"Expelled" Conspiracy?

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Much has been written in advance of the April 18th release of Expelled. Some might say too much. Even Fox News panned the film, which claims that an Athiest/Darwinist conspiracy has hijacked academia and is kicking out anyone that finds scientific evidence supporting Intelligent Design. The commentary's been highly predictable, though — a little too predictable. Is there another conspiracy at work here, one that no one saw coming?

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Think about it. In their reviews, athiests, scientists, and the scientifically inclined universally hate the movie. They've lashed out early and often. But they're just adding fuel to the fire. If the producers want anything it's publicity, and they've gotten it. Everyone's paying attention to the movie, but between the PZ Myers gaffe and now a lawsuit, the film seems destined to fail. And that failure seems just a little too easy, a little too convenient.

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Who really made this film, and what is its true agenda?

Tonight we're going to see the film and get to the bottom of this. Watch this space tomorrow for the tell-all review.

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@Tepoz: People who believe in a god are not your enemies.

*eyebrow* Ooookay. Who said anything about enemies? Is this like that whole "flipping out" thing of braak's yesterday? Are you just kidding around?

Or is it that if you can cast me as someone who sees you as the enemy, you get to be oppressed?

Sorry, that one is not going to work for you. I just stopped believing. It was not a big emotional, my puppy died god how could you? break with my past. I was not abused or beaten-down by my church or my family. There was no crazy compound in Texas. I'm still close with my friends and family. It's boringly normal.

That is to say, evangelicals are not some crazy subcult as so many of you seem to think.

I'm not sure, either, why you're putting the onus on us — a tiny minority like atheists — to fix things so we can all unite (hooray!) by not making you feel uncomfortable by demonstrating in any way our disbelief.

Maybe you should swallow your own issues and join *our* cause because as far as I can tell, the lion's share of the lawsuits and actions being taken to overturn rampant chuch/state violations and encroachments are being filed by humanist and atheist groups, not by the methodists or lutherans or catholics. (see [www.ffrf.org])