Saturday, October 20, 2007
Scopes, Epperson, and Intelligent Design
Sometimes some profound heroes can be right next door. At the ACLU state dinner in Denver Oct. 20, biology author and Colbert Report star Kenneth Miller described his battles with school boards over the intelligent design/evolution controversy. After giving a rundown on the critical Dover, Pa. school board case, Miller talked about the history of the Scopes trial, and how Scopes was not overturned in several southern states until 1968, when Little Rock science teacher Sue Epperson filed suit against the state of Arkansas for its evolution ban, and took it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to score a victory. Miller later revealed that Sue was right there in the audience. Turns out she lives one exit north of me, just north of Monument. These are the quiet heroes who keep the Constitution alive.