July 9, 2005


Despite Scopes, Evolution Still on Trial (BILL POOVEY, 7/09/05, Associated Press)

Jim Sullivan stood outside the Rhea County Courthouse and recalled the carnival-like atmosphere during the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925, when the teaching of evolution was put on trial.

"They had fights on all these corners and people all over the place," said Sullivan, 85, who remembers seeing Bible-toting preachers and monkeys on leashes.

As the town prepares for its annual re-enactment of the trial here eight decades later, debate over teaching evolution lives on.

Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education, said it is increasingly difficult to teach American students the basics of evolution.

"We have been facing more anti-evolution activity in the last six months than we have ever faced in a comparable period before," Scott said Friday.

Wouldn't the more appropriate headline, given that Scopes was convicted, be: "Despite Scopes, Darwinism Still Taught in Some Public Schools":

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2005 12:00 AM
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