Christmas is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for me. There’s family, food, fellowship, rainbow cookies, and maybe most importantly, The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Christmas is a special time of year that has become marginalized be our supposed politically correct society. How dare a Christian holiday decoration be in an airport that has been forced to install foot baths for Muslim travelers?
Despite people’s attempts to dissuade me from such, I celebrate Christmas as not only a time for family and friends, but one also of religious importance. I don’t spend too much time here writing about religion because I feel that religion is strictly an individual decision. I believe what I do for personal reasons and that everybody else has the right to decide what they wish to believe.
As such, Christmas is a central part of my religious beliefs and year after year, I see it trampled on and pushed further into irrelevancy by pathological pacifiers. As a country, we’ve gotten so far away from the true meaning of Christmas, it’s unlikely many remember why Christmas is what it is.
Traditional manger scenes have been tabooed in favor of quirky elves and spectacled Santas. For those who wince at someone daring to speak the word “Christ” to them, we’ve started greeting each other with “Happy Holidays”, or even more guarded, “Season’s Greetings.” Political euthanasia has removed the joy of a religious observation to carefully craft an all-inclusive seasonal party. It’s no wonder that Christmas has become a time of pronounced loneliness, estrangement focused on material lack. By making it a party of exquisite characters, we’ve twisted the meaning, which was one of spiritual birth, love, sharing and forgiveness.
So no, I don’t find my joy at Christmas under the tree or in a shopping mall. I find it in the company of people who love me and care about me and still value and embrace the wonder, the joy and willingness to celebrate what had been considered a miracle for two thousand years.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria). And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
I saw Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed tonight and thought it was brilliant. It considered a topic that almost painfully needed some attention and Ben Stein gave it to it, even if everyone else continued to ignore it.
There are two online movie sites, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, that I generally peruse to see what’s coming out and how movies are being reviewed. Before going to see Expelled I couldn’t find the film on the “Now Playing” feature on IMDB and it was similarly absent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Just a quick FYI: Expelled opened across America on over 1100 screens which is very close to the most ever for a documentary if it isn’t actually the record. Michael Moore’s pieces of crap open on less than 500 screens nationwide and get huge write-ups despite being filled with blatant inaccuracies and misrepresented information.
I’m struggling to remember a film with this widespread of an opening that was so soundly ignored by the top two movie review websites. And the fact that this is an issue just further proves Stein’s point.
While it’s quite evident throughout the film that Ben Stein is a staunch supporter of Intelligent Design, he isn’t arguing or contending with other views, but rather asking others that believe differently than him to explain why they believe what they do. And more often than not, they cannot. I’ll admit that my stance mirrors Stein’s in this case. I cannot believe that humans “evolved” from proteins attaching themselves to crystals, being struck by lightning and forming multi-celled organisms. Doesn’t make much sense to me and is Intelligent Design really that much more farfetched than the primordial ooze theory supported by “scientists?”
The most profound moments of the movie come at the end as Stein stands alone in a Holocaust museum with his thoughts narrated over the music.
For far too long now, academia has force fed students theories about a big bang, or lightning hitting that aforementioned primordial ooze. But people are starting to become more appropriately, intelligent. We know that when science leaves behind repeatable and observable natural happenings and begins to rely on pure speculation and “prior philosophic postulation” to explain the origin of life, we’ve delved into the realm of what’s known as faith.
Actual physical, tangible evidence for evolution remains all but nonexistent and any that there is is suspect at best. So all that leaves to explain what took place four hundred million years ago is utterly unprovable speculation.
The stubbornness of evolutionists is compared to the Berlin Wall. The cost of fascism has always been, and always will be the loss of freedom. Expelled touches on this by comparing the constant ignoring of Intelligent Design to incarcerating intelligence rather than encouraging it.
One of my favorite parts of the film is Stein’s one-on-one interview with noted atheist Richard Dawkins. He was visually perturbed and at a loss for words. And this is a man who has probably never experienced either of those before his run-in with Stein. Dawkins even pulled a near-admission from Dawkins that some intelligent designer created everything, but that designer would have first evolved from that whole protein-crystal-lightning-ooze-bullshit thing. I’ve always been rather intrigued by Dawkins because of his unwavering confidence in what he believes, which, while I disagree with, I also respect.
I don’t rate films with numbers or stars mainly because I don’t think that what I think of a movie will necessarily be matched by anyone else. But I will say that Ben Stein’s Expelled is a definite must-see, regardless of your personal beliefs. Stein raises some very important questions that needed to be addressed in the worst way. Stein addressed them in the best way.