WEEK IN RELIGION

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a group of Christian cheerleaders who were banned from decorating run-through banners with Bible verses by their school district. The state’s high court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that had sided with the middle and high school cheerleaders at public schools in Kountze, Texas, who had written Bible verses on run-through banners for athletes. In 2012, the school district banned the banners after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religious Foundation, the cheerleaders then filed a lawsuit. Hiram Sasser, general counsel for First Liberty Institute who represented the cheerleaders, said the high court’s refusal to hear the appeal puts an end to the dispute. “After more than five years of litigation, our clients are relieved that the Texas Supreme Court has brought an end to the school district’s scorched earth litigation tactics,” Sasser said. “As the football season kicks off across Texas, it’s good to be reminded that these cheerleaders have a right to have religious speech on their run-through banners — banners on which the cheerleaders painted messages they chose, with paint they paid for, on paper they purchased.”

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STUDY SAYS

U.S. more religious than Western Europeans

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, U.S. adults are considerably more religious than their counterparts across the Atlantic Ocean. The study found that 68 percent of U.S. Christians pray daily, while a median of just 18 percent of adults in Western Europe pray on a daily basis.

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GOOD BOOK?

“The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education” by John Schmalzbauer and Kathleen A. Mahoney

A well-worn, often-told tale of woe. American higher education has been secularized. Religion on campus has declined, died, or disappeared. Deemed irrelevant, there is no room for the sacred in American colleges and universities. While the idea that religion is unwelcome in higher education is often discussed, and uncritically affirmed, John Schmalzbauer and Kathleen Mahoney directly challenge this dominant narrative.

— Baylor University Press

THE WORD

pantheist: A worshipper of all gods or one who believes that God and the universe are one.

— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

— Christian: 71.2 percent

— Muslim: 17.6 percent

— Traditional: 5.2 percent

— Other: 0.8 percent

— None: 5.2 percent

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