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21 March 2008 Blog Home : March 2008 : Permalink

Expelled from "Expelled"

I was (and still am) about to write a post inspired by a comment that blogger PZ Myers made recently. However, when I went back to his webpage today to start that one, I discovered something that just takes priority. I hope I don't have any Creationist types reading here because I want to mock them or at least those who purport to make movies on their behalf.

There is, it would seem, a documentary called "Expelled" which is all about how *the scientific establishment*(spoken in deep threatening voice) expels all those who dare to suggest that just maybe evolution doesn't happen and so on. Sort of like how the inquisition is alleged to behave only without the physical torture and the burning at the stake parts. Anyway, in the course of creating this documentary, and using tactics straight out of the Michael "Tubby Riefenstahl" Moore playbook, they interviewed some well known scientists such as PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins. Then they seem to have twisted their words around so that:

Dawkins concedes that life might indeed have a designer but that designer almost assuredly was a more highly evolved being from another planet, not “God.”

This after interviewing them supposedly for a different project called "Crossroads" with a rather different slant (and it should be noted making those interviews and interview requests after having registered the Expelled domain and not the Crossroads one).

So now the propaganda piece is done and various previews are going on. One of the previews was in Minneapolis and taking place at the same time as the 34th Annual National Conference of American Atheists - invited guest one R Dawkins. So, taking advantage of the RESP link Messrs Myers, Dawkins and friends and relations show up to the preview, no doubt interested in seeing their 15 minutes of hollywood silver screen fame. But it seems that PZ Myers is not allowed in, as he explains:

There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared. I'm blogging this from the Apple store in the Mall of America, because I'm too amused to want to wait until I get back to my hotel room.

I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried … but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn't even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn't going to cause any trouble.

I went back to my family and talked with them for a while, and then the officer came back with a theater manager, and I was told that not only wasn't I allowed in, but I had to leave the premises immediately. Like right that instant.

I complied.

But what is bellyachingly funny, and where the irony really bites, is that Richard Dawkins was allowed in. Although subsequently the umm true believers in the audience felt he'd crashed the party illegally.

So umm let me summarize
  1. A documentary whose prime pitch to do with "freedom of expression" doesn't want people who might criticise the movie to show up at the previews and object
    1. Even if they were actually featured in the documentary (and paid for their time)
  2. But they apply this policy inconsistently so that one is barred while another is allowed to enter
And when this gets out the rabid moonbats have a field day because they can justifiavly point to the incompetence, incoherence, inconsistency and unintelligence of their foes. How does the saying go? ah yes. Load Gun. Attach gun to foot. Insert foot in mouth. Pull trigger.