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High school coaches would be allowed to participate in student-led prayers before sporting events and talk about religion with students, according to a bill now before the Georgia Senate.

The legislation introduced Monday, Senate Bill 361, comes in response to an atheist group's complaint against East Coweta High School head football coach John Small, who prayed with his players after a game last fall.

"Religious liberty is the bedrock of our nation," said state Sen. Michael Williams, R-Cumming, the bill's sponsor.

"This is a much-needed protection for Georgia faculty members and students who incorporate their religious beliefs into their daily lives."

Williams' proposal also would protect students from discrimination for expressing religious viewpoints in homework, artwork and religious clubs.

In addition, the legislation would set aside a time for student speakers to talk about their religion or other topics before football games, designated athletic events, opening announcements for the school day and school assemblies.

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