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"You insult every man of science and learning in the world because he does not believe in your fool religion." Clarance Darrow to William Jennings Bryan during the The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial. 1925
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The Monkey Trial: In 1925, John Thomas Scopes was prosecuted for violating the Butler Act, a law forbidding the teaching of evolution theory.

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John Thomas Scopes The Scopes “Monkey Trial”. 1973, Tennessee, Senate Bill, LAW This bill mandated both the labelling of evolution as "a theory" and the devotion of equal space in textbooks to "other theories", explicitly citing the Genesis account of creation as one of these. The bill, with a number of amendments, became law without the governor's signature.

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This Day In History • July 10, 1925:  The Scopes “Monkey Trial”...

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In 1925, John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, was tried and convicted for violating a Tennessee state law prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.

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"Scopes monkey trial", The Scopes trial by no means ended the debate over the teaching of evolution, but it did represent a significant setback for the anti-evolution forces. Of the fifteen states with anti- evolution legislation pending in 1925, only two states (Arkansas and Mississippi) enacted laws restricting teaching of Darwin's theory.

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Darrow telling Bryan, "You insult every man of science and learning in the world because he does not believe in your fool religion." Bryan's response was, "The reason I am answering is not for the benefit of the superior court. It is to keep these gentlemen from saying I was afraid to meet them and let them question me, and I want the Christian world to know that any atheist, agnostic, unbeliever, can question me anytime as to my belief in God, and I will answer him."

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Clarance Darrow noted for defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan (statesman, noted orator, and 3-time presidential candidate). Called a "sophisticated country lawyer",[2] he remains notable for his wit and agnosticism, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians.

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Neko Random: A Look Into History: Scopes Trial

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The law was challenged by the ACLU in the famed Scopes Trial, in which John Scopes, a high school sports coach who occasionally acted as a substitute teacher, agreed to be arrested on a charge of having taught evolution, and was nominally served a warrant on May 5, 1925. Scopes was indicted on May 25 and ultimately convicted; on appeal the Tennessee Supreme Court found the law to be constitutional under the Tennessee State Constitution, because:

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Scopes Monkey Trial Satire

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Scopes, who had substituted for the regular biology teacher, was charged on May 5, 1925, with teaching evolution from a chapter in a textbook that described the theory of evolution.

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