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"Expelled" and the Darwinism-Nazi Connection: Richard Weikart Responds to Jeff Schloss

[Note: For a more comprehensive defense of Ben Stein's documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, please see: NCSE Exposed at NCSEExposed.org]

CSC Fellow Richard Weikart sent us his article, "'Expelled' and the Darwinism-Nazi Connection: A Response to Jeff Schloss," which is now up at the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) website. Weikart details the historical connection between Darwin's theory and Hitler's Nazi ideology, responding to a similarly ASA-published article by Jeff Schloss.

There's a history with Schloss, which Bill Dembski explains over at Uncommon Descent. Suffice it to say that Schloss is critical of intelligent design and quick to repeat the standard objections to the connection Expelled draws between Darwin and Hitler... and Weikart doesn't let him get away with it:

In his thought-provoking review essay of "Expelled" Jeff Schloss repeatedly criticizes the film for oversimplifying complex issues. Concerning the claim in the movie that Darwinism had something to do with Nazism, he sensibly states, "This is far too serious an issue to be settled by film clips or sound bites on one side or another." Thus, it is disconcerting that Schloss--whom I know personally and count as a colleague and friend--misrepresents my views based on a sound bite in the film.

Read the rest here.