Education: Argument for the Court

Is the reading of the Bible in the public schools a violation of the U.S. Constitution? The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to give the question its thought.

The State of New Jersey is the defendant in the case. For 35 years, New Jersey law has prescribed the reading of five verses a day from the Old Testament. Students whose parents object are not required to be present. Even so, two New Jersey taxpayers, Mrs. Anna Klein of Hawthorne and Donald R. Doremus of East Rutherford, members of a group entitled the United Secularists of America, object seriously. They have sued...

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