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Abington School District v. Schempp (docket #: 142) (1963)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Abington School District v. Schempp  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 02/27/1963
Decided 6/17/1963
Supreme Court Vote 8-1
Note Decided together with Murray et al. v. Curlett et al.
Supreme Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim upheld
IssueWhether a state law or school board may require that passages from the Bible be read or the Lord's Prayer be recited in the public schools of a State at the beginning of each school day, even if students may be excused with written permission.
Majority Opinion Clark, J.
Concurring Opinion Brennan, J., & Douglas, J., & Goldberg, J. (joined by Harlan, J.)
Dissenting Opinion Stewart, J.
Lower Court United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Lower Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim upheld
Oral Arguments Audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
Editorial, "Freedom of Religion," The New York Times, June 19, 1963, p. 29
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.) (2006), pp. 1182-1185, 1217-1218
Dickson, Del, THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE 1940-1985 (2001), pp. 425-427
Gey, Steven G. RELIGION AND THE STATE (2nd Ed.) (2006), pp. 302-312
Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.) (2006), pp. 1538, 1540, 1553, 1558, 1573
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