Ben Stein Will Speak at Liberty University

THIS is hot news! At the website of Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by Jerry Falwell, and now run by his son, Jerry Falwell, Jr., we read Ben Stein to speak at May commencement. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Liberty University’s Class of 2009 will be ushered into life after graduation with words of wisdom by well-known scholar, attorney, writer, film and television star Ben Stein.

Let’s read on:

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. worked from a list of about 20 possible commencement speakers over the last several months to select the May 9th speaker, he said during Monday’s convocation.

“This list was compiled after input from seniors, faculty, staff, consultants and board members,” Falwell said. “Student Justin Scott was especially helpful as was online student Jill Hannity, wife of radio talk show host, Sean Hannity. Dr. Elmer Towns, Law School Dean Mat Staver and LU Provost, Dr. Boyd Rist, both vice chancellors, along with board members Mark DeMoss and Jerry Thorpe all played important roles in helping us reach a final decision.”

Sean Hannity’s wife is an online student at Liberty University? We didn’t know that. The article continues:

“He[Stein] has served as a college professor, attorney, author, speechwriter, and even an actor but the most compelling reason for Liberty University’s choice this year is this man’s work in exposing the evils and dangers of Darwinism through the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” Falwell said. “This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and a fitting time to have Mr. Ben Stein bring our commencement address.”

We’ve posted several articles about Stein’s “documentary,” all of which can be found here: “Expelled”. But for what is probably the best online source of information, try this: Expelled Exposed.

Back to the Liberty University article:

Stein co-wrote and stars in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a film that is powerful in persuading viewers that the theory of evolution is partially responsible for the eugenics movement, the rise of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and portrays advocates of intelligent design as victims of religious discrimination by the scientific community.

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“Mr. Stein has also been a champion of the pro-life movement, but his work as the nation’s most prominent advocate for bringing integrity and academic freedom back to the American scientific community has been legendary,” Falwell said.

Okay, that’s enough. Read it all — if you like — but we think you’ve got the general idea.

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3 responses to “Ben Stein Will Speak at Liberty University

  1. “If it’s really true that the museum at Liberty University has dinosaur fossils which are labeled as being 3,000 years old, then that is an educational disgrace. It is debauching the whole idea of a university, and I would strongly encourage any members of Liberty University who may be here to leave and go to a proper univeristy.”

    -Richard Dawkins

  2. All I can say is … BARF!!

  3. Several months ago I emailed the “Expelled Exposed” people to see if Stein had replied to “Set Ben Straight.” The said no. For kicks I even emailed Stein himself (at two addresses) and received no reply.

    If Stein and co. were honestly promoting a scientific * or * religious/political view, they would be willing, even eager, to respond to the many devastating criticisms in “Set Ben Straight.” Either to better support their position, or show some integrity by at least admitting some errors.

    Instead the reaction (or lack thereof) I am seeing is what one would expect from someone who * knows * that he’s selling snake oil.