School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp (1963)

School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp
No. 142
374 U.S. 203

June 17, 1963


Syllabus

Because of the prohibition of the First Amendment against the enactment by Congress of any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” which is made applicable to the States by the Fourteenth Amendment, no state law or school board may require that passages from the Bible be read or that the Lord’s Prayer be recited in the public schools of a State at the beginning of each school day — even if individual students may be excused from attending or participating in such exercises upon written request of their parents. Pp. 205-227.

228 Md. 239, 179 A.2d 698, reversed. [p*205]

[School District of Abington Township v. Schempp. No. 142. 374 U.S. 203. June 17, 1963. Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/.]