Identifying Enemies of Freedom

by Will Brooks








Introduction:

About the Writer

Will Brooks spent 38 years in business, selling solutions at board level to major international businesses which required good listening skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills. He is a former atheist who rigorously investigated Darwinian evolution to find answers to certain specific issues and discovered that the theory contains huge flaws. He wrote to Richard Dawkins, Desmond Morris and others in an attempt to get answers from the 'experts,' but he discovered that not one of the 'experts' with whom he had discussed evolutionary naturalism could answer his questions and, in fact, the list of questions grew ever longer. Eventually, he reached the conclusion, based on the facts and evidence, that Darwinian evolution is unscientific. For a number of years Will became an 'OEC' (old earth creationist), but about 18 months ago came to support 'YEC' (young earth creationism).

During this process Will also started investigating, with the same rigour as applied to Darwinism, the veracity of the Bible as a whole. His rigorous investigations about the Bible also convinced him that it is indeed the inerrant Word of God and is completely reliable and trustworthy. This conviction, granted to him by the Holy Spirit, led to the author believing that Jesus is the Christ - and whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (1 John 5:1).


Many people see the movie 'Planet of the Apes' as an allegory for the conflict that exists between faith and science, unaware that the ruling elite in Academia operate some of the despicable protectionist methods depicted in this film.

Darwinian evolution triumphs in the movie, and faith is shown as emotion driven, unreasonable and mere fantasy. There is, however, another more valid interpretation of this distorted upside down back to front story that polarizes faith and science. The major vital issue is that of Freedom to Think, and the right to ask questions denied to scientists by the ruling elite in Academia.

The ruling elite in Academia are a powerful influence in our world and by extension this issue of freedom denied to scientists affects the freedoms of people in all walks of life.

Planet of the Apes is based on the book by Pierre Boulle, a former Free French Resistance fighter during WW2 who was captured and made a POW but who escaped and joined the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Boulle had been raised a Catholic but his wartime experiences deeply affected his outlook, changing him into an agnostic. He wrote a number of books that reflects his pessimism about man's inhumanity to man and the futility of life with its many uncertainties, absurdities, and contradictions.

Boulle said of the characters in his book: "I wouldn't even know how to define SF...I think it's the genre where you can deal with and imagine unhuman characters, but in my book my apes are men, there is no doubt." Probably everyone has seen the movie at some time but here is a brief overview with certain key points to highlight the major themes which demonstrates certain Academia protectionist methods in operation today. A brief summary follows this overview.

Main characters.

  1. Taylor (Charlton Heston), an astronaut who volunteered for space travel into the future is cynical and disillusioned with his fellow humans for whom he has no love. He says: "There was much love making but no love." He is an adventurer and a seeker who says he hopes there is something better in the Universe than Man.
  2. Dr Zaius, an Ape, Head of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith, is a bigoted hypocritical control freak motivated by power, self interest, self preservation, and fear of loss.
  3. Dr Zira, female Ape, scientist, open minded, kind, considerate, adventurous and motivated to discover truth.
  4. Dr Cornelius, an Ape, fiance of Zira, fellow scientist, kind, considerate, sceptic, cautious, motivated by ambition, and fear of loss.

Please already notice here that the scientists are depicted as kind, open-minded and considerate.

Act 1

Taylor and crew land on what he believes to be an unknown planet two thousand years into the future. He and one of his fellow astronauts are captured by Apes. Another astronaut is killed during the chase to capture humans, all of whom are mute and Taylor receives a throat wound which renders him temporarily speechless. He attracts the attention of Zira with whom he manages to communicate via sign language and later in writing. Zira, although initially unsure eventually believes the evidence of her own eyes and comes to believe that Taylor is what he claims to be.

Zira involves Cornelius who, despite the evidence of his very own eyes in which he sees Taylor demonstrating the ability to reason by writing answers to questions and by making a very simple paper airplane to demonstrate flight, says it is all trickery.

Zira, talking to Taylor, says: "Cornelius discovered traces of a culture older than recorded time."
To this Cornelius responds: "The evidence was very meager."
Zira: "You didn't think so then!"
Cornelius, demonstrating his fear of authority, replies: "That was before Dr. Zaius and half the Academy said my idea was heresy."

Dr Zaius enters, observes Taylor, listens to Zira's arguments on behalf of Taylor who is still unable to speak. But Zaius is adamant that it is all nonsense and, breathing fire and thunder, warns of the consequences of talking heresy. Undeterred, Zira bravely tells Zaius about the model airplane which he picks up, crumples into a ball, and dispatches into the rubbish bin. Taylor is taken back to his cell. Later, an ape jailer approaches his cell saying to Taylor: "If only you knew what they are going to do to you." Taylor understands that he is to be emasculated and not surprisingly is not a keen participant and this gives him the strength to overpower the jailer and escape. He is quickly recaptured but stuns the crowd of Apes by recovering his voice and shouting at his captors.

Planet of the Apes

The original novel was penned by Pierre Boulle in 1963. This was later adapted for the famous 1968 motion picture. The movie has been both loved and hated although it is still regarded by many film critics as possibly being one of the best 3-7 movies of that year. Without question, the story line is pro-evolutionary science and anti-religious faith.

Act 2

Taylor appears before a Court Hearing of three Ape Judges to determine his fate. Cornelius and Zira are present to represent Taylor but are swiftly told that since he is a non Ape he has no rights.

Zaius: "He is not being tried, he is being disposed of. It is scientific heresy that is on trial. Let us warn our friends (Zira and Cornelius) they endanger their careers by defending this animal." (Here, without question, Zaius is used to depict anti-scientific religious prejudice).

Taylor starts speaking on his own behalf. But is swiftly gagged and silenced.

Prosecutor: "Certain young cynics have chosen to study Man. Yes, perverted scientists who advance an insidious theory called (Darwinian) evolution."
Cornelius overcomes his fear and speaks on behalf of Taylor telling the Court there is evidence of a culture that existed long before the sacred scrolls were written. This produces a hilarious scene.

Zira: "If he did not come from another planet we have to conclude that he sprang from our very own. He could be the missing link in an (Darwinian) evolutionary chain."

One Judge covers both ears with his hands, another Judge covers both eyes, and the other Judge covers his mouth. Deaf. Blind. Dumb. Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil.

Zira continues speaking but the Judges demand: "Silence!" Zira and Cornelius are charged with scientific heresy for daring to challenge the current scientific belief. The court adjourns.

Later, Taylor is taken to see Zaius in his private quarters. He is told Zira and Cornelius are to be tried and found Guilty of heresy and that Taylor has done the State a favour in providing the excuse to have them charged and disposed of. Taylor is told that he is to be emasculated and lobotomized but there is a way out of this fate. If he tells Zaius where he came from and the location of the other humans, that he assumes must exist in large numbers, he will be spared. Taylor protests to no avail and is given only 6 hours to reconsider.

Act 3

Taylor and Nova, female human, are sprung from their cells by Lucius, a nephew of Zira.

Taylor, Nova, Cornelius, Zira, and Lucius head for the cave in the Forbidden Zone as they figure the only way to have the charges of scientific heresy dropped is to obtain irrefutable evidence for Cornelius's theory.

They are followed, and at the cave Zaius shows up and tells Cornelius and Zira they are charged with heresy and if they are not careful will be charged with High Treason and hanged.

Cornelius: "Up there in that vast cave is a fabulous treasure of fossils and other artefacts."
Zaius "I've seen your fossils and artefacts. Worthless."
Taylor: "There's your Minister of Science for you. Honour bound to expand the frontiers of knowledge. Except that he's also Chief Defender of the Faith."
Zaius: "There's no contradiction between faith and science. True science." (Actually, that statement, when understood, is perfectly correct but the movie makes out Zaius to be a fool for saying so).
Taylor: "Are you willing to put that statement to the test?"
Zaius: "What are you proposing?"
Taylor: "When were those ancient scrolls of yours written?"
Zaius: "Twelve hundred years ago."
Taylor: "Alright. Now if they can prove those scrolls don't prove your whole history, if they can find some real evidence of another culture from some remote past will you let them off?"
Zaius: "Of course."
Taylor: "Let's go up to the cave."
In the cave Taylor discovers a human doll that can talk which is evidence that supports Cornelius's theory for a culture older than that of the Apes.

Resolution

Zaius, in keeping with his character, reneges on his promise to Cornelius and Zira. Taylor, along with Nova, sets off to find his destiny. He discovers Liberty destroyed and lying in ruins.

Summary

The Planet of the Apes screenplay was written by Michael Wilson who was a member of the Communist Party during the Depression years and Rod Serling who was a naturalistic humanist. The movie is an excellent example of the Hollywood propaganda machine in action which in this case is a vehicle for promoting Darwinian evolution by mocking religious faith and polarizing it with science.

Major themes in the movie are denial of freedom to think and ask questions, bigotry, power, censorship, irrationality, and fear. Zaius and his close circle of followers, represent religious faith, have no redeeming qualities and are bigoted simpletons, ignorant, self serving, motivated by power, control, self preservation and fear. Cornelius and Zira represent science. They are kind, gentle, caring, compassionate, loving, intelligent, objective, courageous, and seekers after truth. This is how scientists wish to be perceived by the public.

A consequence of uncritically watching Planet of the Apes is that many will see it as the science versus faith issue in which faith is unreality and evolution is the reality. Others, however, will see through the veil and have a different and more valid interpretation.

Freedom is a natural human desire. Americans proudly sing, 'O'er Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave,' in their national anthem. Denials of and even obstacles in the way of individual freedoms are causes of misery, conflict and violence.

In the UK, Press Freedom is under attack due to certain malpractices and the Political Parties have seized on this, using those instances as an excuse to try to impose restrictions on reporting rights. No prizes for guessing who benefits if certain gagging orders are put in place. Freedom is something we all cherish and attempts to gag the Press quite rightly faces stiff opposition.

In times past the Roman Catholic Church had a stranglehold over people and dissent was not tolerated. The Reformation changed all that, Rome lost its monopoly, and today within Christian denominations, except for a few minority sects, there is no ruling elite with either the power, as in former times, nor the inclination to exercise any form of censorship. However, the same cannot be said of contemporary Science.

Just as Dr Zaius, Head of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith, in Planet of the Apes, ruthlessly exercised power by issuing threats, gagging orders, silencing and censorship, so too do the Darwinist ruling elite in Academia in our present day. Proponents of Intelligent Design have been threatened, gagged, silenced, and fired from their positions for raising the topic and asking awkward questions for which evolutionary naturalist scientists have no answers. Removing someone from office in the tight world of Academia is certainly a most effective way of disposing of a dissenting scientist. Articles written by scientists who are IDers and Creationists are turned down by science magazine editors and the control freak ruling elite in Academia hypocritically pour scorn on those writers as (non Ape) non scientists because those scientists cannot get their science articles published in ruling elite Academia approved science magazines!

Just as Dr Zaius arrogantly dismissed evidence that contradicted his beliefs, Darwinists likewise dismiss Information Science, Microbiology and other lines of evidence as being the product of a Highly Intelligent Creative Mind. Zaius ignored fossil evidence for 'evolution.' Stephen Jay Gould, a Darwinian evolutionist, invented the rhetorical device 'punctuated equilibrium' to stand in place of transitional fossils which are non existent.

"The history of most fossil species includes two features particularly inconsistent with gradualism (gradual evolution from one species to another): 1. Stasis. Most species exhibit no directional (evolutionary) change during their tenure on earth. They appear in the fossil record looking pretty much the same as when they disappear; morphological (anatomical or structural) change is usually limited and directionless. 2. Sudden appearance. In any local area, a species does not arise gradually by the steady transformation of its ancestors: it appears all at once and 'fully formed.'" (Evolution's Erratic Pace, Natural History, May 1977, pp 13-14).

Pierre Boulle is not alone in using anthropomorphisms to make his point about the human situation. So too does Chief Defender of the Darwinian Faith, Richard Dawkins. Richard Milton, a non creationist agnostic wrote, 'Shattering the Myths of Darwinism', in which he expressed his skepticism of mainstream claims of the old-age of the fossil record. Milton also wrote, 'The Facts of Life,' of which dear old kind caring objective Richard Dawkins said, "twaddle that betrays, on almost every page, complete and total pig ignorance of the subject at hand." A most impartial and unbiased scientific appraisal indeed.

"Science has always been elitist and undemocratic, whether in Monarchies, Communist states or liberal democracies. But it is currently becoming more hierarchical, not less so. In the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin was one of many independent researchers who, not reliant on grants, did provocatively original work. That kind of freedom and independence is rare today. Science funding committees determine what can happen in research. The power in those communities is concentrated in the hands of politically adept older scientists, government officials and representatives of big business." ('The Science Delusion' by Rupert Sheldrake).

Given the circumstances, it is evident that the biased Darwinian ruling elite are empowered to decide who are real scientists (real Apes) and who are not real scientists (not real Apes) and with the power to decide who gets offered Academic positions and research grants - and who does not. This, to fair minded reasonable people, is not a healthy situation and the evidence shows that Zaius-like Stalinist practices operate in Academia. The 'Expelled' DVD by Ben Stein exposes shocking examples of abuse of power in Academia.

To the best of my knowledge no ID proponents or Creationists demand that either of those sciences is taught exclusively in schools. Speaking personally I most certainly would not want either ID or Creation taught in schools by teachers who believe in evolutionary naturalism. ID proponents and Creationists ask for a level playing field where ID and Creation Science is taught alongside Darwinism and schoolchildren are granted their rights with the freedom to evaluate the evidence for themselves and to arrive at their own conclusions. This position is in contrast to (Zaius) Darwinists who insist that only their particular faith is exclusively taught in schools. If this is not a case of Academic indoctrination Stalin style, what is?

There is nothing Free or Brave in Academia when the ruling elite exercises censorship in the media, and deny scientists the freedom to think, to ask questions and to debate controversial issues. When Zaius tells Taylor he has 6 hours to consider his position, Taylor, knowing that Zaius is a bully and a coward, shouts loudly as he is dragged away: "What are you afraid of?!" If Richard Dawkins and other Darwinists are so sure of their beliefs: "What are they afraid of?!"

Please check out the following references.
Why Censorship at Ball State Matters, and What You Can Do About It

Censorship in Texas; Fighting Academic and Religious Discrimination

UK Atheists Push to Censor Academic Freedom

Suppression of alternatives to evolution - Conservapedia

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