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Teachers are likely to win the right to wear religious clothing such as turbans, yarmulkes, crosses and headscarves in public schools when the Oregon Legislature meets in February, elected officials say.
Oregon's prohibition on allowing teachers to exercise their faith by covering their heads or wearing other religious garb dates to a shameful anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant period in state history and is overdue to be changed, House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, said Monday.
Hunt plans to introduce a bill to repeal the 1923 law and said he is optimistic it will pass, given the broad spectrum of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs who support the change.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...
Notice how they conveniently overlook that overturning this law from 1923 will violate the United States Constitution.
The part that amazes me is that Oregon recently determined that it was unlawful for a Teacher to exercise their Conceal & Carry rights at School or School functions, but would seek to rule that Religion is appropriate to bring to School?
Few Oregonians were aware the state had such a ban -- one of only three in the nation -- until the Legislature passed a law earlier this year allowing all workers except teachers to wear religious dress at work in most instances.