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Dr. Benway: "The idiocy of this movie is an event in our little bubble. But the rest of the country will sympathize with Ben Stein."

Correct. The dismissive, derisive comments on this site and other science blogs are irrelevant. In the US, agnostics/atheists/secularists/scientists are a tiny band of underfunded eccentrics in comparison to the mind-boggling financial power of the Christian Right.

The ID movement has hit upon a brilliant PR/marketing scheme: freedom. Check out the Discovery Institute home page, with titles like these:

"ANTI-FREEDOM ACTIVISTS TRY TO CENSOR SCIENCE EDUCATION IN FLORIDA"

"ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND EVOLUTION"

This is an ingenious "re-branding" of creationism and is perfectly designed to hit Americans in their sweet spot. I predict that even moderate Christians will be swayed by the "freedom" argument.

This film is not only outrageously offensive (exploiting the Holocaust -- wow!) but it's also very, very dangerous. Mocking it in blogs is fun but we need serious, measured, detailed responses to the film in every media outlet possible. I don't think PZ calling them "fuckwits" will get us anywhere in the marketplace of ideas.

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:19:00 UTC | #141949