Saturday, May 10, 2008

University Professor Disses ID Flim-Flam Movie

Tom Megeath, assistant professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Toledo, penned an OP ED for The Blade today that shuts the door on that contrived film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The author says of the film, "Expelled quickly loses interest in claims of firings and dismissals and moves on to a larger goal: to link the theory of evolution to atheism, fascism, eugenics, the Holocaust, and, interestingly, the music of John Lennon."

Funny stuff indeed. Just a few days ago a local MD, who happens to be a fundamentalist, tried to use his 'doctor' title as credentials to comment on the film and the theory of evolution. He referenced the Bible rather than science data. He is just one more creationist trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the citizens.

Dr. Megeath says, "The most troubling aspect of the movie is its linkage of the theory of evolution to the Holocaust. To establish this connection, Expelled purposely confuses evolutionary theory, a scientific theory used to understand the diversity and relationship of life on Earth, with social ideologies such as Social Darwinism and Eugenics."

I believe this is the 'kitchen sink' debate strategy, typical of junior high debating teams.

The author concludes, "For our country to have an enlightened discourse on this requires a public educated in biology, including the theory of evolution, which is one of its pillars.
Unless we move the debate over evolution and the teaching of biology from the 19th century to the 21st century, we as a nation will sail into this uncharted territory with our eyes shut.nation will sail into this uncharted territory with our eyes shut."

Eyes and brain shut, he means.

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