Evolution and the Bible Belt

Vox has an article on the continued difficulties in Teaching evolution in the South, especially at the local level. Fundamentalist attitudes still run strong, and some teachers fear that teaching evolution would jeopardize their job.

The famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial was held almost a century ago over this very issue. Scopes was a high school teacher fired for teaching evolution. Clarence Darrow defended him and ridiculed the fundamentalists. H. L. Mencken, the most powerful journalist of his day, made them a national laughingstock.

But while fundamentalists lost public opinion, they won the court case. They have not forgotten. The South lost the civil war 150 years ago, and insurgents still wave the Confederate flag.