Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Synopsis: Academic freedom is being suppressed, says Ben Stein. He contends that professors from around the United States are being fired from their jobs for promoting, or even exploring the possibility of, intelligent design as an alternative to Darwinism. Stein interviews the expelled academics and other supporters of intelligent design. He also interviews the scientists in the mainstream, who support Darwinism. Stein links Darwinism to Nazism, Communism, eugenics and abortion. Vintage clips of educational films and Hollywood movies are used to illustrate points in a satirical way.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Nathan Frankowski
Production: Rocky Mountain Pictures
  2 wins.
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90 min

[strings playing

"all along the watchtower"]

Male announcer:

and gentlemen, welcome.

Today it is

my distinct pleasure

To introduce a man

who is recognized--

The battle over evolution

is only one skirmish

In a much larger war.

Science simply makes no use

of the hypothesis of god.

Ask yourself, what has

intelligent design given us?


We cannot accept

intelligent design

As an alternative

scientific theory.

They will never accept

that we have a better argument.

They just pester us,

and they waste our time.


of topics, ranging from

economics, civil rights,

To how not to ruin your life

in ten easy steps.

Today, ben is speaking

on the topic

That has become

increasingly important

to him over recent years.

While ben has always been

an ardent supporter of science,

Lately he has noticed

an alarming trend

In the scientific


That could have

dire consequences

For every american.

Without further ado,

Please join me

in giving a warm welcome

For mr. Ben stein.

[audience applauding]

Ben stein:
thank you.

Thank you very much.

Thank you very, very much.

Thank you.

Thank you very much,


Thank you very much,


Thank you

very, very much.

Freedom is

the essence of america.

We're talking

about freedom of speech,

Freedom of assembly,

Freedom from fear,

freedom of religion.

Martin luther king said,

"america is

essentially a dream,"

And he said it is a dream

of freedom and equality.

Freedom is the way

to equality.

And america simply would

not be america without freedom.

In every turning point

in our history,

The decision has always

been about freedom.

[stein narrates]

freedom is what makes

this country great.

Freedom has allowed us

to create, to explore,

To overcome every challenge

we have faced as a nation.

But imagine if these freedoms

were taken away.

Where would we be?

What would we lose?

Well, unfortunately,

I no longer need to imagine.

It's happening.

We are losing our freedom

In one of the most important

sectors of society--


I have always assumed

That scientists were free

to ask any question,

To pursue

any line of inquiry

Without fear of reprisal,

But recently

i've been alarmed to discover

That this is not the case.

It all began when I met

Evolutionary biologist

richard sternberg

In washington, d.C.

His life was nearly ruined

When he strayed

from the party line

While serving as editor

of a scientific journal


with the prestigious

Smithsonian museum

of natural history.

Your office

was over there?

That's correct.

This here

is the west wing.

Directly ahead of us

is the west wing

Of the natural history


So now you're

not there anymore

Because you were

a bad boy.

No, i'm not.

No, I was exiled.

You were a bad boy.

You questioned

the powers that be.

[typewriter clacking]

What was

dr. Sternberg's crime?

He dared to publish an article

by dr. Stephen meyer,

One of the leading lights

Of the intelligent design


The paper ignited

a firestorm of controversy

Merely because it suggested

intelligent design

Might be able to explain

how life began.

As a result,

dr. Sternberg lost his office,

His political

and religious beliefs

were investigated,

And he was pressured

to resign.

The questioning

of darwinism

Was a bridge too far

for many.

The mentioning

of intelligent design

That occurs

at the end of the paper

was over the top.

And I think

the intelligent design


Have raised a number

of very important questions.

And you wanted to get

those questions

Brought up and discussed.

- placed on the table.

- placed on the table.

People were so upset

about it.

They were so upset

that you could see their--

They had a physical

emotional reaction.


They were saying

That stephen c. Meyer

is a well-known christian,

That stephen c. Meyer

is an intelligent design


That stephen c. Meyer

is a republican.

It was all couched

in terms of

Religion, politics,

and sociology.

The way the chair

of the department put it

Is that I was viewed

as an intellectual terrorist.


Because of

giving the topic

Of intelligent design

some modicum of credibility.

What happened

to dr. Sternberg was terrible,

But surely it was

just an isolated case.

I was still

pretty skeptical,

So naturally

I checked in with the head

Of the skeptics society,

michael shermer.

So I can't prove

there is no god,

Or yahweh in your case,

Any more than I can prove

there is no isis, zeus,

Apollo, brahma, ganesha,

mithras, allah,

Or for that matter,

the flying spaghetti monster.

And think about just

one thing:

Why would the aliens

look like this?

- these are bipedal--

- king:
who drew that?


It's not a position you take.

It's just

an approach to claims.

This one's called

the borderlands of science:

where sense meets nonsense.

Is intelligent design


Well, it's unproven,

So in that sense

it's nonsense.

So I would put it

in the sort of shaded areas

Between good, solid science

and total nonsense.

You know, it's sort of

three quarters of the way

toward the nonsense side.

but you think,


People should be

allowed to speak about

And publish papers

about it.

They are free to write

and publish and be heard

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