End of School Prayer: 50 Years Ago

In honor of the Engel decision by the Supreme Court in June 1962. . .

“. . .a union of government and religion tends to destroy government and to degrade religion.”

~Decision written by Hugo Black

Good overview article on the American Humanist Association site by Ellery Schempp, a student in the 1963 case that ended school-led Bible study.

What if these courageous people, who endured the “wrath of the wreligious,” had not spoken out, had not taken a stand, had not been supported by the Supremes a half century ago?  We owe them a bow of respect and honor.

And Please People. . .any student or teacher who chooses CAN pray (or Not) in public schools.  Just keep it quiet and to yourself and Un-official.  No One ever took “God out of school” (what kind of wimpy deity do you believe in, anyway?).  Read Justice Hugo Black’s words again.  Now THERE’S some Education.


About Chris Highland

Writer, teacher, freethinker, humanist celebrant, former minister and interfaith chaplain View all posts by Chris Highland

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