Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963)
Public schools cannot sponsor Bible readings and recitations of the Lord’s Prayer under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
U.S. Supreme CourtSchool Dist. of Abington Tp. v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963)
School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp
Argued February 27-28, 1963
Decided June 17, 1963*
374 U.S. 203
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 Bible be read or that the Lord's Prayer 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. 374 U. S. 205-227.
201 F. Supp. 815, affirmed.
228 Md. 239, 179 A.2d 698, reversed.