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CBN NewsWatch: March 4, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, March 4: States move to fight 'designer babies' trend; Cardinals begin process of choosing new pope; An inside look at 'The Bible' miniseries; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

GENDER-BASED ABORTION HERE

IN THE U.S., HOW SOME

LAWMAKERS ARE WORKING TO END

THE PRACTICE.

Wendy: PLUS THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH'S CHOICE FOR

ITS NEW LEADER, THE LATEST

ON THE PROCESS OF FINDING

THE NEW POPE.

Mark: AND WE'LL SHOW

YOU HOW THE BIBLE COMES TO

LIFE IN A NEW TELEVISION

SHOW.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GENDER SELECTIVE ABORTION IS

HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN

AMERICA.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

AND I'M LORI JOHNSON.

RIGHT NOW IN THE UNITED

STATES, IT IS LEGAL TO ABORT

A BABY ON THE BASIS OF SEX.

Mark: A BILL OUTLAWING

THE PRACTICE FAILED IN THE

HOUSE LAST YEAR, BUT AS

HEATHER CELLS REPORTS IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY, THERE

IS A MOVEMENT TO BAN IT ON

THE STATE LEVEL.

Reporter: FOR YEARS, IT

WAS UNTHINKABLE THAT SOCIETY

WOULD TOLERATE SO-CALLED

DESIGNER BABIES OR THE MOVE

TOWARDS GENDER-BASED

ABORTION.

NOW EVIDENCE SHOWS SOME U.S.

COUPLES ARE MAKING THAT

CHOICE.

IN SOME CASES, CULTURAL

ATTITUDES ARE A FACTOR.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2007

CENSUS SHOWS THAT FAMILIES

OF CHINESE, KOREAN AND

INDIAN DESCENT ARE MORE

LIKELY TO HAVE A BOY IF

THEIR FIRST CHILD IS A

GIRL.

AND EVEN MORE LIKELY IF

THEIR FIRST TWO CHILDREN ARE

GIRLS.

THE CONCLUSION, THESE

FAMILIES WANT BOYS SO MUCH

THAT THEY WILL USE IN VITRO

FERTILIZATION OR ABORTION TO

GET WHAT THEY WANT.

THE DESIRE TO CHOOSE GENDER

IS ALSO PLAYING OUT AT THIS

CLINIC, WHICH SELECTS

EMBRYOS ON THE BASIS OF

SEX.

PRO LIFERS FEEL IT COULD USE

GENDER AS A REASON FOR

ABORTION.

WE'RE APPROACHING THE ERA

OF DESIGNER BABIES, WHERE

EVERYBODY WANTS WHAT THEY

CONSIDER TO BE THE PERFECT

CHILD OR THE PERFECT

FAMILY.

Reporter: DR. STEVEN

MOWSER HAS FOUGHT THIS

DISCRIMINATION FOR YEARS.

WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT

DISCRIMINATION PAY OR JOBS

OR BENEFITS.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A

DISCRIMINATION THAT KILLS.

Reporter: THAT ARGUMENT

HAS LED ILLINOIS,

PENNSYLVANIA, OKLAHOMA, AND

ARIZONA TO BAN THE

PRACTICE.

AND NOW LAWMAKERS IN EIGHT

OTHER STATES ARE CONSIDERING

BILLS THAT WOULD FORBID

ABORTIONS SOLELY ON THE

BASIS OF SEX.

IN WASHINGTON, CONGRESSMAN

TRENT FRANKS WANTS TO

REVISIT A BILL THAT WOULD DO

THE SAME.

HE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE

STAKES ARE HIGH, NOT ONLY

FOR PROTECTING THE UNBORN,

BUT SUCH A LAW COULD

CHALLENGE ROE VS. WADE.

IF THIS LEGISLATION

PASSES, IT SETS UP A

PROFOUND CONFLICT WITH ROE

VS. WADE.

BECAUSE IF IT IS ALL RIGHT

TO PROTECT A CHILD BORN

BECAUSE IT IS THE WRONG SEX,

THAT IS AN EQUAL SITUATION.

IT REMOVES ANY EXCUSE FOR

NOT PROTECTING THEM ALL.

Reporter: SO FAR

PRO-LIFE CHOICES HAVE

BYPASSED THE EQUALITY

DEBATE, ARGUING IT ATTACKS A

WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

Mark: JOINING US IS TOM

McCLUSKI, AT THE FAMILY

RESEARCH COUNCIL.

TOM, WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK

ABOUT GENDER-SELECTED

ABORTION, THEY PROBABLY

THINK ABOUT OTHER PLACES IN

THE WORLD.

HOW BIG OF AN ISSUE IS IT

RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA?

YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT IT

BEING AN INTERNATIONAL

PROBLEM.

AND WE'RE PROBABLY --

DEMOGRAPHICALLY, WE'VE LOST

ABOUT 200 MILLION WOMEN OVER

THE YEARS INTERNATIONALLY.

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES,

WE'VE LOST THOUSANDS OF

WOMEN BECAUSE OF THE SEX

SELECT ABORTION.

SOME OF IT CULTURAL, AND

SOME OF IT NOT.

Mark: A NUMBER OF

STATES ARE MOVING FORWARD TO

BAN GENDER-BASED ABORTION,

BUT WHY IS IT SUCH AN UPHILL

CLIMB ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL?

UNFORTUNATELY -- THIS WAS

ALL STARTED IN THE STATES BY

CONGRESSMAN FRANKS, WHO

AFTER HE INTRODUCED HIS BILL

IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA, HE

HELD IT IN THE STATE

LEGISLATURE.

IT IS A MATTER OF EVEN IF IT

PASSES THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH DONE

IN REGULAR ORDER, IT COULD

VERY EASILY, YOU HAVE A MORE

PRO-ABORTION SENATE, AND THE

PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAS COME

OUT AGAINST THE LEGISLATION

THAT WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER

OF SEX-SELECTION ABORTIONS.

Mark: IT SEEMS LIKE AN

OBVIOUS EXPLANATION, BUT

BREAK IT DOWN FOR US.

EXPLAIN WHY AMERICA NEEDS

LEGISLATION OUTLAWING

SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTIONS?

WELL, A LOT OF IT -- AND

CONGRESSMAN FRANKS, I THINK,

TOUCHED THE BUTTON ON IT.

IT SHOWS THE HYPOCRISY OF

ABORTION.

LAST WEEK THERE WAS AN

ILL-NAMED BILL PASSED CALLED

"THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

ACT."

HERE YOU HAVE TWO FEMALE

VICTIMS, BOTH THE MOTHER AND

THE CHILD.

NOTHING SHOULD BE MORE

IMPORTANT THAN US TRYING TO

PROTECT THESE WOMEN, YET THE

LEGISLATION, ESPECIALLY ON

THE FEDERAL LEVEL, IS, AS I

SAID, AT A STANDSTILL.

Mark: TOM McCLESKI,

FOR THE FAMILY RESEARCH

COUNCIL.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

TODAY.

THANK YOU.

Reporter: SCIENTISTS

SAY A BABY BORN WITH THE

AIDS VIRUS HAS BEEN CURED

AFTER AN AGGRESSIVE

TREATMENT OF DRUGS.

THE CHILD AND HER

H.I.V.-INFECTED MOTHER WERE

TREATED AT JACKSON MEDICAL

CENTER IN MISSISSIPPI.

DOCTORS PRESCRIBED THREE

DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS TO

FIGHT THE DISEASE, BUT LOST

TRACK OF THE MOTHER AND

CHILD FOR A WHOLE YEAR.

WHEN THEY FINALLY FOUND

THEM, THEY DISCOVERED THE

MOTHER HAD STOPPED GIVING

HER CHILD THE MEDICATIONS.

THEY ALSO FOUND THAT THE

GIRL, WHO IS NOW TWO AND A

HALF, REMAINED HEALTHY

WITHOUT THE MEDS.

THE EARLY INTERVENTION A

APPEARS TO HAVE KNOCKED THE

VIRUS OUT OF THE BABY'S

BLOOD.

WE HAVE, UM, PERHAPS

INADVERTENTLY, BUT, IN FACT,

CURED THE CHILD.

IF THE CHILD REMAINS

HEALTHY, IT WOULD MARK ONLY

THE WORLD'S SECOND REPORTED

MEDICAL CURE OF H.I.V.

Mark: IN OTHER NEWS,

ROMAN CATHOLIC CARDINALS

FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE

GATHERED AT THE VATICAN.

THEY'RE MEETING TO CHOOSE

THE SUCCESSOR TO POPE

BENEDICT XVI WHO RESIGNED

LAST WEEK.

JOHN WAGGI HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: THE CARD

BEGAN ARRIVING FOR THE FIRST

MEETINGS AHEAD OF THE PAPEL

CONCLAVE HOURS AFTER POPE

BENEDICT XVI BECAME THE

FIRST PONTIFF IN 600 YEARS

TO RESIGN, RATHER THAN DIE

IN OFFICE.

HIS PICTURE HAS BEEN REMOVED

AND HIS TWEETS DELETED.

MONDAY'S MEETING OPENED WITH

PRAYER AND EACH CARDINAL

TOOK AN OATH OF SECRECY,

PLEDGING TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT

MATTERS RELATED TO THE

ELECTION OF THE NEXT POPE.

BUT OUTSIDE AN INTERNATIONAL

MEDIA HOARD FOLLOWS THE

CARDINALS, GIVING IT SOME OF

THE TRAPPINGS OF A POLITICAL

CAMPAIGN.

CAMPAIGNING ON THE PART OF

THOSE CONSIDERED TO BE

FRONT-RUNNERS IS STRICTLY

FORBIDDEN.

AND THE 115 CARDINALS WHO

WILL CHOOSE THE NEW POPE

KNOW THE NATURE OF THEIR

TASK.

WE ARE SUPPOSED TO -- WE

ARE OBLIGED TO ELECT THE NEW

POPE.

Reporter: SPANISH

CARDINAL SAYS IN THE CHURCH

YOU DON'T HAVE

NATIONALITIES, AND YOU DON'T

HAVE COLORS OF PARTIES.

ANY BISHOP, A BAPTIZED

CHRISTIAN, WILL BE PERFECTLY

ACCEPTED IN THE CHURCH.

11 AMERICAN CARDINALS MAKE

UP THE SECOND LARGEST GROUP

OF ALL OF THE NATIONS, AND

MOST WILL BE CASTING THEIR

FIRST PAPEL BALLOT.

I WILL BE LOOKING FOR

SOMEONE WHO HAS THAT VISION

AND THAT ENERGY TO SAY, THIS

IS WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH

THIS PONTIFICATE.

LIKE A PASTOR IN A

PARISH, WHEN YOU HAVE

SOMEBODY WHO BASICALLY

CONNECTS WITH PEOPLE.

Reporter: THE DATE FOR

ELECTING A POPE WASN'T

DETERMINED ON MONDAY BECAUSE

A HANDFUL OF CARDINALS HAVE

YET TO ARRIVE.

MEANWHILE, A TAILER SHOP IN

ROME IS DISPLAYING THE WHITE

VESTMENTS, READY FOR THE NEW

POPE WHEN HE IS CHOSEN.

TWO TOP REPUBLICAN

SENATORS ARE WARNING THEY

MAY OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S

PICK TO HEAD THE C.I.A.

LINDSEY GRAHAM AND JOHN

MCCAIN SAY THEY WANT ANSWERS

OVER THE TRAGEDY IN

BENGHAZI, LIBYA.

GRAHAM SAYS SUNDAY HE AND

McCAIN ARE HELD-BENT ON

MAKING SURE THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW FOUR

AMERICANS COULD HAVE BEEN

MURDERED AT THE U.S.

CONSULATE IN LIBYA LAST

SEPTEMBER.

THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE

COMMITTEE IS SET TO VOTE

EARLY THIS WEEK FOR JOHN

BRE BRENNAN'S ELECTION.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED

TODAY THE NOMINATION OF GINA

McCARTHY TO HEAD THE

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

AGENCY.

HE CHOSE M.I.T. ERNEST MOLEZ

TO LED THE ENERGY

DEPARTMENT, AND NOMINATED

CILIA MATTHEWS BERWELL AS

HIS NEXT BUDGET CHIEF.

THEY WILL ALL REQUIRE SENATE

CONFIRMATION.

Mark: THE SEQUESTER

BUDGET CUTS ARE IN EFFECT,

AND YET AFTER MONTHS OF DIRE

WARNINGS, WASHINGTON IS

STILL FUNCTIONING.

SOME POLITICIANS ARE

ADMITTING FOR NOW NO ONE IS

FEELING MUCH PAIN, BUT BOTH

PARTIES VOWED TO LOOK AT

WAYS TO END THE ECONOMIC

CUTS.

AND MANY GOVERNMENT WORKS

WONDER IF TOUGH TIMES ARE

JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

Reporter: 27

27-YEAR-OLD MARIA IS A

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

EMPLOYEE.

SHE IS PREPARING FOR THE

WORSE.

I LIVE PAYCHECK TO

PAYCHECK.

Mark: MARIA IS ONE OF

750,000 PENTAGON EMPLOYEES

COULD BE FORCED TO RE-THINK

THEIR SPENDING BECAUSE OF

SEQUESTER STRATION.

AND THE TRANSPORTATION

SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AND

CUSTOMS AND BORDER

PROTECTION AGENCIES ARE

ISSUING FURLOUGH NOTICES AND

HAVE CUT OVERTIME FOR

EMPLOYEES.

IN APRIL, THE F.A.A.

FURLOUGH NOTICES GO OUT.

BOTH PARTIES CONTINUE TO

BLAME THE OTHER FOR THE

AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS THAT

HIT ON MARCH 1st.

BUT THE $85 BILLION ACROSS

THE BOARD CUTS MAY BE THE

WAKEUP CALL THAT WASHINGTON

NEEDED.

THE WHITE HOUSE SIGNALLED IT

MIGHT BE READY TO EXPLORE A

COMPROMISE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA RAISED THE

ISSUE OF CUTTING

ENTITLEMENTS, LIKE MEDICARE

AND SOCIAL SECURITY, AS A

WAY OUT OF THE BUDGET CUTS.

HE IS REACHING OUT TO

DEMOCRATS WHO UNDERSTAND WE

HAVE TO MAKE SERIOUS

PROGRESS ON LONG-TERM

ENTITLEMENT REFORM, AND

REPUBLICANS WHO REALIZE IF

WE HAVE THAT TYPE OF

ENTITLEMENT REFORM, THEY'D

BE WILLING TO HAVE TAX

REFORM THAT RAISES REVENUES

TO LOWER THE DEFICIT.

Reporter: REPUBLICANS

HAVE LONG ARGUED THAT THAT

ENTITLEMENT REFORM IS THE

BEST WAY TO TACKLE THE

BUDGET LONG-TERM.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE

PRESIDENT, THE REPUBLICANS,

AND THE DEMOCRATS REENGAGE

WHERE THEY LEFT OFF.

WE AS REPUBLICANS, PUT

$600 MILLION OF NEW REVENUE

ON THE TABLE, BY FLATTENING

THE TAX CODE, ELIMINATING

DEDUCTIONS, AND TAKE THAT

MONEY TO PAY DOWN DEBT AND

LOWER RATES, AND WE GO TO

WHERE THE REAL MONEY IS OVER

TIME, ENTITLEMENT REFORM, TO

SAVE US FROM BECOMING

GREECE.

Mark: ALL OF THIS COMES

AHEAD OF A NEW MARCH 27th

DEADLINE THAT COULD MEAN A

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AND IN

MAY, DEBT SHUTDOWN.

THE $85 BILLION IN SPENDING

CUTS MUST BE CARRIED OUT BY

SEPTEMBER 30th, THE END OF

THE FISCAL YEAR, IF NO

AGREEMENT IS MADE.

COMING UP, WE GO TO

JERUSALEM WHERE FOLKS LACED

UP THEIR RUNNING SHOES FOR

THE CITY'S THIRD ANNUAL

MARATHON.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

THOUSANDS OF PRO-ISRAEL

SUPPORTERS ARE GATHERING IN

THE NATION'S CAPITOL THIS

WEEK.

DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN

LEADERS FROM ALL STATES ARE

DISCUSSING ISRAEL'S FUTURE.

TALKS CENTER AROUND

EXPANDING THE U.S.-ISRAEL

PARTNERSHIP, AS WELL AS

IRAN'S GROWING NUCLEAR

THREAT.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BID

SAYS NO PRESIDENT HAS DONE

MORE TO SECURE THE STATE OF

ISRAEL THAN PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

THAT'S WHY FROM THE

MOMENT THE PRESIDENT TOOK

OFFICE, HE HAS ACTED SWIFTLY

AND DECISIVELY TO MAKE CLEAR

TO THE WHOLE WORLD AND TO

ISRAEL, THAT EVEN AS

CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED,

ONE THING HAS NOT: OUR DEEP

COMMITMENT TO THE SECURITY

OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.

Mark: THE

AMERICAN-ISRAEL PUBLIC

AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS THE

LARGEST ANNUAL GATHERING OF

THE PRO-ISRAEL MOVEMENT.

THOUSANDS TOOK TO THE

STREETS OF JERUSALEM

RECENTLY, NOT FOR

PROTESTING, BUT RACING.

JOHN WAGGI HAS MORE ON THE

JERUSALEM MARATHON.

Reporter: IT WAS A

CHILLY MORNING, BUT THAT

DIDN'T STOP ATHLETES FROM

RUNNING IN THE THIRD ANNUAL

MARATHON IN JERUSALEM.

THE MAYOR ALSO TAKES PART.

WE HAVE A WONDERFUL

EVENT.

VERY SPECIAL.

THE CITY IS LOOKING FORWARD

TO SEEING SO MANY RUNNERS.

20,000 RUNNERS IN

JERUSALEM.

AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED.

Reporter: HE SAYS 3,000

YEARS OF HISTORY MAKES THIS

EVENT UNIQUE.

IT GOES, IN WITH THE NEW

CITY AND OUT WITH THE OLD

CITY.

MOST PEOPLE COME NOT ONLY

FOR THE RUNNING EVENT, BUT

TO SPEND SOME TIME IN

JERUSALEM.

Reporter: ALMOST 2,000

RUNNERS FROM 52 NATIONS

JOINED 18,000 ISRAELIS FOR

THE RACE.

THIS IS THE NICEST RUN.

IT IS A COMBINATION OF MANY

DIFFERENT THINGS, AND IT

MAKES IT VERY NICE.

I RUN IN BERN AND IN

GERMANY, BUT NOT IN SUCH AN

EXCITING AND HISTORICAL

AREA.

Reporter: AT ONE POINT,

SOME UNEXPECTED VISITORS

JOINED IN THE FUN.

THE BIBLE SAYS JERUSALEM IS

LIKE A CITY SET ON A HILL,

WHICH ADDS TO THE

CHALLENGE.

IT IS A GREAT COURSE.

IT IS TOUGH.

IT IS HILLY, VERY HILLY, BUT

THE COURSE IS BEAUTIFUL.

IT IS LIKE GOING THROUGH A

TOURIST AREA.

Reporter: AND SOME RAN

WITH A MESSAGE.

I THOUGHT ABOUT RUNNING

WITH A MESSAGE.

AND I LOVE GOD, AND GOD IS

LOVE.

WE ARE A BIG GROUP FROM

HUNGARY, AND WE WOULD LIKE

TO SUPPORT ISRAEL.

IT IS THE ONLY DIVIDED

CAPITAL CITY OF ISRAEL.

BECAUSE IT IS JERUSALEM.

BECAUSE IT IS A HALF

MARATHON IN JERUSALEM.

THIS IS WHERE GOD CAME TO

THE WORLD.

TO RUN A MARATHON HERE,

ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE OLD

CITY, IT'S BEYOND OUR

COMPREHENSION.

Reporter: BARCOT SAYS

THE MARATHON HELPS BROADEN

JERUSALEM'S APPEAL.

WE HAVE SPIRITUALISM,

SPORT EVENTS AND COMMUNAL

EVENTS, AND ALL OF THAT

TOGETHER MAKES THE JERUSALEM

MARATHON A UNIQUE

EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: HE PREDICTS

THIS YEAR'S PARTICIPANTS

WILL RETURN AS AMBASSADORS

OF JERUSALEM, AND WILL

RETURN TO RUN THE STREETS IN

THE YEARS TO COME.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

UP NEXT, A TELEVISION

EVENT THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN

THE MAKING.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE EPIC

MINI SERIES "THE BIBLE."

Mark: THE BIBLE HAS

BECOME A HOT TOPIC ONLINE IN

THE LAST 24 HOURS.

IT HAS BEEN TRENDING ON

TWITTER AND ONE OF THE MOST

POPULAR SEARCHES ON GOOGLE.

Lori: THAT AFTER A

PREMIER OF THE TELEVISION

SHOW OF THE SAME NAME ON THE

HISTORY CHANNEL.

Mark: IT IS A PROJECT

BY REALITY TV PRODUCER MARK

BURNETT AND ROA ROMA

DOWNING.

THEY SAY THE BIBLE IS THEIR

MOST IMPORTANT WORK.

REMEMBER ME BY DOING

THIS.

I'M GOING TO THE FATHER.

BUT I WILL ALWAYS BE WITH

YOU.

HOLLYWOOD COUPLE MARK

BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNING

HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH THE

HISTORY CHANNEL TO CREATE AN

EPIC MINI SERIES CALLED "THE

BIBLE."

WHEN YOU LOOK AT A PROJECT

OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND THE

SCOPE, HOW DO YOU BOIL THE

BIBLE DOWN TO 10 HOURS?

IT TOOK US A COUPLE OF

YEARS, REALLY, AND WE GOT

THE ADVICE OF MANY THEE

THEOLOGICS.

AND WE FIGURED IT SHOULD BE

GOD'S LOVE FOR US, GENESIS

THROUGH REVELATION.

FROM THE MOMENT ADAM AND

EVE FELL FROM GRACE, WE HAVE

BEEN A PEOPLE WANTING TO GET

BACK IN CONNECTION WITH

GOD.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE

THEMES THAT WE FELT WE

REALLY WANTED TO SEE THROUGH

THOSE OLD TESTAMENT

CHARACTERS.

WE SEE EACH OF THEM

ATTEMPTING CONNECTION AND

FAILING.

ATTEMPTING CONNECTION AND

FAILING.

AND SO GOD SO LOVED US THAT

HE SENDS JESUS FOR US.

AND OUR NEW TESTAMENT

NARRATIVE BEGINS WITH THE

BIRTH OF JESUS, WHO COMES

AND BRINGS US HOME.

AND SO THAT WAS THE

CONNECTIVE LOVE STORY THAT

WE WANTED TO TELL.

AND WE ONLY HAD 10 HOURS.

SO WE HAD TO CONDENSE THE

STORIES.

IT ENDED UP REALLY IT IS

MORE OF AN INTRODUCTION TO

THE BIBLE.

Reporter: IN TACKLING A

PRODUCTION OF THIS

MAGNITUDE, GREAT CARE WAS

TAKEN TO MAKE THE FINISHED

PRODUCT LOOK AND FEEL

AUTHENTIC.

WE WENT ABOUT THREE OR

FOUR HOURS DRIVE TO THE

ATLAS MOUNTAINS, TO THE EDGE

OF THE SAHARA, AND WE CHOSE

THIS LOCATION BECAUSE IT

ALLOWED US TO ACHIEVE THE

BEAUTIFUL BIBLICAL

LANDSCAPE.

THEY REPLACED SOME OF THE

EPIC KAZBARS WHICH LOOKED

LIKE THEY BELONGED -- WHICH

DO BELONG 2,000 YEARS AGO.

MOSES.

WE WANT TO MAKE THE BIBLE

COME TO LIFE WITH FRESH

VISUAL IMAGERY FOR THIS

GENERATION.

SO WE GATHERED TWO US THE

BEST IN THE BUSINESS.

WE HAVE THE BEST, AN

OSCAR-WINNING TEAM WHO

CREATED THE SPECIAL EFFECTS

FOR GLADIATOR.

AND A PORTUGUESE ACTOR

PLAYS THE ROLE OF JESUS

CHRIST.

WHEN YOU WERE APPROACHED

ABOUT DOING THIS ROLE AS A

PERFORMER, AS AN ACTOR, WHAT

WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND?

I THINK THE FIRST THOUGHT

WAS, I CAN'T DO IT.

HONESTLY.

IT'S, LIKE, THIS IS TOO

MUCH.

YOU WILL ALL FALL AWAY.

WE'RE NOT JUST TELLING A

STORY.

WE'RE TRYING TO TOUCH

PEOPLE'S HEARTS.

WE'RE TELLING A STORY THAT

PEOPLE LIVE BY.

I GREW UP KNOWING THE

BIBLE.

I GREW UP BELIEVING IN JESUS

CHRIST.

SO WITH THE FACT THAT MY OWN

FAITH AND MY OWN BELIEFS,

GETTING INVOLVED, IT IS,

LIKE, HOW CAN I DO SOMEONE

THAT I KNOW SO WELL.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

SHOULD WE GO TO THE THING

THAT PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT OR

JUST SHARING YOUR OWN

EXPERIENCE?

SO I THINK I TRY TO DO IT

BOTH A LITTLE BIT.

Reporter: IN THEIR

YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL WORK IN

HOLLYWOOD, MARK AND ROMA SAY

THIS PROJECT IS ONE OF THE

MOST POWERFUL PRODUCTIONS

THEY HAVE EVER WORKED WITH.

IT IS HUMAN.

IT IS CONNECTIVE.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

AND THROUGH THE WHOLE THING,

THERE IS THE HEARTBEAT OF

FAITH, THE HEARTBEAT OF

GOD'S LOVE.

THE PROJECT WAS MADE TO

GLORIFY GOD.

Mark: AND YOU KNOW, IT

REALLY DOES.

I WATCHED IT LAST NIGHT, AND

I KNOW YOU DID, TOO.

Lori: I LOVED IT.

Mark: IT REALLY

GLORIFIES GOD.

AND THEY MAKE THE THREAD

BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT

AND NEW TESTAMENT, GOD WITH

US, IS KEPT THROUGH THE

EPISODES.

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THIS

NEXT SUNDAY.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL.

Mark: THAT'S RIGHT.

UP NEXT, THERE IS AN APP FOR

THAT.

HOW NORTH CAROLINA COPS USED

AN iPHONE TO CATCH A CAR

THIEF IN ACTION.

Lori: FOR SOME, THE

G.P.S. TRACKING DEVICE

IN iPHONES CAN BE AN

INTRUSION OF PRIVACY.

BIRKS

BUT FOR OTHERS, IT IS A

GOD SEND.

I THOUGHT MY CAR WAS GONE

FOR SURE.

Mark: A NORTH CAROLINA

THOUGHT HE WOULD NEVER SEE

HIS VEHICLE AND CELL

PHONE -- IT WAS STOLEN BY A

THUG.

THE THIEF HAD PROMISED

MITCHELL A JOB, BUT INSTEAD

STOLE HIS CAR, AND THAT'S

WHEN LOCAL POLICE STEPPED

IN.

NOW I BELIEVE IT WAS SET

UP, THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME.

Mark: THE OFFICER WAS

ABLE TO TRACK DOWN THE CAR

BY MITCHELL'S CELL PHONE,

WHICH WAS FORTUNATELY STILL

INSIDE, AND THE MAN WAS

QUICKLY ARRESTED.

AND THAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF

TECHNOLOGY.

Lori: ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WITH

HAVE FOR THIS EDITION OF

NEWSWATCH.

Mark: YOU CAN E-MAIL US

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