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Coverage Of The Scopes Trial by H.L. Mencken

From The Baltimore Evening Sun, June – September 1925

[“The so-called religious organizations which now lead the war against the teaching of evolution are nothing more, at bottom, than conspiracies of the inferior man against his betters.”

[H L Mencken’s jibes are both cruel, alas, and sidesplittingly funny; we ALL know folk of this sort & they are, alas, often to be found lurking in our own families!

[BW]
   
     Homo Neanderthalensis June 29, 1925
     Sickening Doubts About Publicity June 29, 1925
     Impossibility of Obtaining Fair Jury July 10, 1925
     Trial as Religious Orgy July 11, 1925
     Souls Need Reconversion Nightly July 13, 1925
     Darrow’s Eloquent Appeal July 14, 1925
     Law and Freedom July 15, 1925
     Fair Trial Beyond Ken July 16, 1925
     Malone the Victor July 17, 1925
     Genesis Triumphant July 18, 1925
     Tennessee in the Frying Pan July 20, 1925
     Bryan July 27, 1925
     Aftermath September 14, 1925

https://archive.org/stream/CoverageOfTheScopesTrialByH.l.Mencken/ScopesTrialMencken.txt

 

Homo Neanderthalensis

The Baltimore Evening Sun, June 29, 1925

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Such obscenities as the forthcoming trial of the Tennessee evolutionist, if they serve no other purpose, at least call attention dramatically to the fact that enlightenment, among mankind, is very narrowly dispersed. It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone — that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous. The men of the educated minority, no doubt, know more than their predecessors, and of some of them, perhaps, it may be said that they are more civilized — though I should not like to be put to giving names — but the great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge. (more…)

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