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CBN NewsWatch: December 19, 2012

On CBN Newswatch, Dec. 19: Obama taps Biden for gun control task force; Battle brews on guns, mental health; Christian colleges score victory against HHS coverage mandate; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" SAFETY

IN AMERICA.

THE NATIONAL DEBATE REIGNITED BY

THE CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING.

PLUS A NEW REPORT

HIGHLIGHTING THE SECURITY

FAILURES LEADING UP TO THE

DEADLY CONSULATE ATTACK IN

BENGHAZI, LIBYA.

AND A CHURCH DUBBED FORMER

MUSLIMS.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM LORIE JOHNSON.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS VOWING TO

TAKE ACTION IN AN ATTEMPT TO

REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN THE

UNITED STATES.

MR. OBAMA HAS ASKED VICE

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO CREATE

NEW GUN CONTROL RECOMMENDATIONS

AND INCLUDE SOME MEMBERS OF

CABINET, CONGRESS AND LAWMAKERS

PRESIDENT OBAMA: IF THEY CAN

SUMMON ONE TINY IOTA OF THE

COURAGE THOSE TEACHERS, THAT

PRINCIPAL SUMMONED ON FRIDAY, IF

COOPERATION AND COMMON SENSE

PREVAIL, I AM CONVINCED WE CAN

MAKE A SENSIBLE AND INTELLIGENT

WAY TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES

SAFER, STRONGER PLACE FOR OUR

CHILDREN TO LEARN AND GROW.

PRESIDENT SAYS THE TASK FORCE

WILL REACH OUT TO GUN OWNER'S

PARENTS, MENTAL HEALTH

PROFESSIONALS AND PASTORS TO GET

IDEAS AND PASS LEGISLATION ONCE

THEY COME UP WITH A PLAN.

MASS SHOOTING IN NEWTOWN,

CONNECTICUT HAS PUT GUNS UNDER A

MICROSCOPE.

WHICH THREATENS OUR SAFETY MOST,

JENNIFER WISHON REPORTS

REPORTER: IN THE MIDST OF

THE GRIEF IN NEWTOWN WHAT IF THE

SHOOTER HAD NO ACCESS FROM THE

GUNS, WHAT IF HE RECEIVE PROPER

MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT?

AND WHAT IF THE TEACHER AND

PRINCIPAL HAD WEAPONS TO PROTECT

THEMSELVES.

THEY SPARK ALL KINDS OF

DEBATES, THIS TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN

WITH VICTIMS SO YOUNG SPARKING A

DEBATE NEITHER WHITE HOUSE OR

CONGRESS EXPECTED.

BAN SALE, TRANSFER,

IMPORTATION AND THE POSSESSION,

AND BAN THE SAME FOR BIG CLIPS,

DRUMS OR STRIPS OF MORE THAN 10

BULLETS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA WANTS TO

CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE

ALLOWING PRIVATE SALE OF GUNS

WITHOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS.

NATIONAL MOOD ON GUNS MAYBE

SHIFTING.

CBS POLL REPORTS 57% WANTS

STRICTER GUN LAWS, UP 15 POINTS

FROM APRIL.

GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES PROTESTING

OUTSIDE NRA HEADQUARTERS AND

APPLYING HEAT ON CAPITOL HILL.

EVERY YEAR 100,000 AMERICANS

ARE SHOT.

PEOPLE LIKE COLLIN GODDARD.

I WAS SHOOT IN VIRGINIA TECH

AND SURVIVED AND THE OTHER 32

DIDN'T.

SHOOTERS WITH MENTAL HEALTH

PROBLEMS.

WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT

INTERSECTION OF LETHAL WEAPON

AND MENTAL HEALTH.

FIVE YEARS AFTER VIRGINIA

TECH AND TO STATES DON'T REQUIRE

A MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY.

ACCORDING TO DOCTORS, 34% OF

AMERICANS WILL HAVE A

SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE

THIS YEAR.

OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES,

THAT RAISES TO 61%.

FOR MANY AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY

IN RURAL AREAS, ADEQUATE KWAR IS

A CHALLENGE.

JUST THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE

THAT STRUGGLE WITH ANXIETY

ALONE, WE NEED TO BE BETTER AT

IDENTIFYING PEOPLE.

DR. MINTLE SAYS IT IS HARD.

THE NRA BROKE ITS SILENCE

TUESDAY, OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE

FAMILIES AND MATTER OF COMMON

DECED

DECENT SI, THE NRA IS PREPARED

TO OFFER MEANINGFUL

CONTRIBUTIONS TO MAKE SURE THIS

DOESN'T HAPPEN.

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR BOB MCDONALD

SAYS IT IS TIME TO HAVE A

DISCUSSION ABOUT ARMING SCHOOL

OFFICIALS AND EXPECTED TO GET

THE FULL FEDERAL TREATMENT IN

THE NEW YEAR.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS.

GUN OWNERSHIP IN AMERICA

SPIKED TO 47% LAST YEAR.

HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1993.

AS THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE

CONTINUES, SOME FIREMANS MIGHT

BE LESS AVAILABLE TO CONSUMERS.

WAL-MART AND DICK'S SPORTING

GOODS HAVE STOPPED SELLING

WEAPONS SIMILAR TO THE ONES

USED.

TWO RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS SAYING

THEY CAN CHALLENGE THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION'S CONTRACEPTION

MANDATE AND COMES FROM THE D.C.

COURT OF APPEALS ALLOWING

WHEATON AND BELMONT COLLEGES TO

MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR

LAWSUITS.

LOWER COURTS PREVIOUSLY

DISMISSED THEM.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MUST

WORK ON NEW RULES THAT PROTECT

COLLEGES FROM VIOLATING THEIR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS.

PAUL STRAND HAS MORE

REPORTER: THIS LAWYER, KYLE

DUNCAN JUST CAME OUT OF THAT

COURTHOUSE.

HE WAS BATTLING FOR THE

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OF ALL

AMERICANS REPRESENTING BELMONT

ABBY AND WHEATON COLLEGE WHICH

BOTH REJECT TO 'OBAMACARE' THAT

THEIR HEALTH PLANS PAY FOR

CONTRACEPTIONS INCLUDING

ABORTION DRUGS.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT

CONTRACEPTION.

CASE IS ABOUT WHETHER THE

GOVERNMENT CAN SAY WE ARE GOING

TO FORCE YOU TO VIOLATE PAY OR

FINE YOU.

TO MY KNOWLEDGE THIS IS THE

LARGEST NUMBER OF LAWSUITS FILED

AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

ON A RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ISSUE IN

THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY.

THE PRINCIPLE WILL PROTECT

PEOPLE FROM HAVING RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS VIOLATED AND CO HEARSED

BY HEAVEN HANDED GOVERNMENT

REGULATIONS.

THERE IS A FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE

THAT AFFECTS ALL OF US, CUTS

ACROSS A LOT OF OUR RELIGIOUS

DIFFERENCES.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RELIGIOUS

OBJECTIONS HAS BEEN THEIS, LUMP

IT, THESE ARE THE RULES.

IT IS FAR FROM SETTLED.

PAUL STRAND CBN NEWS.

EIGHT HEALTH WORKERS KILL IN

PAKISTAN.

PEOPLE WORKING ON A UNITED

NATIONS BACKED POLIO VACCINATION

CAMPAIGN.

OFFICIALS BELIEVE TALIBAN IS

RESPONSIBLE.

ONE ATTACK KILLED FIVE WOMEN

WORKING TO ADMINISTER TO VACCINE

VACCINE.

BOTH CAMPAIGNS WERE PART OF A

PUSH BY THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT

TO VACCINATE THE HIGHEST RISK

PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

CAMPAIGNS SUSPENDED DUE TO THE

ATTACKS.

UNITED STATES SET TO PAY THE

PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT 688 MILLION

DOLLARS, REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE

COST OF STATIONING 140,000

TROOPS AT THE AFGHANISTAN

BORDER.

MOVE IS EXPECTED TO HELP

NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH

PAKISTAN.

THAT AFTER TENSION OVER THE

KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN.

DEPENDENT DEFENSE SECRETARY

ASHTON CARTER SAID THE

REIMBURSEMENT IS CONSISTENT WITH

THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST

OF THE UNITED STATES.

STATE DEPARTMENT SECURITY

CHIEF AND TWO OTHERS RESIGNED

TODAY AFTER A NEW REPORT ON THE

DEADLY CONSULATE ATTACK IN

LIBYA.

A REVIEW OF THE BENGHAZI ATTACK

FAULTS INADEQUATE SECURITY AND

LEADERSHIP FAILURES.

IT CAME OUT LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

EFREM GRAHAM REPORTS

REPORTER: THE REVIEW BLAMED

GROSSLY INADEQUATE LEADERSHIP.

IT POINTS OUT THAT THE COMPOUND

WAS LIGHTLY DEFENDED.

A LACK OF OVERSIGHT SECURITY

OPERATIONS.

FUTHERMORE OFFICIALS DIDN'T --

THEY DENIED REQUEST FOR MORE

SECURITY.

THE REPORT DIDN'T SINGLE OUT

INDIVIDUAL OFFICIALS OR FIND

FAULT WITH THE U.S. MILITARY

STATING THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH

TIME FOR RESPONSE.

ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW BOARD

CONFIRMED THAT DESPITE REPORTS

BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION,

THERE WAS NO PROTEST OUTSIDE THE

COMPOUND BEFORE THE ATTACK AND

CARRIED OUT BY TERRORISTS.

IT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN

HIJACKED BY CLUSTERS OF

EXTREMIST.

SUZANNE RICE WITH DREW HER

JOB FOR CONSIDERATION OF

SECRETARY OF STATE.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

BRITAIN WILL WITHDRAWAL

ALMOST HALF OF TROOPS FROM

AFGHANISTAN ACCORDING TO PRIME

MINISTER DAVID CAMERON.

LOCAL FORCES TAKE ON MORE

RESPONSIBILITY MAKING THE

WITHDRAWAL OF 3,000 BRITISH

TROOPS POSSIBLE.

NATO PREPARES FOR A FULL

SECURITY HAND OVER IN A COUPLE

OF YEARS AT THE END OF 2014.

BRITAIN HAS THE SECOND LARGEST

FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE

U.S.

INTERNET GIANT GOOGLE HAS

PARTNERED WITH ISRAEL AN TIG

WITY.

DIGITAL LIBRARY INCLUDES 10

COMMANDMENTS, BOOK OF

DEUTERONOMY AND PORTION OF BOOK

OF GENESIS.

NOW THANKS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY

THEY CAN BE VIEWED AND STUDIED

BY PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE.

COMING UP, REACHING REMOTE

VILLAGES, HOW CBN DISASTER

RELIEF IS WORKING IN THE

PHILIPPINES.

STAY WITH US.

JUDGE ROBERT BORK DIED TODAY

IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.

HE WAS A GENERAL, FEDERAL JUDGE

AND CONSERVATIVE LEGAL THEORIST.

HE WAS REJECTED BY THE SENATE

SPARKING A JUDICIAL BATTLE.

HE WAS THE SENIOR ADVISER TO

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY.

HE DIED OF HEART DISEASE, HE WAS

85 YEARS OLD.

BAD WEATHER OUT WEST COULD

MAKE CHRISTMAS TRAVEL DIFFICULT

FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

TWO DAYS OF RAIN OUTSIDE OF

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON LED TO

MASSIVE MUD SLIDES.

NEAR SAN FRANCISCO, A SINK HOPE

OPENED UP.

LOOK AT THIS SNOW FROM OREGON,

TO NEVADA, WINTER IN FULL FORCE.

WET SNOW WITH ICE UNDERNEATH

MAKES ROADS A NIGHTMARE.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CHAINS, IT

IS STATE MANDATORY.

EVEN IF YOU HAVE FOUR WHEEL

DRIVE.

WHEN I GOT STOPPED, STARTED

SLIDING BACKWARDS.

FORECASTERS SAY THAT STORM

SYSTEM IS ON THE MOVE.

BLIZZARD WARNINGS IN EFFECT FROM

COLORADO TO KANSAS.

NUMBER OF DEAD HAS REACHED

MORE THAN 1,000 AFTER THE RECENT

TYPHOON IN THE PHILIPPINES.

MORE THAN 800 STILL MISSING.

CBN DISASTER RELIEF TEAMS ON THE

GROUND.

LUCILLE TALUSAN REPORTS FROM

MINDANAO

REPORTER: ON BOARD A TRUCK,

TEAMS BRING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

TO TYPHOON VICTIMS WHO ARE

DEVASTATED AND DIFFICULT TO

REACH.

THIS IS THE FURIOUS WINDS OF

110 MILES PER HOUR.

CAUSE OF SEVERE DAMAGE.

PEOPLE HERE AND THE AFFECTED

AREAS ARE CALLING FOR ALL THE

HELP THEY CAN GET TO RECOVER

FROM THIS DISASTER.

THIS IS THE FIRST MEDICAL

MISSION IN THE AREA.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE WERE GIVEN

FREE MEDICATION FOR FEVER,

DIARRHEA, COUGH AND COLD.

MARY JANE IS GRATEFUL HER

TWO-YEAR-OLD SON WAS CHECKED BY

A DOCTOR AND GIVEN MEDICINES FOR

FEVER AND COUGH.

HER HUSBAND WHO STEPPED ON A

NAIL WAS GIVEN A SHOT.

THE ATTENTION THEY RECEIVED

EASED TENSIONS.

THEIR COUPLE'S 10-YEAR-OLD

DAUGHTER WAS SWEPT AWAY AND

DROWNED.

MY DAUGHTER WAS SWEPT AWAY.

HER LAST WORDS WERE PAPA, PLEASE

HELP ME.

MY HUSBAND WASN'T ABLE TO RESCUE

HER.

THIS IS OUR SECOND LIFE.

I HAVE ACCEPTED THE DEBT BECAUSE

I KNOW SHE IS IN HEAVEN.

A NURSE ADDRESSED THE BURNS

ON THIS MAN'S LEG.

I WAS TRYING TO MOVE MY

MOTORCYCLE TO A SAFER PLACE AND

LANDED ON THE HOT EXHAUST PIPE.

I WAS AFRAID THE INFECTION WAS

GETTING WORSE.

I DIDN'T HAVE MONEY TO GO TO THE

HOSPITAL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I FEEL

MUCH, MUCH BETTER.

THIS DOCTOR SHARES LONG TERM

PLANS TO HELP THE TYPHOON

VICTIMS REBUILD THEIR LIVES.

THINGS ARE NOT JUST HOUSING

AND WATER AND MEDICAL, BUT

LIVELIHOOD.

HOW CAN THEY MOVE ON?

ASIDE FROM PHYSICAL HEALING,

THIS TEAM HELPS THEM HEAL

EMOTIONALLY BY GIVING THEM

TRAUMA COUNSELING.

CHURCH PARTNERS PRAY FOR THEM

AND SHARE THE HOPE THAT ONLY BE

FOUND IN CHRIST.

LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS,

PHILIPPINES.

UP NEXT, HOW MUSLIM CONVERTS

ARE BRINGING REVIVAL TO GERMAN

CHURCHES.

ABOUT 16% OF THE WORLD'S

POPULATION HAS NO RELIGION.

THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER, THE

THIRD LARGEST PEOPLE GROUP

ACROSS THE GLOBE.

CHRISTIANS INCLUDING CATHOLICS

NO. 1.

THEY MAKE UP 32% OF THE WORLD'S

POPULATION FOLLOWED BY MUSLIMS

WITH 23%.

STUDY FINDS THE MAJORITY OF

RELIGIOUSLY UNAFFILIATED LIVE IN

ASIA.

MOST IN CHINA.

AND IN EUROPE CHURCH ATTENDANCE

IS EXTREMELY LOW ESPECIALLY IN

THE OFFICIAL STATE CHURCHES.

REVIVAL HAS COME THROUGH

MUSLIM CONVERTS.

DALE HURD BRINGS US TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT FROM BERLIN

REPORTER: PARTS OF GERMANY

ARE AMONG THE MOST GODLESS.

BELIEF IN GOD IN THE OLD EAST

GERMANY IS ONLY 13%.

CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS GROWING

THANKS TO FORMER MUSLIMS FROM

IRAN.

AT THE HOUSE OF GOD'S HELP IN

EAST BERLIN, PERSIAN CONVERTS OF

CHRISTIANITY HAVE DOUBLED THE

CONGREGATION.

IT COME LIKE AN UNEXPECTED

SUMMER RAIN.

NEW PEOPLE STARTED COMING EVERY

WEEK AND ASKED TO BE BAPTIZED.

THEY WERE EASY TO SPOT AND WE

GOT TO KNOW THEM AND OVER TIME

THEY HAVE BROUGHT FRIENDS.

MUSLIMS CONDUCTED A

NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO GIVE AWAY

KORANS IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS

LARGELY TURNED ITS BACK ON

CHRISTIANITY.

PERSIANS HAVE EXPERIENCED A

DARKNESS IN THE OPPRESSION OF

THEIR NATIVE LAND.

THEY ARE HUNGRY FOR FREEDOM AND

JOY OF CHRISTIANITY.

MICHAEL ASK WE DISGUISE HIS

FACE.

I MET WITH FRIENDS IN TEHRAN

IN AN UNDERGROUND CHURCH IN A

FLAT.

THERE WE SPOKE ABOUT JESUS AND

TRIED TO DO A BIBLE STUDY

SOMETIMES WITHOUT AN ACTUAL

BIBLE.

ALL OF THE PERSIANS ACCEPTED

CHRIST IN EIRAN AND HAD TO FLEE

TO RISK PRISON OR DEATH.

I CALLED MY MOTHER.

SHE SAID THE POLICE WERE HERE

LOOKING FOR YOU.

MY FAMILY HELPED ME FLEE THE

COUNTRY.

WHEN I WAS IN IRAN I WANTED

TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO LEARN ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY.

IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR A MUSLIM TO

BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

I HAD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS.

I LOST MY HOME AND FAMILY.

THE PERSIANS WERE SURPRISED

TO FIND SO MANY GERMANS

DISINTERESTED.

MOST BECAME CHRISTIANS AND

KNOW MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

YOUL WOULD EXPECT.

THEY ARE AHEAD OF US BECAUSE

THEY HAVE BEEN PERSECUTED FOR

CHRIST AND FIGURED OUT A LOT OF

GERMANS ARE CHRISTIANS IN NAME

ONLY.

THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED GERMANS

TAKE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR

GRANTED.

BEING BAPTIZED CAN HELP A

REFUGEE STAY IN GERMANY.

THE SISTER TAKES THE CONCERTS

THROUGH A RIGOROUS SCHEDULE OF

BIBLE CLASSES.

I SUSPECTED SOME OF THEM

WOULD LIKE TO GET BAPTIZED SO

THEY CAN COME TO GERMANY.

SOME HAVE COME BACK TO BAPTISM

CLASS FOR THE FOURTH TIME.

IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY HAVE

CONVERTED.

IT HAS BECOME A NATIONWIDE

PHENOMENON AND NUMBERING IN THE

THOUSANDS.

IT HAS REINVIGORATED THE

CONGREGATION.

DALE HURD.

CBN NEWS, BERLIN.

UP NEXT, THE REAL REASON

LIGHTS HAVE BECOME A POPULAR

PART OF CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.

THIS TIME OF THE YEAR

NEIGHBORHOODS ARE OFTEN BRIGHT

WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

RECENTLY WENDY GRIFFITH SPOKE

WITH AUTHOR ACE COLLINS TO FIND

OUT WHAT IS BEHIND THIS COLORFUL

TRADITION.

ACE, NOTHING GETS ME MORE

INTO THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

THAN THE LIGHTS.

WHEN DID THIS BEGIN?

REALLY 1940S.

THEY STARTED PUTTING THEM OUT.

PILI

PILING IN CARS AND LOOK AT

NEIGHBORHOODS.

IT STARTED WITH MARTIN LUTHER.

HE TIED A CANDLE IN HIS TREE.

I DOUBT IF HE ENVISIONED ALL OF

THIS TAKING PLACE.

THAT CANDLE IN THE TREE TO HIM

REPRESENTED THE LIGHT OF CHRIST.

THAT LIGHT HAS BEEN ILLUMINATING

THE WORLD.

THESE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS REPRESENT

JESUS CHRIST.

WHITE REPRESENTS PURITY OF JESUS

CHRIST.

THEN YOU HAVE THE RED LIGHTS

THAT REPRESENT THE BLOOD OF

CHRIST THAT WAS SHED ON THE

CROSS.

WE HAVE THE GREEN LIGHT THAT

REPRESENT EVER LASTING LIGHT.

THINGS THAT DON'T EVER DIE.

THE MOST IMPORTANT MEETING

THEY REMIND US OF THE LIGHT OF

THE WORLD JESUS CHRIST THE REAL

MEANING FOR THE SEASON.

ONE LITTLE LIGHT THAT HAS

COME TO GLOW ALL AROUND THE

WORLD EVEN BRIGHTER THAN THE

LIGHTS TONIGHT.

SOME PEOPLE GO ALL OUT

EVERYWHERE.

I LOVE IT.

I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM TO PUT IT

UP AND DOWN AND THE ELECTRICITY

BILL.

THAT'S TRUE.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR JOINING US,

WE'LL

SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW.

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