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Expelled From the New York Times

My sister nailed it many years ago when she said, “Your basic human is not such a hot item.”

Keep that filed in your head as I tell my little tale.

About five or six years ago, roughly, I was solicited to write a column every two weeks for the Sunday New York Times Business Section. I was really thrilled. I have written for the Washington Post (when I was a teenager), for the Wall Street Journal edit page under the legendary Bob Bartley, for Barron’s, under the really great Alan Abelson and Jim Meagher, for my beloved American Spectator, under the great Bob and Wlady, and now having a regular column at the Times was going to be great stuff.

The column went well. I got lots of excellent fan mail and fine feedback from my editors, who, however, kept changing.

The first real super problem I had was when the movie I narrated and co-wrote, Expelled — No Intelligence Allowed, was in progress. A “science writer” for the Times blasted the movie on the front page and noted that I, whom she repeatedly called “…a freelance writer…” (not a columnist) for the Times, was somehow involved. That was followed by a really fantastically angry blast against the movie by a reviewer who really hated it a lot. (I note that the Times also disliked Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Hmm.)

Expelled was a plea for open discussion of the possibility that life might have started with an Intelligent Designer. This idea, that freedom of academic discussion on an issue as to which there is avid scientific disagreement has value, seems obvious to me. But it drives the atheists and neo-Darwinists crazy and they responded viciously.

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Academic Freedom Petition

Follow Ben Stein’s lead and sign the Academic Freedom Petition at www.academicfreedompetition.com today.Click here to win a free copy of Expelled.Expelled documents the plight of scientists and scholars who dare to question the claims of Darwinian evolution. This past year Expelled helped to inspire state legislators to advance academic freedom in six states. As a result, in June, Louisiana successfully passed the Louisiana Science Read More ›

A Special Message From Ben Stein on Academic Freedom

Follow Ben Stein’s lead and sign the Academic Freedom Petition at www.academicfreedompetition.com today. Across America, the freedom of scientists, teachers, and students to question Darwin is coming under increasing attack by self-appointed defenders of the theory of evolution who are waging a malicious campaign to demonize and blacklist anyone who disagrees with them. Read More ›

Darwinians Hysterical Over “Expelled”

This article, published by WorldNetDaily, mentions Discovery Institute Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellows Richard Sternberg and Guillermo Gonzalez (in the full article): Stein interviewed Dr. Richard Sternberg, a biologist who lost his position at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution after he published a peer-reviewed article that mentioned intelligent design. The rest of the article can be found here.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed — Supertrailer

Ben Stein stars in the new film EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed. Opening April 18, 2008 His heroic and, at times, shocking journey confronting the world’s top scientists, educators and philosophers, regarding the persecution of the many by an elite few. Ben travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth that bewilders him, then angers him and then spurs him to Read More ›