On this date, way back in 1925, a trial began that would come to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial. A science teacher, John Scopes, was on trial for the absurd and unreasonable action of teaching science—in this case, evolution—to high school students.
In the week that followed, what should have been an ordered and judicious event turned into a circus, segments of society were divided on opposite sides of a religious line in the sand, and reasoned debate was abandoned for hyperbole and theatrics.
It’s kind of hard to believe that argument took place 89 years ago, isn’t it? I mean, it could’ve been yesterday. And at the rate we’re going, it will be tomorrow.