William Jennings Bryan, who will help prosecute John Scopes in Tennessee for violating the Butler Act prohibition against teaching evolution in public schools, explains in an interview why it's so important the children be prevented from learning about modern biology and the theory of evolution.
"The Tennessee case raises an issue of vital importance — who shall control the education system. The Tennessee anti-evolution law is based on the theory that the control of the schools is in the hands of the people who create and support them — the same people who have excluded the reading of the Bible from the schools in some states.
If the control of our schools is not in the hands of the voters, who should control them? The scientists?
There are only a few thousands of these scientists and, according to Prof. Leubau, the noted psychologist, over half of them do not believe in a personal God. No such oligarchy would be permitted.
Shall we permit the teachers to control our schools? A teacher, like other employees, is subject to the direction given by the employer. No teacher would be permitted to slander presidents and praise kings. No teacher in the north would be allowed to slander Union soldiers and no teacher in the south would be allowed to slander Confederate soldiers.
Why should a teacher in the public schools be allowed to teach that there is no God or that the Bible is a lie? ... What consistency is there in ruling the Bible out of public schools and leaving in the schools books on evolution which attack the Bible?"