On This Day, July 10, 1925 – Monkey Trial Begins

In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law. The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense. Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in...

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On This Day, July 10, 1925 – The Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ Begins in Tennessee

1925 – In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense. Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU...

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Judge Tells Creationists To Get Lost After They Sue ‘For Damages’ Because Their Kids Learned Evolution

by JAMESON PARKER – It may be a new year, but history repeats itself once again in Kansas as a creationist group has filed a lawsuit to stop the scientific theory of evolution from being taught in schools. Some may recall the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial” in 1925, when a high school science teacher named John Scopes was taken to court after he was caught teaching evolution to his students (the horror!). The case became a media spectacle with the entire nation following the daily updates. Sadly, the story became a national embarrassment when Scopes was found “guilty” of the crime and fined $100. The new case took a different approach than putting evolution on trial – a tactic tried repeatedly and never with very much success. Given the fact that the teaching of evolution has been consistently upheld by courts across the country, creationists were hard-pressed to find a good...

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