80 years after the Scopes Trial

In the summer of 1925, a young teacher named John Scopes was tried and, after a famous trial that lasted several days, found guilty of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act on July 21, 1925. You’d think that such antiscientific sentiment would have abated over the years, but you’d be wrong. True, in the eighty years since 1925, we’ve developed antibiotics, jet travel, molecular biology, cancer chemotherapy, and have gone to space and the moon. We’ve developed technological marvels undreamt of 80 years ago. Despite all that, however, unfortunately somehow we haven’t moved beyond the attempts of religious ideologues to impose their religious beliefs upon science. Indeed, depressingly, the antiscientific attacks on evolution today sound much the same as they did 80 years ago.
Respectful Insolence (a.k.a.