I am sooooo freakin' tired of listening to creationists (and fundamentalists) who claim that Expelled proves that believing in Darwin leads to genocide. Inevitably, they grasp onto the scenes in Expelled wherein the Holocaust is said to have been the result of Darwinism. Excuse my French, but that's some deep bullshit. I'm going to strap on my mud boots and try to wade through it.
1. Darwin's theory of evolution dealt with natural selection. "Natural" being the key word. What Hitler did was genocide. Genocide is artificial selection. These are very, very different schools of thought. Hitler was trying to exterminate an entire culture of people and, in a bizarre twist which bucks any application of Darwinian theory, he actually spent a great deal of money and effort to keep those with severe deformities or handicaps alive so he could have his doctors run tests on them. Hitler was fascinated by the deformities found in gypsy populations. He was also obsessed with twins. It's really the antithesis of what Darwin was talking about because Darwin would've argued that the disabilities might lead to the removal of the defects from the gene pool due to their ability to adapt. Hitler sent perfectly healthy people to do while keeping the oddities to study. That anyone could know that and still claim Hitler's atrocities are attributable to Darwin betrays an enormous amount of stupidity on the claimant.
2. I've read a few apologist websites who try to manipulate the above thought by saying, "Well... Hitler knew the Jews had inferior DNA and proved that putting Jews in confined space would lead to disease and death." Newsflash! If I stuck thousands of people into unheated, poorly ventilated, unhygienic cattle cars on a train, and then denied them proper nutrition and food, then I could kill ANY group of humans. People with Jewish roots are no more susceptible than any other religion. This argument is crap!
3. Charles Darwin was born in 1809. He published his findings regarding evolution in 1842. Supporters of Expelled (and ID/Creationism) point to genocide by people like Hitler, Polpot, and the Soviet Union as "results" of Darwin's theory put into practice. Not only is that wrong, but it's incredibly short-sighted. Genocide has been a blemish on history since the beginnings of humanity and civilization. How could Darwin's theory be responsible for: the Spanish Inquisition, the extermination of Australian Aborigines by British colonist, the Peloponessian War in fifth century BCE, and/or the Biblical genocide, described in the Bible, of Amalekites and Midianites? There are many, many more examples of pre-evolution theory genocide. If evolution promotes genocide, then how does the ID-er, or Creationist, explain how evolution is responsible. It's sort of like blaming Newton for all the people who died because gravity pulled them towards the earth (from, for the purposes of this example, high places)? It doesn't make any sense.
4. There are examples of (almost) entire populations being obliterated because of incidents that, with hindsight, can be explained by evolutionary principles. One prime example being the manner in which native Americans were unable to adapt to the artificially introduced plagues brought from Europe by explorers and settlers. Or, how about the fact that entire cities in antiquity died due to environmental causes? Pompeii, anyone? Humans aren't able to adapt to breathing poisonous gasses and red hot ash and magma being rained upon them. Or, how about the evidence suggesting that there were other populations of hominids who couldn't adapt fast enough to survive the brutal environments they encountered? Had any of these been mentioned in the film, it might be worthy of listening to. The attribution of these atrocities to Darwin would still be like blaming Newton for deaths because he defined gravity, but it may show that they (the people who made Expelled) understand/understood the difference between natural selection and artificial selection.
5. For the religious to be pointing fingers at Darwin for genocide is an example of selective amnesia. The Christian god and believe system has led to more genocidal acts than you can calculate. Focusing time and energy on fixing poverty, disease, and politics would've been a far more effective strategy. But, the truth is that they really don't care about the scores of people who've been killed and the cultures that are no longer around. They care about pushing a religious agenda. When Dave Berlinski (the movie's "expert" on the Holocaust), Ben Stein, and Mathis pony up the money they made off this movie to improve the lives of people in Darfur, Croatia/Serbia/Albania, or any other land where genocide is the name of the game, then I'll consider that they may be concerned about humanity. Until then, they're profiting off devaluing the lives of those killed by misrepresenting the true causes of the atrocity. For that, they deserved to be "expelled" from Integrity101.