Ironically, I was watching the movie Inherit the Wind
when I got the phone call.Inherit the Wind
is a fictionalized account of the Scopes, "monkey trial," where Clarence Darrow -- perhaps the last lawyer in America to be admired and respected -- defended a teacher charged with the crime of explaining evolution to his 1920s high school class. Darrow lost the case despite some heavy oratory. That's because there's no defense against orthodoxy; by definition, too many people believe in it.
Today, evolution is part of our orthodoxy. But I managed to find out the hard way what its modern equivalent is. I...