WEEK IN RELIGION

A California law aimed at anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform women about publicly-funded abortion and contraception services was recently stuck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 26, the Court ruled against the state of California, in a 5-4 decision, that forces licensed pregnancy centers to post notices about free or low-cost state programs, including abortion services, and requires unlicensed centers to inform clients they are not medical facilities. The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates had argued the “informed consent” laws were warranted on the verge of a medical procedure, but not for counseling women to continue pregnancy at the centers. The state had argued there were numerous pregnancy centers that deceived and misinformed clients by posing as medical clinics.

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STUDY SAYS

Government restrictions on religion on the rise

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, there was a 3-percent increase in the share of countries around the world with “high” or “very high” levels of government restrictions on religion in 2016. The annual report found countries with significant restrictions rose from 25 percent in 2015 to 28 percent in 2016.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds” by Nick Foles

“Believe It” offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles’ unlikely path to the Super Bowl, the obstacles that threatened to hold him back, his rediscovery of his love for the game, and the faith that grounded him through it all. Learn from the way Nick handled the trials and tribulations that made him into the man he is today ― and discover a path to your own success.

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THE WORD

Mahabharata: Pronounced “Ma-haa-BHAA-ra-ta.” The world’s longest epic poem is longer than the Iliad and Odyssey combined.

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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

• Unspecified: 1.9 percent

• None: 1.1 percent

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