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News on The 700 Club: March 29, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," March 29: Egypt: airline hijack personal, not terror related; Expert: terrorists aim at global domination; Transgender supporters sue to keep bathroom rights in N. Carolina; and more. Read Transcript


Welcome, ladies and gentlemen.

The governor of Georgia buckled under the pressure

that was being put on him, as he vetoed

a bill that would guarantee religious freedom,

so that pastors and faith-based groups

could say what they want to say about sexual activity.

The next target for gay activists

is the state of North Carolina.

A powerful coalition of corporate leaders and activists

is fighting to undo a bathroom bill there.

They say it's about equality, but critics

say they're harming people of faith and the public good.

Efrem Graham reports.

EFREM GRAHAM: In North Carolina, the governor

called a special session to set up a state bathroom policy

for government bathrooms.

We're going to set a statewide standard for who

belongs in which bathroom.

This would be the most sweeping anti-LGBT bill in the nation.

Girls like me should never be forced to undress

or shower in the presence of boys.

EFREM GRAHAM: The law mandates government bathrooms

be separated, primarily by biological sex.

It does not set standards for bathrooms

in private businesses.

It sounds straightforward, but the national outcry

has been fierce.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the state.

The mayors of Seattle, San Francisco, and the governor

of New York have banned non-essential publicly funded

travel to North Carolina.

And the NBA is threatening to move its 2017 All-Star Game out

of Charlotte.

In Georgia this week, that kind of corporate pressure

led the governor to veto a severely watered-down

religious liberty bill.

The bill provided protection for pastors

who don't want to perform same-sex weddings,

but not for wedding vendors who don't want to serve them.

Still, multiple high-powered corporations

from the NFL to Netflix, Time Warner, and Disney

threatened to leave Georgia if the governor signed the bill.

On Monday, the governor stunned many in the faith community

when he vetoed the measure.

I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone

to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.

PASTOR GARLAND HUNT: Everyone I spoke to is outraged.

We really are, because we were surprised

that Governor Deal would bow down to Hollywood, the NFL--

EFREM GRAHAM: Pastor Garland Hunt says believers in Georgia

are now rallying to reverse what the governor has done,

while in North Carolina, they're hoping the government won't

give in, despite enormous pressure

to reverse the new law.

Efrem Graham, CBN News.

You know, in Canada, in Quebec, they have signs in French.

One says femme, and the other says homme.

And the child of one of my friends, she said,

Daddy, am I a femme or a homme, because he

didn't know the difference, because it

didn't say male and female.

But this whole thing is absolutely ludicrous.

This is the greatest nation on Earth.

We have degenerated beyond measure.

And what are we fighting about, these things about transgender

and so forth?

I mean, who cares?

This kind of thing is just absurd.

And we're making a big civil rights thing of the fact

that the NFL is supposedly a bunch of man-size warriors

who are out on the field, and they are saying, well,

we want homosexuals to be our heroes.

And we're going to fight for them,

and if the Christians, if you can criticize them,

then we're not going to North Carolina,

we won't go to Virginia, we won't go to Georgia,

we won't go to wherever.

The law says that Christians have a right to speak out.

We are not going to tolerate that, because we're NFL,

and we beat our chests.

And the whole thing is absolutely absurd.

It makes me sick at my stomach.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, I was in Cyprus.

I met some years ago with Archbishop Makarios, who was

then the president of Cyprus.

It's a lovely little area, and they've

had some struggle between Greek and Turk,

but they've got nothing to do with Egypt.

So this crazy man in Egypt hijacked the plane.

It doesn't look like he's part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It doesn't look like it has anything to do with terrorism.

The man says, well, I've done it for the love,

'cause my girlfriend is in Cyprus.

John Jessup has more.

JOHN JESSUP: Pat, some frightening moments

for the passengers and crew, but officials

say the motive wasn't terror.

Yet, the hijacker did force the plane

to fly to Cyprus, where he was later arrested.

Though, the incident follows a bombing of an Egyptian airliner

late last year, raising more questions

about airline security in the region.

Here's Dale Hurd with more.

DALE HURD: An Egyptian man hijacked a plane bound

from Alexandria to Cairo today.

He reportedly threatened to blow it up

and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus.

The hijacker apparently asked authorities

to contact a local woman and deliver an envelope to her.

Authorities convinced the man to release

most of the plane's 55 passengers, eight of whom

were American.

But Egypt Air reports that four passengers and the flight crew

were held aboard before the arrest.

SHARIF FATHI: The reality is that we have

a hijacker on board of a plane.

We are not sure whether what he has is a true bomb, or threat

to the aircraft, but we are dealing with it

as a real threat.

DALE HURD: The hijacking highlights

the issue of safety at Egyptian airports once again.

Just five months ago, a Russian passenger aircraft

crashed after taking off from an Egyptian Red Sea resort.

ISIS later claimed responsibility

for the bomb that took down that plane.

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

Thanks, Dale.

A Jewish leader in Belgium says last week's bombings

in Brussels can be linked to increased anti-Semitic attacks.

The president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism

tells The Jewish Week newspaper that Jews are

the canary in the coal mine.

He points to violent attacks against the Jewish community

there since 2000, saying it's been

a sign of rising radical Islam.

And as Chris Mitchell reports from Brussels,

others agree the roots of the Belgian danger

began a long time ago.

CHRIS MITCHELL: When Islamic terror

struck the heart of Brussels, the timing fooled authorities.

But for others, it wasn't a total surprise.

DANIEL SCHWAMMENTHAL: Everybody knew

that the next attack was only a question of when, not if.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Daniel Schwammenthal

says the roots of Belgium's problem go far beyond March 22.

DANIEL SCHWAMMENTHAL: The roots are really

a violent ideology that is spreading

among Muslim communities.

And what we see here is that a nexus exists between Salafist

ideology, funded and sponsored-- and it goes back to the 1960s

already-- by Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf countries,

and elements within these countries.

CHRIS MITCHELL: This mosque in the heart of Brussels

is one example of how money from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf

countries is being used to spread Wahhabism,

a brand of Islam where ISIS got its roots.

Some see this way of spreading the Muslim faith as even more

dangerous than the violent strategy of the Islamic State.

DANIEL SCHWAMMENTHAL: They have really

managed to turn around a once-moderate Muslim community

into what we now have a hotbed for radical Islam.

The religion of Islam, which is actually

more of a political ideology than a religion

like Christianity or Judaism-- yeah, we kind of embraced it.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Conservative Sam Van Rooy

says, when Belgium and the rest of Europe

enacted its open-door policy decades ago,

it didn't realize the consequences.

SAM VAN ROOY: You can build your mosques,

you can have your Koran, and you can worship your God here

and do everything.

And of course, that was a major mistake,

because if you start doing that, then Sharia law will

follow, sooner or later.

And jihad, violent jihad, will follow sooner or later.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Van Rooy warns the problem runs deep.

SAM VAN ROOY: It's very deep.

I mean, we have cities and areas in Belgium, and also

in other countries in the west of Europe,

where Muslims are a majority.

And these cities and areas are really Islamized.

If you walk there as a woman, not dressed in a Muslim way,

then the chance is very big that you will get harassed,

or attacked, or whatever.

Or if you are a Jew, walking there,

the chance is very big you will get attacked.

So that is Islamization.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The Jews of Belgium

are particularly concerned.

You don't have an evening with friends without someone

raising the issue.

Should we stay?

Can we stay?

Can we stay, and don't we have a responsibility

towards our children?

Is there a future for them in this country, where our parents

put down their luggage?

CHRIS MITCHELL: Teitelbaum says the threat to the Jews

is just the beginning.

We had been facing those attacks

because Jews are usually the first targets, but never

the only target.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Schwammenthal says

the ultimate goal of these violent attacks

and Islamization, is global Islam.

DANIEL SCHWAMMENTHAL: It's to create a caliphate.

It's to-- in their mind, clearly,

there needs to be an Islamist rule, certainly

in what is now the Muslim world, but even beyond.

In the end of the day, they believe

that also Belgium and Britain and the United States

need to be part of it, if there is

only one truth in their mind.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, CBN News.

Brussels, Belgium.

Thanks, Chris and Pat.

We've been reporting on the rise of anti-Semitism

throughout Europe.

Well, this whole thing has got to be understood.

People are saying, why do they hate us?

What have we done to them?

We haven't done anything to them.

It is based into their religious belief, it is in the Koran.

It is clearly passage after passage that says,

to the faithful, you must beleaguer them,

you shall not make friends with Christians and Jews.

The Jews are the descendants of pigs and apes.

I mean, the whole thing is in their teaching,

and you go to a radical mosque and they

teach that Saturday after Saturday, Sunday after Sunday,

whenever.

And that's what they believe.

In addition to that, they are taught that their destiny

is world domination.

So it is not merely a religion.

It is also a political system based on the Koran,

based on the teachings of Muhammad,

and based on what is called Sharia law.

They want a caliphate.

They want to dominate the world.

Now, don't say, well, what have we done to offend them?

We haven't done anything to offend.

This is built into the warp and woof of their entire belief

system.

So we welcome them, as the Belgians have into our midst,

and what we've done is take a cobra into our bosom.

And sooner or later, the cobra's going to bite you,

because that's their nature.

Not what did you do to make the cobra mad, it is a cobra.

And these people are intent on destroying the west.

So, like it or not, that's what we're faced with.

But the government apparently has failed to recognize that.

The governments of Europe have political correctness,

they will not say it, they will not speak its name,

they will not talk about Islamic terror.

They won't do it for fear they might offend somebody.

But here you see people from Belgium who are saying,

we made a mistake.

We did this a decade ago, and now look.

And what you're saying is true, we

don't seem to be willing to learn from what that is.

But is there a recourse once you have allowed this to happen?

Well, what Donald Trump said, everybody was horrified with,

but basically he said, you know, keep them

from coming over here.

And if Europe is going to welcome these people

by the tens of thousands, then they've got a huge population.

And as the man said on that piece,

there are whole communities that are Islamic.

And when they have a majority, they are going to take control,

and they want to enforce their way.

Until they have a majority, they're

asking for all kinds of freedom.

Once they have a majority, then they will dominate and enforce

Sharia Law.

So, what are you going to do about it?

Terry, I mean-- the only thing that

would do it is Draconian measures that would involve

deporting thousands of people, and Europe

may be faced with that.

If they don't do something, their entire society

is going to be torn apart.

Sobering, very sobering.

John?

Pat, the FBI has successfully hacked

into the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino

terrorists.

A third party helped the government

bypass the phone security after Apple refused to help.

The FBI will now drop the lawsuit

it filed to force Apple's cooperation,

and agents are analyzing the phone's data

in hopes of uncovering more information about the December

terrorist attack.

Well, Cuba's former dictator, Fidel Castro,

has written a harsh response to President Obama's

recent historic visit.

Castro openly criticizes the president

in a sharp-tongued letter addressed to "brother Obama."

He dismisses the president's efforts

to leave the past behind, recounting past efforts

by the United States to overthrow the communist regime.

Castro also criticizes moves by the Obama administration

to increase business ties with Cuba,

saying "we don't need the empire to give us anything."

Pat, the Wall Street Journal points out

that Castro's views may be out of touch

with what most Cubans want.

--[LAUGHS] He's out of touch with everything.

He's a sick old man, whose time has long since come and gone.

But nevertheless, that is the back

of the hand to the overture of our president, who

went with stars in his eyes, I want to open up Cuba,

I'm going to be the great deliverer,

I'm going to bring goodwill to our people.

And that is the response he gets.

Nobody came out to meet him at the airport, by the way.

Neither Raoul or Fidel came to meet him,

that was a slap in the face.

And this is a further slap in the face,

but Obama is determined that he's

going to embrace our communist buddies.

Terry?

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They realize that if they do their job,

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On tomorrow's 700 Club.

I want to say at the first of this, I am pro-police.

I am for our armed forces.

I think that we owe them a debt.

These are brave men and women who are keeping us safe,

and repressing evil.

I am not for police brutality, I'm not for put-up offenses,

I'm not for people who are being railroaded into jail.

I think some of that is appalling.

But what I do think is that we owe the police

a debt of gratitude, and they need

to be honored and respected.

Well, they're not anymore, in so many cities.

And they call it the "Ferguson effect," a growing animosity

against police from the communities

that they have been pledged to serve.

As law enforcement officers endure intense scrutiny,

they're also facing a spike in violence.

And some say the thin blue line is being stretched

to the breaking point.

Our Chuck Holton has got this story.

CHUCK HOLTON: Joe Collins is a husband and father

of two boys who lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

He's a veteran of both the Marines and the US army,

and he's seen plenty of combat.

Our fire team in our vehicle was hit 11 times by these.

Our company approximately 150 times,

and we found probably the same amount of that.

CHUCK HOLTON: When Joe returned from Iraq,

he felt like law enforcement was one place where

he could continue to serve.

JOE COLLINS: Obviously, you have a lot of veterans coming back.

They're getting out of the military,

and they're looking for something

with that same type brotherhood.

CHUCK HOLTON: He loved the 14 years he spent as a cop,

but he says police work is becoming

increasingly dangerous.

It's getting worse, it's getting worse.

That means it's getting more dangerous for the men

in brown and blue and whatever uniform they wear.

CHUCK HOLTON: Police work has always been a tough job,

and no one says cops are perfect.

But violence against law enforcement is rising.

So far in 2016, officer deaths by shooting are up 300%

from the previous year, with a marked increase

in ambush-style attacks.

In February, policewoman Ashley Guindon

was murdered responding to a domestic disturbance

in Virginia.

It was her first day on the job.

She was the 10th officer to die in the line of duty

in February.

Police often have to make split-second decisions,

and with cell phones and surveillance cameras

everywhere, many cops today fear their next call could end up

as a viral video, possibly ending their career, or even

their life.

Mike Cowan is a SWAT officer in Mississippi.

I do think that there's certainly some hesitation,

and I'm a firm believer hesitation will get you killed.

There is certainly a willingness to let things

slide maybe a little more, because it's not

worth the paperwork, it's not worth

having to try to explain yourself,

because people don't feel like they have the administration's

backing.

Or they're concerned with what the press is

going to do with it.

CHUCK HOLTON: Michael Wood is an author and contributor

to the website, PoliceOne.

I think there's a degree of difference

in the lack of support that officers are getting today,

compared to what their grandfathers had had,

several generations before.

It has a chilling effect on these officers,

when they realize that if they do their job,

that they're going to be vilified in the media,

and they're not going to be supported by their agencies,

and they're not going to do the job as vigorously as they

might have before.

When you talk about some of these big nationwide events,

and all the press that they've gotten,

one of the things that seems to get lost on the media

is that these guys are criminals.

And they were resisting law enforcement.

I would venture to say that the large percentage of law

enforcement as a whole, across the nation,

has that very feeling.

I think they're very frustrated.

I think the trust from their government,

the trust from their own chain of command,

they've got to wonder if it's there.

CHUCK HOLTON: With violence rising,

tactics and equipment which were developed by the military

are now being used to make policing safer

in the face of rising violence.

It's a move many have criticized,

including the President of the United States.

And we've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people

a feeling like, there is an occupying force, as opposed

to a force that's part of the community that's protecting

them and serving them, can alienate and intimidate

local residents and send the wrong message.

Crime has gotten worse.

We need the tools, law enforcement

needs the tools, to be able to handle those situations.

Police deaths in the line of duty

have declined since the 1970s when they hit their peak

by about a third.

But that doesn't necessarily tell the whole story.

Battlefield technologies developed

in Iraq and Afghanistan have trickled down

to police departments across the country.

And that means that an officer who is involved in a shooting

has a much better chance today of survival,

and a much lower chance of ending up

on a memorial like this one.

While cops are being subjected to increasing restrictions,

they're also being asked to carry out a wider range

of duties than in the past.

We want him to be an enforcer of the law.

We want him to be an attorney.

We want him to be a marriage counselor.

We want him to be a peer counselor.

We want him to be a father figure for somebody.

We want him to be able to tell directions, at the same time

that we want him to be able to shoot somebody and keep them

from killing your family.

Our job is to enforce the law.

If you don't like the way the laws

are, vote in somebody different and get the laws changed,

and do it the legal way.

Let our officers do their job, for crying out loud.

Start respecting the people that provide

you the safety and security in your home at night.

CHUCK HOLTON: Chuck Holton, CBN News.

Excellent piece, Chuck.

You know, you see that thing in Ferguson.

It was so clear.

Here you've got a great big overaged,

or oversized teenager, who's hopped up

on some kind of stimulant.

And he goes into a convenience store and starts robbing it.

Then, he hits the clerk who tries to stop him,

and goes walking down the center of the road,

interfering with traffic.

When a police officer tries to apprehend him and stop him

from that kind of conduct, this big guy in Ferguson

tries to get the cop's gun away from him,

and they end up in a wrestling match.

And at some point along the way, the cop

shoots this so-called giant of a man.

Well, he's been breaking the law,

he's been terrorizing people, he's

been robbing a convenience store,

and the cop should have done something.

But what comes on, you have people flying in from New York

City, a phalanx of these professional agitators,

and they suddenly stir up problems.

And then you've got these great signs, black lives

matter-- well, of course they matter.

Of course they matter.

But not necessarily at the expense of killing a policeman,

by somebody who is breaking the law.

And that's what Ferguson was all about,

and it was no more than that.

And after a careful grand jury investigation,

the policeman was cleared of all charges,

because he said what he did, and what was done, was justifiable.

Well, that has started a movement all

across the country, where there's rioting in the streets,

the people in these inner cities don't feel protected,

and it's us against them mentality.

And we need to come together.

We've got to love each other.

And I think that one of the things

is to put the police on foot patrols,

maybe riding bicycles, not running around in squad cars,

and getting up close and personal with the people

that they deal with so that they can

get to be friends not enemies.

But as a nation, we must recognize

what Romans said, that he that bears the sword,

bears it not in vain, and he is a minister of God.

That's what the Bible says, a minister of God

to bring about righteousness, and to restrain evil.

That's what he's there for.

So let's respect them and help them, and if they misbehave,

let's bring them to justice.

But until they do, let's not riot against them.

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