Sunday, February 26, 2012

“He that troubleth his own house . . . shall inherit the wind.”

Last night I decided, for some random reason to watch the 1960 movie, Inherit The Wind. This is the dramatization of the famous Scopes Monkey trail in 1925.

Scopes was found guilty, of violating Tennessee's Butler Act which made it unlawful to teach evolution in any state-funded school, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality and he went free. The trial drew intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, to cover the big-name lawyers representing each side. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate for the Democrats, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, spoke for Scopes.

The movie is about Teacher B.T. Cates, in Hillsborough, Tennessee who is arrested for teaching Darwin's theories. Famous lawyer Henry Drummond defends him; fundamentalist politician Matthew Brady prosecutes. This is a very thinly disguised rendition of the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" with debates between Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan taken largely from the transcripts.

The book,"Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion" is quite an interesting history of the actual courtroom case (which of course was dramatized by Hollywood in the movie (and in the plays which preceded it).

The quote in the Title comes from the scene where Reverend Brown gives a public sermon:
"The extreme nature of Brown’s sermon—which damns Cates and all those who support him, including his own daughter—leads Brady to voice a different opinion, one that contradicts Hillsboro’s brand of fundamentalism. With Brown having whipped the crowd into a zealous frenzy, Brady becomes uncomfortable and outright objects to Brown’s treatment of his daughter. Brady reminds Brown of a quote from the Bible, “He that troubleth his own house . . . shall inherit the wind.” Brady implies that Brown, by bringing condemnation on his own daughter, will leave himself with nothing but his own hot air."

So now jump nearly 85 years into the future and see who is trying to return us to those wonderful days of yore.

Rick Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel that "President Obama adheres to some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the bible. A different theology."

Mitt Romney announced that Obama has "fought against religion". Whatever that means.

Franklin Graham declines to extend Obama the courtesy of accepting that the President is a Christian. "He has said he is a Christian. So I have just to assume he is."

In addition to all that the Republicans in Richmond, Va have declared all out war on women. They’ve pushed “personhood” legislation that would eviscerate a woman's right to choose and limit access to contraception – and even tried to mandate that women undergo an invasive procedure that is so abhorrent it’s not to be believed.

As if Rick's ignorance could not get any worse than this.
"I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely," he said. "The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.”

Santorum knows full well that educated people are much less susceptible to the kind of religious indoctrination that he espouses. That's why he is so scared of education.

So there you have have the party of "NO". No ideas, No compromise, No vision of the future only of turning the clock back 100 years. Relevance as to the challenges facing the US in 2012 and beyond? Absolutely NONE.

All Santorum (and his fellow Republicans) will be let with is their own hot air.

Andrea Nicole Baker

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