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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed | 2008 | PG | - 1.3.1

A documentary supporting the idea that Intelligent Design is being censored from scientific discussions of biology. We hear from several people who argue that they lost their jobs or have been blackballed for questioning Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution. It is also argued that the evidence for natural selection is distorted and corrupted, that Intelligent Design is not religion based, and that the Theory of Evolution is responsible for Nazism. Written and narrated by Ben Stein. Directed by Nathan Frankowski. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - We see Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" (an outline drawing of a man that includes genitals).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - In archival footage, we see a large pile of dead, naked bodies on the grounds of a Nazi concentration camp. We see skeletons and skulls in display cases.
 A man and a woman tour a facility where many people were killed by the Nazis for being "useless to society"; we see shower rooms where chemicals were used, we see a dissection table where the victims' brains were examined and we see crematoriums and a newsreel clip shows skeletal remains among ashes.
 Soldiers with guns are shown patrolling the Berlin wall in newsreel footage. People try to sneak through the Berlin wall and soldiers cock their handguns.
 We see newsreel footage of the Berlin wall being erected and a citizen watching in dismay.
 A reference is made to the extermination of the Jews. A man runs through a list of derogatory descriptive terms for the "God of the Old Testament"; religion is described as a primitive superstition. People talk about Eugenics and assign its original development to Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution. People talk about Planned Parenthood and that its driving force was Eugenics. A reference is made to being in a religious war. People talk about the practice of sterilizing the "feeble minded." A man says that he was called an intellectual terrorist.
 There are several instances where as a backdrop to a discussion about a struggle between the Theory of Evolution and Intelligent Design there are violent images shown: a man punches another man in the face several times, a man is pushed, riot police are shown manhandling protestors, a Western showdown scene from a movie shows a man shooting another man, a bully straddles a boy that's on the ground and threatens him, two men slap each other in the face several times, we see Frankenstein's monster, etc.
 People argue that science is evil, people equate those who accept the Theory of Evolution with the Nazis, and people argue that acceptance of the Theory of Evolution leads to Atheism.

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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (freak, reptile, mad, deluded, control freak, idiots, stupid, religious nutcases, crazy, ignorant).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a cigarette in an old TV broadcast. A man makes a comment about having a conversation over a few beers.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and its modern versions, the mechanism of natural selection, the idea of Intelligent Design, Creationism, scientific theory, freedom, free speech, extermination of the Jews, Christianity, Atheism, entrenched world views, humanism, rational debate, euthanasia, abortion, free will, Lou Gehrig's disease, brain tumors, de-conversions, equality, alien life, elitism, science fiction, fear of reprisal, faith, religion, skepticism, propaganda, martyrdom, competing ideologies, fairy tales, exploration, evil, the complexity of the cell, Utopia, Eugenics, challenging the consensus, DNA.
MESSAGE - ID is not acknowledged as a scientific theory by the scientific community and its proponents are excluded by universities. Science leads you to killing people, and Darwin's Theory of Evolution made the Holocaust possible.
(Note: Derogatory references to religion and theism by featured commentators may be insulting to religious viewers; also, references by other commentators to Atheism, Secularism and science as being progenitors of totalitarianism and genocide may be insulting to non-religious viewers. For more information please see the official site at Expelled and the National Center for Science Education response site at Expelled Exposed.)
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