A letter to The Bee ("Don't pan 'Expelled' for telling truth," April 24) attacked reviews of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," a pseudo-Christian "documentary" that seeks to discredit evolution as a cornerstone of biology.
I wasted $7 on this purported plea for academic freedom that evolves into an unfair, contradictory and ultimately repugnant attack on Darwinism -- first as a pathway to atheism and finally as Nazi justification for the Holocaust.
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.
Universities are not required to provide pulpits for evangelists, but students surely are protected from having religious dogma rammed down their throats.