Movie Selection of the Fittest: Creationists Block Internationally Acclaimed Movie on Darwin From Being Shown in U.S.

n39212784860_1315In an act of utter cowardice, United States distributors appear to be caving into a creationist campaign to bar the movie Creation on the life of Charles Darwin. The film explores his loss of faith following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie.

The film has been the target of creationists, who remind distributors that only 39 percent of Americans believe in evolution. Jeremy Thomas, the producer of Creation, notes “[t]he film has no distributor in America. It has got a deal everywhere else in the world but in the US, and it’s because of what the film is about. People have been saying this is the best film they’ve seen all year, yet nobody in the US has picked it up.”

Comedian and conservative commentator Ben Stein has drawn a bizarre connection between Darwin and Hitler that some Christian sites have embraced, here. On the Trinity Network, Stein makes the statement: “Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.”

39352160.JPGMovieguide.org, a site specializing in
“family reviews” on movies, has published a joyous celebration of an alternative move called “Darwin’s Racists” which

exposes the real Charles Darwin: a racist, a bigot and 1800’s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder. This well written book shows that Adolf Hitler, along with other genocidal mass murderers, was influenced by Darwin’s half-baked Theory of Evolution. This book exposes Darwin’s Theory of Evolution for what it is: an elitist and racist dogma that has infiltrated our every area of culture thereby undermining sense and sensibility.

DARWIN’S RACISTS succinctly covers, among other revealing topics, who Darwin was, his impact on the human race, evolution and naturalism, agnosticism, creation, Charles Darwin’s family and friends, Darwin’s sickness, the eugenics nightmare, Darwin’s racists, frauds, and fakes, atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering, and the impact of Darwin’s thought on our rights and freedoms today.

The movie, however, can speak for itself as a beautifully crafted and touching treatment of Darwin as a person:

It is nothing short of scandalous that this movie, produced in part by BBC, has not been picked up in the United States. Instead, we can watch endless films with Ben Stein in such classics as Richie Rich or shows like Married…With Children.

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33 thoughts on “Movie Selection of the Fittest: Creationists Block Internationally Acclaimed Movie on Darwin From Being Shown in U.S.”

  1. This just makes me sad. This is the sort of thought-provoking and socially important movie that Americans should be watching. But somehow it’s more Christian to watch reality television and whatever mindless schlock Hollywood belches up.

  2. This is what happens when you mix religion and politics. The religious right has fought so hard to denigrate evolution that even the mass media is afraid to air scientific facts.

  3. The movie Taxi to the Dark Side was produced in 2007 and was about the murder of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar while in US custody at Bagram Air Force Base. The movie detailed broader torture practices by the United States.

    The Discovery Channel bought exclusive television rights to the movie in 2007, and then stated its intention to never air the movie, claiming that it was “too controversial.”

    http://www.democracynow.org/2008/2/12/discovery_channel_accused_of_political_censorship

    The rights were eventually purchased by HBO.

    Despite winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi to the Dark Side grossed less than $1M in the United States due in part to the distributor, ThinkFilm. The makers of Creation should be wary of the motives and financial strength of any US distributor chosen for theaters or television.

  4. Professor Turley,

    Point made. I guess the folks who are trying to keep the Darwin movie from being screened in the US are more like Neanderthals–the humanoids who ventured out on a broken limb on the tree of evolution. SNAP! CRACK! THUD! R.I.P.!

    Oh, wait…maybe they’re not extinct!

  5. This Gallup Poll on evolution is distrubing (see below). Still, I don’t think this is the magic of the marketplace at work. Not believing in evolution doesn’t automatically translate into being unwilling to see a movie about Darwin, if only to throw stones at the theaters afterwords! I do think this points out what David Swanson said about the left–we have a lot of money that we don’t use very well. He recommended funding a non-corporate media empire. In his book he writes, “For the money that peace and justice groups dump into corporate media for advertisements, we could give major support to truly independent media. For the money that we funnel into corporate media advertisements through political campaigns, we could remake our communications system.” I think he’s on to something with that idea. It’s certainly not the whole answer but it’s part of a really good strategy.

    “February 11, 2009
    On Darwin’s Birthday, Only 4 in 10 Believe in Evolution
    Belief drops to 24% among frequent church attenders
    by Frank Newport

    PRINCETON, NJ — On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, a new Gallup Poll shows that only 39% of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36% don’t have an opinion either way. These attitudes are strongly related to education and, to an even greater degree, religiosity.”

  6. you’re/your

    I really have stop typing before coffee.

    Damn that Juan Valdez.

    Lotta,

    You’d be right in while the Europeans were in the depths of the Dark Ages, science was on the move in the Islamic world. They made significant contributions to medicine (Avicenna and Zuhr), optics (Ibn al-Haytham and Ibn Sahl without whom we’d have waited some time to invent telescopes), astronomy (Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī, also known for his contributions to chemistry) and mathematics (Al-Khwarizmi – the “father” of algebra the very term of which derives from his name) and produced quite a few good engineers of their own. Most of these men would be persecuted today by the Islamic fundies much like Galileo was by the RCC of his day When discussing the history of science, we define period between the 7th and 16th Century as the Islamic Golden Age. They were great experimenters and pioneers of the Scientific Method. Ibn al-Haytham in his works on optics is widely considered the father of the Scientific Method. They were also among the first scientist to utilize the concept of peer review.

    I hope that helps as a starting point.

  7. Jill,

    I was married to a woman whose family is Ukrainian and from Toronto. I know how depraved they can be.

    It was not funny when she kicked me in the groin while I was asleep on the couch. But in hind site, and thinking about my behavior leading up to it. I probably deserved it, but at the time I had the Flu and was sick. Thank god she did not know how to play golf, I would have hated to feel what it would have felt like if she was playing through. ROFLMAO

  8. Well it’s opening at the Toronto Film Festival and they have gay marriage up there so put it together and you see just how depraved Canadians really are.

  9. Not to be too disagreeable on this lovely Sunday morning but I dimly recall the 11Th through the 13Th century as being the golden age of science in the Islamic world. Christian Europe? Ummmm, not so much, though some European scientists may have fled to places like Holland to pursue freer thought. Christian Europe during that time did build a lot of cathedrals so maybe engineering did get a boost, and the attendant arts, but science I’m thinking did not.

    Any history majors lurking than can enlighten me?

    On the other hand, I have a disrupted sleep schedule (I’m a night owl) so it’s still morning for me and maybe I need more coffee and your statement indicates a tongue-in-cheek (but nonetheless profound) level of disgust for the rush to de-evolution we are experiencing due to the crazies having gained influence in our country. In that event we agree totally and as for my minor quibble, well, as Emily Litella would say, “Never mind.’

    “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbt30UnzRWw

    Yes, I could have found Devo, “Are we Not Men” but somehow Devo and whips overlayed on a western back-drop seemed more appropriate 🙂

  10. So why not show it at IFC or some obscure market such as that. I have no problem with more information and therefore knowledge. I can accept whether it is part of my belief system or inconsistent with the same.

  11. Turn off the electric lights–we’re heading back to the Dark Ages! This is a troubling story. What are the Creationists afraid of? The TRUTH!!! I have little doubt that they would have sentenced Galileo to death. I fear for the future of our country.

    And we wonder why kids in the US don’t score as well as many foreign students on science tests??? It’s not the fault of teachers–but of close-minded parents, politicians, and other citizens. Shame on the distributors for caving into pressure from these religious fundamentalits.

    1. Elaine M:

      Don’t be silly. There were considerable advances during the late middle ages between the 11th century and the end of the 13th century. I believe it is more accurate to say that we are returning to a prehistoric period to be fair to those people in the Dark Ages.

  12. What I find most troubling is that these extreme views are held by a vocal MINORITY of thought that continues to be sold a majority FACT. Look at the teabagging march: 75,000, tops. I’ve been in D.C. with over a million people, and this march was insignificant.

    The quaint era where we do not openly question the deadly dangerous magic-thinking of the zealots we have permitted to occupy our public square must end.

  13. I feel very sorry for our nation. We are leading a race to the sociological bottom in which only a few (therocatic) countries are participating, How sad for us.

  14. There are niche distributors that do indies and one of them may pick it up. Publicity like this creates a buzz.

    The trouble with talking about “markets” is that X% of the population is always opposed to something, and often they’ll go see something just to complain anyway. Recall “The Last temptation of Christ”. Markets also assume equal access to information & resources, and obviously the film market has been distorted by political pressure. “Market” arguments tend to be the resort of the right wing-leaning ignorant.

  15. Maybe there is a link between superstition and healthcare. We in the US are behind all of Europe in our health outcomes, AND we seem to have fewer people that believe in science and evolution. Only Turkey outdoes us in this category.

    As for marketing, it is sad that people respond to the shouters and crazies. The Christian Taliban is getting more dangerous every day.

  16. Yeah, I got you’re market right here!

    I’d pay to see it.

    It looked like a well-written, thoughtful and well-acted film from the trailer. Bettany and Connelly are both fine actors and Toby Jones (who according to IMDB is playing Thomas Huxley) is an outstanding character actor.

  17. The creationists are the prototype anthropomorphists, those who limit their alleged “supreme God” to only what their well-proven small minds can fathom.

    It’s not clear to me why the creationists don’t co-opt the big band to elevate their God to the truly all-knowing, all-powerful being they claim as their maker, who, choosing the correct initial conditions for said “bang,” then goes on to other Godly pursuits knowing that all will come pass on “its own” in that quadrant of existence. This includes, of course, the eventual appearance of those cuddly little human creatures on the cosmic dust speck they will call earth.

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