WEEK IN RELIGION

A high school football coach in Georgia was recently banned by his school district from praying with his team. Along with banning East Coweta High School coach John Small, the Coweta Country School System also banned other district school employees from participating in student-led prayer. The district issued a memo outlining formal guidance on “prayer in school” after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint that Small was participating in his team’s prayer. The memo said, “Representatives of the school cannot participate in any student initiated/student led prayer or worship while acting in their official capacity.” Christopher Line of the FFRF sent a letter to the the district’s superintendent saying Small violated the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Coach Small’s conduct is unconstitutional because he endorses and promotes his religion when acting in his official capacity as a school district employee. Certainly, he represents the school and the team when he acts in his official roles as Head Coach of the (East) Coweta High School Football team. Therefore, he cannot lead his team in prayer and he cannot organize or advocate for students to lead team prayer either.”

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STUDY SAYS

More Americans living ‘unpartnered’

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, more American adults are living without a spouse or partner. The study found that 42 percent of adults are now living “unpartnered” compared to 39 percent in 2007.

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GOOD BOOK?

“The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Religion’s Role in the FDR Presidency” by Christine Wicker

In “The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” religion journalist and author Christine Wicker establishes that faith was at the heart of everything Roosevelt wanted for the American people. This powerful book is the first in-depth look at how one of America’s richest, most patrician presidents became a passionate and beloved champion of the downtrodden — and took the country with him.

— Smithsonian Books

THE WORD

nun: A woman belonging to a religious order, typically Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.

— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Hungary is:

— Roman Catholic: 37.2 percent

— Calvinist: 11.6 percent

— Lutheran: 2.2 percent

— Greek Catholic: 1.8 percent

— Other: 1.9 percent

— None: 18.2 percent

— Unspecified: 27.2 percent

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