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School District Of Abington Township v Schempp

Case Study

Sierra Sanchez

on 9 December 2010

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Transcript of School District Of Abington Township v Schempp

School District of Abington Township v Schempp The case was argued on Febuary 27-28, 1963 Warren Court. They decided June 17, 1963 on what should happen with the argument. The people in the case was the child of Schempp and the school he goes too (Abington School) The problem was that student read at less 10 verses from the bible everyday. Than they required ALL the students to recite the Lord's Prayer. They could be excused from having to say it as long as they brought a note signed by their guardian. Did the Pennsylvania law and Abington's requirments, requiring public school students to participate in classroom religious activities violate the religious freedom of students protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments? Ellory Shempp is the child whose parents did not want him to recite the Lord's Prayer at school. His parents are the ones who brought it to court. The that once read 10 verses from the Bible and recited the Lord's Prayer everyday at school is Abington School District in Pennsylvania. The case was held at Warren Court House. Abington School District should be able to read the Bible in School because it is what they believe in. It violates their right of freedom of religion if they can't read or recite the Lord's Prayer. The school doesn't deny a note from a parent saying they can be excused so if they feel the need not to particapate then all they need is a note stating that they can leave the room while it's happening. Ellory Schempp shouldn't have to particapate during that time of practice. The school should not be allowed to practice only one religion at that school as a group. Since they do that it violates Ellory's Freedom of Religion because he doesn't practice that religion. For them to practice the religion during school hours takes away from their learning time. Ellory should be able to go to school and not be required of the school to Practice a religion he doesn't follow.
For the second time in two years, the Court headed by Chief Justice Warren handed down a decision prohibiting religion in the public schools. This time, because of the hostile response to the first decision, the Court outlined a clear standard for evaluating legislation that might offend the First Amendment's Establishment Clause So now the school can not force them do it anymore. The school can not even practice a certain religion during school hours. Work Cited

The Oyez Project, Abington School District v. Schempp , 374 U.S. 203 (1963)
available at: (http://oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1962/1962_142)
(last visited Wednesday, December 8, 2010).

<a href="http://law.jrank.org/pages/ 22892/Abington-School-District-v-Schempp-Significance.html">Abington School District v. Schempp - Significance</a> It violated the 1st (freedom of religion) and 14th amendment
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