The Scopes Trial of 1925 was engineered as a challenge to the Tennessee Butler Act that prohibited teaching in public school the theory that man had evolved. The willing defendant, John Scopes, was convicted of violating the Butler act, though the conviction was later overturned on a technicality.
But then, as you’d expect, things head straight into the shitter:
The Scopes trial was made infamous in 1955 with the play Inherit the Wind, and the 1960 Hollywood motion picture with the same title, both of which completely lied about the facts and were promoted to harm Christianity.
As you’d also expect, the “source” for the lied-about-the-facts claim is the terminally-stupid Greg Easterbrook. Also, the movie was … a movie, but of course Hollywood is always hatin’ on the Christians. But I digress.
Moving on, we learn the following:
The trial in 1925 of John Scopes for teaching evolution in Tennessee was a defeat of Darwinism. The ACLU and liberal trial lawyer Clarence Darrow brought the Scopes case in the hopes of winning a public relations and legal victory, but in fact William Jennings Bryan, the evangelical Christian who had been Secretary of State in the Wilson Administration, decisively beat them.
Gee, I wonder how Bryan managed to win against such a …
The next day, it was Darrow’s turn to be cross-examined. But instead of upholding his end of the bargain, Darrow stunned the public by taking the unprecedented step of asking the jury for a guilty verdict against his client, the defendant teacher John Scopes.
And what Conservapedia entry would be complete without a poke at the man who invented the Intertubes?
Tennessee continued to downplay evolution in its schools until 2005. In 2000, Tennessee rejected its own native Al Gore and caused his defeat in the United States presidential election in 2000 by only one state.
Sure this is lazy blogging, but they make it so fucking easy.