The Question and Answer section for Inherit the Wind is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Brady's character represents that of William Jennings Bryan, who was the prosecuting attorney during the Scopes trial.
The town generally dislikes it. They like the business it brings in but they do not like being seen as backwards and ignorant by the rest of the country. They do not want their beliefs questioned or mocked.
THat would be, God created Man in his own imageand Man, being a gentleman, returned the compliment.