Ben Stein was slated to give the commencement address at the University of Vermont — but he was replaced by Howard Dean. This happened after school officials received complaints from Richard Dawkins and several others who didn’t want to see someone who has no regard for science addressing students who do.
Looks like Stein’s got another commencement gig now.
He’ll be doing the honors at… Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.
Yep. I know. Shocking.
At least UVM said they were bringing him in to speak about economics, not science.
Liberty is proud of the fact that Stein is anti-evolution and against science.
Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. worked from a list of about 20 possible commencement speakers over the last several months to select the May 9th speaker, he said during Monday’s convocation.
“This list was compiled after input from seniors, faculty, staff, consultants and board members,” Falwell said. “Student Justin Scott was especially helpful as was online student Jill Hannity, wife of radio talk show host, Sean Hannity. Dr. Elmer Towns, Law School Dean Mat Staver and LU Provost, Dr. Boyd Rist, both vice chancellors, along with board members Mark DeMoss and Jerry Thorpe all played important roles in helping us reach a final decision.”
After the list of 20 speakers was narrowed to three, Falwell polled a group of seniors using text messages to ask which of the three finalists they preferred.
“He has served as a college professor, attorney, author, speechwriter, and even an actor but the most compelling reason for Liberty University’s choice this year is this man’s work in exposing the evils and dangers of Darwinism through the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” Falwell said. “This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and a fitting time to have Mr. Ben Stein bring our commencement address.”
Falwell, Jr. is even trying to show how his school’s selection makes them more tolerant than UVM:
“Like the University of Vermont, the Liberty University community does not share some of Mr. Stein’s theological and political views but, unlike the University of Vermont, I believe Liberty University will welcome Mr. Stein despite those differences,” Falwell said. “His work in exposing how fraudulent science is being used in this country to destroy freedom and advance tyrannical social and political agendas deserves our attention and respect.”
I’d like to know where they disagree. My guess is it wouldn’t be over anything significant.
Certainly, it’s not on Stein’s harmful and nutty views on evolution. Which means this is probably a fair coupling: ignorance meets more ignorance. Liberty students are the only group Stein can get to listen to his repeatedly debunked theories. They deserve him.
Reputable colleges, on the other hand, will find someone else — someone worth listening to.