The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is considering a resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of a landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning school-sponsored Bible reading and prayer.
The resolution, proposed by state Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia), would designate June 2013 as “Public School Religious Freedom Month” in honor of the Supreme Court decision in School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp.
“You may recall that Pennsylvania schools were required by law to provide prayer even though it often conflicted with the personal religious perspectives of nonbelievers, agnostics, atheists and believers of many different faiths,” Cohen explained in April. “School-sponsored Bible reading and prayer also violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution providing for separation of religion and government.”
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