Given the way our world is going, consider this a reminder of the way things have been and the way we hope they will never be again. Much of the dialogue in the movie was lifted straight from the actual Scopes Trial transcript. That it is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago is — to me — frightening. We should all be frightened that we are in fact repeating history, apparently having learned nothing from the past. It’s an evil omen and makes my skin crawl.
From “Inherit the Wind,” one of the best movies ever made .. a reminder …
Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding … and we are feeding it well.
From “Inherit the Wind” 1960, Directed by Stanley Kramer, based on actual transcripts of the 1925 Scopes’ “Monkey Trial” in Tennessee, where the teaching of evolution had been banned. As far as I can tell, we are going back there again.
Is this where we want to go? Are these the people we want to emulate? Is this what we fought and died for in the carnage of all the wars we’ve fought for the last century?
- Scopes Monkey Trial put Tenn. town on tourist map (travel.usatoday.com)
- Scopes Monkey Trial site hosts festival, re-enactment (staradvertiser.com)
- Rural Tenn. courthouse site of Scopes monkey trial (cbsnews.com)
- The Monkey Trial still goes on (joelmlay.com)
- “The Monkey Wasn’t In Him” (oldtimeparty.wordpress.com)
- Fanaticism (setyourheartfreedotcom.wordpress.com)
- Tuesday Reads: “Winds of Fanaticism” (skydancingblog.com)
- Inherit The Wind . . . The Evil of Two Lessers (activistpost.com)