After PZ Myers‘ Expelled experience, even The New York Times is getting in on the action.
And the film’s producer, Mark Mathis, comes off looking ignorant as usual.
When asked why PZ was kicked out of the screening, but Richard Dawkins was not, Mathis said this:
Mark Mathis, a producer of the film who attended the screening, said that “of course” he had recognized Dr. Dawkins, but allowed him to attend because “he has handled himself fairly honorably, he is a guest in our country and I had to presume he had flown a long way to see the film.”
Actually, Dr. Myers and Dr. Dawkins said in interviews that they had long planned to be in Minneapolis this week to attend a convention of atheists. Dr. Dawkins, an vocal critic of religion, is on the convention program.
Dr. Dawkins said the hoopla has been “a gift” to those who oppose creationism. “We could not ask for anything better,” he said.
You can read the rest of Cornelia Dean‘s article here.
One more entertaining point about the movie.
Christian Apologist Frank Turek saw an advance screening of it a couple weeks ago.
Spoiler: He loved it. (Shocking, I know.)
But he did have one complaint…:
My one criticism of the movie is that I wish it had just a bit more on the evidence for Intelligent Design. There is animation of the interior of a cell, but there is no explanation of what is actually going on…
He rationalizes this by calling it a time constraint. The movie was about academic freedom, he says, not scientific evidence.
If he had some knowledge about science, he could go with the simpler explanation: There was no evidence presented because Intelligent Design has no evidence in favor of it.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian[/tags]