Nebraska Law Bars a Nun From Teaching in Her Habit
Sister Madeleine Miller applied as a public-school substitute and was told she couldn’t wear her habit if hired.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Sister Madeleine Miller’s efforts to substitute teach in a Nebraska public school ran afoul of a century-old law that left her bewildered — and prompted the state Legislature to take another look at the law’s dark past.
“I was just shocked,” she told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “It was 2015. How could that possibly be legal or constitutional?”
Sister Madeleine, 37, is a member of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Norfolk, which requires its sisters to wear their habit at almost all times in public.
She had applied to Norfolk Public Schools as a public-school substitute due to a lack of openings in Catholic schools. The school district told her she couldn’t wear her habit if she was hired.
“I could have been arrested, jailed, fined or had my license taken away if I had tried to teach,” Sister Madeleine told The Associated Press. (more)