Tarcaso vs. Watkins


Let’s be Supreme Court Judges (Justices)- This is a real case that went before the

US Supreme Court. Today you are going to decide what the ruling should be.

Then we will find out if you made the correct decision.

Freedom of Religion

Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961)

The state of Maryland had a law saying that everyone who wanted a

job in the state government had to swear that he or she believed in God.

A man named Torcaso applied for a job as a government official.

He was denied the job because he would not say that he believed in God.

Mr. Torcaso said that the Maryland law was unconstitutional because it limited his

freedom of religion.

He said that freedom of religion meant the freedom to believe in God or

not to believe in God, as a person wishes

Post your response to the Supreme Court case. Explain what do you think the Supreme Court decided? Why?

December Empathy

Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.

  • Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.
  • Empathy makes the world a better place.

Practice empathy by being observant of others, using active listening and donating a pair of new or gently used shoes for Soles to Souls. Our book of the month is The Yellow Star by Carmen Deedy. After reading and listening to the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, explain why the author titled the book The Yellow Star. What does the yellow star symbolize?