Monkey Trial - Report

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Report on the Monkey Trial In the 1920s, in the South and Mid-West in America, there were still many fundamentalists, meaning extremely religious people who completely believed in what bible said. Those places with high percentages of people attending churches were called the 'Bible Belt'. Those people in rural areas, at the time, were very worried about the changes in social attitudes taking place around them, such as the emphasis on material goods, freer sex provocative dancing and self-indulgence. They thought that their kids were being tempted by those modern culture, from the traditional values of hard work, saving money and clean lives. Therefore they tried to hold 'city vices' at bay. For example, they made a law that forbids indecent bathing costumes, petting, gambling and even giving contraceptive advices The Monkey Trial was all about a professor called John Scopes getting a permission to teach the Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution in a state where it was banned to. With over a hundred news reporter, the trial took place. Scopes was defended by America's most famous criminal lawyer, Clarence Darrow. The prosecution was led by a fundamentalist called William Jennings Bryan. The Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution was banned to be taught as it contradicts the idea of Christianity and the Bible. The Book of Genesis states that the God had created the world in six days, whereas Darwin argued that all lives on the earth have been evolving over millions of years. The trial ended up finding Scopes guilty as he broke the law of anti-evolution and he was fined $100 as a result. Although he was found guilty, the trial was regarded as a victory of modernists, which was a blow to the fundamentalists who were trying to censor what was taught in schools. The idea of the fundamentalism, unfortunately, is still alive in many countries even nowadays. In
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