THIS appeared a couple of weeks ago at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), but we just learned of it. That source of young-earth creationist wisdom has this article: The Scopes Retrial. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
At last: a Hollywood film on the 1925 Scopes “monkey trial” that does not attack Christianity. Alleged, to be released in theaters soon, provides a counter to the anti-creationist play Inherit the Wind (1955) and its subsequent namesake films (1960 and after).
Here’s the movie’s website: Alleged. That’s where we got the picture you see above this post. Let’s read on:
Alleged stars a familiar face in Hollywood and on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy. He plays evolutionary attorney Clarence Darrow.
“Evolutionary attorney”? Okay, if AIG says so. We know nothing about Dennehy, but Fred Thompson plays the great creationist-populist blowhard, William Jennings Bryan. That should be fun. Thompson was a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, the site of the Scopes trial. We continue:
Producer and screenwriter Fred Foote told Answers magazine [an AIG publication] that, while the 55-year-old drama Inherit the Wind is well written, the actual court transcripts show how inaccurately the play and subsequent movies depicted the trial.
We have the trial transcript. We know for certain that in the movie where Spencer Tracy played Darrow, his examination of Bryan was extremely accurate. Here’s more:
Foote observes that even though he did not produce Alleged to be a direct rebuttal to Inherit the Wind, two thrusts of his film include showing how Darwinian beliefs can be used for nefarious purposes (e.g., to justify a purging of the human gene pool) and revealing how the major media delivered a distorted view of the trial in its attempt to attack biblical Christianity.
Even if those objections were true, they have no bearing on the scientific value of the theory of evolution — or on the insanity of a state’s banning it from being taught. Oops — Tennessee is Thompson’s state. Interesting casting.
The Scopes Trial was an important event, with fascinating real-life participants. Courtroom trials make great subjects for movies. If this one is an anti-science propaganda piece that celebrates Bryan’s creationism and demonizes Darwin — as this AIG article suggests — the usual creationist websites will be promoting it. If not, it may be worth a look.
Update: See Discoveroids Promote “Alleged,” a Movie to Avoid.
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