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Scopes Comes to Dover,
This review is from: Monkey Girl (Hardcover)
First things first: Ed Humes' "Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul" is a great, impossible-to-put-it-down read.
As a first-hand observer of the trial he's writing about, Humes uses depositions, trial transcripts, and interviews with all the key participants, to back up his reconstruction of the famous -- some people call it infamous -- 2005 Dover, PA trial that some call Scopes II.
The Dover intelligent design trial pitted a school board enamored with creationism and intelligent design against parents and teachers in the community who rejected the intrusion of faith into the schools and mounted a vigorous, and ultimately successful, defense of evolution and separation of church and state.
Humes paints an even-handed, even sympathetic, portrait of those on both sides of the deep divide between biblical literalism and science. Even so, he doesn't allow the authors of the school board's decision to escape responsibility for what the trial judge called in his ruling their "breathtaking inanity."
A balanced -- and ultimately very rewarding -- examination of one of the hottest of the hot-buttion issues in the nation's ongoing culture wars.