More Talk Radio on 12/21/09

More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod host a discussion of the issue of wearing religious clothing in public schools. In Oregon teachers are prohibited from wearing religious garb in school. The law dates to 1923  when an open supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, presided as speaker of the Oregon House. It was included in the Alien Property Act of 1923, which prohibited Japanese Americans from owning property in Oregon, and was designed to prevent nuns and priests from wearing religious garb in classrooms.

Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt says the law should be overturned. Hunt plans to introduce a bill to repeal the law in the upcoming special session.

Speaking in favor of overturning the Oregon law is Kevin Finney, currently public policy director at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO). In recent years, Kevin Finney has served as political director with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, California outreach coordinator with the Union of Concerned Scientists and climate change program director with the Coalition for Clean Air.

Opposing the law change is Oregon Attorney Charlie Hinkle, who has been lead counsel in many landmark decisions construing the Oregon Constitution in the areas of religious liberty, open courts, commercial speech, election law, and property rights. He is one of the most active and prominent cooperating attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon.



More audio on Religious Dress

Persons interested in this story might also listen to this program  where the first half is a debate over the same issues. 

Ed Kraus, (producer of Shalom Portland)



Religilysing Our Schools

I tried to follow up that last caller on this morning's show, but got in too late. I'll just say right quick that, as a vehemittly NON-religious person, i couldn't help but notice that Satanism & Witchcraft were invoked afews times on the programme. I found the knee-jerk reactions to their mentioning to be both disturbing & typical. Just for the record, you all do know there's a profound difference between Satanism & Witchcraft, right? Because it kinda sounded like the two were being used interchangeably - almost like they were the same, witch... i mean which isn't true.


 Just asking.


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