Accept Ben Stein’s Conspiracy Theory.
That’s what he seems to be asking in an upcoming documentary.
Stein is one of those omnipresent figures who always seems to pop up somewhere new. Most people probably know him from his game show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”
He was a speechwriter for Presidents Nixon and Ford, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, an author of many books. And on and on. (And, yes, he played the infamous teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.)
Now’s he’s made a doc called Expelled. An email I got yesterday asked whether it might be the “Passion (of the Christ) of 2008.”
Here’s the gist: Stein contends that scientists who question Darwinism are being persecuted by the academic establishment. Persecuted. Black-listed. Destroyed.
In a melodramatic trailer, Stein writes over and over on a blackboard: “DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.”
In the trailer, he says that he always believed that “everything that exists was created by a loving God.” He says he has no problem with scientists and non-believers — as long as they don’t suppress others who feel differently.
Stein introduces one scientist whose “evidence seems to indicate we are the product of a higher intelligence.” Then he describes how this person has been smeared by academia.
And it’s not only scientists who are at fault. He says “The media’s in on it. The courts. The educational system.”
Stein says “We tolerate free speech in every other area of society, but not here.
And: “That tells me the Darwinists are afraid. They’re hiding something.”
Here’s where the trailer confuses me. Stein seems to be saying that Darwinists (and everyone else in on the conspiracy) actually know the truth, but are trying to cover it up. But anyone who has followed the whole “intelligent design” debate knows that scientists contend that intelligent design is bad science, not worthy of being taken seriously as science.
Based on the trailer, Stein seems to be saying that it’s all a scam, a lie, to cover up the truth. Like on the X-Files.
There’s quite a difference between dismissing theory X because it’s non-sense and trying to smear it because it’s the dangerous truth.
I wonder if in his movie, which comes out in the spring, Stein will let the opponents of intelligent design explain themselves. Only then can he refute them, it seems.
He concludes his trailer with this:
Feel free to watch this film if you must, and I hope that you do. But doing so may land you in a heap of trouble. Some of you may lose your friends, some of you may lose your jobs.