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Pastors like Joel Osteen ‘pervert’ the Gospel and get people to vote for ‘people Jesus wouldn’t vote for’: W. Kamau Bell

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During one of CNN’s promo-as-news segments, United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell on Friday told his CNN colleague Kate Bolduan that the new episode of the CNN documentary series will focus in part on megachurches, which he said “pervert” the Gospel to convince congregants to vote for someone Jesus would reject out of hand.

“Megachurches are sort of the face of Christianity right now but specifically a style of mega churches,” Bell said, name-checking Franklin Graham and Joel Osteen as two of the worst examples of the trend.

It’s “personality-driven model of church”, Bell said. “The pastor says it feels more like a rock concert and a motivational speech.”

The message of Jesus gets muddled, and sometimes completely perverted,” Bell continued, “to tell people to do things and vote for people who Jesus would not vote for.”

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Megan Rapinoe trashes ‘disgusting’ Trump for his ugly racist tweets in CNN interview

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In an interview with CNN's Van Jones that will air on Saturday night, U.S. Women's soccer champion Megan Rapinoe condemned President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color.

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Ex-Reagan adviser nails why white evangelicals flock to Trump in devastating takedown of fake Christians

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Why do evangelicals — or at least, white ones — love President Donald Trump so much? Why do they stick by a president who has barely even read the Bible, has defiled marriage, and embodies the antithesis of so much of what their churches preach? Why, according to polls, did they essentially decide overnight that it's no longer important for a president to have strong personal morals to be an effective leader?

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

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