Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Scopes Trial was decided 86 years ago today

86 years ago, on July 21, 1925, the Scopes trial came to a conclusion in Dayton, TN.

The courthouse where the trial was held still stands and on the top floor, where the trial was held, you can step back in time and see the room preserved and essentially unchanged .

The Movie, Inherit the Wind, was produced in 1960 to 'document' the trial and surrounding events.

This movie is still shown repeatedly in Schools across the country even though the trial was in 1925.  Indeed your children or grandchildren are likely being shown this movie this week in their schools.

But, alas, the play, which first opened in 1955, the 1960 movie, and the various TV versions, though purported to be accurate representations of what occurred, are, in reality, considerably more Fiction than truth!

What? The Movie, Inherit the Wind, is not an accurate synopsis?

Correct.  It is not accurate and is definitely more fiction than fact !!!

A very good article posted March 31, 2010 in the Answers Research Journal details the errors and explains why.

If you have seen the movie (and / or the play, one of the TV versions, the 2009 movie "Alleged"), or if you  have a child or grandchild who has, or if you are a teacher who has shown it to your classes, you definitely need to read this article.  HERE’S THE LINK