warren court

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  • 1963
  • Is the mandatory bible reading unconstitutional? 
  • Abington v Schempp
  • We are Unitarian, not catholic. This is unfair that our children have to read the bible in school. 
  • In Pennsylvania public schools, students were required to read at least 10 bible verses and recite the Lord's Prayer. 
  • Write a note to the school, and your children won't have to participate anymore. 
  • Edward Louis Schempp challenged the school district of Abington PA, saying that their religious rights were violated. 
  • The note does not solve this problem. 
  • The Schempp's decided to take the school district to court.
  • The court decided that the parents could write a letter that stated the child would opt out of the bible reading. 
  • The Warren Court decided that the Bible readings were in violation of the Establishment Clause of the first Amendment and the Free Exercise Clause. Therefore, the mandatory bible readings aren't allowed in schools anymore. 
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