Wednesday, April 30, 2008

See the Movie "Expelled"

I had the opporunity to go with a friend and my oldest son (14 years) to see the Ben Stein documentary "Expelled" a few days ago. I highly recommend this film to all Christians who might be concerned about intellectual freedom; right to life issues; and the cause and effect relationships between the scientific establishment, atheism, and the dignity of the human person.

Ben Stein is the guy from Ferris Bueller-- you remember. In looking up his biography, I've discovered that he's among other things an economist, actor and writer. I honestly don't know too much more about him-- I think he's Jewish. He clearly hangs around with some deep thinkers.

The film centers on how proponents of the theory of evolution within the scientific community, have basically blackballed those scientists who even entertain other theories, namely intelligent design-- which basically says a higher power had a hand in creating life rather than life emerging from the primordial soup from a series of random, undirected physical events. While the examples of such discrimination are outrageous and frustrating to hear about, there were a couple of other related themes that I personally found more moving.

As the subject matter develops, Stein finds and presents the connection between Darwin's theories, early 20th century eugenics and the Nazi hospital in Hadamar, in which thousands of victims were murdered because they were medically or genetically "inferior." Stein is visibly moved by the outcomes of these philosophies. He mentions Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. This portion of the film really got me interested in exploring the themes and their historical relationships. For instance, the principal theorist for eugenics is Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin.

At the end of the film, Stein basically issues a call to action. What can each of us do?


fertlmertl said...

Laur and I want to go see this. Ben Stein has an INCREDIBLE capacity for knowledge. Didn't you ever watch that show "Win Ben Stein's Money"? I loved it! Thanks for the review.

Germanicus said...

The planned parenthood, Nazi, eugenics link is well documented in DNA, by James D Watson. He also describes how Sanger and planned parenthood’s original target was, and still is, poor black women. Sanger’s logic being that poor black women will produce more poor black babies who will either become pregnant poor black women or produce more poor black women.
Of course now days the marketing says this
“Abortion is a safe and legal way for women to choose to end pregnancy. There are two kinds of abortion in the U.S. — abortion procedures and the abortion pill.
Abortions are very common. In fact, more than 1 in 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
If you are trying to decide if abortion is the right choice for you, you probably have many things to think about. Learning the facts about abortion may help you in making your decision. You may also want to learn more about parenting and adoption.
Only you can decide what is best for you. But we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss abortion and all of your options with you and help you find the services you need.”
La la la la la…

Read this ;

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Is a good blog with lots of info on the lovely Ms. Sanger.