Public School Religious Freedom Month

06.11.13 | Abby Lutcher

The resolution, approved unanimously Monday, designates June 2013 as "Public School Religious Freedom Month" to commemorate the court's June 17, 1963 decision in a case that began in Pennsylvania. Abington High School student Ellery Schempp sued in 1956 after he was reprimanded for reading a Quran in class to protest a Pennsylvania law requiring students to read 10 Bible verses each day, followed by a recitation of the Lord's Prayer. The House last year passed a resolution declaring 2012 to be the Year of the Bible. A federal judge threw out a lawsuit challenging it, but criticized its language as "proselytizing and exclusionary."