Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial is a must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about Intelligent Design. Since it’s part of PBS’s Nova series, you can watch it for free online, but it’s also available by DVD if you prefer that.
The show covers the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial from three years ago, from the the events leading up to the trial to a little afterward. One thing to note which is interesting since Ben Stein and co. don’t mention it in Expelled is just how many anti-Intelligent Design people received death threats over just this trial, including the judge and the lead plaintiff. And that’s not including the hate mail and other forms of hateful slander they received, nor the amount of lying done by the pro-ID people, including the regular folks. Really makes those six people in Expelled (none of who were fired BTW) seem like nothing, and it highlights the REAL side that needs free speech in the United States. There’s a large list of people who have been fired, forced to recant, physically assaulted, and received death threats just for teaching evolution or speaking out against Creationism/Intelligent Design. Again, not a peep from Ben Stein about it at all.
Anyway, as far as the film goes, since cameras were not allowed at the actual trial, they had to hire actors to reenact the trial proceedings, but it catches all the major events of the trial. From how the Discovery Institute pulled out of the trial after realizing that they were about to be crushed by the scientific evidence brought on by the plaintiff’s witnesses, to the infamous “cdesign proponentsits“, to Michael Behe admitting that under his definition of a scientific theory, even astrology would be a scientific theory. About Behe, it’s really a shame that the Discovery Institute hung him out to dry, because he was actually quite a likable guy in Flock of Dodos, and of course, he was one of the only ones with the courage and conviction to stay and fight for his beliefs.
Again, if you’ve seen Expelled, you owe it to yourself to watch this, as well as Flock of Dodos to understand what the rest of us know about Ben Stein and co.’s motives with Expelled that you may not.