Sunday, May 08, 2005

The Definitive Argument Against Evolution


"It was hot weather when they tried the infidel Scopes at Dayton, Tenn., but I went down there very willingly, for I was eager to see something of evangelical Christianity as a going concern. In the big cities of the Republic, despite the endless efforts of consecrated men, it is laid up with a wasting disease. The very Sunday-school superintendents, taking jazz from the stealthy radio, shake their fire-proof legs; their pupils, moving into adolescence, no longer respond to the proliferating hormones by enlisting for missionary service in Africa, but resort to necking instead. Even in Dayton, I found, though the mob was up to do execution on Scopes, there was a strong smell of antinomianism. The nine churches of the village were all half empty on Sunday, and weeds choked their yards. Only two or three of the resident pastors managed to sustain themselves by their ghostly science; the rest had to take orders fro mail-order pantaloons or work in the adjacent strawberry fields; one, I heard, was a barber ..... Exactly twelve minutes after I reached the village I was taken in tow by a Christian man and introduced to the favorite tipple of the Cumberland Range; half corn liquor and half Coca-Cola. It seemed a dreadful dose to me, but I found that the Dayton illuminati got it down with gusto, rubbing their tummies and rolling their eyes. They were all hot for Genesis, but their faces were too florid to belong to teetotalers, and when a pretty girl came tripping down the main street, they reached for the places where their neckties should have been with all the amorous enterprise of movie stars ...." (The inimitable H. L. Mencken on the "Monkey Trial" circa 1925).


"There are alternatives. Children need to hear them....We can't ignore that our nation is based on Christianity — not science." ( Kathy Martin, presiding over a curriculum board in Topeka Kansas that is holding hearings on two proposals: "The first recommends that students continue to be taught the theory of evolution because it is key to understanding biology. The other proposes that Kansas alter the definition of science, not limiting it to theories based on natural explanations."). (Los Angeles Times, "Evolution Isn't a Natural Selection Here, May 6, 2005).


Blogger Heraldblog said...


I think the schools should offer explanations of religion not based on metaphysical explanations.

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