John Scopes Case Study

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NEW VERSION 26th July 1925- The prosecution of defendant John Scopes, has finally come to a closure after a lengthy 8-days trial. The crux of the issue present at the trial was the infringement of the well-lauded Butler Act by John. T. Scopes, a high school teacher. It was alleged that John Scopes had taught the teachings of evolution to his students, a direct violation of the Butler act. Yesterday amid the media hubbub and the frenzied attention the trial had garner, Judge John T. Raulston passed the verdict that Scopes was guilty and was to be fined $100. Sedulous reporters of Chattanooga Daily Times had sat through and witness the proceedings of the trial and came to the conclusion that justice had been served. John Scopes had no right to teach Darwin’s evolution theories and his punishment was deserving. Firstly, the most glaring mistake on Scopes part was that he blatantly violated a state law of Tennessee in the form of the butler law. The law which states that "That it shall be unlawful for any teacher in …public schools of the State which…show more content…
It is not surprising to see John Scopes challenging it. However, it is the manner he challenge the Act, which deem him as in the wrong, hence rendering any rights he have, teaching or speaking, useless. It is perfectly acceptable for one to disapprove of the law, and perhaps challenge it in hope for an amendment. If Scopes wanted a amendment to the Butler Act, he should have done It in the proper and legal fashion. He should have gone to the parliament and proposing a amendment to the Butler act and put it to a vote. Then, Scopes would not be faulted for challenging the Act. However, he showed his displeasure of the law, by going against it. It is illegal for one to break the law, in order to change to the law. Hence, John Scopes has committed a illegal act. And this denies him of any rights at
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