Religion and politics

FILE - In this Friday, March 2, 2018 file photo, televangelist Jim Bakker leaves a funeral service for the Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C. When the U.S. government extended pandemic hardship loans to thousands of religious institutions, Bakker and Morningside USA, his ministry in Blue Eye, Mo., were among the most high-profile recipients. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
August 24, 2020 - 8:06 am
When the U.S. government extended pandemic hardship loans to thousands of religious institutions, Jim Bakker and Morningside USA, his ministry in Blue Eye, Missouri, were among the most high-profile recipients. On April 28, the pastor received approval for an amount between $650,000 and $1.7...
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In this image from video, Cedric Richmond Jr., recites the Pledge of Allegiance during the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
August 23, 2020 - 7:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention. He’s distorting what happened. TRUMP: “The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I...
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A health worker takes a nasal swab to test for COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. India has the third-highest caseload after the United States and Brazil, and the fourth-highest death toll in the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
August 22, 2020 - 7:59 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is banning large gatherings, closing beaches, shutting nightspots and churches and removing fans from professional sports in strict new measures announced Saturday as it battles the spread of the coronavirus. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo announced the steps...
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Public officials disinfect pews as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported new infections from practically all major cities nationwide, including Busan, Gwangju, Daejeon, Sejong and Daegu, a southeastern city that was the epicenter of a massive outbreak in late February and March. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 21, 2020 - 11:28 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is considering national restrictions to cope with a resurgence of coronavirus infections that has seen nine straight days of triple-digit increases in newly confirmed cases. The 332 new cases reported Saturday was the second consecutive day surpassing 300. At a...
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Public officials disinfect pews as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported new infections from practically all major cities nationwide, including Busan, Gwangju, Daejeon, Sejong and Daegu, a southeastern city that was the epicenter of a massive outbreak in late February and March. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 21, 2020 - 7:15 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea added its most new virus cases in months on Friday, driven by a surge around the capital that appears to be spreading nationwide. The 324 new infections was its highest single day total since early March and the eighth consecutive triple-digit daily increase...
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Supporters watch Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on a screen at a drive-in theater watch party during the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
August 21, 2020 - 6:38 am
A convention without a roaring crowd, confetti cannons, funny hats — a gathering in name only — delivered the Democratic presidential nomination to Joe Biden, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit that comes at a time of crisis. Here are key takeaways from the final night of the Democratic National...
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People watch Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speak at a watch party for the Democratic National Convention at Dunkin' Donuts Park, home of the minor league baseball team the Hartford Yard Goats, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
August 20, 2020 - 11:15 pm
Joe Biden is vowing to unite an America torn by crisis and contempt. Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, achieving a pinnacle in an unfinished quest that has spanned three decades and been marred by personal tragedy, political stumbles and more dynamic rivals. The...
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Tracy Holden of Wilmington, Del., during the Pledge of Allegiance, outside the venue where Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden will speak later tonight, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 20, 2020 - 10:01 pm
A convention without a roaring crowd, confetti cannons, funny hats — a gathering in name only — delivered the Democratic presidential nomination to Joe Biden on Thursday, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit that comes at a time of crisis. Here are key takeaways from the final night of the...
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Luis Fuentes, 45, from Ecuador, gathers up face masks decorated with traditional Mexican designs, as he puts away his wares as it begins to rain, on Insurgentes Avenue in Mexico City, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Fuentes, who has been in Mexico for eight years, used to sell Mexican handicrafts at special events inside shopping malls, but since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, he has been forced to sell informally on the street. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
August 19, 2020 - 8:51 pm
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s point man on the coronavirus epidemic says three weeks of continuing decline in the number of new coronavirus cases means the country is seeing a reduction in the pandemic. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López said Wednesday that “we now see a sustained tendency.” Still, he...
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Republican congressional candidate Laura Loomer celebrates an election night event at the airport Hilton in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Loomer, a far-right Republican candidate banned from social media sites because of her racist and anti-Muslim speech, won a congressional primary in Florida while embracing her role as a general election underdog in a heavily Democratic district that President Donald Trump calls home. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
August 19, 2020 - 6:56 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A far-right Republican candidate banned from social media sites because of her racist and anti-Muslim speech is celebrating a congressional primary victory in Florida while embracing her role as a general election underdog in a heavily Democratic district that President...
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