Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This Day in Christian History: Scopes is Arrested for Teaching Evolution

This Day in Christian History: May 5

May 5,1925: Scopes is Arrested for Teaching Evolution

Scopes in 1925

24 year old High school biology teacher John T. Scopes, was arrested on May 5, 1925 for teaching the theory of evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee classroom. His arrest is what would lead to the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. According to Tennessee's Butler Act, it was against the law to teach human evolution in public schools. Whether or not Scopes had actually taught evolution in his classroom is debated, but he agreed to stand as a defendant to bring publicity to the town of Dayton, TN.

More about the Scopes Trial



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