<center><h2><a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/22/opinion/22lithwick.html?pagewanted=print&position=>Chipping Away at the Wall</a></h2></center> <blockquote>By DAHLIA LITHWICK Nearly 80 years ago in Dayton, Tenn., an epic trial pitted the literal truth of the Bible against modern science. And when the Scopes monkey trial concluded, the presiding judge closed the proceedings as he'd opened them each day - with a prayer. In his wonderful book, "Summer for the Gods," Edward J. Larson paints a picture of America in the mid-1920's that's oddly familiar: torn between modernism and religious fundamentalism, Americans felt an old-time burning need for a burning bush. Horrified by the moral and cultural declines of the Jazz Age, they turned away from internationalism and intellectualism. Welcome to 2004 and "Summer for the Gods Part 2: Revenge of the Public Officials." In a new wave of religious fervor, we resent that secular courts have chased God out of the public square. Again we want public institutions to carry water for our churches. And again, public officials happily flout the law to advance personal religious agendas.</blockquote> What is even more pathetic is that Dubbyuh doesn't even attend church, except to provide a photo-op. Religion has become a tool of politics rather than a path leading to personal development and elightenment. The hypocrites have taken over the temple, who's going to drive them out this time?