Ben Stein – the character actor who played the memorable monotone teacher on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the television series “The Wonder Years” – has taken up the torch of the intelligent design and creationism movement in his forthcoming new movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

The documentary features Stein interviewing scientists who, according to the movie’s press release, “are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired in some cases for the fact that they believe there is evidence of ‘design’ in nature, challenging the idea that life is a result of random change.”

“Big Science in this area of biology has lost its way,” said Stein. “Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are. Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it’s anti-science. It’s anti-the whole concept of learning.”

In addition to his roles as an actor, Stein is a lawyer, economist, author, and former speechwriter for President’s Nixon and Ford.

The movie also includes interviews with key evolution proponents including Eugenie Scott, Director of the National Center for Science Education, Richard Dawkins, and science blogger PZ Myers. However, according to Myers, his interview was conducted under false pretenses; at the time, the film was entitled “Crossroads: The Intersection of Science and Religion” and appeared to be a legitimate inquiry into evolution-intelligent design conflicts, rather than its current state as anti-evolution propaganda.

“Expelled” is slated for release on Darwin Day, February 12, 2008, and an extensive grassroots promotional campaign has recently been launched. Buzz about the movie abounds on creationism/intelligent design websites, and advertisements for the movie are prominently featured on the Seattle-based Discovery Institute’s blog.

 


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