Abington SD Vs. Schempp Case Study

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Abington SD vs. Schempp

This case concerns Bible reading in the public schools of Pennsylvania. When the students who attended arrived for school, they were required to read at least ten verses from the Bible. After that, they were required to recite the Lord’s Prayer. The only way to avoid these activities was written note from the parents. The United States Supreme Court favored Schempp and declared this Bible reading to be unconstitutional.

It all started when Edward Schempp, a resident of Abington, Pennsylvania filed a suit against the Abington School District to prohibit the enforcement of requiring children to hear and read portions of the Bible as part of their education. Schempp’s children attended the school and felt it was not right and against their religious freedoms. He and his family are also Unitarians. The case was lost at the Federal district court level, which then with hopes of Schempp dropping it, the school with parental consent aloud kids to opt out of it, but Schempp was still not pleased. This case seemed to cause difficult and social issues like no other. It bounced from district to Supreme Court level between 1958 to 1963.

In an opinion of an 8-1 majority the court …show more content…

It is America, the land of the free. Everyone has their Constitutional rights to believe how they want and to even voice their opinion. Freedom of speech. The Bible is something our country is founded on and it should stay that way. We have the freedom to choose whether or not we want it in our everyday lives. Although, with Christ and his Word in our schools, homes, and workplaces we could possibly be a spiritually stronger nation. We have our rights as to whether it is in or out, but by removing the Bible from our lives we are only hurting ourselves. Not everyone has the same thoughts or religion, so not everyone will agree which is why we have courts, judges, and majority

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