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21Mar/080

Expelled from Expelled

Expelled Movie PosterThere is a smallish Creationist movie coming out called "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed", which by all accounts I can find is a thinly veiled propaganda piece that deliberately misled the scientists it interviewed, creates straw man arguments which it burns down with glee, and distorts history on a level rarely seen outside of George W. Bush's administration.

... I guess you can see what I think of the film and it's subject matter.

Anyway, a funny thing happened at a screening of the film last night. PZ Meyers, one of the scientists "interviewed" for the movie, was not allowed to enter the theater:

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.

You gotta laugh, though, because PZ was just one of a large group of scientists who were invited to the screening (including Richard Dawkins, a rather famous anti-creationist scientist) and all of these other people were able to get in just fine.

If it wasn't a private screening I would be up-in-arms over a police officer preventing a person from entering a theater because of their beliefs. But since it is well within the law for them to dictate who attends their private gatherings I can only laugh and wonder: was it a brilliant publicity stunt, or petty and hypocritical?

Given the film producer's history, I am assuming it was the latter.

You can read more from PZ about last night's incident.

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