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Humor of a Country Lawyer$
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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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Humor in Education

Humor in Education

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(p.27) Chapter 3 Humor in Education
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Humor of a Country Lawyer
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Sam J. Ervin

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807844649.003.0003

This chapter discusses the school prayer cases and the time when students in the Morganton High School were required to answer the morning roll call with quotations from the Scriptures. The author answered the roll call one morning with this quotation: “I have more understanding than all my teachers.” The quotation moved his classmates to laughter and his teacher to anger. The teacher punished the author by keeping him after school and requiring him to memorize and recite Thomas Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.” When the author protested it was unfair to punish him because he had quoted the Bible correctly as he was supposed to do, his teacher said that the words he quoted were not in the Bible. After the author called her attention to Psalms 119, verses 99–100, the teacher conceded that the author had quoted the Bible correctly, but asserted that he nevertheless deserved the punishment imposed on him because he did not quote it with reverence.

Keywords:   school prayer cases, Morganton High School, Scriptures, Thomas Gray, Bible

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