Thursday, May 05, 2011

It made a monkey out of me

Today in 1925 John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.

As has been pointed out in previous posts, it was a setup deal where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wanted a test trial of the Butler Act (to teach any theory that denies the story of the divine creation of man as taught in the bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals) and John Scopes vounteered to teach evolution so there would be a trial.

The real questions however were; who ultimately has the right to determine what is and what is not permitted to be taught? How often has "science" changed it's "facts" from one year to the next to support the most recent fad theory? Can the United States claim to be a pluralistic society in which the rights of minorities are protected and ignore the rights of the majority?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The owner of the Baltimore Sun, Oaul Patterson, paid his bail and HL Mencken covered the trial- even coining the phrase "monkey trial", so there is a Maryland connection.

Clarence Darrow cross examined former Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryant- who was a liberal Democrat that was against Darwinism and pro-religion (times have changed!). What a spectacle it must have been.