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Friday, February 15, 2008

Ben Stein Makes ID Movie

Ben Stein has come out as the public face of "intelligent design," and in the spring, he'll hit movie theaters with a $3.5 million-dollar ID film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The movie, which is being promoted by Motive Entertainment, the marketing firm behind The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia, is based on the premise that "educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure, and even fired—for the 'crime' of merely believing that there might be evidence of 'design' in nature." (The Discovery Institute, an ID think tank, is excited by the message, of course). Stein speaks with ID advocates, such as Guillermo Gonzalez, and opponents, such as Richard Dawkins and Eugenie Scott, who say that the film was presented differently when they agreed to be a part of it. —Dan Messier