Further to “Scopes Trial symbolism co-opted in the climate change controversy?”, Mark Steyn corrects a small point: It was the New York Times, not himself, that compared the current libel suit against him (climate change controversy) to the Scopes Trial. He merely rendered the thought as a graphic.
(Steyn is being sued by the climate prof who invented the now-controversial hockey-stick graph. Trust us, the backstory is better than Hollywood, and includes a scientist’s elastic efforts to associate himself with a Nobel Peace Prize. See also “Quit saying you are a Nobel Prize winner if you are not.)
Steyn reader Joseph Wilkinson is quoted noting actual Scopes history:
You’ve been billing this case as the “Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st Century.” And in a way it is. But I’ve read the transcript of the real Scopes Trial. It was nothing like Inherit the Wind (even though ITW is wonderful cinema). Darrow spent most of the case with an ‘offer of proof’ – having his excluded experts testify outside the presence of the jury so that he could preserve his issues for appeal.
ITW = Inherit the Wind, a progressive screed against intolerance of progressives that claimed a basis in the court case, wtih which it had nothing to do.
By the way, today is the day Evolution News & Views announces Censor of the Year: a tribute to Darwin’s followers’ contribution to intellectual inquiry in biological science.
And the winner is …
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