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Vice President Mike Pence, left, greets Senior Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, right, after Pence spoke at the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas during a Celebrate Freedom Rally in Dallas, Sunday, June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Virus loans helped entities tied to Trump evangelical allies

Jul. 7, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans from a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Those receiving loans include...

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church, dies

Jun. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 24, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ June 24 The Dispatch on efforts to preserve the history of Black Mississippians: If you were to somehow be able to spread Mississippi’s history out on a table, the first thing you would notice is a gaping hole in it. It would not be inaccurate to describe...

In this April 25, 2020 photo, Mississippi state flags are positioned on a vehicle amid an arrangement with the American flag and a Gadsden flag during a drive-by

Baptists and Walmart criticize rebel-themed Mississippi flag

Jun. 23, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart. Walmart said it will stop displaying the Mississippi flag while the state debates whether to change the design. The Mississippi...

In this June 22, 2020 photo provided by Lauren Manning, Pastor Joshua Manning poses outside his Community Baptist Church in Noel, Mo. The town of 1,800 residents has been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Manning believes he, his wife and their three children all have it, though testing has not yet confirmed it. Manning said several members of his congregation also have either tested positive or are showing symptoms, so much so that he has closed the church for the time being. (Lauren Manning via AP)

Rural Missouri pastor: Virus 'just started to sprout up'

Jun. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Pastor Joshua Manning is waiting for test results, but he can tell by the persistent fever and body aches that he probably has the coronavirus. His wife and three kids have symptoms, too, and so many members of his Community Baptist Church in tiny Noel, Missouri, are infected that...

Man with terminal cancer gets the concert of his dreams

Jun. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Jerry Lambrich’s wish came true. It was a simple one. The 80-year-old Owensboro man wanted Cash Unchained, a Johnny Cash tribute band, to play a private concert for him and a small group of friends and family at his house. Luckily, the band’s lead guitarist is his son,...

Virus outbreaks linked to 3 West Virginia churches

Jun. 17, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks were linked to three churches in West Virginia on Wednesday as officials urged parishioners to follow safety guidelines and warned about the virus spreading into surrounding communities. Local health authorities said Greenbrier County's Graystone Baptist...

FILE - in this June 16, 2020 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks to diners during a lunch at Sally's, in Forest City, Iowa. Pence will visit Texas later this month for a

Pence to visit Texas for 'Freedom' event at megachurch

Jun. 17, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will visit Texas later this month for a “Celebrate Freedom" event at a Dallas megachurch, officials said Wednesday. Pence's office said the vice president will travel to Dallas on June 28 and will visit First Baptist Church. He will also speak at the church's...

Southern Baptists see 13th year of membership decline

Jun. 4, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination is almost 2% smaller than it was in 2018. The Southern Baptist Convention released its 2019 membership numbers on Thursday, showing a membership decline of more than 287,000. That brings their total membership down from 14.8 million in...

Pastor Denny Pagel prays during a service at Grace Bible Church on Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. Parishioners practiced social distancing as the church held its first in-person service since March. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown

May. 24, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

For the first time in two months, there was clapping, singing and fellowship inside Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky, as members of the congregation returned to the sanctuary for Sunday morning services. There also were masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. On a weekend when President Donald...