Jul 15 2017
08:02 am

I have long observed the Scopes trial in Dayton with a mixture of amusement, consternation and borderline terror. Conceived as a publicity stunt by the equivalent of the local chamber of commerce, it degenerated into fanaticism and farce, achieving the goal of publicity in a manner that has spiraled at times into absurdity.
When a religious group raised money to place a statue of Bryan on municipal property the Freedom from Religion Society thought some balance was required and financed a comparable statue of Clarence Darrow. Predictable outrage full of bombast and froth resulted from some very loud sources...sources that turned out to be rather small in number. The statue was installed last Friday with about 75 supporters on hand and protesters completely absent.

I hear the statues are on opposite sides of the courthouse from which vantage points they cannot see each other. I suppose that is a metaphor for our ability to have open minded discussions regarding religion.


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