WEEK IN RELIGION

A self-identifying Christian orchestra teacher was forced out of his position and an Indiana high school for refusing to follow a school policy that requires transgender students be called by their preferred name. John Kluge, who has taught orchestra at Brownsburg High School for the past four years, said he believed calling a transgender student by their preferred name would cause the child harm in the long run. Prior to February, BHS administrators had been allowing teachers to refer to transgender students by their last name, but the policy was recently rescinded. Kluge said he felt that his First Amendment rights had been violated and the Alliance Defending Freedom has contacted the school on his behalf.

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STUDY SAYS

Lower religious observance common around the world

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, younger adults are now less religious that their elders. Researchers found that adults younger than 40 are less likely than older adults to say religion is “very important,” in countries such as Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Iran, Poland and Nigeria.

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GOOD BOOK?

“The Book of Essie: A novel” by Meghan MacLean Weir

A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the 17-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family’s hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

— Knopf

THE WORD

sacrilegious: Characterized by irreverence toward a sacred person, place or thing.

— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

— Roman Catholic: 74 percent

— Evangelical: 10.4 percent

— Jehovah’s Witness: 1.2 percent

— Other: 6.4 percent

— Atheist: 7.9 percent

— Agnostic: 0.1 percent

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