May 25 in freethought history…

johnscopesMay 25, 1925 – John Scopes is indicted in Tennessee for teaching evolution. As reported by the New York Times, “John T. Scopes, young Dayton (Tenn.) high school teacher, tonight stands indicted for having taught the theory of evolution to students attending his science classes in violation of a law passed by the Tennessee Legislature and signed by the Governor on March 21, 1925.” Scopes’ indictment set the stage for the famed Scopes Monkey Trial. Scopes was convicted and fined $100. He appealed, and while the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the conviction, they dismissed the fine on a technicality.

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