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Wisconsin v. Yoder 406 U.S. 205 (1972) Facts:  Jonas Yoder and Wallace Miller, members of the Old Order Amish religion, failed to abide by  Wisconsin’s compulsory school attendance law by refusing to send their 14 and 15 year old children to  high school. The law required that children attend school until the age of sixteen. They were fined $5  dollars each by the Green County Court for being in violation of the law. The trial court also upheld  this sentence. However, in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the charges were reversed under the free  exercise clause. Wisconsin appealed to the Supreme Court of the U.S.. Yoder and Miller claimed that  school beyond the eighth grade would influence their children away from their religion. They claimed  that the compulsory attendance law was a violation of their First and Fourteenth Amendments. 
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Unformatted text preview: Issue: Was Yoder’s punishment for refusing to send his children to school a violation of religious rights in these circumstances? Should the Amish religion be exempt from the compulsory attendance law in the future? Holding: Affirmed. (Yoder would not be required to send his children to school) Reasons: The Supreme Court stated that, in this circumstance, forcing Amish children to go to school would have direct impact and influence on the religious future of the child. The Court realized that this went against the free exercise clause. The Court also realized the history and culture of Western civilization and parental respect. The Supreme Court stated the parents primary role of upbringing children is an American tradition that should not be interfered within regards to religion....
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