It's not just the science groups who are upset with Expelled's misuse of the Holocaust for petty political advantage. The venerable Anti-Defamation League says that the anti-evolution film misappropriates the Holocaust:
New York, NY, April 29, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following statement regarding the controversial film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.
Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler's genocidal madness.
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.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
The third reich got most of their ideas from the american and british eugenics movement who were and are staunch followers of darwins theories and belive in survival of the fittest! look it up your selves!
And I am not even an appologist of the intelligent design movement! But what Stein says in the film is the truth!
Its always the ADL whos there to defend the nazis. Its sickening!
ABOUT. F*CKING. TIME.
I'm so glad to read this - enough is enough with the Holocaust revisionism.
Presumably, no one associated with the ADL went to see Expelled in it's first week, or perhaps they were trying to get Stein to comment.
Good point, rpenner - others have also noted that they might not have wanted to give it extra publicity until interest died down. I can see that.
I find the statement pretty vague and generic. It doesn't address Ben Stein directly and the way he uses his Jewish heritage to promote this revisionism in more than just the movie. At about the same time I read this, I also read about an interview he gave to TBN where he says "...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." (link to story and other anti-science quotes)
I can understand that the ADL might not want to get in the middle of this, but by staying so far to the sidelines, they're allowing this revisionism to exist and gain support.