Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fact of the Day: Butler Act

In 1928, a Tennessee politician named John Butler came up with a law that was passed by the state legislature that forbade any public teacher (from grade school to university) from teaching evolution and denying Biblical creation myth. A teacher was arrested and his trial (known as the Scopes Trial) turned into a large debate between both sides of the argument. The act remained on the books until a fired teacher took his case to the courts saying it was his right to teach evolution due to free speech. The Tennessee state house repealed the Butler Act quickly before the court had time to judge the case.  

14 comments:

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow, some of the crazy things that have happened over time.

Lux G. said...

I didn't know it went this far. Thanks for the info.

Dascha said...

Wow, that is interesting!

xo

Imogen said...

How did it go that far? Surprising.

Huggybear said...

Well they are a bit backward in Tennessee.
Probably still believe all this rubbish.
Maybe the kids there are born with a bible attached to the umbilical cord??
( Just joking!)
B J Hunnicut

Pat Hatt said...

Very stupid law, but beats burning people at the stake lol

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Ah, the bible belt. Gotta love it. Some of the things people do here in NC still amaze me.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I was just discussing the Scopes Monkey Trial yesterday with My Rare One, who is reading a bio of Clarence Darrow, the lawyer who argued for the teaching of evolution.

stephen Hayes said...

I believe the State won the decision in the Scopes Case, but it was overturned on appeal. Interesting that this fellow looks so much like Darwin who wrote the book on evolution.

Anonymous said...

I think that is Darwin. Mr. Butler didn't have a beard. (Determined after my five minute Internet search....)

Cloudia said...

And now the forces of ignorance are doing the same by other means









ALOHA
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Adam said...

it is Darwin, I couldn't even find a photo of Mr. Butler. It seemed this was the only thing he made history for.

Martha said...

Wow, that is interesting! Not being able to teach evolution...

Huggybear said...

Yes that statue is Charles Darwin.
I guess poor evangelist, John Butler, disappeared into the abyss of
the land of "idiots".
But like the song about another fellow fanatic - John Brown - his
"soul" is well and truly alive with the fanatics of the Tea Party mob!
B J Hunnicut