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Coalition seeks repeal of Klan-era ban on religious garb in Oregon schools
cna ^ | February 8, 2010

Posted on 02/08/2010 9:59:29 AM PST by NYer

Eugene, Ore., Feb 7, 2010 / 07:42 pm (CNA).- Religious freedom advocates have asked the Oregon legislature for an immediate repeal of a decades-old law that bars Oregon teachers from wearing religious dress in public schools. The law, originally an anti-Catholic measure, was implemented with the support of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

Current Oregon law bars religious Jews from wearing yarmulkes, religious Sikhs from wearing turbans, and religious Muslim women from wearing a headscarf.

According to the Oregonian, the law was designed to prevent priests and nuns from wearing their clerics and habits in the classroom. It was part of a bill that barred Japanese-Americans from owning property in the state.

A coalition of interfaith civil rights and bar association organizations, including the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, sent a letter to state legislative leaders asking for the repeal of the law.

“It is amazing that Oregon, of all places, would want to keep religious minorities from getting a fair shot at public school jobs,” Eric Rassbach, National Litigation Director at the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund, said in a press release. “Why should anyone care if Mr. Singh wears a turban while teaching physics class?”

The law was upheld in a 1986 Oregon Supreme Court decision. The Oregonian reports that the court sided with the Eugene School District when it fired a Sikh teacher for wearing a turban, as is required by her faith.

The Oregon ACLU is leading supporters of the ban on religious clothing. They have argued that allowing religious clothing could lead to the indoctrination of children.

Oregon ACLU director David Fidanque has told the Oregonian that repealing the law could endanger the “religious neutrality” of public schools.

He reported his organization has received many complaints charging that some schools do too much to promote Christianity. Fidanque also voiced concern that lifting the ban on religious dress could lead some teachers to wear Jesus T-shirts or take other steps to evangelize at school.

Rassbach was critical of the ACLU affiliate’s support for the ban.

“You wouldn’t think that the ACLU would be channeling the Klan. But sadly the ACLU is doing everything it can to keep religious Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Catholics from being public school teachers.”

Oregon is one of three states that forbid public school teachers from wearing religious dress in the classroom.

Other laws backed by the Klan in Oregon included a 1922 law which required children to attend public schools, threatening the existence of Catholic parochial schools. A Catholic religious order helped launch legal challenges to the law, which was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1925 ruling Pierce v. Society of Sisters.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: aclu; catholic; jew; kkk; kukluxklan; oregon; religious

1 posted on 02/08/2010 9:59:30 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 02/08/2010 9:59:53 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Shocking the ACLU and KKK on the same side....


3 posted on 02/08/2010 10:02:31 AM PST by 11th Commandment (History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme - Mark Twain)
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To: NYer

Whatever its origins, the current move to overturn it is likely backed by Islamic interests.


5 posted on 02/08/2010 10:03:08 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Whatever its origins, the current move to overturn it is likely backed by Islamic interests.

They talk around it a lot, but I agree. This is about the Muslim headscarf, if not the full-out burkha.

6 posted on 02/08/2010 10:05:13 AM PST by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be your slave.)
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To: Morgana

Not under current law...


7 posted on 02/08/2010 10:05:38 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 382 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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8 posted on 02/08/2010 10:10:01 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Haiku Guy
Well, I certainly have no problem with a muslim woman wearing a headscarf or even a burqa, if she wishes to live somewhere where it is required.

Heck, if they'd all promise to go where they are welcome, and stay there, I'd even be willing to set up a fund to provide transportation costs....

9 posted on 02/08/2010 10:10:05 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 382 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: PapaBear3625

“Whatever its origins, the current move to overturn it is likely backed by Islamic interests.”

Exactly.


10 posted on 02/08/2010 10:18:23 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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"But sadly the ACLU is doing everything it can to keep religious Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Catholics from being public school teachers."
12 posted on 02/08/2010 10:19:51 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: NYer

If this law is repealed can Sikhs wear trubans and carry swords (which their religion also requires them to do) in class?


13 posted on 02/08/2010 10:26:36 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GP-35 Grande Puissance-1935)
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To: Morgana

Hey! That’s me!!!


15 posted on 02/08/2010 10:45:20 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 382 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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“Why should anyone care if Mr. Singh wears a turban while teaching physics class?”

Lookin' like a foo' wid' a rag on yo head.

16 posted on 02/08/2010 10:53:05 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: PapaBear3625

Sooner or later, a Muslim teacher in a burqa is going to use it to conceal a homicide belt so she can blow up the Crusader and Jewish kiddies.


17 posted on 02/08/2010 10:59:55 AM PST by hellbender
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To: 11th Commandment

Both of them fascists.


18 posted on 02/08/2010 11:01:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: hellbender

A burqa wouldn’t be needed for that.


19 posted on 02/08/2010 11:02:18 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Morgana
Or ...who was that XXXciting Obama budget guy with the toupe?

Peter Orszag! Oh, yeah, baby!

20 posted on 02/08/2010 11:08:34 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (How many of you believe in psychokinesis? Raise my hand.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

But a burqa makes it much easier. Allah be praised! /s


21 posted on 02/08/2010 2:41:32 PM PST by hellbender
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To: Morgana

“So I have to ask......can a Klansman wear the white pointy hat in the classroom?”
You might want to ask Senator Byrd (D).


22 posted on 02/12/2010 9:41:31 PM PST by rogator
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