Thursday, October 3, 2013

50 Years After the Schempp Decision, Scholars are Still Debating

John Kerry

There are those that would argue that the real downfall of America started with the decision in the case of School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp in which the court ruled that public schools could not teach from the Bible nor through prayer. Others have said it was an awakening moment in American law similar to ending slavery. The scholars are still debating the issue today, 50 years since the decision was passed down.

Today’s public schools are finding it harder to keep students in line. The last couple of generations have been less prepared for the world from a purely Christian viewpoint and are therefore behind when it comes to bringing Yeshua into their lives. Regardless of how the debates go, it is hard to argue with the results of the decision.

Here’s some background information:

Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry explained that if he could do it all over again, he would major in “comparative religion.” Were it not for a Supreme Court decision 50 years ago, this might not have even been possible.

We’ve been commemorating events from the anniversaries of the Civil War and the civil rights movement. But this landmark was not about race; it was about religion. In Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), the Court held that Bible reading and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment. But while the Court declared that teaching children how to practice religion was unconstitutional, the majority and concurring opinions in Schempp also insisted that the academic study of religion was a valid and essential approach.

Read More: Christian Century

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