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Friday, January 18, 2008

You Couldn’t Pay Me to Give Ben Stein Money

posted by on January 18 at 17:19 PM

Looks like the producers of the intelligent design propaganda film Expelled are offering kickbacks to Christian schools that force their students to go see it:

What is the Expelled Challenge?

To engage Christian schools to get as many students, parents, and faculty from your school out to see Ben Steinís new movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (opening in theaters April 2008).

* Here are some suggestions as to how to do that: Organize a school field trip and invite parents to attend as well.
* Offer extra credit to your students to go on their own time.

What is the reward?
Generous donations can be awarded to schools according to the number of movie ticket stubs they turn in. By accepting this challenge, your school could be awarded a donation up to $10,000, just for bringing your kids to see this film!

Your school will be awarded a donation based upon the number of ticket stubs you turn in (see submission instructions in FAQ section). That structure is as follows:

* 0-99 ticket stubs submitted = $5 per ticket stub
* 100-299 ticket stubs submitted = $1,000 donated to your school
* 300-499 ticket stubs submitted = $2,500 donated to your school
* 500 ticket stubs submitted = $5,000 donated to your school

Each school across the nation will be competing for the top honor of submitting the most ticket stubs with that school having their $5,000 donation matched for a total donation of $10,000!


(Via Laelaps and Andrew Sullivan.)

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If you have to pay Christian students to see your Creationist-themed movie, it's gotta suck real bad.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 18, 2008 5:50 PM

All these years I've been fooled into thinking that Ben Stein actually had a brain. Silly me; now I feel like an idiot. Just not as big an idiot as someone who believes in creationism.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 18, 2008 6:41 PM

I never made the mistake of buying into that "Ben Stein is smart" bullshit.

None the less, I'm astounded by the number of otherwise intelligent people who are creationists. It just doesn't add up. Shit, even the Jesus mythology is so obviously 10,000+ year old recycled bullshit that's snaked through nearly every culture but completely intelligent people totally overlook any of that too, because's all about faith, I guess...or something.

Posted by Knowing Is Apparently Not Half The Battle | January 18, 2008 7:47 PM

Via Sullivan? No kidding. Sullivan.

Sullivan is a tool.

Posted by elenchos | January 18, 2008 7:51 PM

Ben Stain's such an idiot. He got an op-ed in the NY Times a few months ago pooh-hooing the chance of any national economic impact from these silly mortgages and their securitization. Dingus!

Posted by tomasyalba | January 18, 2008 9:57 PM

I have only two words to say to the creationists of the world: nylon bug. Go ahead and Google it. It takes a pretty good grasp of organic chemistry to really understand all the details, but, in a nutshell: nylon was invented in 1938. In the 1980s, a bacteria was discovered that could produce what's been called nylonase - an enzyme that allows the bacteria to digest nylon. Miracle! In the space of a mere 40 years or so, an organism managed to evolve something completely new in the world! And without, ahem, divine intervention.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 18, 2008 10:00 PM

I don't get it, "No intelligence allowed" is it a parody? or is Ben Stein insane?

From a trailer on YouTube; "I have been told to shut up", "if you have questioned ____ that's it, your career is over", But in a video on the movies web site, He says "if we were in Galileo's time" there wouldn't be a problem..." well, maybe not, but what is his point? we just won't let him call "intelligent design" science, we aren't putting him under house arrest.

This has got to be another "Ferris Bueller" movie, it just has to be.

Posted by Epimetheus | January 18, 2008 11:10 PM

didn't sung yun moon pay people to see "inchon"? and that was after paying a fortune to make it.

Posted by ellarosa | January 18, 2008 11:22 PM

Goddammit, this shit makes me want to throw up. The "Super Trailer" is just so depressing I want to cry. He goes on and on about how ID supporters aren't allowed to talk about their evidence. THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE. They have faith. What a fucking tool.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | January 19, 2008 10:21 AM

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