I'm not sure how many of you are aware of it, but a movie called "Expelled" has been getting a lot of (very unflattering) press attention in skeptical and atheist circles lately, and I thought I'd link to a bit of extended information on it.
Basically, "Expelled" itself is a film intended to bolster the Intelligent Design (read: creationism) cause by claiming that I.D.-oriented scientists are being oppressed in America, that there's some sort of conspiracy against them, and, most disturbing, that atheism is inextricably tied with Nazism. I won't even dignify that last charge with a response beyond sheer horror and disgust, but the rest... well. Let's just say that it seems the producers doth protest too much when they talk about the supposed dastardly oppression I.D. folks suffer at the hands of non-creationist scientists. Turns out they got a number of their interviews under false pretenses (claiming an entirely different film, title, subject, etc), and more recently expelled one of the gentlemen who was interviewed for the movie from a press screening that he signed up for and attended by perfectly legitimate means.
If you're interested in further information, please check out Expelled Exposed
, a website created by Eugenie Scott, one of the people who was interviewed under false pretenses, or the interviews on The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe
(my very favorite podcast, and entirely worthwhile for other reasons as well as this!). And lest you think it's just the people involved who think something's fishy here, take a look at what the New York Times thinks of the whole fiasco.
Whatever people may think of Intelligent Design, it's entirely inappropriate to take interviews without giving people the truth about what their words will be used for. That's just unacceptable and unethical. For that alone I'd like to spread the word of this stupidity as far as possible - the fact that I detest Intelligent Design is just icing on the cake, for me. ;)*Cough* Edited because I apparently really am as tired as I feel... I can type, really. >____>