The makers of Expelled did everything to demonize Richard Dawkins short of giving him a CGI set of horns and a tail. As the most prominent and outspoken atheist scientist in the world, he was a natural choice to personify those evil, godless evolutionists running Big Science. Even so, the film goes out of its way to make him look like an elitist jerk.
He is outspoken about his atheism, he does insist that science disproves God, much to the consternation even of many of his fellow scientists, and he is occasionally a little supercilious, especially when people ask him incredibly stupid questions, but he's never struck me as the huge asswipe Ben Stein tries to paint him as. Here's a short clip of a Q&A session he had following a lecture on The God Delusion in 2006 in Lynchburg, Virginia, home to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. I remember watching this particular exchange on C-Span and cracking up. I still talk of it admiringly to Ashley. Ask her. She'll probably roll her eyes and reluctantly answer "Yes . . . he does."
"Leave immediately and go to a proper
university." How do you not love this guy? I'm asking. I'm asking how it's possible.
You can go to YouTube and watch the entire lecture and Q&A in two parts — part one here
, and part two here
. It's a really interesting watch. Dawkins demonstrates he is anything but an elitist by taking questions for over an hour from those who agree and disagree with him, and addressing many common creationist arguments, such as first cause and the difference between science and faith. Check it out.