Over at Darwinian Conservatism, Larry Arnhart recently wrote a post about how Michael Behe, the scientific “star” of the ID movement, seems to have fallen out of favor with the Disco Institute. Almost a year ago his book The Edge of Evolution was published, yet it seemed to have little impact within ID circles (or anywhere else). Behe’s previous book (Darwin’s Black Box) was a major hit, making it all the more shocking that Behe was absent from the recent creationist propaganda piece Expelled. If you’ve been paying attention, though, you’ll know that Behe was interviewed for the film. Don’t believe me? Watch the Expelled super-trailer again and make sure you’re paying attention when it gets to the 4:37 mark;
There’s Michael Behe. But why was he expelled from the film? I honestly have no idea. The movie gives face time to more unfamiliar figures (outside our little corner of the web where everybody knows their names) like David Berlinski, Gerald Schroeder, and Pamela Winnick, so it really is a puzzlement why Behe, previously held up as the star of intelligent design, is missing.
[Post-Script] As Tegumai points out in the comments, including Behe in Expelled would have undercut the film’s main premise, chiefly that anyone who stands up for intelligent design has their career destroyed by a shadowy collective of “Darwinists.” While the film certainly promotes intelligent design, it primarily claims that academic freedom is at risk, so featuring a biochemist at a university that has not been kicked out for his involvement with creationism runs counter to argument Expelled seeks to make. Whether this is the reason why Behe was left on the cutting room floor or not, I can’t say, but it certainly is a good possibility.
[Hat-tip to John Lynch]