Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ben Stein: Intelligent Idiot

Most people are familiar with Ben Stein.

If they don't know him as a former Nixon speech writer, an Emmy award winning actor or an economic columnist for The Wall Street Journal, they'll probably recognize him as 'that lecturer dude in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.'

Ben Stein is a seriously clever man. He's a graduate of Columbia University in New York, was voted valedictorian of his class at Yale Law School and has been a professor of law, politics, economics and civil rights at prestigious universities on both coasts of the USA.

Rarely has a single man excelled in so many varied fields.

That being said - and admitting that Ben Stein is probably one of the smartest men in America - it's important to realize: He's an idiot.

Yes, Ben Stein is the dumbest smart guy I know.

Earlier this year, Ben Stein wrote and hosted an independent documentary film called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It was a movie about Intelligent Design - and how Ben Stein, amongst others, contends that Intelligent Design is being 'suppressed' by the mainstream scientific community and the popularity of the theory of Evolution has led directly to evils like communism and the Nazi Holocaust.

The problem with this film - and what makes Ben Stein's involvement in it so astonishing - is that it's a pack of lies. Crooked film-making even the likes of Michael Moore would be ashamed of.

The New York Times dismissed it as a "conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry" and "an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike."

The American Association for the Advancement of Science declared that the film was nothing more than "dishonest and divisive propaganda, aimed at introducing religious ideas into public school science classrooms."

If you want to find out more about Expelled's ridiculous claims - and the evidence that refutes ever single one of them, you can read this article at the Scientific American.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is nothing more than a propaganda piece, aimed at getting Intelligent Design into the classroom.

You want proof?

Did you know that the producers of Expelled offered American schools $10 for each student they managed to send to see the film?

When you have to pay people to go and see a movie, it's a pretty good indication that it's no good.