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The Case of Wisconsin vs Yoder Docket 70-110 goes back to the year 1972 Jonas Yoder and Wallace Miller were both members of the Amish religion Adin Yutzy also prosecuted under the Wisconsin law represented the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church The reason for prosecution was because there was a law that stated all children must attend public school until the age of sixteen The three parents all being Amish refused to obey such a law and pulled their children out of school after the 8th grade Their argument was that the high school attendance was contrary to their religious beliefs The state of Wisconsin disagreed and challenged this case to the United States Supreme CourtThe basic constitutional amendment that is being argued here is the freedom of religion The case was argued on December 8 1971 and was eventually decided on May 15 1972 Each side had a perfectly good reason as to why they were right The defense represented as being Yoder said that the law basically threatens their religious way of life In their opinion the only teachings they needed were that of what they had already received up until the 8th grade They also said that Amish parents provide training from an early age through young adults teaching them the skills necessary to be farmers or other skills ie carpenters and parents This training supposedly prepares them for a much better life as an Amish adult than what they would receive in formal schoolingOn the states side however their views were much different The state was simply enforcing a law that requires children be enrolled in school until the age of sixteen The states other argument was that the extra schooling prepared the children for adult life In response the defendants found it unnecessary and unjust The state came back with the question of what will happen to the children if they leave their Amish community In a 6-to-1 decision the Court
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