Law: Memories of The Monkey Trial

The Supreme Court reaffirms the barrier between church and state

Once again, science and religion collided last week. This time the battleground was the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Justices decreed that a Louisiana law requiring that creationism be taught along with evolution in the public schools was unconstitutional. The 7-to-2 decision, strongly bolstering prior rulings maintaining the wall separating church and state, was a major setback for Fundamentalist Christians.

In at least one respect, the case evoked memories of the famed 1925 "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tenn., where Science Teacher John Scopes was convicted of illegally teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The current controversy involved another high school educator, Donald...