Separation of Church and State

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  1. oldgator

    oldgator Premium Member

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    yes, attacks on science ans intellectuals has a history in America.

    ie--Scopes Monkey Trial in Tn back in 1925.

    looks like the same mentality(or lack thereof) is attacking science again.

    brief description from Wiki

    " The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was a famous American legal case in 1925 in which a high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.[1] The trial was deliberately staged in order to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held. Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposefully incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.

    "Scopes was found guilty and fined $100, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality. The trial served its purpose of drawing intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to Dayton to cover the big-name lawyers who had agreed to represent each side. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate for the Democrats, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, spoke for Scopes. The trial publicized the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy which set modernists, who said evolution was consistent with religion, against fundamentalists who said the word of God as revealed in the Bible took priority over all human knowledge. The case was thus seen as both a theological contest and a trial on whether modern science regarding the creation-evolution controversy should be taught in schools."

    I put in bold the matter that 3 time Dem POTUS candidate Wm Jennings Bryant was the prosecutor. Sure looks like Dems and GOP may have switched stance in this area. With GOP the side striving to drive America into the Dark Ages
  2. QGator2414

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    Thanks for sharing.

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