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Clarence Darrow: Agnostic

In 1925, the great lawyer Clarence Darrow defended John T. Scopes, who was being tried for teaching the theory of evolution in his Tennessee school. When the prosecution attempted to discredit Darrow by labeling him an agnostic, the lawyer replied, "I do not consider it an insult but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure."

[Though Scopes was convicted, his token sentence was hailed as a victory for common sense.]

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