Sunday, August 7, 2016
Equal Time for Both Sides in Scopes Monkey Trial
Do people still question the reality of evolution? I mean ... it's 2016. It's not really possible that people believe Adam and Eve were riding around on dinosaurs, right? OK, that was a bit snarky, I'll admit. The issue of evolution, intelligent design, creationism and the inevitable conflict between science and religion still exists even in the era of Mars landings and genetically-modified organisms. One place, however, that is surprisingly at peace with the conflict is the town of Dayton, TN, site of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. The town has long had a statue of orator and creation defender William Jennings Bryan, and it is now planning to add a complementary statue of Bryan's antagonist Clarence Darrow. This development is a modest sign of civility in our factured political times, and AP writer Travis Loller recently offered some insight and perspective on one of the most engaging and controversial legal issues of our time.