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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

School District of Abington v. Schempp

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-05

School District of Abington v. Schempp24 § 12-05

The State of Pennsylvania enacted a law that stipulated, "At least ten verses from the Holy Bible shall be read, without comment, at the opening of each public school on each school day. Any child shall be excused from such Bible reading, or attending such Bible reading, upon the written request of his parent or guardian."

A family having two children in the public schools filed suit to halt enforcement of the Pennsylvania law on the ground that it constituted an impermissible establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment. A federal district court agreed that the law violated the establishment clause, and the state appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme ...

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