Ben Stein is not a Bible believing Christian. He is a Jew and a journalist, a former speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford. Both as a Jew and a journalist he has a very personal interest in anything to do with the Holocaust, the slaughter of some 6 million Jews by Hitler's Nazi regime. For Stein, Darwinism is not just problematic but dangerous even. He contended in a teleconference with the press that Darwin said that there were certain species that were superior to other species and all were competing for scarce supplies of food or resources. But if there was a limited supply of basic resources, Darwinism taught that "you owe it to the superior race to kill the inferior race." Stein further stated that Darwinian evolutionary theory fueled Nazi idealism that felt gypsies, Eastern Europeans and others were competing with them for scarce basic resources. "As a Jew, I am horrified that people thought Jews were so inferior they didn't deserve to live." Referring to the Darwinian theory of natural selection and random mutation, he said that it "led in a straight line to the holocaust and Nazism."
Stein's strictures on Darwinism are right on the money. The blame for the 20th century's blackest nightmare lies fairly and squarely at the door of Darwinian evolution. So it is a dangerous system of belief. But there are other reasons for viewing Darwinism as dangerous, an enemy of liberty of thought and investigation. Stein has produced a documentary film that will hit theaters across the nation in April of this year titled Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The film deals with the stranglehold that Darwinists have gained over academia and how its evolutionists are determined to exclude any other possible explanation of origins. He interviews leading atheists and evolutionists, including Richard Dawkins, as well as leading proponents of the theory of Intelligent Design.
While Stein's film does not seek to validate one theory over the other it does raise questions that evolutionists would rather avoid. Stein asks, "Where did life come from? How did cells get so complex? If the origins of life all did happen by random mutation, where do the laws that make the universe possible to function - the law of gravity, the law of thermodynamics, laws of motion - all come from? Who created these laws that keeps the planets in motion?" As Stein says, "These are fundamental questions" to which Darwinism has no answer.
Don't expect to see Stein's film win any Oscars. But if enough sane people act on the impetus it causes we can see our politicians forced to move to protect freedom of speech in academia. As the executive producer of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed said, "What we are asking for is freedom of speech ... for people who do research to have freedom to ask the questions they need to ask and go where they need to go."
That sounds good. It is good. But it is enough to give evolutionists across America a heart attack. The last thing Darwinism can stand is competition from people free to think.