Bill Federer, a poor man’s David Barton who puts out a daily column about America’s “Godly heritage,” has a column about the 90th anniversary of the Scopes trial. In trying to contrast Clarence Darrow with William Jennings Bryan, he has nothing but cheap smears and golly-gee-whiz praise to offer.
The Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 pitted evolution against creation.
Clarence Darrow defended evolution. Darrow previously defended Leopold and Loeb, the homosexual teenage thrill killers who murdered 14-year-old Robert “Bobby” Franks in 1924 just for the excitement. Darrow obtained a pardon for anarchists in 1886 who blew up a pipe bomb in Chicago’s Haymarket Square which killed seven policemen and injured 60 others.
Darrow defended the “mentally deranged drifter” Patrick Eugene Prendergast in 1894 who confessed to murdering Chicago mayor Carter H. Harrison Sr. He defended Eugene v. Debs, the American Railway Union leader who was prosecuted for instigating the destructive Pullman Railroad strike. He also represented the Western Federation of Miners leaders charged with the 1905 murder of former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg…In 1925, Darrow defended John Scopes, a Tennessee high school biology teacher who taught the theory of origins called “evolution.” The Scopes Monkey Trial ended July 21, 1925.
This is a typical right-wing smear. That attorney defended someone I think is bad, so they’re bad too. Never mind that the Constitution they claim to revere so much guarantees a right to counsel for those accused of a crime, including those who are guilty. Never mind that one of those Founding Fathers they love to turn into plaster saints was criticized for the same thing when he defended British solders after the Boston Massacre, at great risk to his career and his family. If they can use it to smear someone they don’t like, they’ll be happy to use it.
And remember, the side that Federer is defending here is the side that wanted teachers thrown in jail for teaching science because it contradicted their religious beliefs. These are the same people who claim to be for “smaller government” and religious freedom. They obviously don’t mean it, of course.