85th Anniversary of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial
Posted by mattusmaximus on May 6, 2010
As a reference to the long & twisting history of the evolution/creationism conflict in the United States, I just wanted to point out that today is the 85th anniversary of the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial. This trial was an American legal case that tested the Butler Act which made it unlawful to teach any thoughts on the origin of man other than the Biblical account of man’s origin – in other words, it was illegal to teach evolution. John T. Scopes had the audacity to actually teach his students science (the horror!), and he was fined and put on trial for doing so…
Ah, how far we’ve come in 85 years. Not only is evolution now recognized as the unifying principle in biology – as well as being confirmed & connected via geology, archaeology, anthropology, chemistry, physics, and cosmology – but across the world the notion of creationism is widely recognized by educated & thinking people as thinly-veiled religiously motivated pseudoscience.
However, despite this progress, the forces of ignorance and anti-science continue their crusade to hold us back. While their attempts to force creationism in its varied forms – from Young Earth Creationism to so-called “Intelligent” Design – into science classes have been thwarted time and again, they still fight against the teaching of evolutionary science at every turn. They can’t make it illegal, but they can (and do) pressure teachers, principals, and school boards to dumb down, or even delete completely, the teaching of evolution in schools.
But we’ll fight on. We have to. If you’re interested in joining the fight on the side of science & reason, I suggest you get in touch with the National Center for Science Education.