Abington School District v. Schempp
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School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania
Edward Lewis Schempp
That a Pennsylvania law requiring daily Bible readings in public schools violates the First Amendment requirement of church-state separation.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
John D. Killian III and Philip H. Ward III
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Henry W. Sawyer III
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Earl Warren, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
17 June 1963
The Supreme Court struck down the Pennsylvania statute by a vote of 8-1.
- Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962).
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- Drakeman, Donald L. Church-State Constitutional Issues: Making Sense of the Establishment Clause. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1991.
- Levy, Leonard Williams. The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.
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