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Who got arrested for teaching evolution in biology?

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2011-05-18 15:29:55

John Scopes, who was a biology teacher, was arrested in what

came to be called the "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Dayton, TN 1925.

There was a law in Tennessee that said evolution could not be

taught, because it contradicted the Biblical account of human

origins. Scopes challenged the law; he was among a number of

teachers who believed that evolution should be taught in science

classes, and Bible should be taught in religion classes. Because he

violated the Tennessee law that forbade teaching about evolution,

he was arrested. During a trial that was broadcast on radio and

closely followed by millions of Americans on both sides of the

issue, Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.

John Scopes was a substitute teacher in enrolled in Law School.

The ACLU approached him to purposely teach Darwin's evolution

theory, in return they promised to pay all his education and legal

bills. He agreed.

What most people do not realize, is years later it was found out

that the "monkey Man" theory was created from a "pig's" tooth. Not

a Monkey tooth or bone but a grounded down pig's tooth.

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