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John Scopes arrested for teaching evolution, May 5, 1925

Posted by on May. 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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And almost 90 years later, this argument is still going on and some people don't want teachers to teach evolution.  Remarkable.

John Scopes arrested for teaching evolution, May 5, 1925

Evangelist T.T. Martin's books against the theory of evolution are sold at an outdoor stand in Dayton, Tenn., 1925, scene of the Scopes trial. | AP Photo

On this day in 1925, Tennessee authorities arrested John Scopes, a substitute high school teacher, for teaching evolution. They charged him with having violated a newly enacted law that criminalized the teaching of human evolution in the state’s public schools.

The ensuing Scopes Monkey Trial, as it was commonly known, drew national publicity to Dayton, Tennessee, where the trial was held. William Jennings Bryan, a three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a former senator and U.S. secretary of state, argued the case for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, a famed defense attorney, represented Scopes.

The trial soon degenerated into a media circus. On its seventh day, Judge John Raulston moved the proceedings outdoors under a tent because of the unbearable heat in the courtroom and for fear that the weight of the spectators and reporters might cause the floor to buckle.

When Raulston subsequently disallowed using the courtroom as a forum on the merits of Charles Darwin’s well-established theory of evolution, the trial swiftly drew to a close.

H.L. Mencken, who covered the trial for The Baltimore Sun and The American Mercury, wrote: “All that remains of the great cause of the State of Tennessee against the infidel Scopes is the formal business of bumping off the defendant. There may be some [more] legal jousting … but the main battle is over, with Genesis completely triumphant. Judge Raulston finished the benign business yesterday morning by leaping with soft judicial hosannas into the arms of the prosecution.”

The jury took nine minutes to return a guilty verdict. Scopes was fined $100. The Tennessee State Supreme Court, however, acquitted him on a technicality while upholding the constitutionality of the state law.

In 1967, Tennessee lawmakers overturned the statute, thereby legalizing discussions of evolutionary concepts in the state’s public schools.

SOURCE: U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS


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-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM
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And the old fossils still around are trying to get us back to that time....

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM

BUMP!

booaura
by on May. 6, 2014 at 5:30 AM
One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.
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jjames1990
by Member on May. 6, 2014 at 6:57 AM
They are afraid because they know the truth will be found. Deep down I truly believe that Christians begrudgingly believe in evolution.

Quoting booaura: One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.
booaura
by on May. 6, 2014 at 7:01 AM
I don't see how people can't, how someone can blindly ignore science.

Quoting jjames1990: They are afraid because they know the truth will be found. Deep down I truly believe that Christians begrudgingly believe in evolution.

Quoting booaura: One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.
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jjames1990
by Member on May. 6, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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I have never understood it either. As a child I was booted from 3 Sunday School classes for asking questions. Lol

Quoting booaura: I don't see how people can't, how someone can blindly ignore science.

Quoting jjames1990: They are afraid because they know the truth will be found. Deep down I truly believe that Christians begrudgingly believe in evolution.

Quoting booaura: One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.
booaura
by on May. 6, 2014 at 7:06 AM
LOL! My parents made me go to sunday school, I just never paid any attention once I realized it was stupid and I didn't believe it. They stopped making me go when I was about 10.

Quoting jjames1990: I have never understood it either. As a child I was booted from 3 Sunday School classes for asking questions. Lol

Quoting booaura: I don't see how people can't, how someone can blindly ignore science.

Quoting jjames1990: They are afraid because they know the truth will be found. Deep down I truly believe that Christians begrudgingly believe in evolution.

Quoting booaura: One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.
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jjames1990
by Member on May. 6, 2014 at 7:11 AM
I was born Jewish, followed the traditions. Raised a witch, 4th generation. But my family always sent the kids to church so we could make our own decisions. My sister is Christian, she bought what they were selling. Lol

Quoting booaura: LOL! My parents made me go to sunday school, I just never paid any attention once I realized it was stupid and I didn't believe it. They stopped making me go when I was about 10.

Quoting jjames1990: I have never understood it either. As a child I was booted from 3 Sunday School classes for asking questions. Lol

Quoting booaura: I don't see how people can't, how someone can blindly ignore science.

Quoting jjames1990: They are afraid because they know the truth will be found. Deep down I truly believe that Christians begrudgingly believe in evolution.

Quoting booaura: One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.
JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM
It's crazy that it was an actual crime that you could be arrested for. It's crazier that there are some places that I could see this happening again.
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PamR
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Good for you!

Quoting jjames1990: I have never understood it either. As a child I was booted from 3 Sunday School classes for asking questions. Lol
Quoting booaura: I don't see how people can't, how someone can blindly ignore science.
Quoting jjames1990: They are afraid because they know the truth will be found. Deep down I truly believe that Christians begrudgingly believe in evolution.
Quoting booaura: One would think in the 75+ years since, things would have changed. Nope. While they aren't being arrested, there are still some who think religion has a place in public school education, who are afraid of teaching science, who shun knowledge in favor of religion. And it's only been legal since 1967 in TN to teach science in schools? Scary, scary thought.


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