Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Kenneth Miller Reviews Expelled!

And it is not pretty. Miller lambasts the film for the usual sloppy science but also has some seriously damning things to say about how the film was put together. He writes:

The movie also uses interviews with avowed atheists like Richard Dawkins, author of "The God Delusion," to argue that scientific establishment is vehemently anti-God. Never mind that 40 percent of the members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science profess belief in a personal God. Stein, avoiding these 50,000 people, tells viewers that "Darwinists" don't allow scientists to even think of God.

Puzzled, the editors of Scientific American asked Mark Mathis, the film's co-producer, why he and Stein didn't interview such people, like Francis Collins (head of the Human Genome Project), Francisco Ayala, or myself. Mathis cited me by name, saying "Ken Miller would have confused the film unnecessarily." In other words, showing a scientist who accepts both God and evolution would have confused their story line.

This is truly troubling—that any contrary evidence has to be suppressed—and smacks of some of the tactics that YEC supporters use. Instead of portraying a controversy the way it is supposed to be, the makers of the film want the public to see scientists as standing in the way of "true research." This is offensive and gives ID another black eye.

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