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CBN NewsWatch: September 3, 2013

ON CBN Newswatch, Sept. 3: Obama in full lobby mode over Syria; German officials abduct homeschooled kids; Flower shop owner sued for refusing in gay wedding; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

STRIKING SYRIA.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

HEADS TO CAPITOL HILL TO

CONVINCE LAWMAKERS TO ACT IN

THE WAR-TORN COUNTRY.

Wendy: PLUS, CHILDREN

TAKEN FROM THEIR HOME.

WHY GERMAN FORCES TOOK

ACTION AGAINST A

HOME-SCHOOLED FAMILY.

Mark: AND A LOOK AT

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN

INDIA.

CBN NEWS TALKS WITH A PASTOR

WHO IS HELPING LEAD THE

CHURCH IN THAT COUNTRY.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TRYING TO

NAIL DOWN CONGRESSIONAL

SUPPORT FOR AN ATTACK ON

SYRIA BEFORE HE LEAVES FOR

THE G-20 SUMMIT.

Mark: HE HAS GAINED

SOME BACKERS, BUT OTHER

LAWMAKERS AREN'T CONVINCED A

STRIKE IS THE RIGHT MOVE.

GARY LANE HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE IS IN FULL LOBBYING

MODE, PUSHING CONGRESS TO

SUPPORT A MILITARY STRIKE

AGAINST SYRIA.

MR. OBAMA APPEARS TO HAVE

ALREADY WON SUPPORT FROM TWO

REPUBLICAN SENATORS, LINDSAY

GRAHAM AND JOHN MCCAIN.

I THINK WE HAVE FOUND

SOME AREAS THAT WE CAN WORK

TOGETHER, BUT WE HAVE A LONG

WAY TO GO.

Reporter: McCAIN SAYS

HE ISN'T SURE THAT

AUTHORIZING A MILITARY

STRIKE OF SYRIA WILL PASS.

THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALSO

GOTTEN A BOOST FROM HOUSE

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER, WHO

SAID HE WILL SUPPORT THE

PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS.

THE USE OF THESE WEAPONS

HAS TO BE RESPONDED TO, AND

ONLY THE UNITED STATES HAS

THE CAPABILITY AND THE

CAPACITY TO STOP ASSAD.

Reporter: BUT OTHER

LAWMAKERS WHO RECEIVED A

CLASSIFIED BRIEFING ON SYRIA

REMAIN SKEPTICAL.

I DON'T SEE WHERE THE

ASSAD REGIME HAS POSED A

DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA OR

ITS ALLIES.

WHAT IS MISSING RIGHT NOW

IS THE PLAN OF ACTION ABOUT

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE

EVENT THAT THE UNITED STATES

DID USE SOME TYPE OF FORCE

AGAINST SYRIA.

Reporter: AND POLLS

HAVE SHOWN THAT THE MAJORITY

OF AMERICANS OPPOSE AN

ATTACK.

SYRIA IS NOT AT WAR WITH

THE UNITED STATES.

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

AND OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE THE

RIGHT TO BE JUDGE, JURY, AND

EXECUTIONER.

Reporter: ANOTHER CAUSE

FOR A CONCERN: SYRIA'S REBEL

FORCES ARE A MIXED BAG THAT

INCLUDE al-QAEDA

TERRORISTS.

AS THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

APPROACHES, AN ATTACK ON A

SYRIAN REGIME MAY HELP THE

VERY TEAM THAT IS BEHIND THE

ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE

CENTER.

THE ISRAELI DEFENSE

MINISTRY SAYS THE EXERCISE

WAS MEANT TO TEST RADAR

SYSTEMS.

THE MOVE CAME AS TENSIONS

ARE RISING THROUGHOUT THE

MIDDLE EAST OVER A POSSIBLE

STRIKE ON SYRIA.

BOTH SYRIA AND IRAN HAVE

THREATENED RETALIATION

AGAINST ISRAEL IF THERE IS A

STRIKE AGAINST SYRIA.

ISRAEL SAYS IT IS PREPARED

FOR ANY ATTACK.

Wendy: AND FOR MORE ON

THIS, WE TURN MORE TO OUR

MIDDLE EAST BUREAU CHIEF

CHRIS MITCHELL.

DO YOU THINK THE MISSILE

TESTING WAS MEANT TO SEND

SOME SORT OF SIGNAL TO THE

SYRIAN REGIME?

Reporter: IT IS

POSSIBLE, WENDY, BECAUSE

THIS HAD BEEN A PRE-PLANNED

TEST FOR MANY MONTHS.

THEY DID GO AHEAD WITH IT

DURING A SORT OF CHARGED

ATMOSPHERE WITHIN THE

REGION.

PERHAPS THEY MEANT TO SEND A

SIGNAL.

AND IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE IT

WAS A PRE-PLANNED MISSILE

TEST AND NOT MUCH TO SPEAK

ABOUT.

IT WAS INTERESTING, AND ONE

OF THE ISRAELI OFFICIALS

TOLD ME EARLIER TODAY, IT

WAS THE RUSSIANS WHO

ACTUALLY ANNOUNCED THIS

MISSILE TEST.

THEY SORT OF OUTED THE

ISRAELIS, AS IT WERE.

Wendy: HOW IS THE

REGION REACTING TO THE

DECISION BY THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION TO GO TO

CONGRESS FOR APPROVAL TO

STRIKE SYRIA?

Reporter: THE ARAB

PRESS, FOR ONE, IS SAYING

THAT IT SHOWS THE WEAKNESS

OF THE UNITED STATES.

HERE IN THE REGION, THAT

KIND OF PERCEPTION IS WHAT

THEY THINK IS ACTUALLY

REALITY.

SO WHETHER OR NOT YOU THINK

THE U.S. IS BEING STRONG OR

BEING WISE, AT LEAST OVER

HERE, IN MANY OF THE ARAB

NATIONS, THEY'RE BEING

PERCEIVED AS WEAK.

THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR

THE U.S. IN THE REGION.

Wendy: CHRIS, IF THE

U.S. DOES CARRY OUT SOME

SORT OF STRIKE IN SYRIA,

WHAT COULD THAT MEAN, OR

WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR

ISRAEL?

Reporter: FOR ISRAEL,

IF THEY DO STRIKE, IT MAY

REINFORCE THE PERCEPTION

HERE IN ISRAEL THAT AT LEAST

THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT

THE U.S. WILL GO AND STAND

BEHIND ISRAEL ON A POSSIBLE

ATTACK AGAINST IRAN.

AN ISRAELI TOLD ME THE OTHER

DAY THAT THE U.S. NEEDS TO

KEEP ITS EYE ON THE BALL.

AND HE SAID THE BALL IS

IRAN.

I DON'T THINK THEY'RE THAT

MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT SYRIA.

IF SYRIA DID PROVOKE A

RETALIATORY ATTACK AGAINST

ISRAEL, IF THE U.S. ATTACKS,

THAT'S ONE THING.

I THINK THEY REALLY SEE THE

MAIN THREAT IS IRAN.

AND THEY WANT THE U.S. TO

BACK THEM ON A POSSIBLE

MISSILE STRIKE AGAINST

IRAN'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES.

THAT, TO ME, AND THAT, TO

THEM, IS THE MAIN ISSUE.

Wendy: CHRIS, YOU LIVE

IN ISRAEL.

YOU SAID THINGS WERE PRETTY

INTENSE OVER THE WEEKEND.

DO YOU THINK THE U.S. SHOULD

STRIKE SYRIA?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION,

WENDY.

I'M NOT SURE.

I THINK WHAT WILL HAPPEN

HERE IN THE REGION IS THE

U.S. DOES ATTACK SYRIA IS

UNPREDICTABLE, AND IT COULD

JUST PUT FUEL ON A GASOLINE

FIRE RIGHT NOW.

SO IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT

THE U.S. AND THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MAKE

A STATEMENT ABOUT CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AND WEAPONS OF MASS

DESTRUCTION BECAUSE CHEMICAL

WEAPONS, BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE WHAT

THE REGION NEEDS TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT.

SO STATEMENT NEEDS TO BE

MADE, BUT IT FRAUGHT WITH A

LOT OF PERIL.

IT COULD CHANGE THE WHOLE

COMPLEXION OF THIS REGION

WITH SYRIA, RUSSIA,

HEZBOLLAH, A RETALIATORY

STRIKE ON ISRAEL IS REMOTE,

BUT CERTAINLY NOT OUT OF

POSSIBILITY.

EVERYBODY HERE -- THE

TEMPERATURE HAS GONE DOWN

JUST A BIT HERE, BUT NEXT

WEEK, WHEN THE U.S. MAKES

THE DECISION ONE WAY OR THE

OTHER, THEY'RE EXPECTING THE

TEMPERATURE TO GO UP.

THEY'RE CELEBRATING ROSH

HASHANAH, PRAYING FOR A GOOD

NEW YEAR.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT A

LOT OF PEOPLE NEED TO BE

PRAYING FOR, A GOOD NEW YEAR

HERE IN ISRAEL AND THE

REGION.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT.

DEFINITELY A CATCH 22 IF WE

EVER SAW ONE, STAY SAFE,

CHRIS MITCHELL.

Mark: AND EGYPTIAN

MILITARY TRIBAL HAVE

SENTENCE SENTENCE --

OFFICIALS SAY DEFENDANTS

WERE ARRESTED AFTER

ATTACKING TROOPS AND

TORCHING CHURCHES.

THE RIOTS WERE CAUSED BY THE

CRACKDOWN ON TWO PRO-MORSI

PANELS.

BUT THEY RULED THAT THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SHOULD BE

DISSOLVED.

Wendy: IN GERMANY, THEY

HAVE ABDUCTED AGAINST, THE

CHILDREN OF A HOME-SCHOOLED

FAMILY.

Reporter: WITNESSES

DESCRIBED IT AS BRUTAL AND

VICIOUS.

A TEAM OF GERMAN POLICE

OFFICERS WITH A BATTERING

RAM, STORMED THE RESIDENCE

OF THIS FAMILY.

THE RAID TOOK ALL FOUR OF

THE FAMILY'S CHILDREN INTO

STATE CUSTODY.

THE ONLY LEGAL GROUNDS WERE

THAT THE PARENTS, ZURK AND

PETRO, VOODELIC

HOME-SCHOOLED THEIR

CHILDREN.

AND THE COURT JUDGE ALSO

AUTHORIZED THE POLICE TO USE

FORCE AGAINST THE CHILDREN

IF THEY RESISTED.

BEHIND THE RAID WAS THE

NOTORIOUS YOUTH OFFICE.

MANY OF THE GERMAN PARENTS

WHO HAVE RUN AFOUL OF THE

YOUTH OFFICE HAVE HAD THEIR

LIVES RUINED.

THEY'VE BEEN TAKEN IN AND

OUT OF COURT, SOME HAVE BEEN

THROWN IN JAIL, AND SOME

HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN.

A FEW YEARS AGO, THIS FAMILY

FLED GERMANY BUT THE NEED

FOR EMPLOYMENT FORCED THEM

TO RETURN.

IN AN INTERVIEW, THE FATHER

SAID HE WAS PREPARED TO GO

TO JAIL RATHER THAN SEND HIS

CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.

BUT I'M NOT AFRAID OF

THIS.

IT IS ONLY SAD FOR MY

FAMILY.

BUT I GO LAUGHING.

YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT; MY

CHILDREN DON'T GO TO

SCHOOL.

Reporter: THE FOUNDER

OF THE HOME-SCHOOL LEGAL

DEFENSE ASSOCIATION, MICHAEL

FAR RIS, CALLED THE

ABDUCTION OF THE CHILDREN AN

OUTRAGEOUS ROGUE ACT.

AND THE ROMEIKES FLED GERMAN

PERSECUTION OF

HOME-SCHOOLERS, AND WERE

GRANTED ASYLUM.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

WANTS THE ROMEIKES SENT BACK

TO GERMANY.

WITNESSES SAID WHEN PETRA

TRIED TO GIVE HER DAUGHTER A

KISS AND HUG GOOD-BYE, ONE

OF THE POLICE OFFICERS

PUSHED HER AWAY AND SAID,

IT'S TOO LATE FOR THAT.

THE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN TO

UNKNOWN LOCATIONS.

OFFICIALS TOLD THE PARENTS

THEY WOULD NOT BE SEEING

THEIR CHILDREN ANY TIME

SOON.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Mark: AN OREGON BAKERY

THAT REFUSED TO MAKE A

SAME-SEX WEDDING CAKE

BECAUSE OF THE OWNER'S

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS HAS CLOSED

UP SHOP.

"SWEET CAKES BY MELISSA,"

WAS UNDER STATE

INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE

IF IT VIOLATED THE OREGON

EQUALITY ACT.

THE OWNERS ANNOUNCED ON

Facebook THEY WOULD BE

MOVING THEIR BUSINESS TO AN

IN-HOME BAKERY.

THOSE WHO VISITED THE SHOP

ON SUNDAY FOUND ONLY EMPTY

COUNTERS AND DISPLAYS.

AND A SIGN THAT READ

"RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS UNDER

ATTACK IN GRESHOM."

Wendy: IN A SIMILAR

CASE, THE OWNER OF A FLOWER

SHOP IN WASHINGTON IS BEING

SUED BECAUSE OF HI HER

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

WHEN ASKED TO SELL FLOWERS

TO A GAY COUPLE FOR THEIR

WEDDING, SHE DECLINED,

SAYING IT WAS AGAINST HER

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.

SHE IS BEING TAKEN TO COURT

OVER THE MATTER, AND SHE

SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH CBN

NEWS ABOUT THE MATTER.

YOU HAVE TO MAKE A STAND

SOMEWHERE IN YOUR LIFE ON

WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND WHAT

YOU DON'T BELIEVE.

AND IT WAS JUST TIME THAT I

HAD TO TAKE A STAND.

AND EVERYBODY WILL HAVE TO

COME TO THAT SAME TIME IN

THEIR BUSINESS.

Wendy: INTERESTING.

LAWYERS TELL CBN NEWS THIS

CASE HAS THE MAKINGS OF ONE

THAT COULD GO ALL THE WAY TO

THE SUPREME COURT.

U.S. SUPREME COURT.

OUR DAVID BRODY WILL HAVE A

COMPLETE REPORT ON THIS

STORY COMING UP SOON ON "THE

700 CLUB."

Mark: COMING UP, HOW

ONE RADIO HOST IS HOPING TO

PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION AND

FREEDOM IN AMERICA.

Mark: THE CONSTITUTION

IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE

SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, BUT

TODAY MANY CONSERVATIVES

WORRY THAT SOME LIBERALS

WANT TO IMPOSE THEIR OWN

RULES ON AMERICA.

NOW THE POPULAR TALK RADIO

HOST MARK LEVIN HAS STARTED

A MOVEMENT TO PROTECT THE

CONSTITUTION AND OUR

FREEDOM.

DAVID BRODY TALKED TO LEVIN

ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK CALLED

"THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS."

David: THE LINES AT

BOOKSTORES ARE OUT THE

DOOR.

PEOPLE WAITING TO GET A

SIGNED COPY OF THE "NEW YORK

TIMES" NUMBER ONE

BEST-SELLER, "THE LIBERTY

AMENDMENTS."

BY MARK LEVIN.

THE RADIO TALK SHOW HOST AND

CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR SAYS

HE IS FED UP WITH 100 YEARS

OF WHAT HE CALLS GROWING

AUTHORITARIANISM FROM

LIBERALS.

WE'RE FIGHTING FOU FOR

OUR SOCIETY AND THE

CONSTITUTION.

WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR?

TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY FROM

US.

THE GOVERNMENT BECOMES MORE

COERCIVE, AND THE CIRCLE OF

LIBERTY AROUND EACH

INDIVIDUAL GETS SMALLER AND

SMALLER.

David: AND NOW LEVIN

HAS USED HIS PEN TO COME UP

WITH A FEDERAL SOLUTION.

HE BELIEVES THE ANSWER TO

THE PROBLEM OF BIGGER AND

BIGGER GOVERNMENT RESIDES IN

ARTICLE 5 OF THE

CONSTITUTION, WHERE IT SAYS

THAT TWO-THIRDS OF THE

STATE -- THAT'S 34 -- WOULD

NEED TO CALL CONVENTIONS TO

PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE

CONSTITUTION.

AND THEN THREE-FOURTHS OF

THE STATE -- THAT'S 38 --

WHAT NEED TO APPROVE THOSE

AMENDMENTS.

IT IS NOT AN EASY

PROPOSITION.

ARE THEY DAUNTING?

YES, THEY'RE DAUNTING.

IT TOOK US 100 YEARS TO GET

HERE, AND IT WILL TAKE QUITE

A WHILE TO UNRAVEL THIS.

Reporter: SOME OF THE

AMMENTS INCLUDE: LIMITS ON

TAXES AND SPENDING, REINING

IN THE HUGE NUMBER, AND TERM

LIMITS FOR NOT ONLY CONGRESS

BUT THE SUPREME COURT

JUSTICES.

THE JUSTICES ARE INVOLVED

IN MORE THINGS THAN THEY

SHOULD BE, AND THERE IS NO

CHECK ON THEM.

David: LEVIN'S BOOK IS

PICKING UP STEAM.

A GROUP CALLED "CITIZENS FOR

SELF-GOVERNANCE" HAS STARTED

A CONVENTION ON A Facebook

PAGE, AND THERE IS MORE.

I READ A BOOK CALLED "THE

LIBERTY AMENDMENTS."

SENATOR TOM COBURN BECAME

THE FIRST SENATOR TO SUPPORT

LEVIN'S IDEA.

I USED TO HAVE A GREAT

FEAR OF A CONSTITUTIONAL

CONVENTION, BUT NOW I HAVE A

FEAR OF NOT HAVING ONE.

David: BUT HE IS QUICK

TO POINT OUT THIS IS NON A

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

WHERE THE DOCUMENTS CAN BE

CHANGED ON THE SPOT.

ANY PROPOSED AMENDMENTS MUST

BE APPROVED BY THREE-FOURTHS

OF THE STATE.

HE ACKNOWLEDGES MANY

AMERICANS MAY NOT WANT SOLID

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE.

IF PEOPLE WANT TO BE

ENSLAVED, THEY'RE GOING TO

BE ENSLAVED.

IF THEY DON'T WANT TO

EMBRACE THEIR OWN HISTORY,

THEY WON'T EMBRACE THEIR OWN

HISTORY.

Reporter: HE BELIEVES

IT WILL BE AN UPSTREAM

BATTLE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO

AAPPETITE FOR A CONVENTION

TO KEEP AMERICA'S FREEDOM.

WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR

ENEMIES AND ADVERSARIES TO

DEFINE WHO WE ARE AND WHAT

WE ARE.

Reporter: LEVIN SAYS

THIS IS THE WAY OF THE

FOUNDERS.

AND SINCE HE BELIEVES THAT'S

THE FOUNDERING FOUNDERS'

WAY, HE IS NOT CONCERNED

ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE SAY.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

CAN'T STOP US.

CNBC CAN'T STOP US.

OSSIFIED REPUBLICANS CAN'T

STOP US.

ONLY WE CAN STOP US.

Wendy: UP NEXT, HOW

CHRISTIANS IN INDIA ARE

KEEPING THEIR FAITH IN THE

FAITH OF PERSECUTION.

Wendy: THE GOVERNMENT

OF INDIA IS TRYING TO EASE

POVERTY AND MALNUTRITION

WITH A $20 BILLION FOOD

BILL.

TWO-THIRDS OF INDIA'S

POPULATION LIVE IN POVERTY,

AND HALF OF THE COUNTRY'S

CHILDREN ARE MALNOURISHED.

BY SUBSIDIZING WHEAT, RICE,

AND CEREAL, THEY WOULD

GUARANTEE THOSE LIVING IN

POVERTY A LEGAL RIGHT TO

FOOD.

THOSE WHO QUALIFY WOULD GET

FIVE KILOGRAMS OF GRAINS A

MONTH AT A LOW COST.

IF APPROVED BY THE COUNTRY'S

PRESIDENT, THE BILL WOULD

CREATE THE WORLD'S LARGEST

WELFARE PROGRAM.

IN RECENT WEEKS, CBN NEWS

HAS BEEN REPORTING ON

TROUBLING INCIDENTS OF

PERSECUTION AGAINST

CHRISTIANS IN NORTHERN

INDIA.

THAT'S RIGHT.

PASTOR R.ABRAHAM IS

CO-FOUNDER OF THE NEW INDIA

CHURCH OF GOD.

HE RECENTLY SPOKE WITH

GEORGE THOMAS ABOUT WHAT THE

CHURCH IS FACING THERE.

Reporter: HEARING THESE

REPORTS ALMOST ON A DAILY

BASIS OF THE PERSECUTION

TAKING PLACE IN THE NORTHERN

PART OF INDIA.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

WELL, THE NORTH HAS

ALREADY BEEN HAVING

TROUBLE.

BECAUSE NORTH INDIA -- THE

VERY REASON IS THE NUMBER OF

CHRISTIANS IS SO

NEGLIGIBLE.

WE HEAR ABOUT THE BREAKING

DOWN OR THE DESTRUCTION OF A

CHURCH, BEATING UP A PASTOR

THERE -- THAT HAPPENS ALL OF

THE TIME, EVERY DAY.

George: DO THE HINDU

RADICAL GROUPS, DO THEY VIEW

THE CHRISTIANS -- FOR

EXAMPLE, IN THE NORTHERN

PART OF THE COUNTRY, YOU

SAID THE NUMBERS ARE

PRACTICALLY NEGLIGIBLE, BUT

DO THEY VIEW THE CHRISTIANS

AS A THREAT TO THEIR WAY OF

LIFE?

I SOMETIMES WONDER

BECAUSE THE NUMBER IS SO

SMALL.

IN SOME STATES, IT IS .1% OR

LESS THAN .1%.

George: TALK ABOUT

THAT.

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT.

THE WHOLE ENVIRONMENT

LOOKS PRETTY HOSTILE.

BUT WHEN YOU ARE WORKING

AMONG THE COMMON MAN, HE IS

NOT THAT HOSTILE.

BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING

FOR ANSWERS.

PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR GOD.

SO WHEN THEY ARE BRINGING

OUT THE SALVATION, THE

HEALING, AND THE BLESSING

FROM JESUS CHRIST, THE

COMMON MAN ALWAYS RESPONDS

TO THE GOSPEL.

OTHERWISE WE CAN'T DO THE

WORK.

George: THERE ARE

VARIOUS STATES ENACTING

ANTICONVERSION LAWS.

IS THIS SOMETHING TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT?

VERY MUCH.

THERE IS A LAW AGAINST

CONVERSION.

THE INTERESTING THING IS

THEY WILL CALL IT "THE

FREEDOM OF RELIGION" BILL.

BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION

GIVES US THE FREEDOM OF

RELIGION.

SO THEY WOULDN'T CALL IT

ANTI-CONVERSION.

THIS BILL SAYS THAT ANYONE

WHO IS FORCEFULLY CONVERTED,

WHICH THEY CALL BEING

BAPTIZED IN THE WATER, AND

IF THEY'RE PROVEN, THE

PASTOR WILL GO TO JAIL FOR

FOUR YEARS.

AND HE HAS TO PAY $100,000

APIECE, WHICH HE WON'T BE

ABLE TO PAY.

SO THAT IS WHY THE

GOVERNMENT -- WE'RE ACTUALLY

FIGHTING AGAINST IT AT THE

MOMENT, THE BILL HAS BEEN

PASSED AND GONE TO THE

GOVERNOR FOR APPROVAL, BUT

THE GOVERNOR HASN'T APPROVED

IT YET.

George: THE INDIAN

CONSTITUTION CLEARLY STATES

THAT THERE IS FREEDOM OF

RELIGION.

AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO MOVE

AWAY FROM HINDUISM AND

BUDDHISM, CAN DO SO.

THEY CAN.

BUT IF IT IS FORCEFULLY --

THE QUESTION IS, WHO IS

GOING TO DEFINE "FORCEFULLY?"

SO YOU CAN USE IT FOR YOUR

OWN BENEFIT.

George: SURE.

THAT IS WHERE OUR

CONTENTION IS.

WE DON'T BELIEVE IN FORCEFUL

CONVERSION.

WE DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO

COME IN AND JOIN AGAINST

THEIR WILL.

WE BELIEVE A PERSON SHOULD

OPEN THEIR HEART ON THEIR

OWN AND RECEIVE CHRIST.

George: DESPITE THE

CONVERSION LAWS, AND DESPITE

THE CHALLENGES IN THE

NORTHERN PART OF INDIA, YOU

ARE SEEING GOD MOVE?

YEAH, WE ARE GROWING.

WE HAVE CHURCHES ALL OVER

THE COUNTRY.

ABOUT 23 STATES, AND INDIA

HAS ONLY 28 STATES.

SO WE ARE SEEING GOD MOVING,

AND WE ARE SEEING PEOPLE

COMING TO THE LORD.

SO THAT IS NO MATTER WHAT

THEY'RE TRYING TO DO IS NOT

ABLE TO STOP THE MOVING OF

GOD.

George: THAT'S THE GOOD

NEWS.

I'VE DONE STORIES, AND I'VE

HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF DOING

THEM, THE STORIES OF THE

SO-CALLED DALITS, THE EN

UNTOUCHABLES, WHO ARE COMING

TO JESUS CHRIST.

AND LIKE THE STATE OF

ARISHA, I WAS SHARING WITH

PAT ROBERTSON, AND I WAS

SAYING WE'RE HAVING A

REVIVAL IN ONE OF THE

CHURCHES, WHERE WE SEE

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COMING

INTO A VILLAGE AND GETTING

SAVED AND HEALED AND SET

FREE.

George: FANTASTIC.

WELL, IN THE MIDST OF

PERSECUTION, OBVIOUSLY THE

CHURCH, AND WE SEE IT AROUND

THE WORLD, THE CHURCH IN

INDIA IS EXPERIENCING

GROWTH.

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.

NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE.

George: PASTOR, A

TERRIFIC MINISTRY, DOING

LOTS OF GOOD WORK IN THE

NATION OF INDIA.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR

SERVICE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Mark: UP NEXT, A MAN IS

SURPRISED WITH A CELEBRATION

HE MISSED OVER SIX DECADES

AGO.

Wendy: CONSULTS ACROSS

THE WORLD CELEBRATE COMING

OF AGE, THE JEWISH BAR

MITSUBISHI.

BARMITZVAH.

IT TAKES PLACE ON A BOY'S

13th BIRTHDAY.

ONE RECENT CELEBRATION IN

FLORIDA, THE GUEST OF HONOR

WAS CONSIDERABLY OLDER THAN

THAT.

IDAN'S FAMILY SURPRISED HIM

ON HIS 80th BIRTHDAY.

HE IS A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR.

HIS 13th BIRTHDAY CAME

ABOUT A TIME WHEN THERE WAS

NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION.

HIS WIFE DECIDED TO GIVE HIM

HIS VERY OWN COMING OF AGE

PARTY.

IT IS FOR ME.

I AM DREAMING FOR THIS IS

REAL.

I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO

FAINT.

Mark: WOW!

HIS SON SPOKE AT THE EVENT,

READING A LETTER FROM IVAN'S

FATHER.

THEY DANCED AND LAUGHED.

THE 80-YEAR-OLD SAID HE WAS

THRILLED TO FINALLY HAVE THE

CELEBRATION HE HAS LONGED

FOR FOR 67 YEARS.

Wendy: BETTER LATE THAN

NEVER, RIGHT?

Mark: THAT IS SO TRUE.

Wendy: I'VE ONLY BEEN

TO ONE BARMITZVAH IN MY

LIFE, AND IT WAS FUN.

BUT THEY HAVE TO MEMORIZE

THINGS IN HEBREW.

Mark: HE DID THAT.

Wendy: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

Mark: THANKS FOR

WATCHING.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

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