FEBRUARY 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The University of Vermont has cancelled a speaking engagement by Ben Stein, the writer and actor whose film “Expelled” has enraged the secularist academic community with his critical views on their strident devotion to the secularist Darwinian theory.The university’s president, Daniel Fogel, said that the university was deluged with email complaints at the choice of commencement speaker, some of which accused Stein of being “anti-science”. Fogel said that when he was informed of the criticism, Stein declined the invitation.
“I did not ask him not to come,” Fogel said. “I was not going to let him be blind-sided by controversy.” In a statement, Fogel said that “profound concerns have been expressed to me by persons both internal and external to the university about his selection.”
Stein is a comedian, lawyer, commentator, financial columnist and former presidential speechwriter. He called the controversy “laughable” and “pathetic”. In an emailed message to the Burlington Free Press, he said, “I am far more pro-science than the Darwinists. I want all scientific inquiry to happen not just what the ruling clique calls science”…
What’s with these loser academics? They are so afraid that the peons under them will start to question their theories on evolution that they seek to quash someone they consider “anti-science”. One could understand if they got all hot and bothered if Mr. Stein were teaching impressionable elementary school kids, but to object and preven him giving a talk in front of university students?
Give me a break. And get a life.
That is indeed really pathetic. Either the University scene has really been dumbed down, the academic elite are acting like a bunch of terrified and irrational school girls, or Ben Stein hits the mark with his critique.
It’s probably a little bit of all three.