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Mocked and belittled

"Mocked and belittled" Continued...

Issue: "Save our cities," April 19, 2008

STEIN: Well, if the film does use him for cheap laughs, maybe that's because he gave us cheap laughs! I mean, we didn't make up anything that he said, and he wasn't that cheap either-he was pretty extensive. He gave us what he thought were serious answers that weren't actually that serious. I don't think what he said was that funny frankly. I found his remarks alarming.

WORLD: After spending so much time listening to scientists on both side of the issue, why do you think so many actively oppose even the consideration of intelligent design?

STEIN: For one thing, these people's lives and livelihoods depend on having Darwinism as the dominant scientific idea. And if that idea starts being questioned, their position becomes more tenuous. Nobody wants their livelihood rendered more tenuous.

WORLD: Do you think that's their primary motivation?

STEIN: No. I also think they don't want there to be a God because if there's a God they're going to be judged, and they don't want to be judged. And I don't blame them for that-that's sort of standard for human nature. But what we would like is for people who do have a belief in God to be able to express themselves without getting pushed out of their schools and jobs.

WORLD: Do you think that the homeschooling movement would have grown the way it has if so many intelligent design advocates hadn't been expelled from academia?

STEIN: No, and I think the recent case out of California [where a judge made it illegal to homeschool without a teaching credential] and the teachers unions reactions to it suggest that homeschooling is very threatening to the academic establishment because it is a threat to the scientific/Darwinist/state orthodoxy.

WORLD: In an ideal world, what impact would you like to see this documentary have?

STEIN: I would want it to open freedom of speech at schools and universities so that people could express their concerns and reservations about Darwinism and any subject in science related to macroevolution so that one small group wouldn't have a lock on what's discussed on campuses. And there's already some progress on that front. In Florida there's a law making its way through the House of Representatives that helps ensure academic freedom by mandating that you cannot be punished for questioning Darwinism. And there's a similar law that's about to be introduced in Missouri to the same effect. And I think it's unfortunate that we even need such laws, but apparently we do.

Besides that, I want people to walk away remembering that there is a great deal that Darwinism cannot explain and that there is a great deal that can be explained by intelligent design. If you have a book in front of you that has hundreds of millions of words written in it, it was probably written by an author rather than by rain dripping on a page.

WORLD: Are you harboring any hopes for the kind of Oscar attention Michael Moore and Al Gore have received?

STEIN [laughing]: No I don't expect any Oscar attention. I think we will be mocked and belittled for this production.

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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