We don’t really cotton on to documentary films unless, they’re of particular relevance in our lives (point in case: “Citizenfour”), or if they are of the titillating variety (“Skid Row: Los Scandalous”), but sometimes, some documentaries come into our lives that stink so bad we just have to vent our spleens.
Take “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” for instance. The 2008 documentary on the scientific conspiracy alleged to be trying to keep God out from classrooms and laboratories is seeing a revival. Here’s four reasons why we think it should be kept out of circulation:
- “Expelled” spits on the science of evolution and claims a majority of scientists are questioning it — if it’s so obsessed with evolution, why do they never define it properly in the movie at all? Instead, they confuse scientific debates and relegate evolution to what amounts to a conspiracy.
- “Expelled” promotes intelligent design as its main theme and claims this is under attack by the scientific community. However, they present no research on this alleged fact at all. Everything appears to be supposition.
- The documentary attests that Darwinism is an absolute and that any who dare to question it is swiftly silenced. However, they fail to state that the scientific community at large is open to new ideas. All new ideas. The only catch is being able to prove these theories with supporting evidence.
- The film portrays the scientific community as totally committed to atheism, and this anti-religious stance has led to communism, the Holocaust, fascism, and eugenics while deliberately excluding religious scientists and practicing Catholics like Brown University’s Kenneth Miller from their list. There are thousands of scientists who remain people of faith. More evidence please!
Watch this trailer of “Expelled” and tell us what you think:
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