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#1 thatboyaintright

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:36 AM

Stephen D. Solomon has written a new book about Ellery Schempp, the high school student who began his protest 50 years ago when he opened the Quran during his high school's mandatory Bible reading time. Then he refused to stand for the Lord's Prayer & was sent out of the room.

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Schempp opened the Quran to show that there were other holy books. After he refused to stand for the Lord's Prayer, his teacher called him aside and he was sent out of the classroom.

That evening, Schempp wrote the American Civil Liberties Union to ask for help, and the case began its trip to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, Schempp was headed to Tufts University and a busy academic life, and a new passion for climbing developed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

In June 1963, Schempp heard the news of the Supreme Court decision on the car radio while honeymooning with his first wife in South Dakota. About 1,000 letters soon arrived at his parents' house _ some supportive, others filled with expletives and even smeared with excrement.

But the fervor died down after about six months. Though the decision bore his name, Schempp said the anger over the ruling was generally directed at the fervent atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, whose similar case was joined with his in the Supreme Court decision.

"Many years of my life went by in which I would rarely think of it," he said.

Schempp earned his doctorate in physics at Brown University. He worked as a professor and researched nuclear waste disposal and technology that would become part of the fiberoptics revolution. He taught in Europe, then in 1980, returned to the United States, eventually working with early MRI technology. By the early 2000s, he was consulting and moving toward semiretirement in Medford. He now gives talks on his early defense of civil liberties about once a month.

Schempp acknowledges his case and those that followed have led to some excesses by those seeking to hold the church-state divide. But overall, he thinks its principles are vitally important to preserve, and he's happy to use whatever fame he has to do that

"Great men wake up to slay dragons. Most are content to chase lizards. Therein lies the difference. Live Brave."

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:40 AM

QUOTE (thatboyaintright @ Aug 24 2007, 12:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stephen D. Solomon has written a new book about Ellery Schempp, the high school student who began his protest 50 years ago when he opened the Quran during his high school's mandatory Bible reading time. Then he refused to stand for the Lord's Prayer & was sent out of the room.

Reviews of the book.

Here's the AP news link


Silly heathens, when will they learn this country is for Christians only, he should have just kept his heathen mouth shut and waited for his trip to Hell...
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"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."

Religion in Government is like Gang Rape. 5 out of the 6 participants thinks it's great, done by popular concensus and morally justified because the Bible and "god" said they could. Publicly the 5 condem it but have no problems privately supporting it or participating in it...

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 12:01 PM

QUOTE (Thoughts @ Aug 24 2007, 12:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Silly heathens, when will they learn this country is for Christians only, he should have just kept his heathen mouth shut and waited for his trip to Hell...

I did find it interesting that O'Hare got the notoriety & he didn't.

I think it had to do with it being easier to pronounce "Madeline Murray O'Hare" than "Ellery Schempp."
"Great men wake up to slay dragons. Most are content to chase lizards. Therein lies the difference. Live Brave."

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