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CBN NewsWatch: September 19, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Sept. 19: GOP lawmakers blast State Dept. over Benghazi review, Syria might delay sharing weapon inventory, and German homeschoolers will send kids to state school, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH"

LAWMAKERS PRESS FOR ANSWERS

CAPITOL HILL HEARINGS OVER LAST

YEAR'S CONSULATE ATTACK IN

BENGHAZI, LIBYA.

PLUS THE FIGHT OVER FUNDING,

HOW CONSERVATIVES ARE USING

BUDGET BATTLES TO DEFUND THE

PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.

WHY SOME CHRISTIANS IN SAN

ANTONIO ARE BEING SILENCED.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS CAME OUT

BLASTING OVER BENGHAZI AGAIN

TODAY.

THIS TIME THEY AIMED THEIR

FIRE AT THE MEN CHARGED WITH

REVIEWING U.S. ACTIONS BEFORE

AND DURING THE DEADLY TERRORIST

ATTACK IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA LAST

YEAR.

PAUL STRAND HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY FROM WASHINGTON.

REPORTER: FORMER U.N.

AMBASSADOR THOMAS PICKERING AND

MIKE MULL ET DEFENDING BENGHAZI

VIEW BEFORE SKEPTICAL GOP

LAWMAKERS.

THIS WAS NOT QUOTE A GOTCHA

PANEL.

IT WAS TO SEE WE DO OUR BEST

NEVER TO LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN.

OBVIOUSLY THIS WAS NOT A

GOTCHA PANEL BECAUSE NOBODY WAS

GOTCHAED.

THE MILITARY DID EVERYTHING

THEY COULD.

THEY JUST COULDN'T GET THERE IN

TIME.

THEY WERE HAVING NONE OF IT

IT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT.

WE DIDN'T TRY.

WE DIDN'T ASK FOR PERMISSION OR

STAND UP TO ASSETS WE HAD IN

EUROPE.

I DISAGREE WITH WHAT YOU ARE

SAYING MR. CHAIRMAN.

THERE IS NO REASON WE

COULDN'T LAUNCH FROM THREE

LOCATIONS WE HAVE IN PLACE

PEOPLE MONITORING THE SITUATION

PARTICULARLY AND SPECIFICALLY IN

AFRICA AND NORTH AFRICA.

REPORTER: HOUSE DEMOCRATS

EXPRESSED ANGER HOW THEY TREATED

THEM AT THIS HEARING.

N I AM OUTRAGED AT THIS

COMMITTEE.

NOBODY HAS BEEN FIRED OR

DISMISSED.

NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED FROM

THE MURDERS.

REPORTER: LATER IN THE DAY

THE PANEL HEARD FROM FAMILY

MEMBERS.

U.S. AND RUSSIA MAY SOON SEE

ITS FIRST DELAY.

SYRIA IS SUPPOSED TO SUBMIT A

RECORD OF WEAPONS SATURDAY.

LOOKS LIKE ASSAD RA

ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT BE MET.

EGYPTIAN FORCES USED

HELICOPTERS TO SURROUND OUTSIDE

CAIRO.

ARMED MORSI SUPPORTERS DROVE

POLICE OUT KILLING 15 POLICEMAN

AND MUTILATING THEIR BODIES.

ISLAMIST TOOK CONTROL MORE THAN

A MONTH AGO AFTER OUT OUSTING OF

PRESIDENT MORSI.

REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS

TAKING A STAND AGAINST

'OBAMACARE' BY TAKING AWAY

FUNDING.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM REPORTS THAT

COULD LEAD WASHINGTON INTO

ANOTHER POLITICAL SHOW DOWN.

REPORTER: OCTOBER 1ST MARKS

THE START OF A NEW FISCAL YEAR.

LAWMAKERS MUST PASS A DEAL TO

AVOID A DEFAULT.

HOUSE VOTE ON REPUBLICAN PLAN.

SPEAKER BOEHNER SAYS IT WOULD

KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING

THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH.

TIED TO THE BILL IS A MEASURE

THAT WOULD DEFUND PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE LAW.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: THIS IS THE

TIME FOR US TO SAY ONCE AND FOR

ALL WE CAN'T AFFORD THESE KINDS

OF PLACE.

I KNOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE

TIRED OF IT.

I AM TIRED OF IT.

I SUSPECT YOU ARE TIRED, TOO.

REPORTER: REPUBLICANS ARE

CALLING THIS BILL A LINE IN THE

SAND AND WILL NOT VOTE FOR

LEGISLATION UNLESS KILLING

HEALTH CARE LAW IS TIED TO IT.

REPUBLICANS RAN ON DEFUNDING

OR REPEALING 'OBAMACARE.'

REPORTER: POLLS SHOW MORE

AMERICANS OPPOSE IT THAN SUPPORT

THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT.

45% THINK 'OBAMACARE' WILL HURT

THE SYSTEM.

31% DON'T THINK IT WILL DO HARM.

ON WEDNESDAY, HOUSE REPUBLICANS

PROPOSED FIRST ALTERNATIVE.

IT WOULD GIVE TAX INCENTIVES TO

CONSUMERS WHO BUY THEIR OWN

INSURANCE AND INCREASE FUNDING

FOR HIGH RISK POOLS.

DEMOCRATS DENOUNCE THE PLANS.

MINNESOTA SENATOR SAID A GROUP

OF EXTREMIST IS THREATENING TO

HOLD OUR GOVERNMENT HOSTAGE.

BOEHNER SAID IT IS TO END THE

HEALTH CARE LAW THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE DON'T WANT.

AFTER A HOUSE VOTE THE BILL WILL

HEAD TO THE

DEMOCRATICALLY-CONTROLLED

SENATE.

BOEHNER SAID THE FIGHT OVER HERE

HAS BEEN WON.

HOUSE VOTED 40 TIMES TO DEFUND,

TIME FOR THE SENATE TO HAVE THIS

FIGHT.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

DESPITE REPORTS OF IMPROVING

ECONOMY, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU SAYS

NUMBER OF AMERICANS IN POVERTY

IS THE SAME.

POVERTY RATE SAME IN 2012, 46

AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE, SAME

AS IN 2011.

POVERTY RATE DID NOT IMPROVE FOR

SIX STRAIGHT YEAR.

MEDIAN HOUSE HOLD INCOME LAST

YEAR WAS $51,000 ALSO UNCHANGED

FROM 2011.

NORMAL OPERATIONS UNDERWAY AT

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD.

FIRST TIME MANY WORKERS RETURNED

SINCE THE DEADLY SHOOTING.

INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO

PIECE TOGETHER A BETTER PICTURE

OF THE SHOOTER, AARON ALEXIS

SUGGESTING HE WAS HEARING

VOICES.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN'S AFFAIRS

SAID HE ONLY SOUGHT TREATMENT

FOR INSOMNIA, NOT MENTAL

ILLNESS.

A HOME SCHOOLING FAMILY IN

GERMANY SOON BE REUNITED.

CHILDREN WERE TAKEN FROM THE

PARENTS BECAUSE OF HOME

EDUCATION.

A TEMPORARY SOLUTION WAS PUT IN

PLACE.

THEY HAVE AGREED TO SEND THEIR

CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.

MIKE DONNELLY IS DIRECTOR WAS

INVOLVED IN THE CASE AND JOINS

US FOR MORE.

MIKE, DO YOU CONSIDER THIS A

VICTORY IF THE CHILDREN HAVE TO

GO TO SCHOOL?

WENDY, THEY ARE PLEASED TO

HAVE THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME.

THEY WERE GIVEN A CHOICE AND NO

CHOICE THEY SHOULD HAVE TO MAKE,

HOME SCHOOLING THEM OR NOT

HAVING THEM AT ALL.

WE ARE CONCERNED THE WAY GERMANY

IS TREATING THIS FAMILY.

CERTAINLY ISN'T A VICTORY FOR

HOME SCHOOLING OR FREEDOM IN

GERMANY.

DID PRESSURE PLAY A ROLE IN

THIS CASE?

AS THE JUDGE WAFFLED BETWEEN

WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS GOING TO

RETURN THE CHILDREN, HE RECEIVED

UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF CONTACT

FROM CONCERNED PEOPLE FROM ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

AS HE MADE THE CHOICE, I THINK

INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE

DEFINITELY WAS WEIGHING ON HIM.

IF HE DIDN'T RETURN THE

CHILDREN, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE

TARGET OF A SERIOUS OUT CRY.

WHY DO YOU THINK GERMANY IS

SO AGAINST IT?

WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT IN

AMERICA?

OVER TWO MILLION CHILDREN IN

AMERICA ENJOYING IT.

IT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE AN

EFFECTIVE WAY FOR CHILDREN TO

LEARN.

THEY BECOME GREAT ACADEMICALLY

AND SOCIALLY.

GERMAN STATE IS THE ONE THAT

WANTS TO DECIDE HOW CHILDREN ARE

EDUCATED AND SOCIALIZED.

GERMAN COURTS HAVE SAID THEY ARE

CONCERNED ABOUT CREATION OF

PARALLELED SOCIETIES.

WE CALL THAT PLURALISM.

IN GERMANY THEY WON'T TOLERATE

THAT.

THEY SAY ONLY SCHOOLS CAN CREATE

CITIZENS.

THAT IS A VERY DANGEROUS

ATTITUDE FOR A COUNTRY WITH A

CONCERNING PAST.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR THIS FAMILY?

THEY HAVE TO START SENDING

THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.

THEY HAVE RETURNED PHYSICAL

PHYSICAL.

THE WONDERLICK CHILDREN WILL GO

TO SCHOOL.

IN DECEMBER, THERE WILL BE A

HEARING TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR

NOT PERMANENT CUSTODY WILL BE

GIVEN BACK AND HOPE THIS CASE

WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO GERMANY,

THEY SHOULDN'T TREAT PARENTS

THIS WAY AND LEGALIZE HOME

SCHOOLING AND NOT CRIMINALIZE IT

OR CONSIDER IT AN ABUSE THAT

MERITS TAKING CHILDREN AWAY FROM

PARENTS.

ARE THERE OTHER FAMILIES

THREATENED?

ONE CASE IN PARTICULAR WE ARE

JUST LEARNING IS CASE OF THOMAS

AND MERIT SHOM.

THEY HAVE RETAINED CUSTODY BUT

FACING A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

THEY WERE FINED AND THAT WAS

APPEALED.

THE PROSECUTOR IS GOING TO SEEK

SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOR EACH OF

THE PARENTS.

IT IS A FASCINATING STORY AND

CASE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR

TIME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST

IN THIS STORY, GOD BLESS YOU.

YOU, TOO.

COMING UP, CLEANING UP AFTER

THE FLOOD, OPERATION BLESSING IS

HELPING FOLKS IN COLORADO.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TOURIST

ARE STRANDING IN MEXICO.

HURRICANE MANUEL AND TROPICAL

STORM INGRID CAUSED MAJOR

FLOODING CLAIMING AT LEAST 80

LIVES.

THOSE STRANDED MAYBE ABLE TO GET

OUT TOMORROW.

THEY HOPE TO RECONNECT THE

HIGHWAY.

CARGO SHIPS ARE BRINGING

SUPPLIES TO THE CITY AND RELIEF

TEAMS FROM OPERATION BLESSING

ARE ON SITE.

OPERATION BLESSING IS GOING

IN WITH WATER PURIFICATION

UNITS, MOBILE KITCHENS, FOOD

DISTRIBUTIONS.

ABOUT 10,000 TOURISTS AIR

LIFTED OUT OF ACAPULCO.

THOUSANDS STRANDED AND FLOODS

CAUSING LANDSLIDES.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE MISSING IN

COLORADO FLOODS DROPPED TO 200.

RESCUE EFFORTS AND HOMES STILL

STANDING.

IN BOULDER, MOST SCHOOLS HAVE

REOPENED.

THERE WILL BE CHALLENGES AND CAN

GET THROUGH THEM WITH PATIENCE,

GOOD HUMOR AND FLEXIBILITY.

SOME OF THE STAFF HAS BEEN

AFFECTED.

IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK.

ONLY TWO SCHOOLS REMAIN

CLOSED.

COLORADO FLOOD VICTIMS FACE THE

TASK OF CLEANING UP AFTER THE

DISASTER DESTROYED THEIR HOMES.

THEY ARE GETTING HOME.

CBN'S OPERATION BLESSING IS

ON THE GROUND WORKING WITH A

LOCAL CHURCH.

OPERATION BLESSING IS

PARTNERING WITH A CHURCH HERE IN

COLORADO.

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS

STANDING IN LINE.

THE AREA HAD MANDATORY

EVACUATIONS.

MANY OF THESE PEOPLE BEHIND ME

RECEIVE A PATH AND BE ABLE TO GO

BACK AND SEE THEIR HOME FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

SOME KNOW THEIR HOME IS STANDING

AND SOME DON'T KNOW AND HOW MUCH

WATER DAMAGE.

OPERATION BLESSING IS WORKING

HAND IN HAND WITH LIFE RICH

CHURCH.

WE ARE TRAINING THEIR STAFF AND

EQUIPPING THEM, BUYING BASIC

GEAR AND EQUIPMENT TO HELP THESE

RESIDENTS.

OPERATION BLESSING IS GEARING UP

FOR SATURDAY.

ON SATURDAY, WE'LL HAVE OVER A

THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR FINANCIAL

SUPPORT, PRAYER SUPPORT AND WE

CONTINUE TO TRAIN UP AND EMPOWER

LOCAL CHURCHES TO MEET THE NEEDS

OF THEIR RESIDENTS AND THEIR

NEIGHBORSES.

OPERATION BLESSING WILL

CONTINUE TRAINING AND EQUIPPING

CHURCHES TO IMPROVE RELIEF WORK

IN COMING DAYS.

UP NEXT, HOW A NEW

DISCRIMINATION MEASURE COULD BE

THREATENING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN

ONE TEXAS TOWN.

IT WAS A LOCAL POLITICAL

BATTLE THAT GOT NATIONAL

ATTENTION A VOTE OVER AN

ORDNANCE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

PREVENTS DISCRIMINATION

AGAINST GAYS.

CHRISTIANS WARN IT IS A THREAT

TO THEIR FREEDOM.

HEATHER SELLS EXPLAINS.

REPORTER: THEY CAME OUT TO

PROTEST THE ORDNANCE.

IT PROVIDES NEW PROTECTION FOR

SEXUAL MINORITIES, ALSO SEVERELY

THREATENS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

WHEN THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED IT

ON SEPTEMBER 5TH, BELIEVES

ACROSS THE CITY WERE STUNNED.

THE RIGHT FOR US TO SPEAK OUT

AND SAY I DISAGREE.

IT DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT, NOW WE

ARE LABELED A HATER, A BIGOT.

THEY WANT SPECIAL RIGHTS, IN

DOING SAY IT STIFLES RIGHTS OF

CHRISTIANS.

COUNCILMAN CARLTON SEWELLS, A

NO VOTE SAYS IT WAS A RUSH JOB.

WE ONLY HAD ONE MEETING, ONE

PUBLIC DISCOURSE.

ANY TIME WE ARE GOING AT LIGHT

SPEED TO DO SOMETHING UNPOPULAR,

IT THROWS RED FLAGS.

THE RED FLAGS LOOK LIKE THIS,

ORDNANCE CRIMINALIZE THOSE WITH

A BIBLICAL VIEW THOSE CHARGED

FACE A CLASS C MISDEMEANOR ON

THEIR RECORD AND FINES UP TO

$500 A DAY.

THE ORDNANCE SPECIFICALLY

FORBIDS APPOINTED OFFICIALS ON

CITY BOARDS FROM BIAS.

YOU HAVE NO WAY OF WHAT IS

DISCRIMINATION AND WHAT IS NOT.

IT IS VAGUE AND UNCLEAR.

HE BELIEVES IT CAN AND WILL BE

USED AGAINST THOSE ESPECIALLY IN

THE BUSINESS WORLD WHO DISAGREE

WITH UNBIBLICAL SEXUALITY.

PRESSURING ANY BUSINESS IS

ENORMOUS.

COUNCILMAN SEWELLS IS WARNING

PEOPLE OF FAITH.

YOU ARE A SMALL BUSINESS

OWNER OPERATING IN THE CITY

LIMITS.

REPORTER: CBN NEWS SPOKE WITH

KEY CHURCH MEMBERS SAYING THEY

WERE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

LESS THAN 7% TURNED OUT IN MAY

FOR CITY ELECTIONS.

POLITICS WERE LOW KEYED AND

NEVER BEEN TROUBLES.

AFTER JUMP STARTING AND

FAILING TO PERSUADE THE CITY

COUNCIL, THESE PASTORS ARE

MOTIVATED TO PUSH BACK.

I TRULY BELIEVE THIS IS

AWAKENIN

AWAKENING.

THEY FIELD THEMSELVES WITH

THE SAME ANGST THEY FELT WHEN

THEY CAME FROM THEIR COUNTRIES

WHEN EVANGELICALS HAVE BEEN PUT

ASIDE AND UNDER PERIPHERAL THEY

TELL ME THAT IS THE SAME GUT

FEELING WHEN THEY FEEL THIS.

YOUTH PASTOR SAYS HIS HIGH

SCHOOLERS MANY WHO LEAD SCHOOL

BIBLE CLUBS ARE UNSURE OF WHAT

THEY CAN AND CANNOT SAY.

IF NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS CAN

PASS IN PLACES LIKE SAN ANTONIO,

A CITY WELL KNOWN FOR FAMILY

VALUES AND CHURCHES, THE

THINKING IS THESE LAWS CAN PASS

ANYWHERE AND THAT MAYBE WHAT

LGBT ACTIVISTS HAVE IN MIND.

I WAS SHOCKED.

THERE ARE A LOT OF CONSERVATIVES

HERE.

FOR NOW THESE SAN ANTONIO

PASTORS ARE WELL AWARE THERE IS

A SPOTLIGHT ON THEIR CITY.

I HAVE PEOPLE SAY WE ARE

PRAYING FOR YOU, PLEASE KEEP

THIS UP.

THOSE WHO OPPOSE MAY PUSH FOR

A CITY WIDE REFERENDUM OR A VOTE

TO RECALL COUNCIL MEMBERS OR

BOTH.

LAWSUITS EXPECTED FOR BOTH

SIDES.

IF WE DON'T FIGHT THIS, OUR

RIGHTS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY AND

MOUTHS MUZZLED.

THAT CAN'T HAPPENED IN THE LAND

OF THE FREE.

WHAT IS NOT ESCAPING, THE

FACT THAT THIS BATTLE IS TAKING

PLACE IN THE CITY THAT STILL

REMEMBERS THE ALAMO.

A CITY KNOWN FOR FIGHTING FOR

ITS FREEDOM AGAINST ALL ODDS.

REPORTING IN SAN ANTONIO,

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, HEATHER, UP NEXT, SEE

WHY A GROUP OF GIRL SCOUTS WERE

ON HAND TO WELCOME HOME ONE

SOLDIER.

FINALLY CALIFORNIA GIRL

SCOUTS RECENTLY REUNITED WITH A

TROOP MEMBER.

MISS C USED SOCIAL MEDIA TO

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE GIRLS.

DANIELLE USED HER TIME

OVERSEASED TO HELP EDUCATE THE

LOCAL WOMEN.

THIS IS A YOUNG STRONG

INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN FROM THE

MIDWEST.

SHE IS SHOWING WHAT IT MEANS TO

PUT OTHERS FIRST.

I HAVE BEEN A GIRL SCOUT

SEVEN YEARS.

SHE HAS BEEN THE BEST TROOP

LEADER WE COULD HAVE.

GREAT TO SEE THE REUNION.

DANIELLE SAYS HER DEPLOYMENT IS

OVER AND CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT HER

FAMILY IN CHICAGO.

SHE WAS TRULY MISS.

GOOD ROLE MODEL.

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TIME.

GOOD

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