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Go to: Logical Proof of the Existence of a Divine Creator, Why Atheism is Not Logically Sound

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I've just torn old Yomin several new ones in this post of mine. This guy is just fractally wrong.

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 22:19:00 UTC | #181401

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Happy birthday, professor! And what better birthday activity than another chance to beat up on Expelled? is the only movie website to list Expelled as an upcoming release (IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Box Office Mojo all fail to list it, a good indicator of just how little buzz the movie is getting outside the science/creationist blogosphere). On its listing page, they offer a reader poll asking you to anticipate how good/bad the movie will be. Everybody needs to head on over there and give it an "F: vile"! :-)

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:56:00 UTC | #142267

Go to: Expelled Overview

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I seriously doubt the movie is getting a 1000-screen rollout. That's the kind of wide release that's pretty much unheard of from anyone but a major studio. Indies just don't hit that many screens, unless they're being distributed by, you guessed it, one of the "boutique" offshoots of a major studio like Fox Searchlight or Universal Focus.

I've heard 100 screens, which is far more likely. There is also no listing for "Expelled" on April 18 on the upcoming release page either at Box Office Mojo or Rotten Tomatoes, which there almost certainly would be if the movie were going wide at 1000 screens. So I'm thinking a very small rollout, typical of self-distributed indies.

If they're sticking to the 4/18 date, they're going to get killed. That weekend has Al Pacino in "88 Minutes," the new Judd Apatow comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and the Jet Li/Jackie Chan vehicle "Forbidden Kingdom" all going wide. And there's another prominent indie documentary, "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?" opening in limited release, directed by Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me").

Seriously, who's going to make time for "Expelled," except for the "church bus bubble"?

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 17:11:00 UTC | #141893

Go to: Lying for Jesus?

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That's sounds like a fine idea from PZ there. Indeed, the disinformation campaign from creationist circles has become so egregious in recent years that repudiation from the scientific community needs to be forceful.

Of course, it's no surprise a guy like Wallace would interpret metaphorical language like "It's time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the lunatics and idiots," to be a call to action for physical violence. Apart from not being very smart, the minds of creationists are (in the words Dawkins used to describe their home movie) "utterly devoid of any style, wit or subtlety."

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 00:16:00 UTC | #141234

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The post by PZ that William Wallace, a well-known creationist troll, links to says this:

One, I will go see this movie, and I will cheer loudly at my 30 seconds or whatever on the screen, and I will certainly disembowel its arguments here and in any print venue that wants me. That's going to be fun.

This is hardly a promise to "disrupt" a screening, unless you count cheering at yourself on screen a "disruption." As PZ makes it clear, his critiques of the movie will be reserved for blogs and print venues. Nowhere does he say he'd loudly heckle the movie MST3K style, though that's the least "Expelled" deserves in my humble opinion.

And...once more with feeling...PZ signed up for the screening the same way every single other attendee signed up for it, by filling out the appropriate request form on the movie's website. There will probably be no stopping creos like Mathis and Wallace from lying all the live-long day about PZ's "gatecrashing," but if PZ was gatecrashing, then so was every other attendee there.

So once again we see, you can reliably count on a creationist troll to lie and misrepresent. Creationists, I have found, simply can't NOT lie. It's a bit of collective psychological dysfunction that cries out for study.

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 23:54:00 UTC | #141229

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