March 21 in freethought history…

March 21, 1925 – Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signs the Butler Act, a state law prohibiting school teachers “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.” Enactment of this law set the stage, later that year, for the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, which pitted freethinking defense attorney Clarence Darrow against Christian demagogue William Jennings Bryant. The Butler Act was eventually repealed in 1967.

March 21, 2010 - In an interview with D. J. Grothe on the For Good Reason podcast, 81-year-old James Randi, legendary magician and skeptic, reveals that he is gay.

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