2.20-2.27 Poli Sci notes

2.20-2.27 Poli Sci - Engle Vs Vitale o Regents Prayer o 10 parents of pupils brought class action lawsuit o Black"recitation of the prayer wholly

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2/20/08 Engle Vs. Vitale o Regents Prayer o 10 parents of pupils brought class action lawsuit o Black: “recitation of the prayer wholly inconsistent with the Establishment Clause…prayer is an inherently religious activity” o Respondents: “arguing that the prayer was non-denominational and that no one was compelled to follow it Abbington School district vs. Schemp o 10 verses from Bible be read every day by student w/out comment from teacher every day o Clark: parent’s through excusing children from attendance would damage their relationship w/teacher’s & students” societal pressure and peer pressure is a lot for young children in the school o Rabbi testified that parts of the NT were offensive to the Jewish tradition o State: Literary value, teaching good morals o Clark- literal reading rendered it non-secular, not hostile, not “religion of secularism” * Teaching about religion in an indoctrinable manor, “opiate of the masses” that would be a religion of secularism? Lee vs. Weizmann o Prayer said by clergy member at Middle and High School graduation Set the guidelines for “civic occasions” Kennedy: involvement w/prayer is pervasive, state sponsored relgion
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course POLI SCI 1 taught by Professor Charney during the Spring '08 term at Duke.

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2.20-2.27 Poli Sci - Engle Vs Vitale o Regents Prayer o 10 parents of pupils brought class action lawsuit o Black"recitation of the prayer wholly

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