“Do you think about things you do think about?”
Today’s One-Liner Wednesday comes from the recorded transcript of the Scopes (Monkey) Trial, which took place in a Dayton, Tennessee courtroom in July of 1925.
Dayton teacher John T. Scopes was being prosecuted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in his high school class, despite a new Tennessee state statute banning the teaching in public schools of any theory that denied the biblical story of Creation.
Chicago criminal attorney Clarence Darrow served as the defense attorney for Scopes and former presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan acted as opposing counsel.
It was day seven of the trial and Clarence Darrow had called William Jennings Bryan, as an expert on the Bible, to the stand.
Darrow was asking Bryan when the “Great Flood” took place and Bryan said he couldn’t fix the date, although he did say that some biblical scholars put it at 4004 BC.
Darrow then asked, “What do you think?”
Bryan responded, “I do not think about things I don’t think about.”
Darrow then asked Bryan, “Do you think about the things you do think about?”