Sunday, February 24, 2008

Unitarian Physicist to Speak on Separation of Church, State

This is a piece of news announcing a speech by a physicist. It would have been a rather innocuous announcement, except for one, historically-important fact about the person delivering this speech.

Schempp, a Unitarian, was the subject of a 1963 Supreme Court case banning school-sponsored Bible readings in public schools. While a high school student in Abington Township, Pa., in 1956, he and fellow students were required by state law to read 10 Bible verses every day. He protested and was disciplined at school. He and his father, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the school district.

I tell ya, even as a child, physicists can be a pain in people's butt, aren't they? Still, I'm proud to know that a physicist (or in this case, an eventual physicist) was the one responsible for this. :)


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