Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | September 14, 2009

More fear-mongering, this time about a movie

Movie-goers in America, whose Founding Fathers were inspired by the Age of Reason and The Enlightenment, won’t get to see Creation, the much-lauded new biopic about Charles Darwin, the Telegraph reports. Key quote:

The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.

However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.

Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder”. His “half-baked theory” directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to “atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering”, the site stated.

The kind of lie-based fear mongering that Movieguide.org is spewing with this review is shameful and damaging to our country. And it’s yet another example of why religion must not be exempt from rational criticism, of why it’s important to think before you believe, and of the critical nature of critical thinking.

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