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News on The 700 Club: April 18, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," April 18: Desperate search and rescue continues after massive Ecuador earthquake; Bitter fight over North Carolina's bathroom law not slowing down; Justices weigh states' case against Obama's immigration order. Read Transcript

Well welcome ladies and gentlemen

to this edition of "The 700 Club."

They call it the Ring of Fire.

All around the Pacific Ocean, the plates, the tectonic plates

are loose.

And you've got the Pacific plate, the North American


And there's a representation of it.

And it goes all the way from New Zealand

around to Santiago in Chile, all around the Pacific.

And this is where earthquakes take place.

So over the weekend, they burst out in Japan, and also

in Ecuador, all the way in South America.

So it means that those plates are starting to move

and this will not be the end of it.

But the death toll in Ecuador is above 270,

and it could go much higher.

Thousands of people were injured in the quakes,

and tens of thousands had to be evacuated

as buildings were flattened.

Rescuers are still trying to dig survivors out of the rubble.

Dale Hurd has the story.

DALE HURD (VOICEOVER): In Ecuador Sunday,

Christians prayed for the victims of this nation's worst

earthquake in decades.

Amid the rubble, the desperate search for survivors continued.

Time is running out to reach survivors still trapped.

My little nephew was inside, this woman

cries, as rescuers nearby pull bodies

from the collapsed homes, businesses, and here,

a hospital in ruins.

The powerful 7.8 quake struck Saturday night

110 miles west of Quito, the country's capital.

The biggest tragedy in the last 67 years,

says Ecuador's president.

CBN News correspondent Chuck Holton

is in Portoviejo, just one town away from the epicenter.

CHUCK HOLTON (ON PHONE): I'm at the city hall,

and it's one of the few places that has electricity.

They are treating wounded here in front of me.

People are still streaming in from around the city.

And there are probably a thousand people camped out

on the lawn around the city hall here,

because it's one of the few places where

they can get water and food and medical attention and security.

The death toll this morning was above 270 and rising,

but there have been some miracles.

DALE HURD (VOICEOVER): Here, police reached a young girl

beneath the piles of crumbled concrete.

This rescuer explains the woman they're trying to save

is stuck from the waist down.

4,000 miles across the Pacific on the other side

of the Ring of Fire in Japan, twin earthquakes

killed at least 40.

1,100 were injured in the region near Kumamoto city

late Thursday and early Sunday.

Collapsed roads and bridges slowing the effort

to reach victims desperate for food, water, and medicine.

This father is worried about not having medicine

for his daughter who has been ill.

The US military is now assisting Japanese forces,

and Operation Blessing is helping in both countries.

In Japan which generators water and food,

OB is working closely with Kumamoto Harvest Church

and Pastor Koji Nakamura, whose church is in the city center

close to the epicenter.

And in Ecuador, OB is setting up kitchens

to serve meals to victims.

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

As I said, ladies and gentlemen,

once those plates start to move, these

will not be the end of it.

These couple will just be the beginning.

And I think we could probably see something in Indonesia.

We may see something in Alaska.

But that Ring of Fire, as those plates begin to move,

there will be many other earthquakes.

It's a shame that you can predict it, but it's tragedy.

But we're there to help.

Operation Blessing is setting up portable chlorine generators

to make fresh drinking water.

They've got field kitchens set up so we can feed the people,

bring them blankets and other supplies,

that are crucially needed right now.

Because these last few days after the tragedy of this kind

is when the greatest damage is and the greatest tragedy.

So we want to be there.

And we are in both places.

If you want to help, it's Operation Blessing,

Disaster Relief Fund, CBN Center, Virginia Beach.

And we're there in your name.

Terry, it's a shame.

I mean, that's just the way the Earth is.

It's not anything unusual.

But our continents are connected with various plates.

I mean, we have the same thing in California.

We have the North American plate with the Pacific plate.

And they come together.

And you know, when they separate,

it just takes a few feet of separation to bring tragedy.

It's quite amazing.

They don't last very long, but the damage is horrific.

And then when you see a hospital wiped out, you think,

that's probably the one place people

could have gone for help.

But anyhow, we're there for them.

Well in other news, President Obama's controversy executive

actions on immigration are going before the Supreme Court today.

Four to four by the way, who knows

how it's going to come out.

John Jessup has that story.

Thanks Pat.

The justices are weighing whether the president's move

to protect 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation

and allow them to work in the United States

is unconstitutional.

Texas is leading 26 states, dominated by Republicans,

that have challenged the president's actions.

The states and congressional Republicans

argue that President Obama doesn't

have the power to effectively change

immigration law by himself.

The court is expected to decide by late June.

If the justices split four to four Pat,

the issue could remain in limbo through the end of the Obama


What he's trying to do is just clear.

He knows that this socialist agenda that he has been

advocating is coming to an end.

So he wants to ensure that as many of his initiatives

get put into place before his Republican opponents have

a chance to take them away.

And something in Washington that gets fixed in place,

they hire people.

The laws get set.

And then it's awfully hard to take them away.

So the president knows exactly what he's doing.

He doesn't have any congressional mandate.

He has no constitutional mandate to do what he's doing.

But he's doing it anyhow.

We're talking about millions and millions

of people being kept in this country illegal, many of them

illegally, many of them being added to the voter roles.

Some are getting drivers licenses.

Some are taking welfare.

I mean, it just goes on and on and one,

and the burden on this country is enormous.

But he doesn't care because what this will do

is shift the balance.

And most of these new immigrants,

from South America particularly, will

be counted on to vote Democrat.

And that's what these people want.

So they want to load the voter rolls

with people who perhaps don't speak very good English,

but yet can be talked into voting for the candidates

that this party wants.

So that's the game.

And it's not exactly a game.

It can change the landscape of America very profoundly.


Pat, opponents of the new bathroom law in North Carolina

are vowing to pressure state lawmakers

to repeal the measure, which requires transgender

people to use bathrooms that align with their gender

at birth.

Heather Sells brings us this report

on the reactions from conservatives, liberals,

and the faith community.

This is going to slow down.

This is not going to go away.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): LGBT activists, many corporations,

and celebrities are pressuring North Carolina to pull the plug

on its new bathroom law.

And conservatives are fighting back.

Bruce Springsteen can write a song

about being born in the USA, but we're here

to tell you the USA is watching North Carolina,

and we don't need Bruce Springsteen

to come here and tell us how to operate our country.


started early this year when Charlotte City Council passed

a bathroom ordinance.

It allowed people to use the facility of their choice,

with no religious exemption.

It was a double whammy for churches and Christian schools.

Pastor Mike Ross overseas both.

This ordinance would have made churches and schools comply

with these things, and therefore make churches and schools

do things that they felt not only

were unsafe, but unethical.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): The Republican controlled state

legislature saw the move as overreach.

Last month, it overturned the ordinance

with a bill known as HB2, a new state policy in university

and government bathrooms.

People must use the facility that corresponds with their sex

at birth.

The bill is simply about protecting

the safety, the privacy, and the welfare of women, children,

and citizens in North Carolina.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): Many in Charlotte's faith community

support the new law.

In addition to the moral question,

they believe the original ordinance

could have opened the door to predators

posing as transgender people.

It was going to allow individuals to choose whichever

bathroom they wanted to use based on how they felt.

And just expressing that I'm feeling like a woman today

would certainly give a free pass to a man who

may have less than positive motives in mind.

We don't want anyone to lose jobs.

We don't want anyone to go without service.

But what we felt like was that we

needed to maintain the standard and the morals of our city.

Not all believers in North Carolina

have the same view of this law.

Here at Park Road Baptist in Charlotte,

many people oppose it.

There's no correlation that shows

an ordinance like that increases predation of children.

So I think we need to base our laws not on emotional opinions,

but on facts.


some predators have posed as transgender.

But those cases are infrequent.

Mykal Shannon is a transgender man.

In his former life, he worked as a woman in law enforcement

and understands the safety concern.

But he says the new law will raise other safety issues.

My presentation is male, positions me

to go into the male restroom.

But if I have to go into the restroom

of my biological gender, I have a problem now.

Because now I'm in the female restroom

with this male presentation.


can't change the gender on his birth certificate.

His state doesn't allow it.

And he worries that the hassles around HB2

will lead to further isolation of transgender people.

So you end up staying home where you would normally

go out.

You end up maybe not socializing as much.

Those kinds of things for a trans person

in particular incite depression.


hopes Christians on both sides of the debate

will moderate what can be offensive language.

He and other pastors say the church

would do well to reach out to transgender people.

I would like to see the church be

more compassionate in its approach, more accepting

of all people.

So beyond just the bathroom, beyond just nondiscrimination,

all those things, how do we love people for where they are

and help them see what God wants them to become?

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): In the midst of a bitter debate,

it's perhaps something that both sides can agree on.

Reporting in Charlotte, Heather Sells, CBN News.

And Pat, it has become quite a bitter debate.

I am simply appalled.

And ladies and gentlemen, you've got all this outrage

on these people.

A lot of them think they're a women trapped in a man's body,

and then 10 years later they say, well I made a mistake.

Yeah, sure, OK.

But in Saudi Arabia, they're going to execute maybe

as many as 100 homosexuals.

They will be executed-- executed because they're

practicing homosexuals.

Why don't the Bruce Springsteens of this world and these others

go out and began an outrage against Saudi Arabia instead

of Charlotte, North Carolina?

But I think it's just perfectly reasonable to say look,

we don't want men going into women's bathrooms.

We don't want predators going out where little girls are.

We don't want voyeurs having free access

to the women's locker rooms during games

when they're changing clothes.

We just don't want that.

And I think that's perfectly reasonable.

And why people are in such outrage about this whole thing,

we haven't heard much about this transgender stuff

until about the last five years or so.

And I said on this program several years ago

that if somebody honest to goodness

feels that she is a woman trapped in a man's body, then

she has a perfect right to take hormones and to have surgery

and to change to what she really feels

And to think that somewhere along the way

it was a biological mistake.

But people like that are relatively rare.

So much of this other stuff is put up.

It's put on, and it's just a fraud.

And it's one more opportunity for the left

to demonstrate against some aggrievement they claim to have

that doesn't exist.

This is a phony, phony, phony cause to get involved in.

And they say, well I've got to look after the transgenders.

This is nonsense.

I believe as I say, there's no sin

if somebody has some kind of hormones going from make

and some kind of body part goes for female,

and somewhere along the way the person

has got to decide which gender they are.

There's nothing wrong with that.

I have no problem.

But to make a cause celebre and tear a city apart and boycott

cities and all the rest of it because they

want to protect the dignity of their own people

is just absurd.


Pat, the price of oil dropped sharply today

after major oil producing nations couldn't

come to an agreement this weekend

on limiting the amount of oil they're going to produce.

One analyst told the Wall Street Journal

the failure was, quote, "an extremely bearish scenario

for oil prices."

He said they could fall as low as $30 a barrel within days.

That would be good news at the pump.

But Pat, what's your take on this?

Well my take that it's destroying an industry

if we don't stop this.

This is the Saudis.

The Saudis decided they were destroyed the shale drillers

in America, the so-called fracking group,

because America has become the leading producer

of crude oil in the world.

And the Saudis wanted to stop the competition.

Well, what they've done is destroy their own economy.

Their rating has gone from AAA to AA in the Moody's ratings

and others.

And those lesser companies-- countries

I should say, the smaller producers, are suffering.

It is hitting very hard.

It's bankrupting Venezuela.

It is crippling Russian economy.

And others are hurting.

But in Doha, they couldn't get together

because the Saudis say look, if they're all in, we're in.

If we're not in, we're going to go our own separate way.

Well, they have enough to flood the market,

and that's what's happening.

So you say, well I can get gas a few cents cheaper.

Sure, but there are a lot of people who are going to be out

of work, a tremendous amount of investments,

billions of dollars on the stock market going down the tubes,

and it's brought about by one little country that is deciding

they want to stick it to us.

That's what it amounts to.

That's the bottom line.

And so we ought to recognize and say,

well I can get gas $0.05 cheaper.

Nuh-uh, that's not what's happening.

A major segment of the American economy

is in jeopardy because of the actions of the Saudis

and a few other oil producers.


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