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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ben Stein Evolves Into Michael Moore Of Christian Right: Lands Creationist Museum Invite

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Ben Stein has been an actor, professor, presidential speech writer, comedian and newspaper columnist. Now he's stepping into a new role: America's preeminent anti-evolutionist by appearing as onscreen host of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The movie -- out this weekend -- contends scientists who question the theory of evolution run into bias and career roadblocks. Already, the buzz has brought Stein an invitation to appear at Answers in Genesis, the creationist museum in suburban Cincinnati that contends the world is no more than 5,000 years old. The museum takes the Bible literally and has been drawing crowds of true believers.

Ken Ham, the founder of Answers in Genesis, says Stein will be on a road tour promoting the movie. He's already asked Stein to drop in and check out the exhibits of dinosaurs living side-by-side with humans:

"I don't know where the Expelled tour intends to stop along their route, but I'd like to offer an open invitation right here to Mr. Stein and those traveling on the bus. Stop by as our guests for a few hours and tour the Creation Museum. In addtion to giving them an education unlike any other, just think how much publicity for both the film and Aig Creation museum that could elicit!"

In this YouTUBE clip for the film, Stein says he's investigating and speaking out against discrimination aimed at those educators who support intelligent design. The bit seems to intended to portray Stein as an alternative universe version of Michael Moore. Perhaps it's an intelligently designed effort to capture some of Moore's schtick for the other end of the political/relgious spectrum.

So far, no word if the creationist center is on Stein's itinerary. The producers have been catching some flak over allegations that they deceived some scientists to appear in the film. Ham says "based on pre-release materials we've seen, the public education establishment will not be happy with Stein or the documentary."

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