Ben Stein brought the word “expelled” into the Intelligent Design vs. real science debate in 2008 with his horrendous movie in which he sanctimoniously blamed evolution for the holocaust. The premise behind Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed was that ID proponents were being expelled from academics for their beliefs.
The truth was that Stein and the filmmakers had to resort to deception and lies in order to make their case, and their dishonesty was exposed by the NCSE soon after the film came out. The ID movement is a reaction to science explaining more and more of what was previously attributed to god. They want to discredit science and to replace it with religion in the classroom, and Expelled is just one example of how they attempt to do so.
Because Intelligent Design is no more than religion dressed up as science, censorship is a key ingredient so that they can brainwash more people and keep criticism out. And this was demonstrated beautifully when an atheist was expelled from the Creation Museum yesterday.
Ken Ham’s Creation Museum is a shining example of religion dressed up as science. The $27 million monstronsity built in 2007 is 49 acres of Biblical literalism. Exhibits use quotes from the Bible and science-y sounding “facts” to convince visitors that the world is 6,000 years old.
Biologist and outspoken, godless science-blogger PZ Myers was in the area, and decided to make a trek to the museum along with about 300 other atheists in order to see for themselves what kind of information the Creation Museum were promoting.
The censorship started before the visit when PZ was sent a letter from museum staff warning that people who wore offensive clothing or engaged in “overtly homosexual behaviour” would be booted out. Okay, fair enough, it is a large group and they are visiting a private facility, so PZ made it clear that everyone was to conduct themselves in a respectful manner, but to feel free to wear more subtle atheist clothing.
The day of the visit came, and even though I wasn’t there thanks to Twitter I felt like I was.
Here are some pictures from people who visited the museum, demonstrating the bullshit that these creationists have made up to support their beliefs:
The visitors acted with respect and followed the rules, however one person was expelled from the museum.
Here he is:
That T-Shirt (which reads “There’s probably no god so stop worrying and enjoy your life”) is what got him kicked out. The shirt should not be offensive. It doesn’t say there is no god, and it doesn’t say anything hateful or disrespectful towards believers. What it does do is suggest that the beliefs of the creationists probably aren’t right, and apparantly this isn’t acceptable to them. [click here for a video taken after he was expelled]
In science people with opposing views are what make science work. Disagreement leads to the search for more evidence which leads to either abandoning or strengthening a theory. Scientific knowledge changes with new discoveries. These creationists refuse to admit that their faith in the Bible is completely unsupported by reality, and this is why they have created a museum full of lies and why they find disagreement so difficult to face.
Creationists and IDers want people to think that science is suppressing their beliefs, when really science strives only to discover the truth, and it is the religious who are suppressing scientific advancement and expelling people who ask them to question their beliefs.