METRO MONTHLY–Proselytizin­g in Public Schools – Potluck, Drinks, Child Care

Presentation followed by a community party with potluck and drinks. Child care provided during the presentation.

This Month: Proselytizing is not allowed in in public schools. But PREP4Kids may have found a loophole. Using an Oregon "released time" law designed to protect religious freedom, the program teaches Bible classes during instructional time to children whose parents consent. So far, so good. However, the program engages in particular activities that cause educational disruption and result in religious recruitment in schools.

In 2009, CFI parents and the local chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State fought back against the cost imposed by the program on non-participating students and teachers and helped to curtail the program's activities in Sherwood.

PREP4Kids has been making the local news again lately, and the secular groups in Oregon are talking about what, if anything, we can do locally to respond.

Dani Tofte a leader in the fight against the abuse of released time laws, and Brian Harvey, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition of Oregon, will be there to fill you in, update you on the conversation, and get your input.

Dani Tofte serves as the Communications Chair for Center For Inquiry–Portland's Advisory Board and is raising two children in Sherwood, Oregon.  With the help of CFI and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Dani took on PREP4Kids, an evangelical ministry targeting children, to end their practice of abusing the Release Time Laws (granted to religious institutions) in her children's school district

Brian Harvey is the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for Oregon. He was born and raised in Portland and attended Centennial High School. After graduating from Oregon State University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science, he worked for several political campaigns and nonprofits doing public outreach and community engagement. He is a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Center for Inquiry, and American Humanist Association.


This is our regular monthly meeting at a central location to bring together our members from all over the Portland metro area, and anyone who wants to join us.  We’ll have a speaker presentation, discussion or entertainment, followed by a shared potluck dinner.

The Oslo Lounge has a bar, so you can have beer, wine and cocktails with dinner.  This is also an opportunity to connect with others in the community, get updated on our activism and what’s going on in the community, talk to Advisory Board members and give input.

Child care will be provided in one of the Norse Hall’s rooms.

Please bring a dish suitable for a proper meal to share.  We'll likely have more food than necessary, so plan on joining us even if you are unable to bring food.  If possible, label your utensils and serving dishes so the owner can be identified if things are left behind.  If you don’t cook, consider a bagged salad with dressing, or a roast chicken from a grocery store.


7:00 pm:  Welcome and announcements 
7:10 pm:  Presentation and Q&A 
8:00 pm:  Children join the adults for a potluck dinner, discussion and socializing


There is a parking lot on the west side, right next to the Norse Hall, where we have limited parking.  Street parking is also available.


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  • Eric

    sounds good, another time!

    April 9, 2014

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