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CBN NewsWatch: August 30, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 30: Evidence shows Syria used chemical weapons; Syrian Christians brace for strike, ask for prayer; T.D. Jakes' Dallas 'MegaFest' draws thousands; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

BRITISH LAWMAKERS BACK AWAY

FROM A STRIKE.

WILL THE U.S. PUSH AHEAD

WITH PLANS IN SYRIA?

Wendy: PLUS, A LOOK AT

WHAT MANY CHRISTIANS IN

SYRIA SAY U.S. MILITARY

ACTION WOULD NOT BE GOOD FOR

BELIEVERS IN THAT COUNTRY.

Mark: AND OVER

CRIMINALIZATION IN AMERICA.

WE HAVE THE STORY OF ONE MAN

THREATENED WITH JAIL TIME

BECAUSE OF DEAD BIRDS.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

426 CHILDREN WERE AMONG THE

1,429 PEOPLE KILLED IN

SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS

ATTACK.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

REPORTS THERE IS HUMAN AND

SATELLITE EVIDENCE TO PROVE

THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT USED A

CHEMICAL NERVE AGENT IN

THOSE ATTACKS.

Mark: DESPITE THE

NUMBERS AND THE EVIDENCE,

THE NATION IS DIVIDED ON

WHAT THE U.S. SHOULD DO.

AN NBC POLL SHOWS 50% OF

AMERICANS OPPOSE AN ATTACK,

AND 79% WANT CONGRESSIONAL

APPROVAL.

CBN'S HEATHER CELLS HAS OUR

TOP STORY TONIGHT.

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE HAS ALREADY BEGUN

COURTING MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS, HOPING TO MAKE THE

CASE THAT THE SYRIAN

GOVERNMENT USED CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AGAINST ITS OWN

PEOPLE, AND THAT IT MUST BE

PUNISHED.

THE ADMINISTRATION BRIEFED

MEMBERS BY PHONE LAST NIGHT,

BUT DID NOT CONVINCE

EVERYONE.

THERE IS NO POLICY.

THERE IS NO STRATEGY, AND

THERE IS NO END GAME HERE.

I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED

IN OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF.

HE HAS THREATENED THE NATION

AND PUT HIMSELF IN A VERY

TOUGH SITUATION.

Reporter: OVERNIGHT THE

U.S. LOST THE SUPPORT OF ITS

CLOSEST ALLIES.

THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT VOTED

AGAINST TAKING ANY MILITARY

ACTION AGAINST SYRIA.

IT IS CLEAR TO ME THAT

THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT,

REFLECTING THE VIEWS OF THE

BRITISH PEOPLE, DOES NOT

WANT TO SEE BRITISH MILITARY

ACTION.

I GET THAT, AND THE

GOVERNMENT WILL ACT

ACCORDINGLY.

Reporter: THE U.S. MAY

BE ABLE TO ACT IN

COORDINATION WITH FRANCE,

WHO'S PRESIDENT SAYS THAT

SYRIA MUST BE PUNISHED.

IF THE U.S. ACTS, IT WILL

NOT HAVE ANY FORMAL SUPPORT

FROM THE U.N.

THAT'S BECAUSE RUSSIA

BLOCKED EFFORTS TO PASS A

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE

USE OF T OF FORCE.

TODAY U.S. CHEMICAL WEAPONS

EXPERTS ARE ON THE GROUND IN

SYRIA, HOPING TO DETERMINE

WHETHER OR NOT CHEMICAL

WEAPONS ARE USED.

EXPERTS BELIEVE THEIR

EVIDENCE COULD HELP DISCOVER

JUST WHO DEPLOYED THE

GASSES.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: BRAD JACOB, A

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ASSOCIATE

PROFESSOR WITH REGENT

UNIVERSITY JOINS US WITH

MORE.

THANK YOU, MARK, GOOD TO

BE HERE.

Mark: TALK A LITTLE BIT

ABOUT THE PROCESS OF TAKING

ACTION.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE

CONSTITUTION SAY?

THE CONSTITUTION DID

SOMETHING NEW WHEN I COUNTRY

WAS FOUNDED.

IN ENGLAND, THE KING HAD ALL

OF THE POWER WHEN IT CAME TO

MILITARY ACTION.

HE DECLARED WAR.

HE WAS COMMANDER IN CHIEF.

HE DECIDED WHEN TROOPS WOULD

UBUSED.

BE USED.

BUT THOSE WHO WROTE OR

CONSTITUTION THOUGHT IT WAS

TOO MUCH POWER.

SO THEY SPLIT IT.

THEY GAVE CONGRESS THE POWER

TO DECLARE WAR, WHICH MEANT

INITIATE MILITARY ACTION, AS

WELL AS CONTROL OF THE

BUDGET.

AND THE COMMANDER IS

COMMANDER IN CHIEF, SO HE

GETS TO DECIDE WHEN TO USE

TROOPS.

IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A

BALANCE SO THE PEOPLE HAVE A

VOICE.

Mark: WHAT ABOUT THE

WAR POWERS ACT, AND HOW

PRESIDENTS HAVE USED THAT

THROUGH THE YEARS.

IT WAS PASSED IN THE

NIXON ADMINISTRATION,

BECAUSE OF VIETNAM, AND IT

ACTUALLY CAPTURES THE

BALANCE PRETTY WELL.

IT SAYS THE PRESIDENT MAY BE

TROOPS IF THERE HAS BEEN A

DECLARATION OF WAR, WHICH

HASN'T HAPPENS SINCE 1941,

OR IF CONGRESS ATH RISES

AUTHORIZES IT WITH A STATUE,

OR IF THERE IS AN ATTACK ON

THE UNITED STATES PROPERTY,

TERRITORY, PEOPLE, THE

PRESIDENT, OBVIOUSLY, AS

COMMANDER IN CHIEF CAN MOVE

QUICKLY TO DEFEND THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA AND ITS

PEOPLE.

BUT THE WAR POWERS ACT IS

SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE

PRESIDENT FROM PUTTING

TROOPS OUT IN SITUATIONS

WHERE THERE IS NO THREAT TO

THE UNITED STATES UNLESS

CONGRESS DEBATES IT AND

COMES TO A CONCLUSION.

THE PROBLEM IS EVERY

PRESIDENT SINCE NIXON HAS

ARGUED THAT THEY'RE NOT

BOUND BY THE WAR POWERS

ACT.

AND SO THEY MAY FOLLOW ITS

TERMS OR THEY MAY NOT, BUT

THEY CLAIM IT HAS NO LEGAL

AFFECT ON THEM.

Mark: WHAT ARE THE

IMPLICATIONS HERE AT HOME IF

THE U.S. WERE TO STRIKE IN

SYRIA?

WELL, IF THE U.S. WERE TO

STRIKE IN SYRIA, NUMBER ONE,

WE'RE COMMITTING MONEY,

WE'RE COMMITTING VARIOUS

SORTS OF MILITARY HARDWARE

TO THAT EFFORT.

A LOT WILL DEPEND ON WHAT

HAPPENS NEXT?

DOES THAT ESCALATE?

DOES IT BECOME A BIGGER

CONFLICT?

DO WE END UP WITH, AS THE

PRESIDENT LIKES TO SAY,

"BOOTS ON THE GROUND?"

BUT IT IS A VERY SERIOUS

QUESTION WHEN WE'RE NOT

BEING THREATENED.

IT HARD TO MAKE THE CASE

THAT SYRIA IS A THREAT TO

THE UNITED STATES AT THIS

POINT.

THAT'S WHY CONGRESS IS

SUPPOSED TO MAKE THAT

DECISION.

AS YOU NOTED IN THE STORY A

FEW MINUTES AGO, AMERICANS

ARE DIVIDED.

AMERICANS REALLY DISAGREE

ABOUT WHETHER THIS IS THE

RIGHT THING TO DO.

SO CONGRESS SHOULD VOTE.

Mark: OKAY.

BRAD JACOB WITH REGENT

UNIVERSITY.

MY PLEASURE.

Wendy: CHRISTIANS SAY

MILITARY ACTION AGAINST THE

ASSAD REGIME WILL ONLY BRING

THEM GREATER HEART ATTACK

AND SUFFERING.

AS GARY LANE REPORTS, THEY

ARE ASKING THAT PEOPLE PRAY

THAT GOD INTERVENES TO BRING

PEACE TO THEIR NATION.

Reporter: AS THEY BRACE

THEMSELVES FOR A POSSIBLE

MILITARY ATTACK, MANY OF THE

COUNTRY'S CHRISTIANS ARE

PRAYING FOR PRAYER.

THEY BELIEVE IT COULD

REVERSE AN ESCALATING

CONFLICT.

I TALKED BY PHONE WITH A

SYRIAN PASTOR, WHO RESIDES

IN THE U.S., BUT TRAVELS

REGULARLY TO SYRIA.

HE IS IN CONSTANT CONTACT

WITH CHRISTIANS INSIDE THE

COUNTRY.

HE ASK THAT WE NOT GIVE HIS

NAME OR SHOW HIS FACE, IN

ORDER TO PROTECT HIM AND

OTHER SYRIAN CHRISTIANS FROM

RETRIBUTION BY MILITARY

ISLAMISTS.

THE CHRISTIANS ARE LIVING

IN FEAR RIGHT NOW IN SYRIA.

WE KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN,

AND WE SEE THE CONSEQUENCES

OF THAT ACTION BY THE U.S.

AND THE U.N.

IT WILL BE THE DESTRUCTION

FOR THE CHRISTIANS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, AND

SPECIFICALLY IN SYRIA.

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE THEY SAY ANY

U.S.-LED MILITARY ATTACK

WILL ONLY STRENGTHEN

MILITARY ISLAMISTS, WHO HAVE

ALREADY TARGETED

CHRISTIANS.

ONCE NATO HITS SYRIA,

THAT MEANS THEY'RE GOING TO

WEAKEN THE STRUCTURE AND THE

RULE OF THE SYSTEM OF SYRIA,

WHICH IS GOING TO BE

DESTROYED.

WHAT WILL COME NEXT IS

SHARI'A LAW.

AND THE SHARI'A LAW IS VERY

MUCH AGAINST CHRISTIANITY IN

THAT PART OF THE WORLD.

Reporter: MILITANT

ISLAMISTS HAVE ALREADY

FORCED MANY CHRISTIANS OUT

OF THE COUNTRY.

OTHERS HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED

OR MURDERED, AND CHURCHES

HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

WHILE MANY SYRIAN CHRISTIANS

FEEL PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS

ABANDONED THEM, BUT GOD HAS

NOT.

OBAMA CARES LESS FOR THE

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD.

BUT GOD HAS GIVEN PROMISES

THAT GOD IS GOING TO PROTECT

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN

SYRIA.

OUR TRUST IS NOT IN ANY

POWER, NOT IN THE REGIME,

NOT IN THE U.S.

NO ONE ELSE.

OUR TRUST IS IN GOD HIMSELF,

THAT HE SEES AND HE HE

HEARS THE CRIES OF THE

CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: AND THAT'S

WHY IT IS CRUCIAL, THIS

PASTOR SAYS, THAT CHRISTIANS

PRAY FOR THEIR SYRIAN

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

CHRIST BECAUSE IT IS MORE

THAN A BATTLE FOR THE

SURVIVAL OF THE SYRIAN

CHURCH.

THIS IS A BATTLE BETWEEN

JESUS CHRIST AND THE ENEMY

HIMSELF.

AND WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST WILL HAPPEN EVENTUALLY

TO MANY CHRISTIANS AROUND

THE WORLD, SPECIFICALLY IN

THE WEST.

Reporter: SO SYRIAN

CHRISTIANS SAY PRAY, BUT

THEY KNOW THE OUTCOME IS NOT

IN THE HANDS OF BASHAR

al-ASSAD OR THOSE WHO

OPPOSE HIM.

GOD IS NOT GOING TO GO

WORK WITH ANYBODY'S AGENDA.

GOD IS GOING TO WORK FOR HIS

OWN AGENDA, AND THE PURPOSE

OF THE GROWING OF THE

KINGDOM OF GOD.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS.

Wendy: AND FOR MORE OF

GARY'S COVERAGE, CHECK OUT

HIS BLOG, "THE GLOBAL

LANE.COM ."

Mark: WITH THAT,

NATIONAL GAS PRICES JUMPED

NEARLY 2 CENTS ON THURSDAY.

A.A.A. SAYS THAT IS THE

BIGGEST JUMP IN NEARLY A

MONTH.

IT COMES AS AMERICANS GET

READY TO HIT THE ROAD FOR

THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

STILL, GAS PRICES ARE ABOUT

27 CENTS CHEAPER THAN A YEAR

AGO.

29MILLION AMERICANS WILL

TRAVEL FOR THE HOLLYWOOD.

Wendy: MARRIED SAME-SEX

COUPLES NOW HAVE THE RIGHT

TO THE SAME TAX BENEFITS AS

HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES.

IT IS PART OF A NEW

REGULATION FROM THE TREASURY

DEPARTMENT AND THE I.R.S.

COUPLES WILL BE ABLE TO FILE

FEDERAL JOINT TAX RETURNS,

EVEN IF THE STATE WHERE THEY

LIVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE

THEIR MARRIAGE.

THE RULE COMES ON THE HEELS

OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE

ACT.

Mark: COMING UP, PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD DESCEND ON

DALLAS.

CBN NEWS GIVES YOU A LOOK AT

THE T.D. JAKES EVENT KNOWN

AS "MEGAFEST."

Mark: A MOB OF 1,000

PEOPLE DESTROYED A CHURCH

BUILDING AND ATTACKED ITS

PASTOR IN NORTHERN INDIANA.

GOSPEL FOR ASIA REPORTS THE

CONGREGATION HAS BEEN TRYING

TO BUILD THE CHURCH FOR MORE

THAN TWO YEARS, BUT

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN SLOWED

BY LOCAL OPPOSITION.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, RUMORS

BEGAN TO SPREAD OF THE

CHRISTIANS,

QUOTE,"CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE

PRACTICES."

THIS TIME THE MOB TORE THE

CHURCH DOWN, AND THEY BEAT

THE PASTOR, HIS MOTHER, AND

OTHER CHURCH MEMBERS.

THE VILLAGE HAS A HISTORY OF

VIOLENCE AGAINST

CHRISTIANS.

FOUR OTHER PASTORS HAVE BEEN

DRIVEN AWAY.

Wendy: SOME 50,000

PEOPLE HAVE DESCENDED UPON

THE CITY OF DALLAS, TEXAS.

THEY CAME FROM ACROSS THE

GLOBE TO ATTEND SOMETHING

CALLED "MEGAFEST."

THE MASSIVE CHRISTIAN

CONFERENCE IS SPONSORED BY

PASTOR AND BISHOP T.D.

JAKES' MEGA CHURCH.

Reporter: THE BISHOP IS

A POPULAR PASTOR ACROSS THE

COUNTRY AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

AND AS THE HEADLINE IN THIS

NEWSPAPER SAYS, THIS IS

GOING TO BE BIG.

MEGAFEST 2013 ESSENTIALLY

BRINGS ALL OF ITS POPULAR

CONFERENCES HOME HERE TO

DALLAS, TEXAS.

WE'RE TALKING MANPOWER, AND

WOMEN AND YOUTH ESSENTIALLY

UNDER ONE ROOF.

AND BISHOP JAKES HAS CALLED

UPON SOME PRETTY BIG NAMES

IN THE ENTERTAINMENT

INDUSTRY TO HELP HIM PULL AN

EVEN BIGGER CROWD.

I'M LIKE A LITTLE KID,

READY TO OPEN A PRESENT

BECAUSE I KNOW THERE IS

SOMETHING THERE FOR ME.

I CAN'T WAIT.

I LOVE THIS.

I HAVE NEVER ATTENDED

MEGAFEST, AND I WANTED

SOMETHING WHERE MY FAMILY

COULD COME TOGETHER, AND MY

HUSBAND AND MY KIDS.

IT'S BIG, IT'S A LOT, BUT IT

IS AWESOME.

Reporter: THIS

CONFERENCE HAS DRAWN SOME

50,000 PEOPLE FROM AROUND

THE WORLD.

IT WAS LAST HELD IN ATLANTA

IN 2006, AND MANY OF THOSE

REGULARS HAVE MADE THE

JOURNEY TO TEXAS TO BE A

PART OF THIS.

WE DROVE.

WE DIDN'T FLY.

AND WE RENTED A CAR THAT IS

REALLY FUEL-EFFICIENT.

SO WE'RE CUTTING COSTS.

WE'RE DOING ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE DOING ALL RIGHT.

*

Reporter: GOSPEL

RECORDING ARTIST JONATHAN

McREYNOLDS IS AMONG THE

EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF TALENT

PERFORMING HERE AT

MEGAFEST.

IT IS ALWAYS THE FIRST

TIME FOR ME.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME AT

MEGAFEST.

SO IT IS ALWAYS JUST A

LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW,

INTIMIDATING FOR ME.

BUT NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS

MEGAFEST AND BISHOP JAKES.

WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND

SISTERS.

Reporter: THIS

CONFERENCE IS ALSO ABOUT

EMPOWERMENT AND EDUCATION.

T.D. JAKES HAS TEAMED UP

WITH REGENT UNIVERSITY TO

OFFER A SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP

HERE ON THE SITE, AS WELL AS

BEYOND.

IT IS A MEGA FIESTA.

Reporter: THIS

CONFERENCE IS THE FIRST OF

ITS KIND FOR THE CITY OF

DALLAS.

IT IS EXPECTED TO PUMP

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE

CITY.

BUT BEYOND THAT, IT IS

CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES WITH

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

DALLAS, TEXAS.

Mark: UP NEXT, COULD

YOU COMMIT A CRIME AND NOT

EVEN KNOW IT?

HOW ONE MAN ALMOST WENT TO

JAIL AFTER THAT HAPPENED TO

HIM.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

SUPPOSE YOUR CAT KILLED A

BIRD OR A BIRD CRASHED INTO

YOUR WINDOW AND DIED, AND

THEN A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR

SHOWED UP TO PUT YOU IN

JAIL.

Wendy: IT MAY SOUND

CRAZY, BUT THAT'S WHAT

ALMOST HAPPENED TO ONE MAN.

CBN'S PAUL STRAND EXPLAINS

IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

Reporter: RECENTLY A

TEXAS OILMAN SUDDENLY FOUND

HIMSELF FACING A FRIGHTENING

FATE.

WHILE HE WAS WORKING IN HIS

OFFICES, LITTLE DID HE KNOW

THAT THE DEATH OF TWO BIRDS

HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY IN

NORTH DAKOTA COULD THREATEN

TO PUT HIM IN A PRISON

CELL.

THEY HAVE WASTE POOLS, AND

SOME BIRDS DROWN.

A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR WAS

MAKING A SPECIAL EFFORT TO

FIND SUCH BIRDS.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

APPOINTED ME AND HAD A

HELICOPTER FOR ME TO SEARCH

FOR THIS.

Reporter: THIS

PROSECUTOR USED WHAT HE

FOUND TO CHARGE SEVEN OIL

AND GAS COMPANIES WITH

CRIMINALLY KILLING BIRDS.

TO MALLARDS IN BRIGHAM'S

CASE.

NOW, THIS 1918 LAW WAS ONLY

SUPPOSED TO BE USED ON

POACHERS OR HUNTERS,

DELIBERATELY AND ILLEGALLY

KILLING MIGRATORY BIRDS.

BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THIS

PROSECUTORIAL TEAM.

THEY FOUND 28 TOTAL BIRDS

AND TWO ON OUR WELL SITES.

FOR TWO MALLARDS, THEY WERE

CASH FINDS, BUT ALSO AS

C.E.O., I COULD SERVE TWO

CONSECUTIVE SIX-MONTH TERMS

IN PRISON.

IT JUST SEEMS COMPLETELY

ABSURD TO THINK YOU WOULD

LOCK SOMEBODY UP FOR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I AM A FATHER OF FIVE,

WITH CHILDREN FROM 8 TO 17

YEARS OLD, AND TO THINK THAT

I COULD POSSIBLY GO TO

PRISON FOR THIS, FOR UP TO A

YEAR, IT WAS JUST REALLY,

REALLY ALMOST -- IT WAS VERY

SURREAL.

Reporter: EVEN MORE

SURREAL, IF THE GOVERNMENT

COULD HAVE IMPRISONED THESE

OIL EXECUTIVES, IT COULD

THROW ANY AMERICAN IN JAIL

IF THEY HAD ANY CONNECTION

TO A MI MIGRATING BIRD'S

DEATH.

LIKE CRIMINALIZING FARMING,

CUTTING BRUSH AND TREES,

DRIVING, OWNING A BUILDING

WITH WINDOWS, OWNING A CAT,

ALL OF WHICH END UP KILLING

BIRDS.

THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO

PUNISH THE OIL EXECS FOR 27

BIRD DEATHS.

BUT POWER LINES KILL AS MANY

AS 74 MILLION, CATS,

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS,

CRASHING INTO WINDOWS,

996 MILLION A YEAR.

CRASHING INTO CARS, MAYBE

66 MILLION.

TO BE CONSISTENT, THE

GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO

CRIMINALIZE DRIVING,

CONSTRUCTION, AIRPLANE

FLIGHTS --

EVERY PERSON WITH A HOME

THAT A DUCK ACCIDENTALLY

FLIES INTO WOULD BE HELD

CRIMINAL.

Reporter: BUT WHY

DIDN'T THEY GO AFTER THE

PEOPLE IN THE WIND INDUSTRY,

WHICH KILLS 250,000 BIRDS A

YEAR WITH THE WIND

TURBINES.

MAYBE IT WAS ABOUT HARASSING

AN INDUSTRY NOT GREEN ENOUGH

FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL

ADMINISTRATION.

MAYBE THE PRESIDENTIAL

ADMINISTRATION IS NOT AS

ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT ALL OF

THE DRILLING.

IT DOES SEEM THERE IS

HOSTILITY TOWARDS US.

THERE WAS AN E.P.A.

ADMINISTRATOR HERE IN NORTH

TEXAS THAT TALKED ABOUT

CRUCIFYING THE OIL AND GAS

INDUSTRY TO SET AN EXAMPLE.

Reporter: PAUL'S WIFE

CO-AUTHORED THE BOOK.

SO, TWO, COMPANIES CAN BE

HEALEHELD CRIMINAL.

OFTEN THEY ARE DISFAVORED

PRODUCTS THAT SOMEBODY IN

AUTHORITY THINKS SHOULDN'T

BE MADE, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE

PERFECTLY LEGAL.

Reporter: AND WITH ALL

OF THE LAWS ON THE TABLE,

THE GOVERNMENT CAN FIND A

WAY TO PROSECUTE ALMOST ANY

CITIZEN OR INDUSTRY IT

WANTS.

ON AVERAGE, EVERY

AMERICAN PROBABLY COMMITS

ABOUT THREE FELONIES A DAY.

Reporter: HE IT IS

UNAMERICAN THE WAY THE

GOVERNMENT TARGETED HIM AND

TRIED TO PUT HIM AWAY.

WE'RE BEING ATTACKED BY

OUR OWN GOVERNMENT.

IT IS FRIGHTENING.

Reporter: MEANWHILE, A

FAVORITE INDUSTRY LIKE WIND

GETS AWAY WITH LITERALLY

LITTERING THE LAND CAPE WITH

BIRD CORPSES.

TO GIVE THE WIND TURBINES

THE AUTHORITY TO KILL A BALD

EAGLE, A NATIONAL SYMBOL,

AND HERE THEY'RE DOING THIS

WITH REGARD TO A COUPLE OF

MALLARDS.

Reporter: WHILE THOSE

WHO BUILD WIND TURBINES, THE

DARLING OF CLEAN ENERGY

ADVOCATES, THEY KILL TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF BIRDS A YEAR

AND NEVER HEAR A WORD FROM

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM AU AUSTIN,

TEXAS.

Wendy: UP NEXT, CBN

NEWS SAYS GOOD-BYE TO

SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A MAJOR

PART OF OUR TEAM FOR NEARLY

TWO DECADES.

JOIN US FOR THAT WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Mark: TODAY IS A

BITTERSWEET DAY FOR OUR CBN

FAMILY.

AFTER 19 YEARS, NEWS ANCHOR

LEE WEBB IS LEAVING US TO

JOIN LIGAMIR MINISTRIES IN

SANFORD, FLORIDA.

Wendy: HE ALSO ANCHORED

THIS NEWSCAST FOR 10 YEARS

BEFORE MARK JOINED ME, AND I

HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING

SIDE BY SIDE WITH LEE.

HERE IS A LOOK BACK AT SOME

OF HIS MOST MEMORABLE

MOMENTS AT CBN.

Lee: IN 1993, I MADE

THE FATEFUL DECISION OF

GIVING A SPEECH TO A GROUP

OF CONSERVATIVE, POLITICALLY

ACTIVE CHRISTIANS IN

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.

I HAD BEEN ANCHORING THE

NEWS FOR THE NBC AFFILIATE

THERE FOR A NUMBER OF

YEARS.

AND SPOKE ABOUT THE

MAINSTREAM MEDIA'S BIAS

AGAINST THEM.

THAT SPEECH GOT ME

SUSPENDED, AND ULTIMATELY

FIRED FROM MY JOB.

ONE OF THE FIRST PHONE CALLS

THAT I RECEIVED AFTER BEING

SUSPENDED FROM MY JOB WAS

FROM PAT ROBERTSON.

AND THAT PHONE CALL LED TO,

A YEAR LATER, HIM HIRING ME

TO BE THE NEWS ANCHOR FOR

"THE 700 CLUB."

COVERING THE REPUBLICAN AND

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONS WERE

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY

TIME HERE.

THE TEAM NEEDED TO

EXPLAIN TO THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN HIMSELF AND GEORGE

BUSH.

BY THE TIME WE GOT INTO THE

STUDIO, IT BECAME APPARENT

THAT OUR ENTIRE "700 CLUB"

BROADCAST FOR THAT DAY WAS

GOING TO BE PUT ASIDE, AND

THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR

COVERAGE.

IN FACT, I THINK THAT PAT

CAME OVER TO THE NEWS SET

EARLY ON, AND IT WAS JUST

PAT AND ME STANDING AT THE

NEWS SET.

I WENT TO A LOCAL CHURCH

HERE IN SLIDEL YESTERDAY,

AND FRANKLY, I DIDN'T KNOW

WHAT TO EXPECT.

ONE OF THE THINGS I

DISTINCTLY REMEMBER ABOUT MY

TIME IN SLIDEL AFTER

HURRICANE KATRINA WAS

WORSHIPPING AT THE METHODIST

CHURCH THAT HAD BEEN

DESTROYED BY THE

FLOODWATERS.

THE COMMON BOND THAT THEY

EXPERIENCED THROUGH THAT

TRAGEDY, KNOWING THAT THEIR

SOVEREIGN GOD STILL LOVED

THEM AND STILL WANTED TO

HEAR THEIR PRAISES THAT

MORNING.

I THINK WE WERE ALL EXCITED

THAT GARY BUSEY WAS GOING TO

BE A GUEST ON "THE 700

CLUB."

I REMEMBER WATCHING TERRY

INTERVIEW GARY, AND THEN

THERE WAS A COMMERCIAL

BREAK, AND THEN I HAD A

SET.

SO HE JUST SAT DOWN NEXT TO

ME, AND HE DECIDED HE WANTED

TO INTRODUCE THAT STORY.

HE IS NOT FINISHED.

HE WANTED TO COME OVER TO

THE NEWS AND SO HE WANTED TO

KNOW HOW I READ THE NEWS.

SO WE THOUGHT WE'D GIVE YOU

THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE

IN TRO TO THIS STORY.

IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT

STORY.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR

ME, TOO.

Lee: WHAT MADE IT

AWKWARD IS THAT THE STORY

WAS NOT LIGHT-HEARTED

REPORTING.

IT WAS A VERY SERIOUS STORY

ABOUT CANCER AND DEATH.

AND SO IT WAS ONE OF THE

MOST AWKWARD MOMENTS, BUT IT

WAS ALSO PRETTY HUMOROUS,

TOO.

THE THING I WILL TAKE WITH

ME OVER MY 19 YEARS ARE THE

RELATIONSHIPS BUILT OFF THE

SET, BEHIND THE SCENES,

BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH

PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZE THE

GIFTS AND TALENTS THAT GOD

HAS GIVEN US.

AND THE LOVE AND CARE AND

CONCERN THAT EVERYONE HAS

HERE FOR EACH OTHER.

IT HAS BEEN A GREAT SOURCE

OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME.

Wendy: IT JUST DOESN'T

SEEM REAL YET THAT LEE IS

NOT GOING TO BE BACK.

BUT WE -- HIS CONTRIBUTION

GOES WITHOUT SAYING.

Mark: WHAT A LEGACY.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, HE'S

DEFINITELY SOMEBODY TO LOOK

UP TO, AND HE JUST BROUGHT

SUCH A CREDIBILITY TO OUR

PROGRAMMING.

Wendy: WE WISH HIM AND

HIS FAMILY ALL THE BEST HAS

THEY GO ON TO FLORIDA.

Mark: GOD HAS A GREAT

NEW SEASON FOR THEM.

Wendy: YOU CAN GO TO

OUR Facebook PAGE AND SEE

A FEW PHOTOS TO OUR FAIRLY

TO LEE ON "THE 700 CLUB."

Mark: AND YOU CAN POST

YOUR PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES

TO HIM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

TIME, AND HAVE A GREAT

WEEKEND.

Wendy: BYE-BYE.

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