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CBN NewsWatch: May 9, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, May 9: Veterans admin. in hot water over hospital deaths, Brothers blame show's cancellation on 'smear campaign', and FCC battle could change the internet as we know it, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," MEDICAL CARE

FOR AMERICA'S SOLDIERS.

THE NEW INVESTIGATION INTO

DOZENS OF DEATHS, AND THE

ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF

VETERANS AFFAIRS.

PLUS, HOW SPEAKING OUT ABOUT

THEIR FAITH IS COSTING

CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY.

AND CBN NEWS GOES TO THE

CENTER OF EGYPT'S WORST

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS

IN 700 YEARS.

ALL THIS AND MORE

TEMPERATURE OTONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH".

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

THERE IS GROWING OUTRAGE

TEMPERATURE OVER ALLEGED

CORRUPTION AND AVOIDABLE

DEATHS AT A VETERANS

HOSPITAL IN PHOENIX.

AND NOW REPORTS OF FALSIFIED

RECORDS AT OTHER V.A.

CLINICS IN HOSPITALS ARE

SURFACING.

THE V.A.'S SECRETARY HAS

CALLED FOR A NATIONWIDE

AUDIT OF ACCESS TO CARE, BUT

AS HEATHER CELLS REPORTS,

THERE ARE GROWING CALLS FOR

SECRETARY ERIC CHINSIKI TO

STEP DOWN.

Reporter: PURPLE HEART

RECIPIENT RALPH DIED AFTER

WAITING 16 MONTHS TO SEE A

SPECIALIST AT THE HOSPITAL

IN FEEP FEEN.

IN PHOENIX.

THE CONCERN, A LUMP ON HIS

NECK.

AND SOME 40 VETERANS HAVE

ALSO DIED WHILE WAITING TO

SEE A DOCTOR.

AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS

WANT TO KNOW WHY.

WHY CAN'T OUR FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT AND THE V.A. DO

THIS FOR OUR FIGHTING

SOLDIERS THAT HAVE GIVEN

THEIR ARMS, THEIR SIGHTS,

THEIR LEGS, AND THEIR LIVES

FOR THIS COUNTRY.

IT FAILED THEM, AND IT IS

STILL FAILING THOUSANDS OF

THEM.

Reporter: THERE IS ALSO

CONCERN OVER ALLEGATIONS

THAT THE V.A. HOSPITAL IN

PHOENIX TRIED TO HIDE ACCESS

TO DELAY, BY CREATING A

SECRET LIST OF PATIENTS WHO

WERE WAITING FOR THEIR

APPOINTMENTS.

IT IS WHY A HOUSE COMMITTEE

HAS ISSUED A RARE SUBPOENA

TO ERIC CHINEKI, WHERE THEY

MAY HAVE DISCUSSED DRAWKS

DRAWKS ODISTRAWKS

DESTRUCTION OF THE SO-CALLED

SECRET LIST.

THE V.A. HAS ACKNOWLEDGED IN

RECENT YEARS, 23 PATIENTS

HAVE DIED AS A RESULT OF

DELAYED CARE.

AND ITS MEDICAL INSPECTOR

SAYS A COLORADO CLINIC

FALSIFIED APPOINTMENT

RECORDS JUST LAST YEAR.

AS REPORTS OF PROBLEMS AT

OTHER V.A. FACILITIES HAVE

BEGUN TO SURFACE, THE

SECRETARY IS PROMISING

INVESTIGATIONS AT EVERY V.A.

HOSPITAL AND CLINIC.

ARE THERE OTHER V.A.

FACILITIES THAT ARE HAVING

THIS PROBLEM, WHERE PEOPLE

ARE ALLEGEDLY COOKING THE

BOOKS?

Reporter: SOME

VETERANS' GROUPS SAY THEY

LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE V.A.,

AND THE AMERICAN LEGION HAS

ALREADY CALLED FOR THE

RESIGNATION OF THE

SECRETARY.

THE V.A. HAS STRUGGLED FOR

YEARS TO MANAGE BACKLOG AND

EXCESSIVE DELAYS IN

TREATMENT, BUT WITH THESE

LATEST REPORTS, A MAJOR

POLITICAL STORM IS BREWING.

IT IS A STORM THAT COULD

CAST CLOUDS ON SEVERAL

SENATE RACES THIS FALL, AND

ONE THAT WON'T LIKELY END

UNTIL VETERANS AND THEIR

FAMILIES GET SOME ANSWERS.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: WELL, OFFICIALS

AT A SUBURBAN MARYLAND

COUNTY HAVE REINSTATED

CHRISTIAN PRAYERS AT THEIR

PUBLIC MEETINGS.

> FIVE MEMBERS OF THE

CAROL COUNTY BOARD OF

COMMISSIONERS VOTED THURSDAY

TO REVERT TO A DISPUTED

PRAYER POLICY.

OPPONENTS STILL BELIEVE THE

COMMISSIONERS' PRAYERS ARE

UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE

THEY ARE NOT CLERGY, RATHER

ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIALS.

ONE OF THE COMMISSIONERS,

WHO IS ALSO AN ATTORNEY,

ACKNOWLEDGED THE SUPREME

COURT RULING, QUOTE,"DIDN'T

NECESSARILY AFFIRM THE

COUNTY'S PRACTICE, BUT SAYS

AS LOPPING A LONG AS WE'RE

NOT PROS STIEFG

PROSELYTIZING OR

DENIGRATING, IT IS NOT A

VIOLATION."

DAVID VENOM SAYS A SMEAR

CAMPAIGN WAS RUN AGAINST HIM

AND HIS BROTHER.

HE TOLD DEADLINE.COM THAT

THEY SAID HE AND HIS BROTHER

HAD AN IMAGE PROBLEM DUE TO

THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN.

THE CAPABLE NETWORK

CANCELLED THE BROTHER'S

UPCOMING CHRISTIAN SHOWS.

DAVID SAYS HGTV MADE A

DECISION BASED ON ONE TINY

SEGMENT OF OUR CULTURE.

AND HAD THEY HEARD FROM THE

REST OF THE CULTURE, I THINK

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN

DIFFERENT.

AT THIS POINT, IT IS OVER.

AND DEADLINE ALSO REPORTS

THAT VENOM TOLD CENT CBN HE

LOVES GAYS, BUT HATES THE

GROUP THAT TRIES TO SILENCE

PEOPLE.

WE TURN TO CRAIG OF THE

FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL.

TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED

WHEN YOU SPOKE OUT ABOUT

YOUR BELIEFS?

WELL, VERY SIMILAR.

EERILY SIMILAR.

AND I LOOK AT THE VENOM

BOYS, AND HOW THEY HAD MADE

STATEMENTS WAY PRIOR TO THE

FILMING OF THE SHOWS THEY'RE

WORKING ON RIGHT NOW.

VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT

HAPPENED TO ME.

IN THAT 18 MONTHS TO ME

GOING ON THE AIR WITH FOX

SPORTS, I ANSWERED IN A

CANDIDATE DEBATE MY

DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE.

I SAID I BELIEVE IT IS

BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.

AND 18 MONTHS LATER, THAT

GOT ME FIRED.

I CAN UNDERSTAND AND I FEEL

FOR THE BOYS.

Mark: WE HAVE SEEN A

TREND IN RECENT MONTHS OF

PEOPLE BEING TARGETED FOR

STANDING UP FOR WHAT THEY

BELIEVE IN.

WHAT OTHER EXAMPLES STAND

OUT TO YOU?

THE MISELLA CASE.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF

INDIVIDUALS THAT AREN'T THE

HIGH-PROFILE, THOSE ARE THE

ONCE I CARE ABOUT.

TONY PERKINS, EVERY MORNING

HE BEATS THE DRUM ABOUT US

STANDING UP AT F.R.C., AND

BEING A BACKBONE TO HELP

THOSE BEING OPPRESSED AND

DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.

INDIVIDUALS IN AMERICA HAVE

A RIGHT THAT WE HAVE, THAT

WE BELIEVE IN GOD.

I CAN BELIEVE THAT THE

DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE IS

BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.

I SHOULDN'T RUN AROUND

HIDING THAT.

I'M NOT TRYING TO POUND

SOMEONE IN THE HEAD FOR IT,

BUT I SHOULDN'T BE

PERSECUTED FOR IT,

OPPRESSED, OR FIRED FOR IT.

THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS

AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE

HAVING THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM

LIKE HAPPENED TO ME AND THE

VEMOM BOYS.

Mark: CRAIG, WE HEAR

PEOPLE THROW OUT THE WORD

"TOLERANCE" A LOT, BUT WHY

IS THERE SO MUCH INTOLERANCE

WHEN IT COMES TO A CHRISTIAN

POINT OF VIEW?

THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE TO

STAND UP AND BE STRONG.

THE OTHER SIDE IS HAVING

THEIR CAKE AND WANTING TO

EAT IT, TOO.

BUT WE CAN'T HAVE OUR

DESSERT OR HAVE OUR

BELIEFS.

THEY WANT US TO BE QUIET.

WE NEED TO HAVE AS MANY

FOLKS OR MORE STAND UP, AND

WHEN THE VENOM BOYS ARE

DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND

PUNISHED FOR THEIR BELIEF,

HGTV AND OTHER EMPLOYERS

NEED TO SAY, IT IS OKAY FOR

THEM TO HAVE THAT BELIEF.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THERE

ARE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE IN

THIS COUNTRY WHO BELIEVE

LIKE THEY DO.

THEY SHOULDN'T BE FIRED OR

ABANDONED BECAUSE OF THAT.

Mark: THAT'S RIGHT.

WHAT CAN CHRISTIANS DO TO

REGAIN OUR VOICE IN THE

AMERICAN CULTURE?

I WOULD SAY WITH LOVE AND

WITH PASSION AND WITH A

STRONG CONVICTION TO BE

BIBLICALLY CORRECT.

WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYE ON

THE TIGER.

AND THE TIGER FOR US RIGHT

NOW IS GOD, IT'S THE BIBLE.

100% OF THE BIBLE.

THE ACCURACY THAT IT HAS.

AND DON'T BACK AWAY.

DON'T APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR

FAITH.

AND STAND STRONG, ENCOURAGE

AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE

BEING DISCRIMINATED

AGAINST.

Mark: AMEN.

THANK YOU FOR STANDING

STRONG, CRAIG.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME

TODAY.

YOU GOT IT.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME, MARK.

Mark: STRICT ISLAMIC

SHARI'A LAW IS BECOMING THE

LAW OF THE LAND IN BRUNEI.

CITIZENS THERE CAN BE FINED

OR JAILED BY ISLAMIC COURTS

FOR ISLAMIC-RELATED

OFFENSES, INCLUDING NOT

PARTICIPATING IN MUSLIM

PRAYERS, GETTING PREGNANT

OUT OF WEDLOCK, AND

PROMOTING OTHER RELIGIONS.

HOLLYWOOD GROUPS HAVE

RESPONDED TO THE HARSH LAWS

BY REFUSING TO DO BUSINESS

WITH HOTELS OWN BY THE

SULTAN.

THE BOYCOTT INCLUDES THE

BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, WHERE

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE OSCAR

PARTY IS USUALLY HELD.

BOKO HARAM'S THREATS TO SELL

MORE THAN 270 KIDNAPPED

SCHOOL GIRLS INTO SLAVERY IS

CAUSING A WIDESPREAD

INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY.

SEVERAL COUNTRIES HAVE

PLEDGED TO HELP FIND THE

GIRLS, KIDNAPPED ALMOST

THREE WEEKS AGO.

SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS IS

HELPING PRESSURE WORLD

LEADERS TO GET INVOLVED.

THE UNITED NATIONS TEAM IS

WORKING DIRECT DIRECTLY

DIRECTLY WITH THE NIGERIAN

PRESIDENT.

BANKI-MOON SAYS TARGETING

CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS IS

AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LAW.

MEANWHILE, PROTESTORS ARE

STILL TAKING TO THE STREETS

DEMANDING ACTION.

BOKO HARAM IS DETERMINED TO

IM PART SHARI'A LAW ON THE

NIGERIAN NATION.

THE U.S. HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES OBSERVED A

MOMENT OF SILENCE THIS

AFTERNOON FOR THE GIRLS.

THE NORTHERN KOREAN

GOVERNMENT HAS UNLEASHED

MORE INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC

AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

THIS TIME FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

ABUSES.

A RECENT NORTH KOREA REPORT

CALLS THE U.S. "A LIVING

HELL, WHERE ELEMENTARY

RIGHTS TO EXISTENCE ARE

RUTHLESSLY VIOLATED."

AND PYONGYANG BLAMES

CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES BASED

IN NORTH CHINA FOR BRINGING

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND

TERRORISM TO NORTH KOREA.

ERIC FOLEY SAYS HE EXPECTS

THAT ACCUSATION MAY CAUSE

CHINA TO CRACK DOWN ON

MISSIONARY ACTIVITY ALONG

THE NORTHERN KOREAN BORDER.

THAT COULD TAKE THE FORM

OF INCREASED DEPORTATION,

PARTICULARLY OF SOUTH KOREAN

MISSIONARIES, AND ALSO

GIVING THE NORTHERN KOREAN

SECURITY AGENTS A FREER HAND

IN INVESTIGATING CHURCHES IN

THE AREA AND MISSIONARIES AS

WELL.

Mark: FOLEY SAYS NORTH

KOREA MADE THE ALLEGATION

BECAUSE CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARIES ARE EFFECTIVELY

SPREADING THE GOSPEL

THROUGHOUT THE KOREAN

PENINSULA.

FOR MORE OF ERIC'S

INTERVIEW, HEAD OVER TO

cbnnews.com AND LOOK FOR

THE BLOG "THE GLOBAL LANE."

COMING UP, THE BATTLE OVER

NET NEUTRALITY HEADS TO

CAPITOL HILL.

HOW IT COULD AFFECT HOW YOU

USE THEINTERNET.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

THERE IS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE

IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW THAT

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW

ABOUT.

AND IT COULD AFFECT HOW GOOD

YOUR INTERNET SERVICE IS AT

HOME AND AT WORK.

THE QUESTION IS: WHAT'S THE

BEST WAY FOR THE WEB TO

OPERATE THAT EVERYONE HAS

THE BEST INTERNET POSSIBLE?

JENNIFER WISHON THAS THIS

HAS THIS STORY FROM

WASHINGTON.

Reporter: EACH DAY THE

INTERNET BECOMES MORE

INTEGRAL TO THE WAY WE LIVE,

LEARN, AND DO BUSINESS.

AND THE FEDERAL

COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

HAS BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS TO

FIGURE OUT HOW TO ENSURE THE

INTERNET SERVES EVERYONE

EQUALLY.

WITH ALL TRAFFIC OVER THE

WEB GETTING EQUAL

TREATMENT.

SO THAT NO BUSINESS OR

WEBSITE IS ABLE TO MOVE

FASTER OVER THE NET THAN ANY

OTHERS.

THE IDEA IS KNOWN AS NET

NEUTRALITY.

WITHOUT NET NEUTRALITY,

THERE IS A REAL RISK THAT

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

COULD CHOOSE TO GIVE

PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO

CERTAIN WEBSITES.

Reporter: BUT IN

JANUARY, A FEDERAL APPEALS

COURT THREW OUT THE F.C.C.'S

NET NEUTRALITY RULES, SAYING

IT DOESN'T HAVE THE

AUTHORITY TO REGULATE

HIGH-SPEED OR BROADBAND

PROVIDERS.

BUT THE COURT GAVE THE

COMMISSION SOME IDEAS ON HOW

TO REWRITE THE RULES WITHOUT

LOSING IN COURT AGAIN.

AND THE CHAIRMAN SAYS

EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE.

IT IS REALLY INTEGRAL AS

THESE SERVICES OF INTERNET

BECOME SO ESSENTIAL IN OUR

LIVES.

NOW IS REALLY THE TIME FOR

THEM TO ACT.

Reporter: DERRICK SHONI

AND OTHER ADVOCATES FOR NET

NEUTRALITY WANT THE F.C.C.

IS RECLASSIFY THE INTERNET

IN FEDERAL LAW, SO THE

INTERNET WOULD BE CONSIDERED

A TELEPHONE.

GIVING THE F.C.C. FULL

AUTHORITY TO REGULATE IT.

Reporter: CRITICS SAY

THAT IS REGULATION FROM MORE

THAN A CENTURY AGO.

IT IS TIME FOR REGULATION

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY

FAMILIAR FOR GROVER

CLEVELAND.

Reporter: JAMES, OF THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION, WORKED

FOR THE F.C.C. IN THE EARLY

'90s.

INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE

INTERNET IN THE SAME

CATEGORY AS PHONE AND WATER

SERVICE, HE ARGUES THAT THE

AGENCY NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF

IT AND LET THE FREE MARKET

DETERMINE ITS FUTURE.

IT IS DYNAMIC, CONSTANTLY

CHANGING, CONSTANTLY COMING

UP WITH NEW IDEAS, AND THE

F.C.C. IS NONE OF THAT.

THE F.C.C. IS SLOW AND

BUREAUCRATIC.

Reporter: HE COMPARES

IT TO THE HIGHWAY,

INCREASINGLY IN CONGESTED

AREAS, PEOPLE ARE GIVEN THE

OPTION TO PAY MORE TO GET

WHERE THEY'RE GOING MORE

QUICKLY AND SO-CALLED FAST

LANES.

HE SAYS IT MAKES SENSE FOR

FASTER INTERNET SERVICE

PROVIDERS TO BE ALLOWED TO

DO THE SAME THING, CUT DEALS

WITH COMPANIES THAT WANT

THEIR TRAFFIC PRIORITIZED

INTO A FAST LANE INTO YOUR

HOME.

UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THAT

MONEY IS SOMEHOW AN ILL LIT

MAT ILLEGITIMATE WAY TO

ALLOCATE RESOURCES, IT IS

TOTALLY UNOBJECTIONABLE.

IT TURNS OUT CONSUMERS THAT

NEED SOMETHING MORE SHOULD

BE ABLE TO OBTAIN IT IN THE

MARKETPLACE.

Reporter: BUT ADVOCATES

FOR NET NEUTRALITY ARGUE IF

BIG COMPANIES CAN PURCHASE A

FASTER LANE INTO CONSUMER

HOMES, THEN START-UP

COMPANIES CAN'T COMPETE.

THE NEXT Facebook OR

GOOGLE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO

GET OFF THE GROUND.

Reporter: FOR

ADVOCATES, LIKE DERRICK,

GIVING THE F.C.C. THE POWER

GUARANTIES IT WILL REMAIN

OPEN AND NEUTRAL.

BUT SOME ARGUE IT WILL LEAD

TO WORSE INTERNET SERVICE,

NOT BETTER.

F.C.C. COMMISSIONERS VOTE ON

THE NEWEST PROPOSAL NEXT

WEEK, AND THEN THE PUBLIC

WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WEIGH

IN.

IT WILL BE MONTHS, POSSIBLY

YEARS, BEFORE ANY NEW RULES

ARE ADOPTED.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Mark: UP NEXT,

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN

EGYPT.

THE AMAZING STORIES OF SOME

COPTIC SE SURVIVORS.

Mark: AN EGYPTIAN COURT

SENTENCED HUNDREDS OF

MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD TO DEATH OR LIFE

IN PRISON FOR INSTIGATING

VIOLENCE AFTER THE OUSTER OF

FORMER PRESIDENT MOHAMMED

MORSI.

CAPITOL CHRISTIANS SUFFERED

TERRIBLY IN THAT TIME.

GEORGE THOMAS TAKES US TO

THE CENTER OF THIS BRUTALITY

WHERE CHRISTIANS ARE DYING

FOR THEIR FAITH.

WE WANT TO WARN YOU THAT

SOME OF THE IMAGES IN THIS

STORY ARE GRAPHIC.

*

George: AUGUST 20,

2013.

Translator: WE WERE AT

WORK WHEN WE HEARD MUSLIMS

WERE BURNING CHURCHES.

George: IN THE SMALL

VILLAGE OF DELGA, FOUR HOURS

SOUTH OF CAIRO.

Translator: LEADERS IN

THE MOSQUES WERE TELLING

MUSLIMS TO ATTACK CHRISTIANS

AND KILL THEM.

BUDROS AND HIS FATHER, BOTH

CHRISTIANS, WERE IN THEIR

FAMILY BARBER SHOP WHEN A

MOB OF MUSLIMS ATTACKED

THEM.

Translator: THEY BROKE

INTO THE SHOP, TOOK

EVERYTHING, AND BURNED THE

PLACE DOWN.

George: BUDROS MANAGED

TO ESCAPE.

HIS FATHER WASN'T SO

FORTUNATE.

THEY CAUGHT MY FATHER AND

SHOT HIM MULTIPLE TIMES.

AND THEN THEY DRAGGED HIS

BODY TO THE MOSQUE.

George: WARNING: THE

FOLLOWING IMAGES ARE

GRAPHIC.

THAT AFTERNOON SOMEONE WITH

A CELL PHONE RECORDED THIS

VIDEO OF BUDROS' FATHER'S

BODY, RIDDLED WITH BULLETS,

BEING DRAGGED THROUGH THE

STREETS.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

STREETS.

WHEN THEY REACHED THE

MOSQUE, THEY TIED HIS BODY

TO A TRACTOR AND DRAGGED HIM

THROUGH THE VILLAGE AGAIN.

George: ALL THE WHILE

CHANTING ARABIC FOR "GOD IS

GREAT."

HE WAS BURIED HOURS LATER IN

A NEARBY CEMETERY.

Reporter:

THE NEXT DAY SOME PEOPLE

DUG UP HIS BODY AND DRAGGED

IT THROUGH THE VILLAGE AGAIN

THAT DAY.

THEY DID IT THREE TIMES THAT

DAY.

George: BUDROS AND HIS

FAMILY HAVE NOW ESCAPED FROM

DELGA.

WE HAVE NO MONEY, NO

CLOTHES, NO JOB.

OUR HOME IS DESTROYED.

OUR BUSINESS IS DESTROYED.

George: DELGA IS PART

OF THE MINYA PROVINCE,

CENTER OF THE WORST VIOLENCE

AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN SEVEN

CENTURIES.

300 HOMES, 100

BUSINESSES, 15 CHURCHES, AND

ABOUT 10 CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS WERE DESTROYED

IN MY PROVINCE.

George: THIS MAN IS

HEAD BISHOP OF MINYA'S

COPTIC CHURCH, HOME TO THE

LARGEST NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS

IN EGYPT.

MACAIA SAYS THE ATTACKS

HAPPENED BECAUSE CHRISTIANS

SUPPORTED THE REMOVAL OF

MOHAMMED MORSI AND HIS

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

GOVERNMENT.

BUT THE COST TO EGYPT'S

COPTIC COMMUNITY HAS BEEN

STAGGERING.

MORE THAN 100 CHURCHES AND

HUNDREDS OF HOMES AND

BUSINESSES DESTROYED.

TODAY THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT

WILL TRY TO REBUILD ALL OF

THE PLACES OF WORSHIP.

BUT THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT

ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST

EVERYTHING?

THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND THEIR

HOMES.

CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT ARE

EXPECTING DEATH ANY TIME.

George: AND HE SHOULD

KNOW.

DAYS BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW,

HE WAS THE TARGET OF AN

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT.

DRIVING THROUGH A TOWN IN

MINYA PROVINCE, GUNMEN BEGAN

FIRING AT HIS CAR.

I THANK THE LORD I'M

STILL ALIVE.

BUT I'M LIKE ANYONE ELSE IN

MINYA.

WE ALL FACE DANGERS.

MY LIFE IS NOT ANY MORE

PRECIOUS THAN ANY OTHER

LIFE.

George: CHRISTIANS MAKE

UP ABOUT 10% OF EGYPT'S

80 MILLION POPULATION.

THEY FACE DAILY VIOLENCE.

THEY PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD

AND IN MY MOUTH.

I STARTED TO PRAY, LORD, MY

LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

AND I'M READY TO GO WHEN MY

TIME IS UP.

George: WE'VE CONCEALED

JOSEPH'S IDENTITY FOR

SECURITY REASONS.

HE WAS ABDUCTED LATE LAST

YEAR BY SEVEN GUNMEN AND

TORTURED FOR TWO DAYS.

I CALL THEM THE 48 HOURS

OF DEATH.

NO FOOD, NO WATER, NO LIGHT,

NO SLEEPING.

I WAS BLINDFOLDED THAT

ENTIRE TIME.

AND THEY KEPT BEATING ME,

PUNCHING ME IN MY FACE, ON

MY SHOULDER AND ON MY BACK.

George: KIDNAPPERS

ROUTINELY TARGET

CHRISTIANS.

I ASKED ONE OF THE

KIDNAPPERS, WHY DO YOU JUST

KIDNAP CHRISTIANS?

AND HE SAID, CHRISTIANS ARE

WEAK, THEY DON'T RETALIATE

WITH VIOLENCE, AND THEY HAVE

MONEY.

George: THEY ORIGINALLY

DEMANDED A $80,000.

AFTER HOURS OF NEGOTIATIONS,

THEY SETTLED ON $43,000.

STILL A HUGE SUM THAT JOSEPH

SAYS HIS FAMILY COULD NOT

AFFORD TO PAY.

THAT'S WHEN FRIENDS FROM HIS

CHURCH STEPPED IN.

I HAD SOME MONEY IN

SAVINGS, BUT THE REST OF THE

RANSOM MONEY CAME FROM

CHURCH MEMBERS.

I CANNOT THANK THEM ENOUGH

FOR SAVING MY LIFE.

George: HE SAYS THE

SECURITY CONDITIONS HAVE LED

SEVERAL HUNDRED CHRISTIAN

FAMILIES TO CONSIDER LEAVING

MINYA, BUT HE ENCOURAGES

THEM TO STAY.

WE ARE TELLING THE CHURCH

THEY MUST ENDURE THE

PERSECUTION.

WE MUST CONSIDER IT AN HONOR

TO ENDURE THIS PERSECUTION,

OTHERWISE IT WILL CONTRADICT

THE LEVEL OF OUR COMMITMENT

TO OUR FAITH.

George: EGYPT HOLDS

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS LATER

THIS MONTH.

JOSEPH IS PRAYING THE

COUNTRY'S CHRISTIANS WILL

SEE BETTER DAYS.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S

TIME IN OFFICE ALMOST

DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY.

BUT WE ARE THANKFUL THEY

NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

FINISH THEIR TERM.

NOW IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME

TO SECURE OUR COUNTRY.

George: MEANWHILE,

BUDROS AND HIS FAMILY ARE

STILL HIDING IN AN

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, BUT

HOPE TO ONE DAY GO BACK HOME

TO DELGA.

CHRISTIANS VIEW THE

CURRENT SITUATION AS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS ABOUT

CHRIST THROUGH OUR

SUFFERING.

WE HAVE TO BE TOLERANT AND

KEEP PRAYING FOR OUR

ENEMIES.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM

MINYA PROVINCE, EGYPT.

Mark: AND FOR MORE

STORIES ABOUT THE CHURCH

AROUND THE GLOBE, VISIT OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

UP NEXT, HOW THE NEWLY

GROUND NBA M.V.P. HONORED

THE WOMAN WHO MADE IT ALL

POSSIBLE.

Mark: SUNDAY MARKS A

VERY IMPORTANT DAY ACROSS

AMERICA.

MOTHER'S DAY.

RECENTLY ONE MOM GOT MORE

THAN SHE COULD ASK FOR.

HER SON, KEVIN DURANT, WON

THIS SEASON'S M.V.P. TITLE

FOR THE NBA, AND HE USED

THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK

THE WOMAN WHO MADE IT

POSSIBLE.

WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE

HERE.

YOU KEPT US OFF THE STREETS,

PUT CLOTHES ON OUR BACK,

FOOD ON THE TABLE.

AND WHEN YOU DIDN'T EAT, YOU

MADE SURE WE ATE.

YOU WENT TO SLEEP HUNGRY.

YOU SACRIFICED FOR US.

YOU'RE THE REAL M.V.P.

[APPLAUSE]

Mark: HEART-WARMING

THERE.

CBN NEWS WANTS TO KNOW HOW

YOU'RE CELEBRATING YOUR MOM

THIS MOTHER'S DAY.

HEAD OVER TO OUR Facebook

PAGE AND SHARE A PICTURE OF

YOUR MOM AND WHAT SHE MEANS

TO YOU.

AND I WILL SAY HAPPY

MOTHER'S DAY TO MY MOM.

LOVE YOU, MOM.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

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