Expelled and the Argument against Denying the Discussion
CT Movies reviewer Brett McCracken has seen Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, and his thoughtful review is available online. It's worth noting that McCracken, in his own words, "came into this film very, very skeptical . . . But I was pleasantly surprised with Expelled on a number of levels."
McCracken seems to get the point of the film, that it's an argument against censorship.
Indeed, the film hits a nerve in its critique of the contemporary American academy. As a graduate student immersed in academia and all its idiosyncrasies, I can attest to the pervasive and disturbingly hypocritical sense of close-mindedness that stifles the spirit of progressive discourse. It goes beyond the scientific communities in higher education and touches many disciplines. Quite simply: if you are not on the "right" side of the wall (whatever wall it may be), your voice is stifled, your work discredited, and your intelligence questioned. It's gone beyond political correctness and is now something altogether more militant and sinister. Sadly, the academy today is less about the sharing and discovery of truth as it is about the wielding and protecting of power.
We know a few scientists who can attest to the "more militant and sinister" wielding of power in the American academy -- but their stories are ignored more often than not. This is why it's so important to encourage your friends and neighbors to go see this film -- especially those inclined to write off intelligent design and the scientists who support it. As McCracken notes, Expelled
is trying to argue that there is (or should be) room at the table for both sides, for multiple arguments on any issue. But more than likely the film will be denied wide distribution or much (if any) press coverage, just as Intelligent Design theory is either ignored or laughed out of most cultural discourse. Whatever you may think of ID or evolution (and I'm not saying either is wrong or right) it's hard to argue against the injustice of denying the discussion. But unfortunately that's just what is happening.