George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act Hot

George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

George W. Rappleyea
Source: Wikipedia

George W. Rappleyea and others begin to conspire to put their town of Dayton, Tennessee, "on the map" by using it as a site to test the Butler Act's prohibition on teaching evolution.

Their goal is to use a legal case challenging the ban on teaching evolution to attract business, tourism, and attention. This test case will become the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial with John Scopes as the defendant.

Rappleyea's interest in challenging the Butler Act is not merely financial; he is also strongly opposed to fundamentalists and what he regards as an excessively narrow and harsh vision of Christianity.

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