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02.19.08 46 Comments

Ben Stein’s anti-evolution documentary financed by a creationist think tank, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (see the ridiculously long trailer above), has hired a big marketing firm in preparation for its April release (around the same time as Bill Maher’s Religulous comes out).

They’ve hired Motive Entertainment, the marketing brains behind "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," to spread the intelligent design gospel and tapped powerhouse PR firm Rogers & Cowan to handle the film’s media campaign. [Variety

Stein himself has been doing lots of PR, and if his recent appearance on The O’Reilly Factor is any indication, his film will ground the debate firmly in the Israeli/Palistinian-patented Who’s More Persecuted? context.

There are many scientists we interviewed who have been expelled from their jobs, who have had their websites shut down, who have been denied grants, who have been denied tenure, because they want to question the boundaries of Darwinism.

Gosh, I can’t imagine either of these flicks will be preaching to the choir!  Still, if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Scientologists are mentally retarded. 

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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