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Today I attended one of the BEST meetings of my life...


Today, I attended a meeting with Dave Hunt, Speaker of the House in the Oregon State Legislature and several community leaders to talk about Senate Bill 786 that amends ORS 342.650 to prohibit religious dresses for Oregon teachers. It was an inspiring meeting. Speaker Hunt brought together various religious and cultural groups. It was so beautiful to see the Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, and other faiths sitting together around one table talking about religious freedom. I thought to myself, nowhere else in the world can this even happen. All of us coming together to respect the "free exercise of religion." Even though there was some resistance, everyone indicated their support for repealing the law as it currently stands.

Most people were twice my age in that meeting. Being one of the youngest attendees, I just took pictures, recorded everyone sitting together and shared some of my thoughts. I felt that each person around the table was extremely powerful, in their own unique ways. Everyone seemed to believe in God or a supreme being, which really hit home for me. I shared how I believe that God created all human beings. If we truly belive in God or a higher being, then we must respect God's creations, i.e. other human beings. God has created us in different races, religions, ethnicities, so that we may complement one another instead of demeaning each other and fighting against one another. Human Beings are God's creations, and we must respect each others religious beliefs and practices. I hope that the Speaker and the leaders of various communities will come together on this legislation and repeal ORS 342.650 that bans religious dresses for teachers. Otherwise, suits and ties that most people wear to church might even be banned in Oregon schools. ;)

As Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” The First Amendment, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights was adopted on December 15, 1791. Thank you founding fathers for having the first amendment. I look forward on helping change the law for the religious freedom of Oregon teachers.




Jensine's picture

Yeah! Go Saba!

This is fantastic to hear. There is nothing more inspiring than being around the table and hearing so many diverse voices. And you were there, part of this historical moment. Congratulations - this will spread far and wide.

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

rahma's picture

bravo Saba!

it's a good story from you and inspiring, because maybe 10 years ago in Indonesia women use vails is like a stranger, even Moslem is the majority here.
Last, congratulation with your work



jodelight's picture


Dear Saba,

I found your message to be powerful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing and spreading awareness regarding pertinent issues in Oregon.



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Anna Lag's picture


Hey Saba,

Thank you for sharing this story!

How awesome to be around so many inspiring people for such a noble cause. Hopefully this is just the beginning of many more similiar conversations and opennings!

Please keep sharing, -a

anna lag

Tanya's picture

I love this story! Inspiring

I love this story! Inspiring and such a requirement, especially in these times.

Warm Regards,


Shauna's picture

Thank you!

It's nice to hear something positive in a world where negative is shared much more often.

One Love,

Nadi Sindi's picture

Great Job: Thanks!

Thanks Saba! We need more women to be in Politics.. I ran three times for public offices. The last time was in 2008 for Lane County Commissioners seat. My name was not on the ballots....

God Bless you all. nadia

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