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Richard Thompson — the former Oakland County prosecutor who gained notoriety through his repeated efforts to put Jack Kevorkian behind bars — has taken up a new crusade. As head of the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian advocacy group based in Ann Arbor, Thompson is in a Pennsylvania courtroom defending a school district’s right to inform students about “intelligent design,” a theory critics say is a dressed-up form of creationism masquerading as legitimate science. In a case that’s reminiscent of what came to be known as the “Scopes Monkey Trial” that took place early in the previous century, the conflict between evolution and religion — and how each are handled in our public school classrooms — is as controversial as ever. This week’s Metro Times features an article on Thompson and the trial that originally appeared online at Salon. Click below to view a short advertisement, receive a Salon day-pass and read the piece.
Gordy Slack is a freelance writer who specializes in scientific issues. A version of this story originally appeared in the online publication Salon. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.