I would like challenge each of my readers to buy a "Truth Ticket" related to the movie "Expelled"
A "Truth Ticket" is a donation, equal to the value of a movie ticket (let's just assume $10 as a nice round number), sent to the National Center for Science Education.
You can make a donation only, without joining, by selecting the "Donation Only" option at the bottom of the membership/donations page.
Everybody who actually buys a ticket to the movie is contributing to the funding of ignorance in America, and to the suffering that results from people making plans based on ignorance and superstition. So, I think that it is important that, for every person who contributes to dumbing down America by buying a ticket to this movie, it is important that somebody, somewhere, purchase an offset "Truth Ticket", and send it to the National Center for Science Education, which is involved in countering the malicious and pernicious effects of those behind the movie "Expelled".
Personally, I have decided to purchase 10 tickets. I am buying a ticket for every person in my family (including my cat, who clearly has a vested interest in science-based veterinary medicine), and for a few friends and associates. Those friends and associates are people who would benefit from hearing the truth about the movie Expelled and about Intelligent Design or Evolution.
I do trust that most readers are aware of the importance of this event. Evolutionary theory sits at the root of our best advances in medicine, agriculture, and environmental studies. People live and die based on our ability to protect advances already made and to make new advances. Ignorant people make foolish choices, and foolish choices in the realm of medicine, agriculture, and environmental sciences can cost lives.
We have to think of young minds turned off to science - or who just do not get it. Not only the young minds corrupted by this influence, but their classmates who accept evolution but who do not want to get involved in a controversy.
We also need to think about the science teachers at all levels facing an increasingly hostile audience - made hostile by people who have equated any mention of evolution with the defense of Hitler.
These are not the same thing, by the way. I have mentioned before that there are people who think that the movie "Expelled" is about intelligent design and who try to respond to the movie and criticize the movie from that perspective. Those criticisms fall flat. This is because the movie is a propaganda piece, meant not to promote 'intelligent design' per say, but to promote hatred of people who do not share the religious views of those who are backing this movie. It does so by visually linking atheists and those who accept evolution with Nazis, Stalinist Russia, and anything else bad that the makers of the movie could find images of to put on the screen.
In style and structure, it has more in common with a Nazi film promoting hatred of the Jews than with a discussion of academic freedom.
Ben Stein wants to blame evolution for the Holocaust. In fact, the Holocaust was made possible by people who thought that the type of hate-mongering found in Expelled was a perfectly legitimate activity.
In telling the truth about the movie, this is a part of the truth that should be told. People should not only be told why intelligent design is not science. In the context of this movie, they should be told that the people behind the movie are fundamentally dishonest by reporting on the strings of lies that they have so far told about this movie. And they should be told that this is not a movie about the difference in intelligent design and evolution (neither of which, apparently, are defined in the movie), but an attempt to link atheists and those who believe in evolution with all things hated specifically for the purpose of promoting hatred of atheists and those who believe in evolution.
If you are a member of a club or organization that has reason to promote sound science then, for the sake of efficiency, I would like to recommend passing the hat among members of that organization and purchasing these "Truth Tickets" in bulk in the name of the organization. For example, of you are a member of a campus Free-Thought organization, I would like to propose that you start your next meeting by selling as many truth tickets as your members may want to buy, and then sending the money raised to the National Center for Science Education.
Do not forget to invite your members to purchase "Truth Tickets" for their family, friends, significant others, and whomever else they may be willing to take to such a movie, if there were such a movie to take them to.
What I would truly like to see – and what would give real hope for the future of the human race – is if we can "sell" more "Truth Tickets" to benefit the National Center for Science Education than “Expelled” sells in real tickets.
But that would take your help.