Monday, February 9 – BIG EVENT

Featuring Ellery Schempp and Mark Chancey

auhFlyer010715Ellery Schempp is the plaintiff in the landmark case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that requiring public school students to read the Bible in class was unconstitutional.

Mark Chancey is an SMU religious studies professor who has documented how Bible courses in Texas public schools are promoting certain religious perspectives over others.


The Case – Abington v. Schempp

Watch a short video about Ellery Schempp and his case, featuring original footage, at

Information about School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp, including recordings of the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court’s opinion

Fifty Years Of Freedom: Celebrating The Supreme Court’s Decision Against Coercive Religion In Public Schools
Jun. 17, 2013 by Rob Boston in Wall of Separation

Ellery’s Epic Exploit
How A 16-Year-Old Pennsylvania Boy And His Family Won An Important Church-State Victory At The Supreme Court 50 Years Ago

May 2013 by Rob Boston in Church & State

The Bold And The Brave: Saluting Those Who Stand Up For The Church-State Wall

Feb. 10, 2011 by Rob Boston in Wall of Separation

50 Years After Abington v. Schempp, a Dissenter Looks Back on School Prayer

Jun. 17, 2013 by Linda K. Wertheimer in The Atlantic

Mark A. Chancey ­

How Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

January 7, 2014 by Mark A. Chancey in Religion & Politics

Reading, Writing & Religion II: Texas Public School Bible Courses in 2011-12

January 2013 by Mark A. Chancey for Texas Freedom Network Education Fund

Houston Community College, Southwest – Auditorium