Are we ever going to be free from all this nonsense these religious fanatics want to force on the rest of us?
Governor Perry, aspiring to get the nomination for President is trying to ingratiate himself with the Evangelical base. These Fundamentalist religious fanatics would not accept EVOLUTION and ignore all evidence, fossil proofs, scientific studies and the like. It is as if they celebrate ignorance and to them Rick Perry is to be elevated to the same status of a Rhodes Scholar.
How many times are we, the American people going to have to go down this road again? I mean, the fucking Monkey Trials happened many decades ago and we settled that issue. But no, the fucking Evangelicals in their myopic view of the Scriptures insist that the world is 6,000 years old and that EVOLUTION is just a theory full of holes.
British Evolutionary Biologist and Author
“There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.”
Once more, the Teahadist-Republicans are pandering to the fucking Evangelical Fundamentalists and frankly, the majority of the American people are sick of it. Besides the issue of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE…and yes, that is a fact they want to ignore because they really think we are a Christian nation…not what our FOUNDING FATHERS intended when they made it amply clear that there was to be that line separating religion from government.
A LITTLE HISTORY: THE TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL
“John Scopes...the young Tennessee school teacher deliberately broke the new law banning the teaching of Darwinian evolutionary theory in Tennessee classrooms
The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to "teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals."
With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense. Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.”
In front of several thousand spectators in the open air, Darrow changed his tactics and as his sole witness called Bryan in an attempt to discredit his literal interpretation of the Bible. In a searching examination, Bryan was subjected to severe ridicule and forced to make ignorant and contradictory statements to the amusement of the crowd.
On July 21, in his closing speech, Darrow asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed. Under Tennessee law, Bryan was thereby denied the opportunity to deliver the closing speech he had been preparing for weeks. After eight minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, and Raulston ordered Scopes to pay a fine of $100, the minimum the law allowed.
Although Bryan had won the case, he had been publicly humiliated and his fundamentalist beliefs had been disgraced. Five days later, on July 26, he lay down for a Sunday afternoon nap and never woke up.
In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.