Decided: McCollum v. Board of Education - By a 6-1 vote the Supreme Court will agree with Mrs. Vashti McCollum, an atheist mother, and disallow the practice of having religious education to take place in public school classrooms during the school day.
Justice Black writes in the majority decision:
"Pupils compelled by law to go to school for secular education are released in part from their legal duty upon the condition that they attend the religious classes.
This is beyond all question a utilization of the tax-established and tax-supported public school system to aid religious groups to spread their faith. ...
Here not only are the State's tax supported public school buildings used for the dissemination of religious doctrines.
The State also affords sectarian groups an invaluable aid in that it helps to provide pupils for their religious classes through use of the State's compulsory public school machinery.
This is not separation of Church and State."
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