Saturday, May 07, 2005

Thy shalt not think

Meanwhile, in Kansas, the dumbing down of American science education proceeds posthaste. I grew up near Dayton, Tennessee, the venue for the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Things are pretty much the same down there, except more so. A literalist church on every corner. Bible bookstores in every mall. Piles of the infamous Left Behind series of novels in every mart. When I was growing up, we saw little makeshift signs tacked to trees along the highways that said "Jesus is coming soon." Those signs are now replaced by huge glossy billboards.

Here's an editorial cartoon from the first go-around in 1925. That's innocent little Kansas at the lower right.