Wow. How much commentary does one need? We knew it would happen eventually, and it did… Rush has weighed in on Expelled and evolution. To see how Limbaugh misquotes “Hawkins,” read this transcript. And here, he fans the flames with his assessment that Stein theorizes in the movie about “Darwinism that led to Hitler and his Holocaust of the Jews.”
In other news, the other day I ran across a blogger’s idea to purchase “Truth Tickets” to offset boxoffice income from Expelled. The idea is to generate donations to the National Center for Science Education in an equal amount to ticket sales for the movie — sort of beefing up one warchest in opposition to the other. Since the idea didn’t actually originate with the NCSE, I decided to just sit on the idea for a few days to see if it would actually gain traction… and it has.
And here’s a link to the NCSE site.
For those who don’t know, the NCSE is a partisan advocacy group, whose goal is not to promote good science in general, but which specifically “defends the teaching of evolution in public schools. We are a nationally-recognized clearinghouse for information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and ’scientific creationism’ out.”
So be aware of the biases involved with both the movie and the NCSE and spend your dollars in an educated fashion.