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Scopes II: The Legacy of the Tennessee Monkey Tria
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Feb. 17, 2005. The Rationalists of East Tennessee (RET), a Knoxville-area organization committed to free inquiry and critical thinking, welcomes Alvin Harris to Knoxville. Harris, who served as lead counsel in and won a Dayton, TN, case enjoining Bryan college students from teaching a Bible class in public elementary schools, will be delivering a talk entitled 'Scopes II: The Legacy of the Tennessee Monkey Trial.'

The trial calls to mind the infamous Scopes trial of 1925, also in Dayton. Harris will provide some background on this case in addition to presenting information and taking questions about the recent decision.

'This is a great opportunity to learn what's really involved in litigation pertaining to the separation of church and state,' said RET president Daryl Learn Houston. 'It should be a fascinating talk to those -- religious and nonreligious alike -- who support separation.'

The event takes place on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Candy Factory and is free and open to the public. A short program to be held before the talk will provide information about the goals and activities of RET. Additionally, Harris can be heard on Friday at 1:00 p.m. giving a brief interview on WUTK, whose broadcast can be streamed from www.wutkradio.com.

RET holds a number of regular events (including philosophy discussions, roundtables, and the Skeptic Book Club), engages in community action and sponsors speakers. More information about the organization is available by phone at 865-539-3006, on the Web at www.rationalists.org or by email at info@rationalists.org.

Posted by houston
Feb. 17, 2005