The Scopes Strategy: Creationists
Try New Tactics to Promote Anti- Evolutionary Teaching in Public Schools Under the guise of “academic freedom” creationists are co-opting some old heroes of the fight to teach evolution in the classroom for their anti-science campaign
By Lauri Lebo
Now, more than 80 years after the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” in Tennessee, creationism proponents are pushing for state legislation there that could make it easier for teachers to bring unscientific ideas back into the science classroom in public schools. To bolster their cause, the backers of the new bills are invoking none
other than teacher John Scopes, the trial’s pro-evolution defendant, as an icon of independent thinking.
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