School district v. Schempp

School district v. Schempp
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  • The year is 1963, and we are at the School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania, where the school district and Edward Lewis Schempp argue over reading the Bible in school.
  • We want to keep enforcing the requirement of reading the Bible in class.
  • The School District
  • You can't have reading the Bible as a requirement because that is unconstitutional.
  • Edward Lewis Schempp
  • The question for the court to answer is whether or not the Pennsylvania law, which requires public school students to take part in religious, classroom exercises, violates the first and fourteenth amendment.
  • The Courthouse
  • There is nothing wrong with reading the Bible in school classes.
  • The courtroom
  • Yes there is.  Reading the Bible in school, as a requirement, goes against the religious freedoms stated in the first amendment.
  • The court
  • Schools are no longer allowed to have Bible readings in classes because those exercises directly violate the first amendment.
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