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Plaintiff in Supreme Court school prayer case speaks at UTEP

Plaintiff in Supreme Court school prayer case speaks at UTEP

POSTED: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:56am

The plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court school prayer case spoke at UTEP this afternoon.     

Ellery Schempp, the plaintiff, first protested in 1956 that public schools cannot force students to pray or read from the Bible.

His protests led to a lawsuit and in 1963, the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 that official prayer and Bible reading in public schools are banned.

Nearly 300 people came to listen to Schempp's story.

Attendees say Schempp's contribution has greatly impacted how to keep religion out of government and government out of religion.

"It's important what he did because he changed our world. He made it easier for children to be able to go to school not feel separated by somebody else forcing their faith on them," said David Marcus, President of Join us for Justice.

This event is the third in the "Evening of Civil Disclosure" series produce by Join Us for Justice and the UTEP Religious Students Department.

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