Humanist Response to Expelled

Recently, The New York Times ran an article on Ben Stein‘s deceptive movie Expelled.

The article focused on how the religious producers lied about their intentions when they interviewed prominent scientists.

American Humanist Association director Roy Speckhardt has a response letter in today’s NYT:

To the Editor:

There’s a hidden question in “Scientists Feel Miscast in Film on Life’s Origin” (front page, Sept. 27). If one needs to believe in a god to be moral, why are we seeing yet another case of dishonesty by the devout? Why were leading scientists deceived as to the intentions of a religious group of filmmakers?

It’s immaterial that nobody may have asked about the film’s premise. It was the duty of the filmmakers to provide it, unasked. We godless humanists know this; why didn’t the filmmakers? Moreover, the very scientists whom creationists decry don’t make films under such false pretenses.

So here’s the humanist challenge to conservative evangelicals who are the likely audience. Show us your unyielding morality by writing letters of protest to Premise Media, producer of the film, and refuse to reward deception with your dollars.

We humanists will be watching.

Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director, American Humanist Association
Washington, Sept. 27, 2007

[tags]atheist, atheism, Humanism, Creationist, Intelligent Design[/tags]

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