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Eric Rothschild L'93
BY PETER NICHOLS
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FIVE ALL-STARS
Evan Kohlmann L'04
Eric Rothschild L'93
Miguel Rodriguez C'94 L'99
Derek Pew L'93
Aretha Delight Davis L'97
Even though Eric Rothschild L’93 had been handed the biggest legal victory of his career in Kitzmiller v. Dover (2005), he was under no illusion that he had slain the dragon of intelligent design. He knew the history of anti-evolutionism in America: how laws that once made it a crime to teach the theory of evolution were declared unconstitutional in Epperson v. Arkansas (1968) and how later attempts to “balance” it with creation “science” met the same fate in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987).

Even after the decision in the Scopes (1927) “Monkey Trial” was overturned on a technicality, the Tennessee Supreme Court urged the state not to retry teacher John Scopes. “We see nothing to be gained by prolonging the life of this bizarre case,” the justices stated. Still, the struggle to discredit evolution and promote a religious agenda in science classrooms just won’t die, no matter how many times it gets killed in the courts. It was just a Hydra’s head that Rothschild had lopped off.
 
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