NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 07, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(No location given) Scenes from "Inherit the Wind" shown, interspliced with remarks of President Reagan and fundamentalists; status of evolution versus creationism in the classroom debate examined. 1925 trial and conviction of teacher John Scopes for teaching evolution recalled; Clarence Darrow's and William Jennings Bryan's roles also recalled. Bryan quoted. [Dr. Norman GEISSLER - considers anti-creationists bigots, sees Bible as origin of modern science.] [Constitutional expert Dr. Virginia CURRY - notes creationists only include supporting data in their textbooks.] [GEISSLER - calls for presentation of scientific evidence of earth's beginnings.] [CURRY - refers to woman being created from a rib.] International perception of evolution, with exception of Iran and South Africa, noted. [GEISSLER - claims NBC poll from November 1981 indicates public wants both sides taught.] [CURRY - fears issue indicates American brand of fascism.] [MINISTER - preaches.]
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee
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