We never expected anything like what we learned in a new article written by John West,whom we affectionately call “Westie.” He was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo above this post. Westie is vice President of the Discovery Institute, which makes him one of the chief Keepers of their wedge strategy.
Westie’s article is In a Plea for Genuine Academic Freedom, New Play Turns Inherit the Wind Topsy Turvy. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
You probably know the basic plot of the tired old film and play Inherit the Wind. For teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in a small Southern town, freethinking biology teacher Bertram Cates gets prosecuted by Christian fundamentalists.
Yes, we know. The play and later the film are based on the Scopes Trial. The trial scenes were accurate — especially the part where Darrow got to examine Bryan. We know, because the transcript of the trial had been published long before the movie was made, and we have a copy. They’re available at Amazon. Westie has ranted about the play and the movie before — see John West: More Scopes Trial Revisionism.
What news does Westie have for us today? Let’s read on:
Loosely based on the infamous Scopes trial, Inherit the Wind is much more propaganda than history, yet it continues to shape popular culture’s understanding of the debate over Darwinian evolution. So congratulations to Los Angeles-based playwright and actor Matt Chait who has turned Inherit the Wind on its head.
[*Groan*] Someone has re-written the play so that the creationists are the good guys. Westie continues:
In his new play Disinherit the Wind, Chait takes the characters from the first play, reshapes them, and places them in a radically different environment. As he notes, “The names of the characters are the same as those in the original play, although their roles are quite different.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
No longer set in a parochial Southern town, the story now takes place in modern multicultural Los Angeles. Bertram Cates is no longer a pro-Darwin high school teacher. Instead, he’s a brilliant neurobiologist at UCLA who is sceptical [sic] of Darwinian materialism. And the zealots who are trying to burn him at the stake aren’t Christian fundamentalists, but fanatical Darwinists.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We won’t go on much longer with this alternate version of reality, but we can’t leave this out:
There is one new main character in the play who isn’t inspired by Inherit Wind: a dogmatic Darwinist named Robert Hawkins, described as a zoologist from Cambridge University. Hawkins is obviously a stand-in for former Oxford University biologist Richard Dawkins … . Some of the best scenes are the ones with the self-important Dr. Hawkins.
Okay, that’s enough. Westie provides a link so you can watch the whole play — if you want to. Your Curmudgeon won’t bother, but if you care to view it and then give us your impressions, please do so.
This play will be a wonderful compliment to that dazzling documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. We can expect that some demented public school teachers will insist on showing both to their science students. Hey — why learn about reality, when fantasy is so much more fun?
Addendum: The play is available at Amazon. The publisher is something called CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. We looked them up. Yes, they’re a vanity press. Are you surprised?
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