Religion and politics

Hand cleaner for voters after voting at precinct 61 in Edmond, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)
July 01, 2020 - 8:13 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mauree Turner is a living example of the growing diversity of big cities. The 27-year-old gay, Black, Muslim woman knocked off a three-term, white male incumbent to win the Democratic nomination for a state legislative seat. People like her have won elections in liberal states...
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Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signs the bill retiring the last state flag in the United States with the Confederate battle emblem, at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Family members are at left. Applauding are, from fifth from left, Sen. Angela Turner Ford, D-West Point; House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton; Reuben Anderson, former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice; Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann; and Transportation Commissioner for the Central District Willie Simmons. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)
June 30, 2020 - 8:09 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the historic bill Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion, immediately...
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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 30, 2020 - 6:07 pm
The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the high court...
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City of Tupelo Community Outreach Coordinator Marcus Gary takes down the State Flag of Mississippi that flew over the City Hall of Tupelo one last time Monday, June 29, 2020.Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. (Thomas Wells/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Via AP)
June 29, 2020 - 9:01 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi flag is fading from public display in many places, even before the governor signs a bill that will retire the last state banner in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. A broad coalition of legislators passed the landmark bill Sunday after a...
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Anti-abortion protesters wait outside the Supreme Court for a decision, Monday, June 29, 2020 in Washington on the Louisiana case, Russo v. June Medical Services LLC. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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June 29, 2020 - 4:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion opponents vented their disappointment and fury on Monday after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana law that would have curbed abortion access. The ruling delivered a defeat to anti-abortion activists but could intensify interest in the...
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Larry Eubanks of Star waves the current Mississippi state flag as he sits before the front of the Capitol, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. While a supporter of the current flag, Eubanks says he would hope lawmakers would allow a proposed flag change to be decided by the registered voters. The current state flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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June 28, 2020 - 7:13 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag, triggering raucous applause and cheers more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. Mississippi's...
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In this photo released on Thursday, June 11, 2020 by the Lebanese Government, President Michel Aoun, left, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. A Lebanese court issued a ruling Saturday barring local and foreign media in the country from interviewing the U.S. ambassador to Beirut for a year, calling a recent interview in which she criticized the powerful Hezbollah group seditious and a threat to social peace. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)
June 28, 2020 - 8:29 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s foreign minister summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beirut over comments she made recently in which she criticized the militant Hezbollah group, state-run National News Agency reported Sunday. The agency gave no further details other than saying that the meeting between Foreign...
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A Koran War veteran walks through a sterilizer as a precaution against the new coronavirus while he arrives to attend a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Cheorwon, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 27, 2020 - 10:53 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed 62 additional cases of the coronavirus over a 24-hour period as the Asian country continues to face new clusters of infections amid eased social distancing rules. The additional cases reported Sunday took the country’s total to 12,715, with 282 deaths...
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A worker wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cleans near a bank's currency advertisement board in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 26, 2020 - 11:11 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 51 more confirmed coronavirus cases as new clusters emerge in the densely populated Seoul area where people have been increasingly venturing out despite government warnings against complacency. Thirty-five of the new cases are in the capital region,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 file photo, Polish President Andrzej Duda waves to supporters as he campaigns for a second term in Serock, Poland. Polands current President Andrzej Duda is the frontrunner ahead of the election on Sunday, June 28, but polls show him unlikely to achieve the majority needed to win outright. That will require a runoff two weeks later in which he is expected to face off against Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in a very close race. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
June 24, 2020 - 7:55 am
BIALYSTOK, Poland (AP) — Senior citizens in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok sit on city benches after a summer storm had passed, holding small Polish flags as they wait patiently for the man they call “my president.” They lived for decades under officially atheist communist rule, experienced...
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