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Drummond next asks Brady about Joshua making the sun stand still. Brady says he never questions God's miracles. Drummond wants to know how the sun stopped if it does not move in the first place. Brady can only answer that he has faith in the Bible; therefore, the sun must have stopped if the Bible says it did. Drummond replies that if the literal meaning of the Bible is to be taken in this story, it would have to mean, since the sun does not really move, that the earth stopped spinning on its axis; according to the commonly accepted laws of Copernicus, if the earth stopped, the continents would topple over one another and the mountains would be flown into space. Drummond wants to know if Brady wants to throw Copernicus out of the classroom along with Darwin. Brady replies that natural law was born in the mind of God; therefore, God can control it in any way He chooses.

Drummond next reads in Genesis where it is related that Cain left his family and went to another place and married a woman. Drummond asks Brady to tell him where Cain's wife came from. Brady says he has never wondered where she came from; he leaves such questions to the agnostics. Drummond questions him about his total lack of interest and sarcastically remarks about his "driving curiosity." Drummond then asks Brady to explain all the "begats" in the Old Testament. Brady explains that these are the generations of holy men and women of the Bible. Drummond then asks Brady what he thinks about sex. Brady responds that it is part of the original sin. Drummond pretends to be amazed that all the holy men and women of the Bible committed so much sin, begatting the generations that people the Bible. The people in the courtroom are beginning to laugh at Drummond's jokes.


Davenport objects to the line of questioning that Drummond is using on Brady. Drummond, however, insists that if he cannot follow his plan to question experts on evolutionary theory, the court must let him follow this plan. Brady tells the judge he does not mind being questioned. He says Drummond is just making it obvious that he has no respect for anything that is holy. Drummond objects, saying he does find the individual human mind holy. He claims that a child's ability to do math is more holy than all the shouted "Amens!"

Drummond then claims that Brady and his supporters are trying to "halt the march of progress." He reminds the court that with every step of progress, people have had to give something up. When people started accepting the use of the telephone, they gave up some bit of their privacy. When women received the right to vote, they gave up their ability to retreat from politics. When Darwin showed people the reality of the history of the earth, they had to give up "the pleasant poetry of Genesis." Brady objects and says people must not give up their faith. Drummond next asks Brady why men are different from other creatures. He answers that people are different from the rest of the creatures of the world because of their power to think and to reason. Drummond yells out that Cates wants nothing more than to be accorded the privilege of thinking and reasoning. The courtroom bursts into applause. Brady is completely taken aback at the change in mood of the audience; he realizes that they are now listening to and supporting Drummond.

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