As Ben Stein’s egregiously bad Expelled opens in Canada, the Canadian press is getting a taste of the offensive bile Stein unleashed in his US media tour. Peter McKnight, of the Vancouver Sun, asked Stein about the ADL’s condemnation of his movie:
Nowhere does Stein mention the centuries of anti-Semitism before Darwin — in fact, Expelled all but ignores anti-Semitism as a reason for the Holocaust. Consequently, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying, “Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.”
When I asked Stein about this statement, his response revealed his hostility toward the Anti-Defamation League more than anything else, as he told me bluntly, “It’s none of their f—ing business.”
That’s right folks! Ben Stein has decided that the Holocaust is none of the ADL’s business. Err, “fucking business.”
He also claims not to have known that he misquoted Darwin in the movie, telling McKnight that he was “kind of dismayed if that’s true.” But in an interview with the National Post’s John Moore, he waved it off, saying “If any Darwin fans are listening and we misquoted him we are sorry we don’t meant to diss Darwin.” Somehow, I think he meant to do exactly that.