There is an upcoming documentary movie called “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” that has been getting quite a bit of attention around the science blogosphere lately. The movie is about the supposed attempts of so-called “Big Science” to expel from academia anyone who has doubts about evolution. From what I have read, the makers of the film also manage to blame evolution for Nazism and the Holocaust.
I wish I could tell you that I’m just kidding about that last part, but they really do go there.
From my perspective as a Biology teacher, this movie is going to be just another one of those deceptive distractions with the potential to prevent students from actually learning about evolution. Despite their protestations to the contrary, this is clearly a major goal of the antievolution movement. Nearly every new strategy they employ seems to be intended to make sure that students are unable to make an honest and unbiased assessment of the scientific evidence of evolution.
For this reason, Cheryl and I have decided to add a link to the National Center for Science Education’s “Expelled Exposed” website in the left sidebar. Right now, the website is merely a placeholder page that links to various critical reviews and other commentary concerning Expelled. The official website is set to go live around April 15th, just before the movie hits the theaters.
Be sure to check it out frequently and link to it freely.