The Butler Act has been widely discussed and debated over the years, but only one person, Scopes, has thus far been convicted under it for teaching evolution in public schools..
According to Sen. Clayton Elam (D-Memphis), this measure has
"put Tennessee in the 20th century." A retired geologist is Shreveport, Louisiana, is quoted as saying: "It's been a long fight for the people of Tennessee, but not for me...
I think people there realized that it was a bad law and would have to be repealed sooner or later. I suppose the time has come."