Bible study in school — he opposed it

HERE IS ANOTHER entry in a countdown of the 100 greatest teenagers of all time. The extreme subjectivity of this list is apparent with the entry for number 81, a young Philadelphian whose protest of mandatory Bible study at his school resulted in a 1963 Supreme Court case that struck down required religious study at U.S. public schools.

To the many Americans who support prayer in public schools, Ellery Schempp might seem like a villain. To others, he might look like a hero. My position is that any young person who challenges what he or she sees as a violation of the Constitution (even with the aid of parents and attorneys), is admirable.

Scores of Christian churches and organizations support the separation of church and state that lies at the heart of the Schempp case.

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