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In the past and present new ideas frequently required considerable amounts of time to acquire municipal acceptance For example about 1800 years ago Ptolemy theorized that the earth and its human populace were at the center of the universe resulting to the conclusion of the sun was rotating around man as if man was the superior being Ptolmey Even after Galileo proposed his theory stating that the earth revolved around the sun the Italian Catholic Church among many others refused to discard Ptolemys theorization that the earth was the center of the solar system Due to his viewpoints and way of life Galileo was quarantined acknowledged as a heretic and all but burnt to the stake Galileo Galilei Likewise in July of 1925 John Scopes was placed on trial in Dayton Tennessee for teaching the philosophy of evolution Considered equally unorthodox as Galileo and his theory of the solar system by the Fundamentalists ironically another Christian based organization The teaching of evolution in public and private schools during the Roaring Twenties was an important issue due to Fundamentalists ever growing influential powers The Scopes Monkey Trial served as an assessment of American values because it considered taboo subject matter of the separation involving church and state In the Roaring Twenties writings on the theory of evolution were not considered suitable to lecture on in schools due to Fundamentalist influences but the American Civil Liberties Union wanted to test the strength of the prohibition of evolutionary teachings in all states starting with a small test case in a rural area The American Civil Liberties Union detested restraints on the education system and wanted to remove any and all laws that restricted the first amendment rights in universities and institutions In the Roaring Twenties the American Civil Liberties Union surveyed the United States educational systems and found that there were more restrictive laws that had been placed during the last couple years than in any other
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