For those of you who don’t travel the science blogs highway and so don’t already know about this, there is an interesting, and even funny display of incompetence surrounding the folks who are screening the movie Expelled around the country. It’s relevant to us here in Florida because the movie was screened for our state legislators in an attempt to influence them concerning the two so-called “academic freedom” bills that are now before them. And that screening was closed to Florida citizens and the media.
Why should we here in Florida care about this? Because it illustrates the hypocrisy of the folks behind Expelled, and reveals their intentions in a way that even the clown show they put on here in the Sunshine State didn’t. To read about what happened here in Florida, just check out our “Expelled movie” blog category.
“What surprised me is it is a really lousy film, even if you happen to agree with it,” said [Richard] Dawkins, who took advantage of a question-and-answer session after the screening to ask why Myers wasn’t allowed in. “P.Z. is in the film extensively. If anyone had a right to see the film, it was him. The incompetence, on a public relations level, is beyond belief.”
In the meantime, [P.Z.] Myers is entertained by this irony: “Expelled’s” closing credits include a thank-you to him. So he knows the filmmakers are grateful for the couple of hours he gave them last year. Just not grateful enough to let him see their movie.