Free Speech and Other Evolutionary Tales

As you probably know, a recommendation in contemporary socialization calls for an absence of political and religious chatter, as it is usually leads to severe disagreements. While there are issues that can be independently placed within either political or religious categories, some issues – like evolution and abortion – are fluid, as they meander within both the political and the religious modes of society. These are, undoubtedly, the most dangerous issues to address, as few topics incite such inflammatory ranting on both ends of the political spectrum.

Enter Ben Stein – the presidential speechwriter, actor, commentator, game show host, and economist turned documentarian.

If you haven’t yet heard about Expelled -- Stein’s new flick -- I’m not surprised. In a media that is saturated with a blind acceptance of Darwinian theory (not to mention liberal inclinations), an absence of coverage is par for the course.

In his new film, Stein takes on free speech and evolution, as he addresses the field of science -- the discipline in which these two social constructs greatly clash. While the leftist critiques seem to focus too heavily on Stein’s efforts to allegedly disprove or prove theories of creationism and evolution, media critic Brent Bozell correctly characterizes the main points of the film:

Ben Stein’s extraordinary presentation documents how the worlds of science and academia not only crush debate on the origins of life, but also crush the careers of professors who dare to question the Darwinian hypothesis of evolution and natural selection.

What many will likely miss are the fine details that get at just how limited the scientific community has made itself in terms of alternative ideologies. While the film shows us firsthand just how much Richard Dawkins and other Darwinists hate theology – and religion in general – it also shows us the powerful limitations that have been placed on scientists. After all, isn’t science all about free-thinking and exploration? I suppose free-thinking entails anything outside of the realm of believing in the possibility that our entirely complex world was created by an intelligent being.

In his own words, Stein characterizes his film as:

… a controversial, soon-to-be-released documentary that chronicles my confrontation with the widespread suppression and entrenched discrimination that is spreading in our institutions, laboratories and most importantly, in our classrooms, and that is doing irreparable harm to some of the world’s top scientists, educators, and thinkers.

Now, that’s a film you simply cannot miss.