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


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 BibleThe Greek term biblia means the “books.” Bible is used in both the Jewish and Christian traditions to refer to the book which gathers together their sacred writings. The Hebrew Bible includes the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings—a collection re... be read or that the Lord’s PrayerPrayer is the vocal or silent address to the Divine. It may consist of fixed words, spontaneous words, or rest in silence with no words at all. Some forms of prayer are accompanied with specific postures or gestures, while others are not. 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.]