Oregon Public Money for Religious Institutions, Measure 4 (1972)

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The Oregon Public Money for Religious Institutions Amendment, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have disallowed the legislature to establish or prohibit any religion and removed a provision prohibiting public money for religious institutions.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (1972)
Defeatedd No519,19660.68%
Yes 336,382 39.32%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

4. CHANGES STATE CONSTITUTION PROVISION REGARDING RELIGION - Purpose: Amends Oregon Constitution to provide as follows: “The Legislative Assembly shall make no law respecting an establishing of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Repeals existing constitution provision which reads: "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury for the benefit of any religeous (sic) or theological institution, nor shall any money be appropriated for the payment of any religeous (sic) services in either house of the Legislative Assembly."


NO □ [2]



  • Bill of Rights in Oregon Committee[1]
  • State Senator George Eivers
  • State Representative Allen Pynn
  • State Representative Bill Stevenson



  • Council to Preserve the Oregon Bill of Rights[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 2, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.