Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a documentary by Ben Stein set for release in the spring of 2008, which alleges that those supporting intelligent design theory are suppressed and persecuted within schools, universities and the scientific community.[1] The film highlights several academic disputes which, according to Stein, demonstrate that scientists and educators who promote intelligent design are persecuted by the scientific establishment.[2] Examples given by the film of those who have allegedly been persecuted for their support of intelligent design include Richard Sternberg, a biologist and an unpaid research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, and Guillermo Gonzalez, a pro-Intelligent design astrophysicist denied tenure at Iowa State University in 2007.[3]

Claims portrayed in the film

In the film's trailer, Stein states that there are "people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God" and that "freedom of thought and freedom of inquiry have been expelled from publicly-funded high schools, universities and research institutions."[3]

The film also implies that Darwin's theory of evolution was responsible for the Holocaust,[4][5] a view which has previously been put forward by the Discovery Institute, a scientific think tank which endorses intelligent design.[6]

Criticism and controversy

Pro-evolution members of the scientific community have criticized the film for portraying intelligent design as an alternative scientific theory to evolution; they claim that intelligent design lacks scientific credibility.[7] However, advocates of intelligent design argue that it is a legitimate scientific theory and is distinct from the concept of creationism.

Some atheist scientists interviewed in the film, notably Richard Dawkins, claim that they were deceived as to the film's purpose and title, and would not have agreed to participate in it had they known of its pro-intelligent design message.[3]

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