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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

FAITH, FREEDOM, AND PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTES

Session 1 Notes
Legally Supported

Abington School District v. Schempp

Many people think this is the case that the Bible had been thrown out of public schools, but it was really the type of Bible reading that had been thrown out of Schools. There was a PA law that said, “At least ten verses from the Holy Bible shall be read, without comment, at the opening of each public school on each school day. Any child shall be excused from such Bible reading, or attending such Bible reading, upon the written request of his parent or guardian.” Edward Schempp challenged this law saying that the state should not be making Bible reading mandatory. The Supreme Court favored Schempp and declared “this type” of Bible reading in the public schools to be unconstitutional. They did however say, “It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities.”

Florey v. Sioux Falls School District

This federal case dealt with Religious Holidays. The Sioux Falls school policy read, “Music, art, literature, and drama having religious themes or basis are permitted as part of the curriculum for school sponsored activities and programs if presented in a prudent and objective manner and as a traditional part of the cultural and religious heritage of the particular holiday.” However, the ACLU sued the school district over this policy, but ended up losing at both the local and federal level. The Supreme Court favored the inclusion of recognition of a holiday.

Stone v. Graham

This case dealt with a Kentucky law that required the Ten Commandments to be posted in each classroom. The Supreme Court stated, “This is not a case in which the Ten Commandments are…...

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