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Meyer v. Nebraska 262 U.S. 390 (1923) Facts:  Robert T. Meyer, a Lutheran lawyer teaching at the Zion Parochial School, was teaching a  minor to read German from a German-language bible story book. A recent law was passed in Nebraska  making it illegal to teach a foreign language for religious purposes. The county attorney conducted an  unannounced inspection of the school Meyer was at. Meyer was arrested for teaching the religious  study in German. In his defense, Meyer claimed he knew he would be arrested if he continued in  German, and deliberately continued in what appeared to be protest of the law. Meyer was tried and  convicted. The Nebraska State Supreme Court affirmed the conviction. Meyer appealed to the Supreme  Court of the United States. Issue: Does prohibiting the teaching of a foreign language with the intention of later using it for 
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Unformatted text preview: religious worship interfere with the right of religious freedom? Holding: Reversed and Remanded for further debate. Reasoning : Ultimately the court realized the foreign language law’s meaning was to improve the general quality of the American citizen and encourage American ideals by replacing foreign religious studies with English religious studies. The court also realized that while the state may take measures that enforce American ideals and morals, an individual has basic “fundamental” rights that must be respected. The Court then determined that no harm was intended by Meyer’s teachings, and the state was basically abusing the constitution with this law....
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