Thursday, March 20, 2008

PZ Meyers Expelled from Expelled

HO-LEE CRAP! This one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. PZ Meyers, professor at the University of Minnesota, has one of the most read science blogs on the intertubes, Pharyngula. Meyers has a particular penchant for ridiculing creationism in all its forms, especially Intelligent Design. He has a very sharp tongue, which makes him such a pleasure to read.

Anyway, there is a new documentary coming out next month called Expelled. It's about how intelligent design has gotten a "bum rap" and evil secular humanists have unfairly forced it from public schools. And it stars Ben Stein. Yes, that Ben Stein.

PZ Meyers got duped into being "interviewed" for the movie under false pretenses. Earlier this evening, he went attend a screening of Expelled. While standing in line, well, I'll let him explain:
I was standing in line, hadn't even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn't going to cause any trouble.

I went back to my family and talked with them for a while, and then the officer came back with a theater manager, and I was told that not only wasn't I allowed in, but I had to leave the premises immediately. Like right that instant.

I complied.

I'm still laughing though. You don't know how hilarious this is. Not only is it the extreme hypocrisy of being expelled from their Expelled movie, but there's another layer of amusement. Deep, belly laugh funny. Yeah, I'd be rolling around on the floor right now, if I weren't so dang dignified...

They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn't notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn't recognize him. My guest was …

Richard Dawkins.

He's in the theater right now, watching their movie.

Tell me, are you laughing as hard as I am?

Yeah, I'm laughing my ass off! Too F-ing funny!

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