The "Monkey Trial": An ACLU Effort for Godlessness
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
John Scopes wasn't the obvious candidate. Yet his name is now synonymous with the famous “Monkey Trial” of 1925 which proved to be a huge public relations triumph for evolutionism and introduced the fledgling ACLU to millions of people.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had offered to guarantee legal and financial assistance to any Tennessee teacher willing to take on the state law against teaching the controversial theory. And so the reluctant Scopes was finally persuaded.
The ACLU quickly assembled its counsel for the case, including the famous trial lawyer Clarence Darrow. This outspoken atheist, known for defending political and labor radicals, had once claimed: “I don’t believe in God just as I don’t believe in Mother Goose.”
Huge throngs of reporters, journalists and profiteers gave the sleepy town of Dayton, Tennessee, a carnival-like atmosphere during the trial, which became the subject for the famous film Inherit the Wind. The movie has become a piece of pro-evolution propaganda still used in schools to present evolution as intellectual sophistication versus religious fundamentalism. To get the true story about the “Monkey Trial”, don't miss our special offer at the end of this letter!
To this day – with the rise of creation science in the late twentieth century – the ACLU has not stopped its attacks on creationism and religion. Continuing battles in the courts regarding the teaching of creation science and intelligent design, along with persistent skepticism among the public for Darwin’s pet theory, demonstrates that the Scopes Trial represents one of the deepest and most persistent conflicts of modern society.
Indeed, it is crucial for Christians to contend against evolution. Why? Because the theory of evolution is a foundational support for godlessness, unbelief and immorality in our modern culture. After 150 years of false claims and lack of proof, the theory is still with us because it appeals to man’s base instincts while masquerading as science. Science supposedly tells us that we are merely animals and that God is out of the picture. Evolution frames worldviews which, in the minds of men, relieve them of their accountability to their Maker.
Think about it. On the one hand, the ACLU fights for evolution and abolishing every vestige of religion from public places. On the other hand, they defend kiddie porn, child prostitution, the North American Man/Boy Love Association and legalizing recreational drugs. They do these things because godlessness, immorality and the destabilizing of society go together. If you want to foment political revolution, that’s what you do.
The ACLU’s founder, Roger Baldwin, had that in mind – a revolution driven by godlessness – just as the instigators of the French Revolution did. At age 50, long after founding the ACLU, Baldwin admitted, “Communism is the goal.”
What the godless revolutionaries do – whether French Revolutionaries, socialists/communists or the ACLU – is to remove God and make man inherently good. They turn the truth about God and man upside down. Man is no longer a sinner and God is no longer the righteous Sovereign. The result is that authority – including that which comes from property rights and private ownership – has no real basis or checks and balances.
What history has demonstrated is that turning the truth about God and man upside down leads to tyranny, as controlling politicians grab more power in the vacuum. Men are corrupted by power in any form, and there will always be the poor and the oppressed. But what history has shown, including the American experiment, is that biblical principles work while godlessness destroys. A society founded with a biblical consensus among the populace and on biblical principles such as “the separation of powers” to check “the depravity of man” thrives. The removal of God and morality, as exemplified in the French and various communist revolutions, leads to misery and failure.
Currently, the ACLU is fighting, among dozens of similar lawsuits, to remove a 7-foot-tall cross in the Mojave Desert 10 miles from the nearest highway and 30 miles from the nearest town! As in the Scopes Trial, their purpose is to fight the truth of God in our society and to litigate on behalf of pornography, sexual deviancy and the legalization of recreational drugs.
Godlessness and immorality go together. It seems that the ACLU understands this. But isn’t that the strategy of Satan himself? Get people to compromise themselves morally and they will feel addicted and defeated – to the point of rejecting the truth of God that saves. Indeed, the well-known quotes of famous evolutionists come to mind – admitting that the alternative to evolution (God the Creator Almighty) interfered with their loose sexual mores.
Power, pleasure and riches are the drives which motivate sinful man. And these powerful desires push him to believe falsehoods and to reject clear, rational thinking – turning truth itself upside down.
The forces for godlessness are relentless. As Christians, we need to be equally relentless – with “full assurance of faith” … “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” … “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (Heb. 10:22, 23, 1 Cor. 15:58). At Creation Moments, we know we must be relentless in our proclamation of the truth about creation. It is so foundational to the problems of modern man. If even the ACLU recognizes that, so must we!