this walling off of ideas to the Berlin Wall, which was the greatest symbol of the divide between Communism and Democracy and which gave us the opportunity to hear an American president, in German, call himself a doughnut. Ben Stein, in the style of Ronald Regan, calls out throughout this movie for the wall to be torn down.
Expelled shows us how Darwinist evolution was fundamental to Adolf Hitler’s ideology, which ultimately led the Nazis to consider themselves a superior race of people. “If natural selection and evolution are destined to occur and if we are just a product of chance as opposed to a God-inspired creature,” thought the Nazis, “then is it really wrong to speed along that process through such activities as ethnic cleansing and selective breeding?” The killing of an inferior class of people, the disabled, and the unwanted can thusly be justified in order to help propagate a “superior” race and to speed up the process of “natural selection.”
We also come to see how much atheism plays a part in this ideological debate and how it is so much easier to understand how evolutionist thought shaped the ideas that inspired genocide, eugenics and abortion when God is removed from the equation. The evolutionists in Expelled mock Christianity as being a farce and a fantasy and one gentleman goes so far as to call Christians ignorant and insane. It is shown how one of the fundamental goals of evolutionist thought, along with much of the Secular Progressive agenda, is to do away completely with religion. In the absence of religion, the evolutionists claim, true science can bloom.
Expelled encourages the viewer to think for himself and to realize there is a bias toward secularism that has invaded the media, the classrooms of our schools and our universities. It is up to each of us to think for ourselves and to question the prevailing consensus on many fronts. Without voices of truth “crying out in the wilderness,” national secular groupthink can lead to terrible consequences. Ordinary people, like Germans in the 1940s, in the absence of true academic debate and religious freedom, can find themselves living in a world that they never could have imagined. It is always best to think for yourself and to maintain your convictions and beliefs, whatever be the popular consensus.
My rating for this movie, according to the “Yamamoto-Yakatori Severed-Head Index™:” Excellent (5 Yamamoto-Yakatori Severed “Darwin” Heads – the highest rating possible).