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Nebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers
by Grant Schulte
Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials — not what she was wearing on her head.
The 37-year-old nun was shocked to learn that, under a little-known law nearly a century old, she couldn't wear a habit in a public school classroom. The vaguely worded ban prohibits teachers from wearing any sort of religious garb, from burqas to yarmulkes.
"I could have been arrested, jailed, fined or had my license taken away if I had tried to teach," Miller said Tuesday.
Now, state lawmakers are looking to end the ban, which was passed in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux Klan amid a national wave of anti-Catholic sentiment.
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