Puppetmaster Richard Dawkins Pulls Strings to Get Revenge on Ben Stein
Alas, poor Richard. Out of a job, and still twitching from Ben Stein's unveiling of his pro-intelligent design tendencies in Expelled last year, he apparently spends his time dogging Ben Stein's heels. Here's how a fawning university president gushed about getting an e-mail from Dawkins telling him to bounce Stein as a commencement speaker later this year.
Is the correspondence between you and Professor Richard Dawkins authentic?
Fogel: It is authentic; I admire his work greatly. I have read his work and I have been deeply instructed by it., as I said to him. I was really quite honored to have an e-mail from him directly.
What was the first e-mail from him about?
Fogel: It was to discuss his dismay and concern along the lines we have already discussed.
And also to give me some of his more person background that I had certainly been unaware of. I did not know that he was shown in the movie 'Expelled' and that he had been manipulated by the producers and that his words had been used out of context.
What a bunch of malarkey. Of course, Fogel hasn't seen Expelled or he'd realize that the interview with Dawkins was long, exhaustive and in no way taken out of context. The bogus charges against the producers have long been laid to rest (see here, here, and here). The only person still smarting about this is poor Richard.
According to VM paper The Burlington Free Press:
Stein called the university's response to the furor "chicken sh**, and you can quote me on that."
The irony is that now Ben Stein (who has championed academic freedom so strongly) is experiencing what he documented in Expelled. The best thing to do is to let Fogel know what you think, and to follow Stein's lead and sign the Academic Freedom Petition.