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BY: Paul Crookston
MSNBC legal analyst Nick Ackerman said Sunday pastor Andrew Brunson is not "still a resident of North Carolina" and Trump’s concern about his imprisonment in Turkey was "purely political."
Brunson - Terrorism - Charges - US - Officials
Brunson was imprisoned on terrorism charges but U.S. officials demanded his release, and Brunson and his wife, who had been released, denied the charge. On MSNBC's "Up" hosted by David Gura, Ackerman cast doubt on Trump's motives.
"This pastor has been gone from the United States for 22 years. So it is not like he's still a resident of North Carolina," Ackerman said. "This is being done purely for political purposes."
Brunson - Black - Mountain - North - Carolina
Brunson is from Black Mountain, North Carolina, and is a U.S. citizen. As all missionaries do, he has spent years abroad leading his mission. However, the MSNBC panel took issue with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R.) saying Brunson’s Christian work was "absolutely crucial, and it’s a foundational thing about this country, the United States."
Gura said Burr’s comment goes against the separation of church and state.
Tradition - Separation - Church - State - Country
"We have a rich tradition of the separation of Church and state in this country, and to hear a member of the U.S....
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