Australia’s currency and stock market dropped in recent days due to the activities of a fifty-year-old pastor from North Carolina, who has a congregation of twenty-five.

In 2016, Pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested in the Turkish city of Izmir after being accused of spying and of supporting a thwarted coup. His arrest angered American evangelicals and prompted Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Turkish cabinet members and to double tariffs on its aluminium and steel. This added to jitters about Turkey’s economy, which, combined with the impact of recent sanctions on Russia, rippled through global markets …

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Jonathan Pearlman, AFA Weekly