Then when that didn't quite work out, it was often and loudly proclaimed that No Scientists Doubted Evolution.
But the (oft-documented) dirty little secret was that they had both an Inquisition, and a neat little circle going. The circle went like this:
No scientist doubts evolutionThe inquisition was that anyone who questioned evolution was either barred from doctoral-track programs, denied recommendation, or otherwise penalized for his heresy. I've discussed some of this more extensively, previously.
If you doubt evolution, you aren't a scientist
Therefore, no scientist doubts evolution
So now this paradigm is being challenged by students who take the hard science courses, do well in them, and still have the audacity to reject the white-coated Magisterium. And it really, really ticks them off.
Read the squawking and whining here.
Then observe a moment of silence at the graveside of the myth that science is a wide-open field that eschews all dogma and philosophy, loves freethinkers, and cheers on every challenge to orthodoxy.