To discourse as an atheist.
—Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850
Scopes "Monkey Trial" Begins
This famous 1925 case pitted Charles Darwin's theory of evolution against fundamentalist interpretations of Genesis. Tennessee's new Butler Law had made the teaching of evolution illegal in public schools and attracted the challenge. William Jennings Bryan argued the prosecution's case against Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John Scopes, who had exposed his students to Darwinian theory. Clarence Darrow, representing the American Civil Liberties Union, defended Scopes. In his opening statement, Darrow announced, "'I do not pretend to know, where many ignorant men are sure'—that is all that agnosticism means." In turn, Bryan argued, "What shall we say of the intelligence, not to say religion, of those who are so particular to distinguish between fishes and reptiles and birds, but put a man with an immortal soul in the same circle with the wolf, the hyena, and the skunk?" Scopes was found guilty and fined $100, but the Tennessee Supreme Court soon overturned the verdict on a technicality.
I should revive "atheize"! I could use it.
OMG fursecution, William Jennings Bryan! :}