The Scopes Trial is one of the most important religious freedom cases of the 20th century. It involved a fight to uphold the separation of church and state in the classroom by allowing students in Tennessee to learn about the scientific theory of evolution.
Public education in Florida must not be tainted with fringe or religiously tinged belief systems. Otherwise, students will be subjected to indoctrination by way of poor science and literalist biblical interpretation.
Fifty years ago this month, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Epperson v. Arkansas effectively ended the teaching of biblical creationism in public schools, but also helped spawn its offspring – intelligent design and “teach the controversy” laws.