Saturday, May 03, 2008
Here is a humorous but telling comment about Expelled from a Letter to the Editor by Fred Herman in The Modesto Bee:
Someday, "Expelled" will be a "Reefer Madness" relic of Bush-era excesses. Today it's an ideological bludgeon, a tedious attempt to make audiences believe it white when it is, in fact, black.
Gadding from campus to campus recording personal musings on a voice-over, writer-producer Ben Stein borrows a Karl Rove tactic by making his side a suppressed underdog while turning right and wrong, free speech and even the meaning of science upside down. The former Nixon speechwriter first pleads plaintively for equal classroom time, but soon blatantly equates Darwinism with Stalin's and Hitler's death camps, intelligent design with Reagan and the Berlin wall coming down, working in potshots at Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, eugenics and euthanasia.