Abington School District v. Schempp (1963)
At Abington High School, as part of morning exercises, verse from the Holy Bible were read over the loudspeaker. The students were asked to stand and repeat the Lord's Prayer right before the flag salute. Parents were informed that students had the right to leave the room and not participate in the reading or stay in the room and participate. The Schempp family, who were of the Unitarian faith, challenged the state law claiming that it was unconstitutional in supporting religion and specific denominations at that. The Supreme Court reaffirmed the First Amendment's forbiddance of laws building the establishment of a religion.
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