Expelled and Ben Stein

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You might be wondering what Ben Stein–host of the excellent upcoming film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed–and I talked about (see photograph) last week before a preview showing in Nashville, Tennessee. I wrote about this meeting for last Thursday’s blog. Stein’s documentary powerfully shows how many professional people can lose their jobs (get “expelled”) for not believing in evolution.

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One of the things I asked Stein (who is Jewish and a strong opponent of censorship and is open to the concept of intelligent design in the universe) was: “Had you changed any ideas or views as you did this movie?”

He replied: “Definitely.” First, he explained, that he originally started to examine evolution because he had heard of the relationship between Darwinism and the Holocaust–the overall theme of Darwinism and racism.

I handed him a copy of our new book Darwin’s Plantation: Evolution’s Racist Roots, which exposes the link between racism and Darwin. He seemed to be very interested in the book’s theme.

Stein said to me that the more he got into the making of the movie, the more he realized the incredible gaps that exist in the theory of evolution. It amazed him as he began to realize that it’s full of holes. Not only that, evolutionists really don’t have a way of explaining how life arose by itself, he told me. And the more he investigated evolution, the more he found it to be unscientific.

Mr. Stein asked about our Creation Museum. He seemed astounded that we have had 330,000 visitors in nine months and are expecting 400,000 in the first year. I believe he was genuinely pleased at that, and he then shook my hand and congratulated us. He said he hopes the museum does well.

By the way, he was unaware that the pro-evolution protestors shown in Expelled were actually standing outside our Creation Museum last May. One of his associate producers came out on Memorial Day with a film crew and shot film of the 60 or so protestors who waved signs at the 4,000 museum guests that came to visit on opening day.

Go to www.ExpelledTheMovie.com to find out more about a film I am highly recommending. And read our web article about the film (coming out April 18) and how you can help promote it, go to

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2008/03/13/meeting-of-minds

AN AMAZING TEAM

A supporter wrote in thanking AiG and praising God for the amazing team of people who work in this ministry (and yes, it is an amazing team God brought together):

Just wanted to comment on how much I appreciate the new research site, (I never knew that Pasteur ran his famous experiment at least partly in response to Darwin’s claims). Also, [I wanted to congratulate you] on Bodie Hodge’s excellent theological responses on the original sin and his previous article on the diety of Christ. Also enjoyed Ken Ham's comment on Ben Stein’s new movie. My son Sam won an award for student short movies at the Religious Broadcasters banquet, though he is in England right now so he couldn’t attend. He’ll be sorry to know he missed seeing Ken Ham, whom he “grew up on.”

Thank you Ken for staying “on message” and on target for all these years . . . . I realize it has to be the Lord, or you would have worn down long ago. You’ve also picked an amazing team . . . . Thanks to all.

UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA HOMESCHOOLING CASE

Recently a court in California ruled homeschooling as illegal. There has been an outcry across California and across the USA. Here is the latest as reported in the LA TIMES newspaper:

Countering a potentially precedent-setting appeals court decision that bars parents from educating their children at home if they lack teaching credentials, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell on Tuesday affirmed families’ right to home school. “There’s no cause for alarm,” he said Tuesday. “I want to assure parents that chose to home school that California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this ruling," he said in a written statement. "Parents still have the right to home school in our state.”
You can read the entire article at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-me-homeschool12mar12,1,7272487.story

Over 700 people, including a couple of large student groups (one busload of students came down from near Grand Rapids, Michigan), were at the museum yesterday. With spring break, it is going to be a busy week.

As you read this, I will be in Nevada. My brother Stephen and I will be speaking on Wednesday evening—and Stephen will be releasing the just-published Small Groups Apologetics Course by AiG. You can obtain information about the meeting from AiG’s website.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying.

Ken

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