National Review’s John Derbyshire continues his attack on Ben Stein’s movie Expelled:
In an interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Ben Stein said the following amazing thing in an interview with Paul Crouch, Jr.
Stein: When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers [i.e. biologist P.Z. Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.
Crouch: That’s right.
Stein: …Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.
Crouch: Good word, good word.
Here’s the video of that last, shameful, stupid quote:
I used to respect Ben Stein as an economist and a commentator. Not to mention his moment in pop culture history:
But his embrace of the anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-reason, anti-reality mindset of the Creationist can lead me to only one conclusion – Ben Stein has lost his mind.
Seriously Ben, science leads you to killing people ? Is this the same science that has given us penicillin, heart transplants, brain surgery, and treatments that send cancer into remission ? The same science that has explored the cosmos and the very depths of the ocean ? The same science that has given us the technological civilization that has allowed you to be something more than a yeoman farmer, if not dead ?
No Ben, it’s not science that kills people, it’s blind adherence to religion. The Crusades. the Inquisition, the religious wars that tore Europe apart, Islamic Fundamentalism, Anti-Semitism, and the belief that it’s acceptable to kill someone because they don’t believe in the right god. That’s what kills people, Ben.