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Evolution Expelled

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Tags: Spirituality, Expelled, PZ Myers, Creationism, Intelligent Design, Creation,

Ben Stein’s creationist documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered recently at the Mall of America movie theater in Minnesota. In the movie, the filmmakers claim that scientists who support creationist alternatives to evolution are being pushed out of academic and research institutions, and are effectively being silenced by “Big Science.” Ironically, Stein & Co. apparently adhere to the very exclusionary practices they claim in the film to abhor. At the premiere, blogger, University of Minnesota professor, and self proclaimed “godless liberal” PZ Myers—who is featured in the film, and thanked for his contribution during the end credits—was quite literally expelled from the screening by security as he stood in line outside the theater. The bizarre move inspired an explosion of ire in the blogoshere.  

 —Morgan Winters

galapagospete
4/10/2008 1:25:25 AM

a) Invitations were available to anyone who asked and registered in advance. b) Myers asked. They got the invitations. They went. Myers was refused entrance. Refusing him (or anyone else) entrance was well within the filmmakers' rights. It's also cowardly. Had he become disruptive inside he could have been removed, and he would have looked foolish. Instead the filmmakers look like cowards. c) Please specify how he was being loud and abusive. No one else has made that claim. Were you there, or are you personally acquainted with someone who was?


kell brigan_2
4/9/2008 1:48:47 PM

a) It wasn't a "premiere"(the film opens on the 17th of April), it was an invitation-only PRIVATE SCREENING. As in, a private party. b) PZ Myers did not have an invitation. Neither did Richard Dawkins, who was attempting to crash the party with him. Both men would have gotten in anyway, since they weren't checking IDs that closely. c) Myers didn't get in (Dawkins did) because he was being loud and abusive even while standing in line for the movie. Not a premiere. If Myers wants to see the movie, he can do so along with every body else after it actually opens.