Scopes trial revisited

By Ron Grossman, Tribune reporter
January 26, 2014
Attitudes toward the theory of evolution apparently haven’t changed much since a Tennessee high school teacher was tried for teaching it in 1925. According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, a third of Americans — and 48 percent of Republicans — don’t believe in evolution, being convinced instead that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning. Eighty-eight years ago, the Tennessee legislature banned Charles Darwin’s ideas from the classroom; the issue remains current with the near annual debate about the inclusion of intelligent design in textbooks.
The full article and photos:,0,7898765.story
Click on the photo on the upper right . It brings up a series of priceless photos taken at the trial that I don’t think I’ve ever seen.
Another interesting aspect that is easily overlooked: there is only one woman represented as part of the trial: an unnamed stenographer in one picture who apparently knows her place.
It was a terrible miscarriage of justice. We’ve come a long way but not nearly far enough.

I wonder if that ratio is a straight line over time, or if there’s any correlation between that and the changes in education budget per student over the years.
However, it’s interesting that even though the number of people who attend church has gone down that ratio hasn’t done so.