The never-ending embarrassment that is Ben Stein

No doubt you will have already heard this gem from ID’s front man:

When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers, talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself 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 … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.…Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.

Yes Mr Stein, an opinion. An opinion steeped in an unbelievable amount of ignorance.

But Ben’s not done yet. He just keeps belching out the stupid in this interview at Christianity Today. Just look:

How familiar were you with the subject of Intelligent Design prior to this?

Stein: Not at all. I’m still not that familiar with it.

***

Did you do a lot of reading to prep for the role?

Stein: Some. I read one book cover to cover, From Darwin to Hitler, and that was a very interesting book—one of these rare books I wish had been even longer. It’s about how Darwin’s theory—supposedly concocted by this mild-mannered saintly man, with a flowing white beard like Santa Claus—led to the murder of millions of innocent people.

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And it doesn’t scare me at all when scientists say, ”Oh, but that can’t be proved,” because neither can any of the Darwinian hypotheses about how life began be proved. Anyway, I couldn’t give a [profanity] whether a person calls himself a scientist. It doesn’t earn any extra respect from me, because it’s not as if science has covered itself with glory, morally, in my time. Scientists were the people in Germany telling Hitler that it was a good idea to kill all the Jews. Scientists were telling Stalin it was a good idea to wipe out the middle-class peasants. Scientists were telling Mao Tse-Tung it was fine to kill 50 million people in order to further the revolution.

You can almost taste the stupid.  Shouldn’t the ID movement be trying to put as much distance between Stein and itself as possible?

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~ by Sammy Jankis on May 9, 2008.

One Response to “The never-ending embarrassment that is Ben Stein”

  1. […] Irrational and proud of it 10 05 2008 Ben Stein on science: Anyway, I couldn’t give a [profanity] whether a person calls himself a scientist. It doesn’t earn any extra respect from me, because it’s not as if science has covered itself with glory, morally, in my time. Scientists were the people in Germany telling Hitler that it was a good idea to kill all the Jews. Scientists were telling Stalin it was a good idea to wipe out the middle-class peasants. Scientists were telling Mao Tse-Tung it was fine to kill 50 million people in order to further the revolution. [Via Memeplex] […]

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