So July 21st was a pretty slow day for sports in history so I decided to turn back the clock and take a look at a ground breaking court case that changed the face of the education system in the United States of America; The Scopes Monkey Trial.
Ah the age old debate of “is evolution legit?” Well in Tennessee in 1925, a family that instilled the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ took exception to the school telling their kid that they were once a minno that turned into a fish that turned into a crocodile that turned into a squirrel that turned into a monkey that eventually turned into a human. People got so pissed about this silly theory of evolution that it actually went to trial.
On this date 91 years ago, the court decided that John Scopes, science teacher who was full of shit and taught evolution decided the theor could not be taught in Tennessee. This was actually a pretty monumental case because it was the first time a court case had actually been broadcasted live on the radio, and the court opened up to spectators. Eventually, this whole trial was made into the play Inherit the Wind which I read in high school, no big deal.
Concerning the case itself, the judge and general public were very much against Scopes and the idea of evolution. Scopes’ lawyer,a liberal dude named Clarence Darrow made some compelling arguments, but the judge was being a dickhead and cut him off frequently and did not allow him to get his point across. In the end, Scopes was convicted and was fined $100, which in 1925 was equal to a million dollars, and in Tennessee in 1925 was equivalent to one hundred-billion dollars. So yeah, he took quite the hit.
Ah but while the asshole judge won the battle, it appeared that Scopes and Darrow won the war as afterwards the public opinion of evolution changed and people began to accept the theory. The trial was deemed the “Trial of the Century.”
Evolution truthers are some of my favorite truthers. The list of celebrities that don’t believe in evolution is fantastic as well. Here are some of them:
- Chuck Norris described the theory as “cute.”
- Ben Stein, who’s like a certified genius also condemned the theory (though his refute is actually a scientific argument and not a Christian argument)
- Kirk Cameron aka Mike Seaver from Growing Pains
- Mike Hukabee, George W Bush and Sara Palin have also made comments against evolution
- Curt Schilling went on a twitter tirade a couple years ago about twitter.
There’s a lot more, but this is just the list I found from the first link I clicked on google.The only celebrity beef I like better than Celebrity X vs Evolution is Carl Everett vs The Existence of Dinosaurs.