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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Expelled movie's intelligent design theorists only the tip of the iceberg?

I'm told that the book Slaughter of the Dissidents will ship this month.

Ben Stein's movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed has been called the "tip of the iceberg" regarding the discrimination that exists in academic and media communities against those who challenge Darwin's theory of evolution. With the release of Jerry Bergman's new book, Slaughter of the Dissidents, you are about to meet the rest of the this Titanic-sized iceberg. Bergman experienced the slaughter of his own career over thirty years ago while teaching at Bowling Green University, which started him on a life-long quest to document the academic and religious discrimination exhibited against students, scientists and educators who dare to doubt Darwin. Bergman interviewed over 300 people in his quest to document one of America's growing hate crimes. He also went to great lengths to interview folks on both sides of each case and sought to have each victim review his case description before publication. Kennedy, Eidsmoe, Bergman and Wirth lay the ground work in the opening pages to help you understand the context of this situation. Then Bergman dives into a page-turning narrative describing how career after career was mowed down by the big Darwinian machine...and there is no end in sight of this growing discrimination, unless you get this book into the hands of everyone who cares about our academic and religious freedoms.
Actually, I am surprised that anyone is surprised by this. While the intelligent design theorists have certainly had a rough ride, many others have as well. And usually for much the same reasons - they presented evidence of the failings of trendy or politically correct ideas.

Political correctness tends to advance third-rate scholars, and the third-raters can only keep their positions by preventing anyone from questioning their oft-repeated bread-and-butter lines. Anyway, I am looking forward to my copy of Slaughter. I hope they put a chapter up on the Web.
It turns out you can get a free chapter if you sign up here. And here is a response by publisher Kevin Wirth to claims that all of the Expelled people were just imagining things ...

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