The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1963 that school-sponsored Bible readings were unconstitutional in public schools, and the student who triggered that case is now a retired physicist. In 1956, Ellery Schempp was a junior at Abington Senior High School in Pennsylvania when he read the Quran and refused to stand during prayers in his school, setting off a lengthy legal battle that resulted in the ban on mandatory Bible readings in school. "When I started this protest, I had no idea it would lead to court, let alone the Supreme Court," said Schempp, who recalls the case known as Abington v. Schempp in this interview.

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