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18 May 1631
Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

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3 May 1675
Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

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11 May 1682
Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

12 December 1712

South Carolina Passes Law Requiring Everyone Attend Church on Sunday

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13 February 1826
American Temperance Society Founded in Boston

American Temperance Society Founded in Boston

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5 February 1837
Birth of American Evangelist Dwight L. Moody

Birth of American Evangelist Dwight L. Moody

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18 January 1844
U.S. Senate Rejects Christian Nation Resolution

U.S. Senate Rejects Christian Nation Resolution

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19 March 1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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19 November 1862
Birth of William Ashley Sunday, American Baseball Player Who Becomes an Evangelist

Birth of William Ashley Sunday, American Baseball Player Who Becomes an Evangelist

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24 December 1865
K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

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20 April 1871
Ku Klux Klan Act Broadens Presidential Powers to Deal With Christian Terrorism Against Blacks

Ku Klux Klan Act Broadens Presidential Powers to Deal With Christian Terrorism Against Blacks

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2 January 1872
Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

23 December 1877

Woman's Christian Temperance Union Organized in Hillsboro, Ohio

17 February 1889
Evangelist Billy Sunday Holds First Public Crusade in Chicago

Evangelist Billy Sunday Holds First Public Crusade in Chicago

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21 March 1900
Death of Dwight L. Moody, Founder of Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions

Death of Dwight L. Moody, Founder of Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions

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30 June 1910
Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

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6 July 1910
Christian Endeavor Society Campaigns Against Displaying Pictures of the 'Fight of the Century'

Christian Endeavor Society Campaigns Against Displaying Pictures of the 'Fight of the Century'

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20 July 1910

Christian Endeavor Society Starts Campaigns to Ban Movies with Kissing Between Non-Relatives

23 March 1915
Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

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7 November 1918
Birth of American Evangelist Billy Graham

Birth of American Evangelist Billy Graham

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21 June 1919
19th Amendment Passes U.S. House and Senate

19th Amendment Passes U.S. House and Senate

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5 December 1919

Allegheny Bar Association Wants Legal Action to Disbar an Atheist

19 October 1921
Birth of Bill Bright, Founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ

Birth of Bill Bright, Founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ

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4 July 1923
Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

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15 July 1923
Methodist Review's Editor Dr. George Elliott Says William Jennings Bryan is Superficial in Education

Methodist Review's Editor Dr. George Elliott Says William Jennings Bryan is Superficial in Education

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23 July 1923
Georgia Assembly Considers Measure Opposing Atheism, Agnosticism, Darwinism

Georgia Assembly Considers Measure Opposing Atheism, Agnosticism, Darwinism

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1 September 1923
Oklahoma Governor Walton Imposes Martial Law Against KKK Violence

Oklahoma Governor Walton Imposes Martial Law Against KKK Violence

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27 May 1924
Methodist Episcopal Church Repeals Ban on Dancing, Card Playing, Circuses, Theater

Methodist Episcopal Church Repeals Ban on Dancing, Card Playing, Circuses, Theater

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25 July 1924
President Coolidge Tells Boy Scouts a Man Cannot Be Great Without Belief in God

President Coolidge Tells Boy Scouts a Man Cannot Be Great Without Belief in God

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31 July 1924

Georgia House Reviews Bill to Cut State Funding to Any School Teaching Evolution

15 August 1924
Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

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8 October 1924
Playing of Jazz Music in Local Churches Banned by National Lutheran Conference

Playing of Jazz Music in Local Churches Banned by National Lutheran Conference

28 January 1925
Butler Anti-Evolution Act Passed in Tennessee

Butler Anti-Evolution Act Passed in Tennessee

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13 March 1925
Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

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21 March 1925
Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

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24 April 1925
John Scopes Uses School Text Book to Teach Evolution

John Scopes Uses School Text Book to Teach Evolution

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4 May 1925
George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

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

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7 May 1925
Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

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10 May 1925
John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

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13 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

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13 May 1925
Law Requiring Daily Bible Readings in All Public Schools Passed in Florida

Law Requiring Daily Bible Readings in All Public Schools Passed in Florida

14 May 1925
Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

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18 May 1925
Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

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18 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

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21 May 1925
Presbyterian Church Passes Resolution Denouncing Theory of Evolution

Presbyterian Church Passes Resolution Denouncing Theory of Evolution

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24 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

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24 May 1925
Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

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25 May 1925
Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

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28 June 1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes Discuss Trial with ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes Discuss Trial with ACLU

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6 June 1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

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