John Derbyshire on “Expelled”

WE WERE DISAPPOINTED with an earlier review of Expelled that appeared in National Review, but that venerable publication has now redeemed itself. The Curmudgeon gives his highest rating to this piece by John Derbyshire: A Blood Libel on Our Civilization, from which we offer you some choice excerpts.

What on earth has happened to Ben Stein?


So what’s going on here with this stupid Expelled movie? … It’s pretty plain that the thing is creationist porn, propaganda for ignorance and obscurantism. How could a guy like this do a thing like that?

I like Derbyshire. He seems to be channeling my very own Curmudgeonly thoughts (or maybe it’s vice versa). Either way, I shall be silent and let him continue:

I turned over some possibilities, but decisively rejected them all. The first thing that came to mind was Saudi money. Half of the evils and absurdities in our society seem to have a Saudi prince behind them somewhere, and the Wahhabists are, like all fundamentalist Muslims, committed creationists. This doesn’t hold water, though.

Very good! Few people ever point out that creationists have more in common with Islamic nutballs than they do with Western thought. But I shall let the article continue.

When talking about the creationists to people who don’t follow these controversies closely, I have found that the hardest thing to get across is the shifty, low-cunning aspect of the whole modern creationist enterprise. Individual creationists can be very nice people, though they get nicer the further away they are from the full-time core enterprise of modern creationism at the Discovery Institute.

The link is in the original article. If I keep quoting from Derbyshire I’ll be in copyright violation, so I’ve got to stop. But you, dear reader, really should read the whole thing.

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One response to “John Derbyshire on “Expelled”

  1. Nice to see some negative coverage in the conservative press. I think he’s giving professional young-earth creationists too much credit, though. He’s spot on about professional ID proponents being basically dishonest, but AiG depends heavily upon misinformation as well.