“Expelled!” – that’s the name of the new movie-documentary by Ben Stein. It is being released in theaters this week. And I hope it gets a good national viewing. Perhaps that will open the potential for honest dialogue a wee bit.
For the liberal, every thing is pegged as a right – gay rights, abortion rights, free-speech rights, sexual-expression rights, even the right to be free from hearing prayers, or the opinions of religious conservatives, the rights to believe the way they want to believe with all others rights subject to theirs. All other’s rights are relative – theirs are absolute. All others views are idiotic.
The problem is that the Politically Correct now hold the cultural power centers – the news media, the entertainment industry, academia, the entrenched political machines, science and technology – all are in their clutches. They have become the gatekeepers of power, the controllers of the podiums and framers of the cultural monologue. They preach free thinking and expression, but practice oppression of dissenting opinions.
Here they are allowed to converse. Here, they speak their minds. And here, beyond the quick and readied sound-bite, they sputter, they engage in their decidedly biased rants. They openly champion their sheer hatred of religion.
The evolutionist are on the warpath against the film.Only idiots will watch it, they charge. Richard Dawkins suggest that the film will solicit “cheap laughs only possible with an audience of scientific ignoramuses.” Such condescension. Such intellectual elitism. P. Z. Myers, a blogger and University professor expects the film “to appeal strongly to the religious, the paranoid, the conspiracy theorists, and the ignorant.” That accounts, according to Myers, to “90% of the American market.” Increasingly it is clear, that the elite have little respect for any opinion rather than their own or those in their narrow circle. Myers and Dawkins both appear in the movie, now with regret.
“Expelled” if it is nothing else, is a jarring introduction to the entrenched anti-faith culture of Politically Correct liberalism. It is a spotlight on the arrogance, the stifling intolerance, and the pure ignorance of so many who are deemed to be intellectual.