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CBN NewsWatch: December 19, 2014

CBN NewsWatch: December 19, 2014: 'Hackers won,' anger boils over Sony's retreat; Restored Cuban relations has Twitter abuzz about Iran; Testy exchange outside hearing for accused Boston bomber; and more. Read Transcript


THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR

CBN "NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

Lori: AND I'M LORI

JOHNSON.

SUSPICIONS THAT NORTH KOREA

WAS BEHIND A DESTRUCTIVE

HACKING ATTACK AGAINST SONY

PICTURES AND A THREAT

AGAINST MOVIE THEATERS HAS

LEADERS CALLING FOR

WASHINGTON TO PUNISH

PYONGYANG.

Reporter: THE INTERVIEW

IS ABOUT A PLOT TO

ASSASSINATE KIM JONG-UN.

YOU WANT US TO KILL THE

LEADER OF NORTH KOREA?

YES.

WHAT?

Reporter: NORTH KOREA

CALLED IT AN ACT OF WAR, AND

WARNED AMERICA WOULD FACE

RETALIATION.

SONY ANNOUNCED THE FILM WILL

BE SCRAPPED.

IN A STATEMENT, IT SAID "WE

STAND BY OUR FILM-MAKERS AND

THEIR RIGHT TO EXPRESSION,

AND ARE EXTREMELY UP HAPPY

ABOUT THIS OUTCOME."

IF SOMETHING CATASTROPHIC

HAD TAKEN PLACE, YOU COULD

MAKE A CASE THAT SONY AND

THEATERS WOULD HAVE BLOOD ON

THEIR HANDS.

Reporter: AND THE FILM

WON'T BE RELEASED ONLINE OR

ON D.V.D.

THE DECISION WAS MET WITH

SHOCK AND EVEN OUTRAGE.

ROB LOWE TWEETED, "WOW,

EVERYONE CAVED, THE HACKERS

WON."

MIA FARROW TWEETED,

"SICKENING."

YOU CAN'T BUCKLE IN JUST

BECAUSE SOMEONE MAKES SOME

THREATS.

SENATOR JOHN McCAIN

SAYS SONY'S DECISION ONLY

SETS A BAD PRECEDENT.

I THINK IT IS A

PRECEDENT, BECAUSE EVEN AT

THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR,

WE WEREN'T WORRIED ABOUT

DEPICTING THE SOVIET UNION

IN A BAD LIGHT.

Reporter: SOME ESTIMATE

SONY'S DECISION COULD COST

THE COMPANY MORE THAN

$100 MILLION.

IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

CONCLUDES PYONGYANG WAS

BEHIND THE SONY HACK ATTACK,

IT MIGHT CUT THAT COUNTRY'S

ACCESS TO HARD CURRENCY, AND

DECLARE IT ONCE MORE AS A

STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: PAKISTANI

MILITARY FORCES KILLED

DOZENS OF MILITANTS IN AN

AMBUSH.

THE MILITARY SAYS IT CARRIED

OUT THE OPERATION USING AIR

AND GROUND FORCES THURSDAY

AND FRIDAY NEAR THE BORDER

WITH AFGHANISTAN.

KILLING MORE THAN 60

MILITANTS.

THE OPERATION COMES DAYS

AFTER A TALIBAN ATTACK IN A

SCHOOL IN THE NORTHWESTERN

REGION OF THE COUNTRY THAT

KILLED 148 PEOPLE, MOSTLY

CHILDREN.

Lori: THE UNITED STATES

IS NOT FULLY PREPARED FOR A

NUCLEAR TERRORIST ATTACK OR

A LARGE-SCALE NATURAL

DISASTER.

THAT IS ACCORDING TO A

CONGRESSIONAL AUDIT.

THE REPORT ALSO FOUND THE

GOVERNMENT LACKS EFFECTIVE

COORDINATION, AND IN SOME

CASES IS YEARS AWAY FROM

ENSURING ADEQUATE EMERGENCY

SHELTER AND MEDICAL

TREATMENT.

SAYING IT WOULD TAKE ONE TO

FIVE YEARS TO DETERMINE

WHETHER PEOPLE WERE EXPOSED

TO UNSAFE LEVELS OF

RADIATION, AND FIVE TO 10

YEARS TO PLAN FOR A FULL

MEDICAL RESPONSE.

Efrem: A SHRINKING

BUDGET COULD DELAY YOUR TAX

RETURNS AND MAKE IT HARDER

FOR YOU TO REACH AN ACTUAL

I.R.S. AGENT.

THAT IS THE LATEST WORD FROM

THE AGENCY'S COMMISSIONER.

AFTER CONGRESS CUT

$346 MILLION FROM THE I.R.S.

BUDGET.

IT'S $10.9 BILLION BUDGET IS

ABOUT A BILLION DOLLARS LESS

THAN THE AGENCY RECEIVED IN

2010.

THE LATEST CUTS COME AS THE

I.R.S. BEGINS TO PLAY A

BIGGER ROLE IN THE

PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE

LAW.

THIS YEAR WILL MARK THE

FIRST YEAR WHEN TAXPAYERS

HAVE TO REPORT IF THEY HAVE

HEALTH INSURANCE ON THEIR

RETURNS.

Lori: AS THE U.S. AND

CUBA WORK TO REPAIR THEIR

RELATIONS --

Efrem: THEY HAVEN'T HAD

RELATIONS SINCE 1979.

TWITTER IS SERVING AS A

SOUNDING BOARD FOR PEOPLE TO

VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON THE

MATTER.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS POSTAL.

THE PICTURE TAKES THIS QUOTE

BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND

SIMPLY CHANGES THE WORD

"CUBAN" TO "IRANIAN,"

SAYING, QUOTE,"IT IS TIME TO

APPLY THE SAME LOGIC."

Lori: AND IT SPARKS

CONVERSATION ABOUT PASTOR

SAEED ABEDINI.

HE ORIGINALLY WROTE A

CHRISTMAS LETTER TO HIS

FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS.

THE LETTER WAS RELEASED BY

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW

AND JUSTICE.

HE WRITES, "WE SHOULD BE

ABLE TO TOLERATE THE COLD,

THE DIFFICULTIES, AND THE

SHAME IN ORDER TO SERVE

GOD.

WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ENTER

INTO THE PAIN OF THE COLD,

DARK WORLD.

THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE

THE FIERY LOVE OF CHRIST TO

THE COLD WINTERY MANGER OF

THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY

DEAD."

THIS WEEK CBN NEWS SPOKE

WITH JORDAN SEKULOW ABOUT

THE POSSIBILITY OF PASTOR

SAEED'S RELIEF.

I THINK WE HAVE TO

CAREFULLY MONITOR THE U.S.

NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN.

AND I WOULD TAKE TODAY'S

NEWS -- YOU KNOW, WHEN ALAN

GROSS, THE AMERICAN WHO WAS

BEING HELD IN CUBA FOR

NEARLY THREE YEARS -- MORE

THAN THAT, SINCE 2009 -- SO

FIVE YEARS -- SO YOU JUST

DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN WHEN YOU WAKE UP.

YOU HAVE TO KEEP DOING THE

WORK YOU DO, THAT WE DO, TO

GET SAEED HOME.

WE ASK PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO

PRAY.

WHEN WE HAVE A SPECIFIC

ACTION ITEM FOR THEM, THAT

THEY STILL TAKE PART IN

THAT.

BECAUSE AS TODAY'S NEWS

SHOWS ABOUT ANOTHER AMERICAN

WHO WAS WRONGFULLY HELD BY A

COUNTRY, YOU JUST DON'T KNOW

WHAT EFFORTS ARE GOING TO BE

SUCCESSFUL.

AND SO YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP

DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN.

WE BELIEVE THAT IS OUR DUTY

AS CHRISTIANS, THAT WE TAKE

EVERY RESOURCE WE CAN

POSSIBLE TO DO THE SMART

THINGS TO GET SAEED HOME.

Lori: TO SEE OUR ENTIRE

INTERVIEW AND LEARN ABOUT

WAYS YOU CAN HELP PASTOR

SAEED, LOG ON TO

CBNNEWS.COM.

Efrem: JURY SELECTION

BEGINS JANUARY 5th FOR THE

ACCUSED BOSTON MARATHON

BOMBER.

TSARNAEV.

BUT THE REAL DRAMA WAS

OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM.

SPECIFICALLY A TESTY

EXCHANGE BETWEEN A MAN WHO

LOST HIS LEG IN THE BOMBING,

AND PROTESTORS SUPPORTING

TSARNAEV, WHO QUESTION

WHETHER THERE IS ANY PROOF

AGAINST HIM.

MARK FUCAREAL HELD UP HIS

PROSTHETIC LEG AND SAID THAT

IS PROOF RIGHT THERE.

AND ONE DEMONSTRATORS SAID,

YOU SHOULD CARE THEY GET THE

RIGHT GUY.

DISARN DARN ITSARNAEV IS

ACCUSED OF CARRYING OUT THE

BOMBING WITH HIS BROTHER,

WHO WAS KILLED IN A SHOOTOUT

WITH POLICE.

Lori: THE UNIVERSITY OF

VIRGINIA IS STILL REELING BY

THE HIGH-PROFILE OF THE

MURDER OF A STUDENT.

BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, A

STRONG CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

IS WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE

A DIFFERENCE.

HEATHER SELLS HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: SHOCKING NEWS

HAS DOMINATED LIFE ON THIS

PRESTIGIOUS CAMPUS THIS

FALL.

FIRST THE SEPTEMBER

DISAPPEARANCE AND MURDER OF

SOPHOMORE HANNAH GRAHAM, AND

LAST MONTH "ROLLING STONE"

MAGAZINE PUBLISHED AN

ACCOUNT OF AN ALLEGED GANG

RAPE AT A U. V. FRAT HOUSE.

AND THEN THE MAGAZINE

APOLOGIZED FOR ITS

DESCRIPTION.

BUT STILL, IT HAS RATTLED

THE COMMUNITY.

IN A LOT OF WAYS, IT

REALLY BLEW THE LID OFF

THINGS.

AND STUDENTS WERE LINING UP

AT OUR DOORS AND WANTING TO

TALK.

Reporter: BILL WILDER

OVERSEES THE CENTER FOR

CHRISTIAN STUDY AT U.V.A.

THEY OFFER CHRISTIANS A

QUIET PLACE TO STUDY AND

RELAX.

DURING EXAMS THIS WEEK,

HUNDREDS VISITED THE CENTER

FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SORT

THROUGH A TRAUMATIC TIME.

IT IS THE HARDEST TIME

I'VE EVER HAD HERE.

IT HAS BROUGHT UP A LOT OF

QUESTIONS IN MY FAITH, A LOT

OF FEAR.

YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE

THAT -- ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS

THAT ARE REALLY BROKEN AND

LOSING HOPE.

Reporter: THE CENTER

AND OTHER CHRISTIAN

MINISTRIES HERE HAVE SERVED

AS AN ANCHOR, BOTH FOR

CHRISTIAN AND NON-CHRISTIAN

STUDENTS.

DEFINITELY BEING IN A

COMMUNITY LIKE THIS, HAVING

FRIENDS THAT ARE BELIEVERS,

HAS BEEN SOMETHING REALLY

ENCOURAGING.

Reporter: KATIE NOEL

SERVES THE U.V.A. STUDENTS

WHO ARE PART OF THE GREEK

SYSTEM.

SHE SAYS FOR THESE STUDENTS,

IT IS A SEASON OF GRIEF.

IT IS REALLY HARD TO TALK

ABOUT THE BROKENNESS, TO

TALK ABOUT THIS CULTURE, AND

THAT OUR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS ARE BEING ASSAULTED

LIKE THIS.

AND WE HATE THAT.

BUT WE KNOW THAT WE SERVE A

GOD WHO BRINGS HEALING AND

BRINGS JUSTICE, AND HATES

THOSE THINGS, TOO.

Reporter: GOING

FORWARD, IT IS CLEAR TO MOST

THAT THIS CAMPUS, LIKE MANY

AROUND THE COUNTRY, NEEDS TO

RE-THINK ITS SOCIAL CULTURE

AND HOW BEST TO INSPIRE

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.

FOR CHRISTIAN STUDENTS HERE,

IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY RIGHT

NOW TO INFLUENCE AND

ENCOURAGE.

PEOPLE HAVE STARTED

TURNING TO THEIR RELIGION,

AND ASKING THEM WHAT THEY

THINK ABOUT THIS AND HOW ARE

THEY PROCESSING IT?

HOW DO THEY VIEW IT?

Reporter: THESE

STUDENTS MAY BE ONE OF

U.V.A.'s BEST-KEPT

SECRETS.

FOR THE WORLD TO SAY, OH,

MAN, IT IS SO DARK.

I SAY, NO, THERE IS LIGHT

HERE AND THERE IS GOOD

HERE.

AND THERE ARE STRONG

CHRISTIAN MEN AND WOMEN WHO

ARE SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH

THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Reporter: AND THEY MAY

BE THE CHANGE AGENTS THAT

HELP TURN THE UNIVERSITY

AROUND AFTER A SEASON AND

UGLINESS AND DISPAIR.

REPORTING IN IN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA,

HEATHER SELLS.

Efrem: AN ATHEIST GROUP

IS SUING THE STATE OF

WISCONSIN.

IN JULY, STATE LEADERS SAID

THEY WOULD NO LONGER ENFORCE

THE CONTRACEPTIVE MAN DATE

DATE ON EMPLOYERS WITH

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS, LIKE

HOBBY LOBBY.

THEY ASKED HOW THE STATE

PLANNED TO IMPLEMENT THE

CHANGES.

THEY SAY THE STATE DID NOT

PRODUCE ALL OF THE RECORDS

IN ITS POSSESSION.

THE LAWSUIT ASKS THE JUDGE

TO FORCE THE RELEASE.

Lori: COMING UP, THE

DUGGARS SAY THEY ARE NOT

BACKING DOWN.

AND HEAR WHY THEY SAY RECENT

CRITICISMS OF THEIR SHOW HAS

ONLY MADE THEM STRONGER.

Efrem: JIM BOB DUGGAR

SAYS A PUSH TO HAVE HIS

FAMILY'S TV SHOW TAKEN OFF

THE AIR WON'T SUCCEED AND

THE CONTROVERSY HAS ONLY

MADE THEM STRONGER.

AN ONLINE PETITION ASKING

T.L.C. TO CANCEL GARNERED

MORE 200,000 SIGNATURES.

BUT MORE HAVE SIGNED A

COUNTER-PETITION IN SUPPORT

OF THE DUGGARS.

THE MOVE BEGAN AFTER

MICHELLE DUGGAR CAMPAIGNED

AGAINST AN LGBT

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

ORDINANCE IN ARKANSAS.

JIM BOB SAID, WE LOVE

EVERYBODY.

IT IS A SMALL GROUP CREATING

THIS FUSS.

ALL IT DID IS GIVE US MORE

EXPOSURE.

CBN DID REACH OUT TO T.L.C.

ABOUT THE PROBABILITY OF

CANCELLATION, AND THEY

DECLINED TO COMMENT.

Lori: SOME VISITED

ISRAEL TO HOPE PEOPLE WILL

SPREAD THE TRUTH ABOUT CBN.

Reporter: PAGEANT

WINNERS USUALLY TAKE THE

SPOTLIGHT.

BUT RECENTLY THESE BEAUTY

QUEENS TRAVELLED TO THE

PLACE THAT IS OFTEN THE

CENTER OF THE WORLD STAGE.

WHEN YOU THINK ISRAEL,

YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE

UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE

CONNECTION OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE TO THIS LAND.

THIS WAS THE FIRST VISIT,

AND FOR SOME IT WAS A

PROFOUNDLY MOVING

EXPERIENCE.

RIGHT NOW I FEEL LIKE I'M

IN A STATE OF EUPHORIA.

I WAS JUST AT THE PRAYER

WALL.

AND IT WAS JUST REALLY

EMOTIONAL.

JERUSALEM HAS BEEN

TRANSFORMING, CLEANSING, BY

FAR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

EXPERIENCE IN MY WHOLE

LIFE.

Reporter: ARIO LEADS

THE FAITH OF ISRAEL, WHICH

INVITED THE PAGEANT WINNERS

TO VISIT.

PEOPLE WHO WIN THOSE

TYPES OF MISS AMERICA OR

MISS UNITED STATES, THEY'RE

VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY

ARE A MEDIA IN THEIR OWN.

THEY HAVE HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS ON

TWITTER AND Facebook.

THEIR OPINION REALLY

MATTERS.

Reporter: THEY SAID THE

TRIP HAD CHANGED THEIR

PERSPECTIVE OF THE COUNTRY,

AND NOW THEY'RE GOING BACK

WITH A NEW MESSAGE.

NOBODY REALLY KNOWS THE

TRUTH OF WHAT REALLY IS OVER

HERE.

I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO

GO BACK AND TALK ABOUT IT

AND SAY, NO, YOU NEED TO

COME VISIT.

YOU NEED TO COME SEE IT.

I GREW UP IN ALABAMA,

WHERE I NEVER FEARED FOR MY

SAFETY GOING TO SCHOOL EVERY

DAY.

I NEVER EVEN SEEN A BOMB

SHELTER.

BEING HERE WAS VERY

EYE-OPENING.

NOW THAT ALL OF US HAVE

EXPERIENCED IT, WE

UNDERSTAND THERE IS SO MUCH

MORE GOING ON IN THIS

COUNTRY BESIDES THAT.

Reporter: THE HIGHLIGHT

OF THE TRIP WAS PRAYING AT

THE WESTERN WALL FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

I'M A CHRISTIAN, AND JUST

THE FEELING OF BEING WHERE

JESUS HAS BEEN.

I FELT HIS PRESENCE THERE SO

MUCH.

AND KNOWING HE IS A MIRACLE

WORKER, AND THAT MEANS OUR

PRAYERS ARE IMPORTANT TO

HIM.

SO MANY TEARS.

I'M GOING TO START CRYING

NOW.

IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

EXPERIENCE IN MY WHOLE

LIFE.

I JUST WISH MORE PEOPLE

COULD COME HERE.

TO SEE THE NUMBER OF

PRAYERS THAT ARE PUT IN

THERE, AND THEN YOU LOOK

AROUND THE WHOLE WALL AND

YOU REALIZE THAT ACTUALLY

THEY ARE THE HOPES AND

PRAYERS OF THE WHOLE WORLD,

THAT ARE HERE IN THIS

PLACE.

Reporter: AND WHAT

AFFECTED THEM THE MOST?

IT IS A DIFFERENT WORLD.

IT HAS TAKEN ME BY

SURPRISE.

IT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING

THAT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.

TO SEE ALL OF THIS AMAZING

STUFF YOU HAVE ALWAYS READ

ABOUT AND HEARD ABOUT, BUT

NOW ACTUALLY GETTING TO SEE

IT IN PERSON, IT IS

SOMETHING I WILL REMEMBER

THE REST OF MY LIFE.

TODAY HAS BEEN THE MOST

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

THAT I'VE HAD.

CHRISTIANITY IS SOMETHING

THAT IS VERY NEW TO ME, IN

THE LAST YEAR OR SO.

AND SO TO BE HERE, IT IS

ONLY FURTHERING THOSE

BELIEFS, TO SEE THE BIBLE

COME TO LIFE IN FRONT OF

YOUR EYES IS JUST SOMETHING

YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN.

Reporter: ANICA COPP,

CBN NEWS, THE OLD CITY,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: UP NEXT, WE'LL

SHOW YOU THE CHRISTIAN WORLD

OF GILDO AND FRODO.

Lori: THE BATTLE OF THE

FIVE ARMIES HIT THEATERS ON

WEDNESDAY, AND FANS OF THE

HOBBIT WILL HEAD TO MIDDLE

EARTH ONE LAST TIME.

Efrem: THAT IS THE

WORLD CREATED BY THE

LEGENDARY AUTHOR AND

PROFESSOR J.R.R. TOLKIEN.

IN HIS WORKS, "THE LORD OF

THE RINGS," AND "THE HOBBIT"

ARE THE SECOND AND THIRD

MOST-READ NOVELS OF ALL

TIME.

Lori: AS PAUL STRAND

REPORTS, THESE GREAT READS

ARE LOADED WITH CHRISTIAN

WISDOM.

Reporter: AS THE

HOBBIT, BATTLE OF THE FIVE

ARMIES, HITS THEATERS, IT

ENDS A SERIES DECADES IN THE

MOVIE.

BUT A NEW BOOK, "THE HOBBIT"

POINTS OUT THIS IS JUST A

PART OF THE MOVIES THAT THE

J.R.R. TOLKIEN BOOKS' ARE

BASED ON.

THEY HAVE MORAL AND ECONOMIC

SUBDIVISIONS.

THE EVIL-POWER CRAZED STAR

CAME OUT OF TOLKIEN'S

EXPERIENCE OF WITNESSING THE

BRUTAL OF FASCISM AND

NAZIISM IN WORLD WAR II.

THERE IS A THEME

THROUGHOUT THE "THE LORD OF

THE RINGS," FOR A CONCERN OF

THE CENTRALIZATION OF

POWER.

THE GOOD GUYS SPEND THE

ENTIRE STORY TRYING TO GET

RID OF IT, NOT TO GAIN.

THIS POWER TO DOMINATE THE

WILL OF OTHERS.

Reporter: WHILE TOLKIEN

HATED THE SENSELESS BATTLE

OF WAR, SO HIS GOOD GUYS

CONSTANTLY FOUGHT FOR IT IN

"THE LORD OF THE RINGS".

THE GOOD GUYS RECOGNIZED

SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO BE

WILLING TO DIE.

AND THE CAUSE THEY'RE

WILLING TO DIE FOR IS

FREEDOM.

Reporter: TOLKIEN SAYS

THE HOBBITS REFLECTED NOT

ONLY HIS IDEALIC HOME TOWN,

BUT THE WAY HE THOUGHT

SOCIETY SHOULD BE RUN, A

PLACE OF ALMOST NO LAWS AND

A TINY BIT OF GOVERNMENT.

HE SAID HE LEANED TOWARDS

ANARCHY AND HATED THE IDEA

OF PEOPLE LORDING IT OVER

OTHER PEOPLE.

HE SAID "IT IS THE MOST

IM POPPER JOB OF ANY MAN TO

BOSS OTHERS, LEAST OF THOSE

WHO SEEK OPPORTUNITY."

Reporter: HE WAS

HORRIFIED THAT THE CITIZENS

OF THE CHRISTIAN NATIONS

WOULD GIVE UP THEIR

GOD-GIVEN LIBERTY IN

EXCHANGE FOR SECURITY

OFFERED BY ALL-POWERFUL

GOVERNMENTS.

WOULD ESSENTIALLY BE

DOCILE SHEEP GUIDED BY THE

SHEPHERD.

Reporter: HE WAS

HOPEFUL ART LIKE HIS COULD

SHAKE THEM UP AND WAKE THEM

UP.

HIPPIES DUG THE HOBBIT

BECAUSE THEY SAW TOLKIEN AS

AN ANTI-CAPITALIST.

BUT RICHARD SAYS TOLKIEN

USED THE CHARACTER TO

ILLUSTRATE THE ABSOLUTE

WORST TRAITS OF A

NON-CAPITALIST.

IT SITS ATOP, LITERALLY,

OF A PILE OF GOLD THAT

BELONGS TO OTHER PEOPLE.

THIS IS NOT A CRITIQUE OF

THE CAPTAI CAPITALIST.

IT IS A CRITIQUE OF THE

MISER.

Reporter: HE PORTRAYS

ROB BUST CAPITALISM AND FREE

TRADE AT THE END OF BOTH

BOOKS.

A WIDENING TRADE BETWEEN

NOT JUST HUMAN POPULATIONS

OR CITIES, BUT INTERSPECIES

TRADE BETWEEN HOBBITS AND

ELVES AND MAN.

Reporter: HE

PERSONIFIES IT AS MAN

WORKING AT HIS BEST.

IT PUTS TOGETHER OUR

ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, AS

CREATURES MADE AS STEWARDS

IN THE IMAGINE OF GOD, AND

ALSO TO MULTIPLY, TO HAVE

CHILDREN.

Reporter: THE DEEPLY

CHRISTIAN TOLKIEN

INTENTIONALLY USED HUMBLE

HOBBITS AS HEROS TO SHOW

THAT EACH OF US DEEPLY

MATTERS.

AND CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR

THE BETTER.

HE HAD THIS VISION THAT

THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE

COULD COME INCARNATE AS A

MAN, BORN OF A WOMAN, IN A

STABLE, IN A HUMBLE

VILLAGE -- IT IS ONLY THAT

KIND OF VISION THAT WOULD

LEAD SOMEONE TO CREATE HEROS

LIKE HOBBITS.

I CAN'T CARRY IT FOR YOU,

BUT I CAN CARRY YOU.

Reporter: IN THE CLIMAX

OF "THE LORD OF THE RINGS,"

IT IS THE HUMBER SERVANT OF

SAM WHO LITERALLY SAVES THE

WORLD.

I HOPE IT SPEAKS TO US AS

HUMAN BEINGS, ESPECIALLY

THOSE OF US WHO THINK, WHO

AM I?

WHAT INSPIRATION AM I

PLAYING?

TAKE SOME INSPIRATION FROM

FRODO AND FROM SAM.

CLIRCH

Lori: AN INDIANA

NURSING HOME IS FIGHTING

BACK AFTER PRANGSTERS STOLE

THEIR TWO-FOOT BABY JESUS

STATUE AND RETURNED IT FOUR

DAYS LATER.

NOW THEIR BABY JESUS IS

GOING HIGH-TECH WITH A

TRACKING DEVICE.

BRICKHOUSE SECURITY IS

DONATING SEVERAL G.P.S.

MONITORS TO THE RETIREMENT

HOME.

THE OTHER FIGURES WILL BE

FITTED WITH TRACKING DEVICES

AS WELL.

Efrem: WELL, ANNIE IS

BACK, AND THIS TIME IT IS IN

THEATERS, AND OPENING

NATIONWIDE TODAY.

THE HOLLYWOOD HEAVY WEIGHT

BEHIND THIS FILM IS THE SAME

PERSON WHO HELPED TO

GREENLIT GREENLIGHT "HEAVEN

IS FOR REAL."

I SAT DOWN WITH HIM TO TACK

ABOUT THIS LATEST WORK OF

INSPIRATION.

* IT IS A HARD-KNOCK LIFE

FOR US *

Efrem: AMERICA'S

FAVORITE ORPHAN, "ANNIE,"

HAS BEEN A CARTOON, AND TWO

BROADWAY SHOWS.

NOW IT IS IN THEATERS AGAIN,

STARRING JAMIE FOXX AND A

WALLACE, WHO WAS NOMINATED

FOR HER PERFORMANCE IN

"BEAST OF THE SOUTHERN

WILD."

SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST NOMINEE

IN HISTORY.

YOU'RE NOT GOING

ANYWHERE.

SANDY HAS GOT TO GO.

STOP IT.

YOU AND SANDY ARE STAYING

HERE.

NO, I MEAN SANDY HAS GOT

TO GO.

NO, SANDY -- OH, SANDY

HAS GOT TO GO?

OH.

IS IT MOUNTAIN DEW OR PLAIN

OLD DEW.

NOW I HAVE TO GO.

Efrem: BEHIND THE

SCENES IS FILM EXECUTIVE

DEVON FRANKLIN.

"ANNIE," WHY DO THAT FILM

AGAIN?

IT IS A PROCESS THAT HAS

KIND OF EVOLVED

ORGANICALLY.

BUT GOD'S TIMING IS ALWAYS

PERFECT.

WITH THIS MOVIE COMING OUT

RIGHT NOW, WE COULDN'T HAVE

CHOSEN A BETTER TIME.

Efrem: FRANKLIN IS A

HOLLYWOOD CHAMPION AND

RECENTLY STARTED HIS OWN

PRODUCTION COMPANY, TO BRING

MORE OF IT TO THE SMALL AND

BIG SCREEN.

SO AFTER SEEING "ANNIE" HOW

DO I LEAVE THE FILM FEELING

BETTER.

EVERY TIME YOU TURN ON

THE NEWS, THERE IS ALWAYS

SOME NEW TRAGEDY OR

TRIBULATION OR TRIAL THAT WE

HAVE TO ENDURE.

I THINK A MOVIE LIKE "ANNIE"

IS REALLY A CELEBRATION OF

FAMILY.

IT IS A CELEBRATION OF

HOPE.

IT IS A CELEBRATION OF

OPTIMISM AND OF FAITH.

I THINK WE NEED TO,

ESPECIALLY DURING TIMES WE

PERCEIVE AS REALLY DARK

TIMES, WE NEED HOPE.

I THINK MOVIES LIKE THIS,

WHERE YOU CAN TAKE YOUR

WHOLE FAMILY AND ENJOY IT

AND SING AND LAUGH AND

CRY -- I THINK THIS IS

REALLY IMPORTANT TO KIND OF

KEEP OUR SPIRITS UP AND TO

KEEP OUR MINDS AND HEARTS

FOCUSED THAT EVEN THOUGH WE

MAY BE IN A DARK DAY AT

TIMES, THE LIGHT IS THERE.

Lori: I WANT TO SEE

THAT.

Efrem: I'M GOING TO

TAKE MY DAUGHTER ON SUNDAY.

WE'LL BE THERE.

THAT'S GOING TO DO IT FOR

CBN NEWS TODAY.

Lori: TO TELL US WHAT

YOU THINK ABOUT THE STORIES

YOU'VE SEEN HERE, YOU CAN DO

IT AT Facebook OR ON CBN

NEWS AT TWITTER.

WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

NEXT TIME.

HAVE A GREAT DAY, EVERYONE.

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