WEEK IN RELIGION

In an effort to debunk recent TV shows and movies that have denounced the Church of Scientology, the controversial church recently announced the debut of its own TV network. The Scientology Network debuted on March 12 and in a tweet the church said “It’s TIME for us to tell OUR story.” Shows such as A&E’s “Scientology and the Aftermath” have claimed the church has turned a blind eye to such abuses as sexual abuse, but the church has denied the claims. The network and its programming are available through DirecTV, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, iTunes, Google Play and Scientology.tv. The church also announced an accompanying app that allows users to watch original series’ produced by the Church of Scientology.

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STUDY SAYS

Americans back Israel

According to a recent Gallup Poll, 64 percent of Americans sympathize with Israelis over Palestinians in regards to conflicts in the Mideast.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt in the American South as a faithful church-going Christian. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody. The same Christianity that sang, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound” also perpetuated racial injustice and white supremacy in the name of Jesus. His Christianity, he discovered, was the religion of the slaveholder.

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THE WORD

hajj: Pronounced “hahj.” In Islam, a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

— Roman Catholic: 89.6 percent

— Protestant: 6.2 percent

— Other Christian: 1.1 percent

— Other or unspecified: 1.9 percent

— None: 1.1 percent

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