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Police say rosaries are newest gang symbol
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ALBANY, Ore. Never did Jaime Salazar imagine that wearing a rosarylike crucifix to school would provoke a national stir.

But when Salazar, 14, and his 16-year-old friend Marco Castro were suspended recently for refusing to remove the religious beads because they were "gang-related," it thrust the issue into the headlines and has triggered questions over the evolving role of rosaries in religion, fashion and street gangs.

In the latest cultural take on a symbol that has gone from Catholic altars to Britney Spears' bosom, the rosary is blurring the lines of liberty and safety on campus.

Some call the rosary-gang connection a stretch and urge caution. But for educators and public safety officials charged with blocking fluid gang trends, rosaries have become one more marker to track suspicious activity.

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  -Police say rosaries are newest gang symbol flashl  Mar-17-08 09:41 AM   #0 
  - They always have been  Slagathor   Mar-17-08 09:43 AM   #1 
  - I agree 100% BUT  goddess40   Mar-17-08 09:46 AM   #3 
  - Screw the First Amendment, right?  BlueDogDemocratNH   Mar-17-08 09:53 AM   #5 
  - Exactly... banning them would be supporting the First Amendment  Slagathor   Mar-17-08 10:05 AM   #10 
     - No  BlueDogDemocratNH   Mar-17-08 10:09 AM   #12 
     - No  Slagathor   Mar-17-08 10:20 AM   #16 
        - Read SCOTUS precedent  BlueDogDemocratNH   Mar-17-08 10:49 AM   #22 
     - Allowing student expression is not the same as supporting religeon  MaryCeleste   Mar-17-08 10:23 AM   #17 
  - Students have the right to display their religion  Goblinmonger   Mar-17-08 09:56 AM   #7 
  - I don't think so  Slagathor   Mar-17-08 10:03 AM   #9 
     - Fortunately the law and the courts disagree with you  MaryCeleste   Mar-17-08 10:26 AM   #18 
  - That would violate the First Amendment.  happyslug   Mar-17-08 10:05 AM   #11 
  - How so? I'd quite like to hear your reasoning. I'm a *tad* skeptical of your claims.  Random_Australian   Mar-18-08 02:01 AM   #31 
  - They're getting smarter  goddess40   Mar-17-08 09:44 AM   #2 
  - Try the Jews, Mormons, Sikhs, Muslims and others  MaryCeleste   Mar-17-08 10:28 AM   #19 
  - Good - get rid of ALL religious items in schools  Paint It Black   Mar-17-08 09:48 AM   #4 
  - The First Amendment disagrees  BlueDogDemocratNH   Mar-17-08 09:53 AM   #6 
  - So are you saying....  DeSwiss   Mar-17-08 10:33 AM   #20 
     - This is atheist fundamentalism  BlueDogDemocratNH   Mar-17-08 10:51 AM   #23 
        - What I find ludicrous is words like "atheist fundamentalism"  DeSwiss   Mar-17-08 11:03 AM   #25 
        - You missed a key point when you said  MaryCeleste   Mar-17-08 11:13 AM   #26 
           - I agree with the "public square" exposure example.  DeSwiss   Mar-18-08 07:28 AM   #34 
        - Keep in mind schools are not free speech or freedom of expression zones...  cynatnite   Mar-18-08 02:25 AM   #32 
  - Crosses?????  peace13   Mar-17-08 10:14 AM   #15 
  - Oh NO! Now, Catholics are going to have to disavow gangs.  Feeney2   Mar-17-08 10:03 AM   #8 
  - in many ways the catholic church IS a gang and has murder far more people in 2000 yrs nt  msongs   Mar-17-08 10:11 AM   #13 
     - Well said....  DeSwiss   Mar-17-08 10:36 AM   #21 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-17-08 10:52 AM   #24 
     - What of their recent efforts?  MaryCeleste   Mar-17-08 11:14 AM   #27 
        - There you go again, Mary  BlueDogDemocratNH   Mar-17-08 01:19 PM   #28 
        - It's a mixed bag.  varkam   Mar-17-08 05:05 PM   #30 
        - The sole voice?  Realityhack   Mar-23-08 11:31 PM   #36 
  - OH for HEAVEN'S SAKE  moonlady0623   Mar-17-08 10:11 AM   #14 
  - I dissagree to some extent  Realityhack   Mar-23-08 11:28 PM   #35 
  - Is it a gang or a cult?  cosmik debris   Mar-17-08 04:54 PM   #29 
  - Public education is quickly becoming a joke thankfully there are alternatives. n/t  MiltonF   Mar-18-08 04:08 AM   #33 

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