Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ellery Schempp: "It is about power, not about religion"

"There are persons in every community—often deeply devout—to whom any version of the Judaeo-Christian Bible is offensive. There are others whose reverence for the Holy Scriptures demands private study or reflection and to whom public reading or recitation is sacrilegious.... To such persons it is not the fact of using the Bible in the public schools, nor the content of any particular version, that is offensive, but the manner in which it is used."
 - Justice Brennan's concurrence in Abington School District v. Schempp
Ellery Schempp spoke last summer on the 50th anniversary of the case that bears his name:
"It is about power, not about religion"
 - Ellery Schempp 
You can watch his talk here:

See also: "That awful woman"

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