Monday, April 21, 2008

#51 Profound Dishonesty

New AAAS Statement Decries "Profound Dishonesty" of Intelligent Design Movie

A new movie released in support of the intelligent design campaign needlessly drives a wedge between science and religion and insults the life-affirming work of millions of scientists worldwide, AAAS said in a statement issued today.

Read the full AAAS statement on the movie "Expelled."

See the short AAAS video, "Evolution, Education, and the Integrity of Science"

The film, "Expelled," posits that science is unable to explain crucial gaps in evolution on Earth, and that the intervention of an intelligent designer was necessary to advance the development of life. The film claims that scientists ruthlessly suppress such challenges.

The AAAS statement responds that evolution is supported by extensive evidence, and rejects the movie as a divisive effort to inject controversial religious ideas into public school science classrooms.

"We were... especially disappointed to learn that the producers of an intelligent design propaganda movie called 'Expelled' are inappropriately pitting science against religion," said the statement. "This production badly misrepresents the scientific community as intolerant of dissent, when, in fact, respectful disagreement and questioning based on physical evidence represent the core of the scientific process.

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