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News on The 700 Club: May 6, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," May 6: On CBN Newswatch, May 6: NC stands ground on bathroom law despite DOJ threats; Cause for concern? London poised to elect 1st Muslim mayor; Trumpets sound in Denver: National Prayer Day the biggest ever; and more. Read Transcript


It's a showdown in North Carolina between the state

government and the Justice Department

in Washington over the state's new transgender bathroom law.

The government is threatening to take away

billions of dollars in education funding

unless the state changes the law by Monday,

but North Carolina leaders aren't showing

any signs of backing down.

Heather Sells has the story.

HEATHER SELLS: North Carolina's new law

applies to government bathrooms, and it

requires people to use the one that

corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate.

The bill is simply about protecting

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

and citizens in North Carolina.

But the US Justice Department says

the law violates federal civil rights laws.

It says the state must change the law by Monday,

or risk being sued.

And that could mean a loss of millions in education funding.

The Obama administration and Justice Department

is trying to hold North Carolina hostage, trying

to hold students hostage, and that's really shameful.

It's a shameful approach.

HEATHER SELLS: The Federal Civil Rights Act

prohibits workplace and student discrimination based on sex,

but different federal agencies now

say the protections apply to transgender people.

They say North Carolina's new law discriminates

because it prevents transgender people

from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender

identity.

The DOJ coming out this strongly

just reaffirms that this is a discriminatory law,

that the legislature should not have passed.

We do not think they have the legal right to do that.

HEATHER SELLS: State Republican leaders

are showing no signs of backing down,

and they're promising a fight.

They're a long ways from being able to do

what they claim can be done.

HEATHER SELLS: The State House Speaker

says the Department of Justice's threat

is an attempt by the Obama administration

to push a radical left agenda in his final months in office.

The governor says it's a broad overreach of federal authority,

and that it impacts every state, not just North Carolina.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

Well, that one's going to turn into a court case very quickly.

The law that I'm very interested in

is the one in Mississippi, which protects freedom of conscience.

That one, if that becomes law, that

will be the battle that we all need to look at.

Can Christians live in our society

and act in accordance with biblical values?

And this isn't a conservative issue,

this isn't a liberal issue, this is are you

adhering to Orthodox Christianity in what you do

and how you behave?

That will be a real test of our Constitution.

Well, in other news, it looks like London

is about to elect its first Muslim mayor.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN news

bureau in Washington.

John?

That's right, Gordon.

That Muslim candidate, Sadiq Khan,

had a solid lead in the polls heading up to the election,

and although analysts warned an upset was possible,

London seemed ready to make history

with its first Muslim mayor.

But as Dale Hurd reports, some people in Britain

had serious concerns about his past.

DALE HURD: 45-year-old Sadiq Khan

is the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, who

became a lawyer, and then a member of parliament

for the left wing labor party.

His opponent, conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith,

has described Khan as radical and dangerous,

and accused him of giving platforms and cover

to Islamic extremists.

Khan disputes the charges, but what is indisputable

is that Khan represented Nation of Islam founder Louis

Farrakhan in the early 2000s in a court battle

to overturn a ban on Farrakhan's entry into Britain,

and that he co-wrote a letter to the Guardian newspaper

blaming Britain's 7/7 terrorist bombings on British government

policy in the Middle East.

Khan's law firm consulted in the defense of 9/11 terrorist

Zacarias Mussaoui, and Khan's labor party

has been rocked by allegations of anti-semitism.

In a poll last year, almost 1/3 of Londoners

said they would be uncomfortable with a Muslim mayor,

but the conservative Goldsmith, a son of a billionaire,

has been accused of running a terrible campaign.

London is one of the world's most multicultural cities,

with more than a million Muslims,

and Khan's alleged ties to radicalism

haven't kept him down in the polls.

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

Thanks, Dale.

Here at home, more than 47,000 local events

were held across the country for Thursday's National

Day of Prayer.

One of them was in Denver, where the faithful stood in agreement

with this year's theme, wake up, America.

Stephanie Riggs brings us that story.

Hallelujah!

STEPHANIE RIGGS: This 65th National Day of Prayer

kicked off with a Jericho march around Denver's state capital,

featuring a life sized Ark of the Covenant.

Father, we want to pray today, Lord God,

as we come together as a nation to pray

your blessing upon this nation.

STEPHANIE RIGGS: As Isaiah 58:1 says, shout it aloud.

Do not hold back.

Raise your voice like a trumpet.

These prayer warriors brought this verse to life

as they literally sounded trumpets,

signaling a wake up call to cry out to God.

I think sometimes we just assume

that our religious freedoms will not be taken away,

but the sad part is they have been taken away,

little by little by little.

And if we don't wake up soon and sound the alarm,

and raise our voices and come together,

we're going to be in a lot of trouble.

STEPHANIE RIGGS: The National Day of prayer

hopes to mobilize the Christian community

to intercede for America's leaders, and our families.

This national observance is based on the understanding

that America is rooted in reverence to God and His word,

as evidenced in these words by Thomas Jefferson in 1808,

in part saying, fasting and prayer are religious exercises,

and can never be safer than in their hands,

where the Constitution has deposited it.

Prayer has a longstanding and significant role

in American history, confirmed in 1983

when the Supreme Court affirmed the right of lawmakers

to open their sessions with prayer.

Prayer has the power to connect us with the almighty God.

So we expect an almighty response.

STEPHANIE RIGGS: In Denver, Stephanie Riggs, CBN News.

And you can learn the interesting history

of the National Day of Prayer by going to our website,

at cbnnews.com.

And Gordon, we heard it all day yesterday,

people saying what America needs now more than ever

is to repent, and to pray.

And I would echo those words, that we need that,

and we need to realize there is an Almighty God,

and He controls, He controls.

He is sovereign.

He gives us free will, and in that free will

we can choose to do the wrong, and we're

seeing that increasingly in our culture,

where we are literally choosing to do the wrong.

But we as Christians, let's be [INAUDIBLE], let's be light.

Let's realize that when we pray, we get answers.

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