This day in history…May 5
May 5, 1924
The ACLU didn't like Tennessee's law against teaching the theory of Evolution, so they went “chumming” for someone who'd be willing to break the law for them. They put ads in some Tennessee newspapers saying they'd pay the expense of any teacher willing to be their patsy (they probably used a different word). George Rappleyea, owned some mines in Dayton, Tennessee and figured the publicity would help the local economy, which would of course mean more money for him, so he called a meeting of some local business men. They talked John Scopes into volunteering as “the accused” and pretended that he'd been arrested. Scopes was a coach, not a biology teacher, but had subbed a couple of weeks for the real biology teacher. And he actually never taught Evolution, but then the truth wasn't really something the group was all that interested in.
Most of the myth surrounding the Scopes Trial comes from the fictional play (which was eventually made into a movie), written by Jerome Lawrence. Jerome Lawrence was a practicing pedophile and really, really hated Christians, because more than any other group they were the biggest danger to his lifestyle of abusing young boys. Lawrence also, didn't really have much use for the truth, so what he eventually wrote barely resembled what really happened in Dayton, Tennessee during the trial.
Even though twelve different scientists and theologians made statements as part of the record presented by the defense, none of them were cross-examined. (in the play the defense was allowed no expert witnesses to defend Evolution). ACLU attorney Clarence Darrow offered fossil evidence to “prove” Evolution, but as usually happens, the wild claims Evolutionists make about tiny fragments of bones eventually proves to be ... well, wild speculation. It didn't seem to impress the court, and since then quite a bit of what Darrow considered “proof” has been exposed as either hoaxes or just plain silliness on the part of Evolutionists who claimed they could tell what, long extinct (and more often than not, fictional) animal a tiny bone fragment came from. It exposed the snake-oil aspects of the religion of Evolution, and the wisdom of the Tennessee law keeping that kind of nonsense out of a class about real science.
On May 5, 1924, the trial ended as Clarence Darrow, himself, asked for a guilty verdict. Remember, he was the defense attorney! But the ACLU's goal was a guilty verdict, so they could then get more publicity by appealing it. It also prevented the prosecution from cross-examining Scopes. The last thing they wanted was for Williams Jennings Bryant to be allowed to make closing arguments. After the sentence was passed, Bryant, the lawyer for the prosecution, offered to pay Scopes' fine.
Nowadays, the theory of Evolution is taught as a fact in government schools, and questioning it, is not allowed. The motto of modern education seems to be: “Hey! Who told you to think?!?”
“In the science, Evolution is a theory about changes; in the myth it is a fact about improvements.” — C. S. Lewis
May 5, 1961
Alan Shepard officially became the first America in space. He made a 15-minute suborbital flight after his space capsule was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. But, since the Soviet Union, had already sent someone into space, it was a bit anti-climactic. Like kissing your sister. Well, the US was embarrassed because we came in second. JFK promised we'd be the first to put someone on the moon and the space program was taken more seriously after that.
May 5, 1994
Michael Fay, an American, was found guilty of vandalizing a bunch of cars in Singapore. The Asians have this funny idea about crime and punishment, thinking criminals should actually dread the punishment. On this day in 1994, a trained expert took a thin bamboo cane, and whooped the snot outta Michael Fay in what they call over there a “caning”. The bamboo rod used on Mike was too thin to do any permanent damage, but from what others have said, it hurts like the dickens. The media covered him whining and moaning about how cruel it was, but for the most part Americans thought the idiot got what he deserved, and started asking why we don't cane vandals over here. And, y'know, to this day there haven't been any reports of Mikey-boy vandalizing any more cars, either in Singapore or in the United States. Hm.
Posted by Danny Carlton at May 5, 2011 6:14 AM