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Ellery Schempp ~ Thoughts on the 50th Anniv. of my Landmark Supreme Court Case

Ellery has had plenty of chances lately to reminisce about the events 50 years ago when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in his case against Bible reading in public schools. You can read some of his thoughts in the links below or you can come meet the man in person and hear what he has to say about the state of separation of church and state, 50 years after the Abington v. Schempp verdict.




According to Wikipedia: 

"Ellery Schempp is an accomplished physicist and is also famous for being the primary student involved in the landmark 1963 United States Supreme Court case of Abington School District v. Schempp which declared that required public-school-sanctioned Bible readings were unconstitutional". 

We know Ellery as a dedicated member of the Concord Area Humanists steering committee and the co-chair of the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts. Ellery is a long-time Unitarian Universalist and a strong supporter of the ACLU and of the separation of church and state. He is a popular speaker at Unitarian Universalist and Secular Humanist meetings and conferences, where he speaks about his landmark protest as well as the current state of democracy, the constitution, and the bill of rightsEllery is a member of the American Humanist Association and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. In 1996, he received the Religious Liberty Award from Americans United. He is on the Advisory Board of the Secular Student Alliance and the Secular Coalition for America.


The meeting will start at 7:00 with socializing and a few announcements. The program will start at 7:15, after which we will have open discussion with the presenter followed by more socializing. At 9:00 we usually have an open steering committee meeting which anyone is invited to attend.

(Manager: Maria)

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  • Mike H.

    I Agree with David. An excellent and engaging talk that needs to be recorded and seen for years to come.

    January 9, 2014

  • David K.

    Great talk by Ellery Schempp. So many poignant and significant statements that I asked if I could have a copy of his notes sent to me electronically so I could reflect on them rather than just react to them.

    January 8, 2014

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