The Resource The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today - Religion in School

The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today - Religion in School

The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today - Religion in School
The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today - Religion in School
She was called "that awful woman" by her neighbors, and 2that atheist mother3 by newspapers across the country. Her friends stopped returning phone calls rather than risk speaking with her. She was branded a communist, and the Illinois State Legislature nearly outlawed her and her husband from ever working at the state university again. She received up to 200 letters a day, some of the writers claiming they would pray for her; many wishing for much worse.. All because, in 1945, Vashti McCollum would file a historic lawsuit that would forever change the relationship between religion and public school in America {u2013} and turn this young housewife from central Illinois into an unlikely champion of the separation of church and state.. In 1940, the Champaign, Illinois public school district instituted a voluntary religion class in its grade schools, something that was being done in school districts across the country. Vashti McCollum initially didn{u2019}t allow her oldest son, 10-year-old Jim, permission to take the religion class. She believed religion was a personal matter, and not one for the schools, but after persistent begging by Jim, she finally relented. Then she saw the materials being used in the class. 2It was indoctrination into the old Christian faith,3 she remembered. 2So I said never again.3. So Jim sat out the class, but he was the only one in his classroom who didn{u2019}t have permission to take the religion class. Not knowing what to do with Jim during the time of religion class, the teacher sat him in a desk in the hall, the same place kids were placed when they were punished. Jim suffered brutal bullying as a result and came home in tears. Vashti McCollum decided that was enough. 2Never again,3 Mrs. McCollum remembered, still angry, 2would he be put in the hall.3 So she sued the Champaign school district to put a stop to the religion class, beginning a three-year odyssey that would change American public schools forever
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