Thursday, July 07, 2005

Evolution 101: A Monkey is Like a Chicken

"Trying to tell you people come from monkeys and all that stuff. Couldn't be right! Monkeys to me, like a chicken, you know? People is people."
—O.W. Wooden, a Dayton, TN, farmer who is still scratching his head over why anyone would believe in evolution



I didn't know whether to laugh or pull over to the side of the road and cry. July 5th was the 80th anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial, the famous test of a Tennessee law that prohibited teaching evolution in the public schools, and NPR was running a story.

In case your school didn't cover the trial in history class, you might be interested to know that famous face off between fundamentalist populist William Jennings Bryan and the ACLU-funded Clarence Darrow came about because Dayton town fathers saw an opportunity to promote tourism in the economically depressed burg. That's right, all the instigators wanted was a little attention and some new money flowing through town.

If you believe the folks pushing for a ban on Darwinism, they have a much higher purpose, but their argument is still on the order of O.W.'s: Peypuhl is peypuhl.

1 Comments:

Blogger bob said...

My daughter was attending a Bible study group sponsored by our local Evangelical Mega Church, I was a little concerned that she would be sucked into the literalist view, but when they hit on Genisis and started disputing Darwin, she stood up and let them know she thought they were nuts. Oh boy, she pissed them off. She seems to have lost her religious ferver.

Now she's into false idols....Rock'n Roll, baby!

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