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Christian World News - June 17, 2016

This week on Christian World News: An Islamic terrorist massacres dozens in a gay nightclub and the church seeks to bring compassion and healing even as some blame Christians for the attack. Plus, we bring you an update on the Pakistani mother ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," AFTER AN

ISLAMIC TERRORIST

MASSACRES DOZEN IN A GAY

NIGHTCLUB, THE CHURCH

WORKS TO BRING COMPASSION

AND HEALING AS SOME BLAME

CHRISTIANS FOR THE ATTACK.

PLUS, THE PAKISTANI

MOTHER WHO ONCE FACED

DEATH FOR ALLEGED BAS

BLASPHEMY AGAINST

MUHAMMAD.

WE BRING YOU AN UPDATE.

George: AND THEY'REb

THE FASTEST GROWING

RELIGIOUS GROUP, OR SHOULD

WE SAY NON-RELIGIOUS GROUP

IN AMERICA.

FIND OUT HOW THE CHURCH

AIMS TO TURN AROUND THIS

TREND OF UNBELIEF.

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

ORLANDO IS STILL REELING

FROM THE WORST TERRORIST

SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY.

OMAR MATEEN, AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN OF AFGHAN DESCENT,

KILLED 49 PEOPLE IN A GAY

NIGHTCLUB.

HE PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO

ISIS IN A PHONE CALL TO

9-1-1 DURING THE ATTACK.

THE F.B.I. TWICE

INVESTIGATED HIM FOR

SUSPECTED LINKS TO

TERRORISTS.

PRIOR TO THE ATTACK, HE

MADE SEVERAL VISITS TO

THAT CLUB, AT TIMES

ARGUING WITH OTHER PATRONS

AS THE CITY AND ITS LGBT

COMMUNITY GRIEVED THE

TERRIBLE LOSS OF LIFE.

MANY ARE OFFERING SUPPORT

AND COMPASSION, INCLUDING

THE CHURCH.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON HAS MORE

FROM ORLANDO.

Reporter: THE NATION

CONTINUES TO MOURN WITH

THE FAMILIES OF THOSE

MASSACRED.

THESE MEMBERS OF THE

COMMUNITY TOLD US THEY

DIDN'T JUST KNOW ONE

VICTIM, THEY KNEW MANY.

AFTER VISITING THE

HOSPITAL, PASTOR ISRAEL

MARTIN SAYS WE HAVE NOT

YET SEEN THE END OF THE

DEATH COUNT.

SOME PEOPLE RIGHT NOW

ARE DYING IN THE HOSPITAL.

FOR EXAMPLE, I KNEW ABOUT

A YOUNG LADY WHO RECEIVED

A SHOT, AND SHE IS DYING.

SO THE FAMILY IS

DESTROYED.

Reporter: BUT

HOSPITAL OFFICIALS

CONTINUE WORKING OVERTIME

TO SAVE THOSE IN CRITICAL

CONDITION.

MIRACULOUSLY, THE ORLANDO

REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS

LOCATED JUST BLOCKS FROM

PULSE NIGHTCLUB, AND IT IS

THE ONLY LEVEL ONE TRAUMA

CENTER IN ALL OF CENTRAL

FLORIDA.

MEANING THIS FACILITY IS

SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER

EQUIPPED THAN THE AVERAGE

HOSPITAL TO HANDLE A

CATASTROPHE OF THIS LEVEL.

AND WE HEARD MANY

STORIES OF HOW WORKERS

RESPONDED.

SHE SAID SHE HAS NEVER

SEEN PEOPLE PULL TOGETHER.

THEY WERE AMAZING.

Reporter: ALL AROUND

ORLANDO PEOPLE ARE PULLING

TOGETHER WITH GOOD

SAMARITANS, HANDING OUT

WATER AND FOOD, WHILE

DONORS WAIT FOR HOURS IN

LINE TO GIVE BLOOD.

WHEN A TRAGEDY LIKE

THIS HAPPENS, WE ALL NEED

TO GET OUT THERE AND DO

WHAT WE CAN FOR THE PEOPLE

THAT WE CAN.

THIS PERSON MEANT TO

STRIKE FEAR, BUT LOVE

CONQUERS FEAR.

SO I GUESS WE WIN.

IT IS A STRONG MESSAGE

AGAINST THE TERRORISM THAT

STRUCK THE CITY.

ORLANDO IS ABSOLUTELY

GOING TO COME OUT

STRONGER.

THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF

HATE, NO AMOUNT OF HATE

THAT IS GOING TO PUT US IN

FEAR.

NO AMOUNT.

THERE IS WAY MORE LOVE AND

GOOD IN THE WORLD THAN

THERE IS HATE.

AND WE WILL MAKE SURE WE

COME BACK, THAT WE EMBRACE

ONE ANOTHER, THAT WE HEAL

AND THAT WE MOVE FORWARD.

Reporter: PASTOR

MARTIN'S CHURCH HAS

VOLUNTEERED TO HOST

FUNERAL SERVICES FREE OF

CHARGE.

I STILL HAVE IN MY MIND

THE PICTURE OF THE

REACTION ON DIFFERENT

FACES, WHEN THEY RECEIVED

THE NOTIFICATION.

ONLY GOD CAN GIVE COMFORT

TO THEIR HEARTS BECAUSE

THEY ARE BROKEN.

Reporter: THIS

MEMORIAL SITS IN BETWEEN

THE NIGHTCLUB WHERE THE

MASSACRE OCCURRED AND THE

HOSPITAL WHERE THE VICTIMS

WERE TAKEN.

IT HAS CONTINUED TO GROW

IN SIZE THROUGHOUT THE

WEEK, AND IS A PLACE WHERE

MOURNERS ARE GATHERING TO

LOVE AND SUPPORT EACH

OTHER DURING THIS

DIFFICULT TIME.

REPORTING FROM ORLANDO,

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON, CBN

NEWS.

George: THANKS,

ABBEY.

THEY HOST A RECONNECT, A

CHRISTIAN TALK SHOW AND

NEWS RADIO SHOW IN

ORLANDO.

SHE HAS BEEN DELVING DEEP

INTO THE MASSACRE AND HOW

THE CHURCH RESPONDED.

EARLIER SHE SPOKE WITH

HEATHER SELLS.

Heather: HOW ARE YOU

SEEING BELIEVERS IN

ORLANDO PROCESS WHAT HAS

BEEN GOING ON THIS WEEK?

THE RESPONSE AND THE

REACTION IS NOT DISTINCT

TO CHRISTIANS, JUST THE

RECOGNITION THAT THIS WAS

AN ATTACK ON PEOPLE, HUMAN

BEINGS, PEOPLE WHO BEAR

THE IMAGE OF GOD.

THIS IS A HOMICIDE, OR AN

ASSAULT, AGAINST THE VERY

IMAGE OF GOD.

AND SO FINDING A WAY TO

APPROPRIATELY WEEP WITH

THOSE WHO WEEP, AND

PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR

PRAYER AND CARE, THAT'S

BEEN THE INITIAL RESPONSE

OF THE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY.

Heather: WHAT HAVE

YOU SEEN IN ORLANDO?

ARE YOU SEEING THE

COMMUNITY RECEIVE THE

CHURCH AS IT TRIES TO

ADMINISTEMINISTER IN THE MIDDLE OF

THIS?

I DON'T SEE CHRISTIANS

APOLOGIZING FOR WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE SAYS ABOUT MORAL

ISSUES, LIKE HOMOSEXUALITY

BEHAVIOR.

I DO SEE THEM PUTTING

FLESH ON THE GOSPEL, BY

REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE,

REGARDLESS OF THE THINGS

WE MIGHT DIFFER ON

SOCIALLOGICALLY OR

MOTIONALLY OR EVEN

POLITICALLY.

Heather: WHAT HAS IT

BEEN LIKE FOR YOU THIS

WEEK?

HOW HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU

AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?

SO THE PEOPLE OF

ORLANDO ARE EXTRAORDINARY.

I WOULD SAY THAT THE

NUMBER ONE RESPONSE AND

EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN REALLY

BEING PROUD, PROUD OF

PEOPLE'S RESPONSE.

CONCERNED -- DEEP CONCERN

FOR THE VICTIMS AND THEIR

FAMILIES AND THE LARGER

COMMUNITY.

IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AT

LARGE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

TO OPEN WIDE ITS DOORS AND

ITS HEART AND TO CONTINUE

TO CROSS THOSE LINES THAT

HAVE DIVIDED THE

COMMUNITY, AND TO GO AHEAD

AND CROSS THOSE LINES AND

SAY, HEY, IN RESPONSE TO

THIS, WE ARE ALL ONE

COMMUNITY.

THERE IS A COMMON UNITY

HERE OF EXPERIENCE.

REBUILDING ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF THIS A SENSE OF

SAFETY, BECAUSE THAT'S

REALLY WHAT -- FEAR IS

WHAT FINDS ITS WAY IN, AND

BEATING BACK THE FEAR WITH

THE LOVE OF CHRIST IS WHAT

WE'VE GOT TO DO.

George: BY THE WAY,

THERE ARE A LOT OF

MINISTRIES AT WORK HELPING

IN THE ORLANDO COMMUNITY.

YOU CAN SEE THEIR STORIES

AT OUR WEBSITE,

cbnnews.com.

Wendy: IN THE DAYS

FOLLOWING THE ATTACK, SOME

MEDIA AND LEFTEST

POLITICAL GROUPS HAVE PUT

THE BLAME ON CHRISTIANS

AND OTHER CONSERVATIVES.

THEY SAY CHRISTIANS HAVE

FOSTERED A CULTURE OF HATE

BECAUSE THEY OPPOSE

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND

EXPANDING THE RIGHTS OF

TRANSGENDERTRANSGENDERED PEOPLE TO

USE THE PUBLIC RESTROOM OF

THEIR CHOICE.

AN EDITORIAL CITED THE

GOVERNORS OF NORTH

CAROLINA, MISSISSIPPI, AND

TEXAS FOR BREEDING HATE,

BUT NOT ONCE MENTIONED THE

LEADERS OF ISIS OR OTHER

RADICAL GROUPS.

WHILE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS

OF CONGRESS WALKED OUT BY

A MOMENT OF SILENCE CALLED

FOR BY REPUBLICAN LEADERS.

George: AND DIANE

BLACK SAYS BLAMING

CHRISTIANS FOR THE ORLANDO

ATTACK IS AN ATTEMPT TO

USE THE TRAGEDY TO FURTHER

DIVIDE AMERICA.

IN AN ARTICLE ON

TOWNHALL.COM SHE WROTE,

QUOTE,"WHEN WE EQUATE

LOVING DISAGREEMENTS

BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND OUR

LGBT NEIGHBORS WITH ACTS

OF TERROR THAT KILL AND

DESTROY, WHEN WE REBUKE

SINCERE PRAYERS BECAUSE

THEY ARE NOT ACCOMPANIED

BY A POLITICAL AGENDA, AND

WHEN WE DIMINISH A

SPIRITUAL ACT THAT WE

BELIEVE HAS TRANSFORMING

POWER TO LIFT UP A HURTING

WORLD, WE DELAY THE

HEALING PROCESS.

WE KNOW THAT THE CARNAGE

IS ORLANDO WAS NOT THE

RESULT OF A PASTOR'S

CEREMONY, A CONGRESSMAN'S

BILL -- I IT WAS A CHOICE

MADE BY THE PERSON WHO

PULLED THE TRIGGER."

Wendy: THE SHOOTER

IDENTIFIED HIMSELF WITH

ISIS.

THERE IS PLENTY OF

EVIDENCE THAT RADICAL

ISLAM DOES CALL FOR

VIOLENCE AND HAD

EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THIS

TERRORIST ATTACK.

IN FACT, ISIS AND OTHER

ISLAMIC GROUPS BELIEVE AND

TEACH THAT HOMOSEXUALS ARE

WORTHY OF DEATH.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THAT STORY.

Chris: ISLAMIC

EXPERTS SAY THE ATTACK ON

ORLANDO'S PULSE NIGHTCLUB

WAS NO ACCIDENT.

ISLAM TEACHES THAT

HOMOSEXUALITY IS A CRIME

THAT MUST BE PUNISHED.

THERE ARE MANY, MANY

COUNTRIES IN THE MODERN

WORLD OF ISLAM, THAT

EMANATES THAT

HOMOSEXUALITY IS ILLEGAL,

AND IT IS PUNISHED BY

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

Chris: BOTH THE QURAN

AND THE HADITH, THE

TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD,

CONDEMN HOMOSEXUALITY.

IN THE HA HADITH IT SAYS,

WHOEVER YOU FIND

COMMITTING THE SINS OF

LOTT, HOMOSEXUALITY, KILL

THEM, BOTH THE ONE WHO

DOES IT AND THE ONE TO

WHOM IT IS DONE.

THIS TOP SCHOLAR SAYS

THERE IS A DEBATE IN ISLAM

ON THE PUNISHMENT, BUT NO

DISAGREEMENT ON THE CRIME.

Chris: ISIS IS VERY

CLEAR ON THE PUNISHMENT.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN

DECEMBER 2014, NEAR THE

BORDER OF SYRIA AND IRAQ,

THE TERROR GROUP EXECUTED

A MAN FOR HOMOSEXUALITY,

AND QUOTED THE HADITH IN

SENTENCING HIM TO DEATH.

IT SAID, "THE ISLAMIC

COURT SENTENCED A MAN WHO

PERFORMED ACTS OF THE

PEOPLE OF LOTT, HOMOSEXUAL

ACTS, TO BE CAST OFF THE

HIGHEST PLACE IN THE TOWN

AND THEN STONED TO DEATH."

IN OTHER INSTANCES, ISIS

JIHADISTS BEHEADED

HOMOSEXUALS.

BY TARGETING GAY

PEOPLE, YOU HAVE GROUPS

THAT DON'T EVEN LIKE ISIS

THAT ARE CELEBRATING HIM

AND SUPPORTING HIM BECAUSE

OF WHO HE TARGETED.

IN TERMS OF TARGETING

GAYS, THAT IS NOTHING NEW.

HAVING THIS MANY PEOPLE

KILLED IN ONE ATTACK IS

NEW.

Chris: THIS SHEIKH

DISCUSSES THE PUNISHMENT

FOR HOMOSEXUALITY DURING A

2013 APPEARANCE AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.

THIS IS THE SENTENCE.

DEATH IS THE SENTENCE.

IN AN ISLAMIC SOCIETY,

WHERE PEOPLE WANT THE LAW

OF ISLAM TO RULE, THEY

ACCEPT IT.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

George: CONCERNS OF

ISLAMIC TERRORISM HAS

SPARKED IS DEBATE ABOUT

ALLOWING WRENCHE REFUGEES INTO

AMERICA.

THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST

CHURCH CALLED ON AMERICANS

TO HELP RESETTLE THEM HERE

IN THIS COUNTRY.

AND THEY CALLED ON THE

GOVERNMENT TO DILIGENTLY

SCREEN ALL REFUGEES.

ALAN CROSS SAYS REFUGEES

ARE CHILDREN OF GOD WHO

DESERVE LOVE AND

ASSISTANCE.

YOU CAN SEE THAT FULL

INTERVIEW AT OUR WEBSITE,

cbnnews.com.

Wendy: AND COMING UP,

THE PAKISTANI MOTHER

BEHIND BARS FOR SEVEN

YEARS.

WHY THE FAMILY STILL HAS

FAITH SHE'LL BE RELEASED.

OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

WITH ASIA BIBI'S FAMILY,

WHEN WE RETURN.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS."

SEVEN YEARS AGO, PAKISTAN

PUT A CHRISTIAN MOTHER IN

PRISON JUST FOR DEFENDING

HER FAITH.

AT ONE TIME ASIA BIBI EVEN

FACED THE DEATH PENALTY

UNDER THE COUNTRY'S HARSH

BLASPHEMY LAW.

Wendy: RECENTLY GARY

LANE VISITED HER FAMILY IN

LAHORE TO FIND OUT IF

THERE IS ANY CHANCE THAT

THEIR MOTHER WILL SOON BE

SET FREE.

HERE IS HIS REPORT.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

MORE THAN 2,500 DAYS SINCE

ASIA BIBI OR HER SISTER,

ASHA, HAS SPENT TIME

SHOPPING OR COOKING A MEAL

WITH THEIR MOTHER.

THEY STILL HOPE ONE DAY TO

RETURN TO A NORMAL FAMILY

LIFE.

I HAVE STRONG FAITH AND

I BELIEVE THAT MY MOTHER

WILL BE OUT OF JAIL SOON.

Reporter: WE FIRST

MET THE SISTERS AND THEIR

FASTER IN 2011, AS THEY

PLAYED A POPULAR PAKISTANI

BOARD GAME.

AS THEY ATTEMPTED TO CARRY

ON LIFE, WIFE AND MOTHER

ASIA BIBI SAT ALONE IN A

PRISON CELL.

SHE FACED DEATH BY

HANGING, CHARGED WITH

BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE

MUSLIM PROPHET MUHAMMAD.

LITTLE DID THEY REALIZE IN

2016 THEY WOULD STILL BE

WAITING FOR A FAMILY

REUNION.

HE TOLD ME WHILE THE SEVEN

YEARS HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT,

HE HAS FAITH HIS WIFE WILL

BE RELEASED.

I STILL BELIEVE SHE

WILL BE RELEASED SOON.

AND I TRUST THE PRAYERS.

Reporter: PRAYERS AND

PETITIONS LIKE THIS ONE

WITH NEARLY 7,000 PEOPLE

FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

BUT HER HUSBAND FEARS FOR

HER LIFE.

SHE IS IN DANGER

BECAUSE MANY ISLAMIC

ORGANIZATIONS AND CLERICS

ARE STILL DEMANDING THAT

SHE BE HANGED.

Reporter: CONFINED TO

A SMALL PRISON CELL IN

PAKISTAN, ASIA BIBI COOKS

HER OWN MEALS OUT OF FEAR

THAT RADICAL ISLAMISTS MAY

TRY TO POISON HER.

AND SHE CLEANS HER OWN

CELL TO LIMIT THE RISK OF

DIRECT CONTACT WITH PRISON

PERSONNEL.

THE CHILDREN CANNOT REACH

BEYOND THE NARROW PRISON

BARS TO HUG OR EVEN TOUCH

THEIR MOTHER.

MY MOTHER'S FAITH IN

GOD IS STILL STRONG.

TWO MONTHS AGO, WHEN I SAW

HER, SHE WAS IN GOOD

HEALTH.

SHE TOLD ME WE MUST PRAY,

AND I TOLD MY MOTHER SHE

MUST PRAY AS WELL.

Reporter: AND ISLAMIC

EXTREMISTS HAVE ALSO

THREATENED THEIR FAMILY,

FORCING THEM TO CHANGE

THEIR HOUSING.

THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT

FOR THE GIRLS TO SOCIALIZE

AND MAINTAIN LASTING

RELATIONSHIPS.

IT IS VERY HARD TO MOVE

FROM PLACE TO PLACE.

IT HAS A VERY BAD EFFECT

ON OUR LIFE.

Reporter: SO FAR

ATTEMPTS TO WIN HER

RELEASE HAS BEEN THWARTED.

ABOUT A YEAR AGO, THE

NATION'S HIGHEST COURT

QUESTIONED THE EVIDENCE

AGAINST HER AND OVERTURNED

HER DEATH SENTENCE.

THE COURT ORDERED

REINVESTIGATION, BUT

FURTHER ACTION HAS BEEN

DELAYED.

THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE

ARREST AND HANGING DEATH

OF ASSASSIN MOONTAB.

ISLAMISTS PACKED THE

STREETS AFTER THE

GOVERNMENT FINALLY

EXECUTED KADHRE.

THERE WAS WAS PROTESTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THERE WAS A MASS CAMP

OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT

BUILDINGS IN ISLAMABAD,

WHERE PEOPLE REFUSED TO

MOVE UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT

CANCELLED ALL OF THE

PROPOSED REFORMS, AND THEY

CALLED FOR THE IMMEDIATE

DEATH SENTENCE OF A

KILLING OF ASIA BIBI UNDER

THE DEATH SENTENCE.

George: JOSEPH

FRANCIS SAYS IT IS VERY

EASY TO ACCUSE SOMEONE OF

BLASPHEMY HERE.

AND CASES HAVE INCREASED

EVERY YEAR SINCE 9/11.

IN PAKISTAN, THE COURT

IS VERY BIAS.

Reporter: EITHER BIAS

AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S TINY

CHRISTIAN MINORITY, OR

INTIMIDATED BY EXTREMISTS.

WHAT CHURCH IS GOING TO

BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO SAY,

ASIA BIBI, YOU CAN GO

FREE, KNOWING THAT WOULD

MEAN A POTENTIAL DEATH

SENTENCE FOR HIM?

Reporter: WHAT ABOUT

AN AMENDMENT TO THE LAW?

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO

CHANGE THIS LAW.

I DON'T BELIEVE.

BECAUSE MAYBE IN SOME

GOVERNMENTS COMING IN NEXT

TIME...

Reporter: IN THE

MEANTIME, MORE CHRISTIANS

LIKE ASIA BIBI WILL FACE

FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF

BLASPHEMY.

AND MORE DAUGHTERS, LIKE

ISHA AND MASHAN, WILL GROW

UP WITHOUT THEIR MOTHER'S

LOVING EMBRACE.

I AM ALWAYS PRAY THAT

MY MOTHER WILL BE RELEASED

FROM JAIL.

AMERICAN YOUNG PEOPLE,

PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR ME

AND THAT GOD WILL RESTORE

OUR FAMILY LIFE.

Wendy: UP NEXT, THE

CHANGING PICTURE OF

RELIGION IN AMERICA.

HOW CAN THE CHURCH SECURE

THE FUTURE?

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

THE RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE OF

AMERICA IS CHANGING, WITH

A DRAMATIC SHIFT AMONG

YOUNG PEOPLE.

George: IN FACT,

STUDIES SHOW MILLENNIALS

ARE LESS RELIGIOUS THAN

THEIR PARENTS EVERYWHERE,

AND THAT'S A CAUSE FOR

CONCERN AMONG MANY OF

AMERICA'S

LEADERS.

OUR WHITE HOUSE

CORRESPONDENT JENNIFER

WISHON TAKES A LOOK AT

WHAT IT ALL MEANS.

Jennifer: DESPITE OUR

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ROOTS,

FEWER AMERICANS ARE

IDENTIFYING AS CHRISTIANS.

WHILE THE NUMBER OF

AMERICANS WITH NO RELIGION

IS GROWING AT A RECORD

PACE.

PEW RESEARCH FIRST

SURVEYED MORE THAN 35,000

AMERICANS ABOUT THEIR

RELIGIOUS VIEWS IN 2007,

AND THEN REPEATED THE

STUDY SEVEN YEARS LATER.

DURING THAT TIME, THOSE

WHO CALLED THEMSELVES

CHRISTIANS DROPPED NEARLY

8%, DRIVEN BY DECLINES

AMONG MAINLINE PROTESTANT

AND CATHOLIC

CONGREGATIONS.

NON-CHRISTIAN FAITHS

INCHED UP JUST OVER 1%.

AT THE SAME TIME TIME,

AMERICANS WHO SAY THEY'RE

ATHEIST, AGNOSTIC, OR

SO-CALLED RELIGIOUS

"NONES" JUMPED BY 6%,

MAKING THE "NONES" 23% OF

THE POPULATION.

THAT RECENTLY TALKED ABOUT

THIS CHANGE, AND THE ROLE

FAITH PLAYS IN THEIR ROLE

AS ELECTED LEADERS.

I STRUGGLED IN 22 YEARS

IN PUBLIC LIFE FOR SORT OF

HOW TO BE A RELIGIOUS

PERSON IN THE WORLD.

THEN WHAT I DECIDED WAS I

SHOULD JUST BE AUTHENTICLY

WHO I AM.

AND MUCH LIKE I WOULD

SHARE I'M INTERESTED IN

IT'S KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OR

LOVE BASEBALL AND CAMPING,

OR IF I WOULD SHARE I'M

MARRIED AND HAVE THREE

CHILDREN, WHY WOULDN'T I

SHARE THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING ABOUT ME?

Jennifer: OKLAHOMA

SENATOR JAMES LANGFORD

SAYS THE NATION IS

BECOMING INCREASINGLY

UNCOMFORTABLE WITH

EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH.

I TELL PEOPLE ALL OF

THE TIME, FAITH IS FAITH

WHEN IT PERMEATES EVERY

PART OF WHO YOU ARE.

IF YOUR FAITH ONLYCUT

COMEONLY COMESOUT ON THE WEEKEND, THAT'S

A HOBBY.

AND THAT'S OKAY TO HAVE A

HOBBY.

BUT FAITH AFFECTS HOW I

TREAT MY WIFE AND HOW I

INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER.

Jennifer: AS PEOPLE

WORK THROUGH THESE ISSUES,

THEY AGREE OPEN DIALOGUE

IS CRITICAL.

PEOPLE WILL SAY YOU'RE

EITHER FOR RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY OR YOU'RE FOR GAY

MARRIAGE.

OR THEY SAY IF YOU SUPPORT

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, THEN

YOUR ANTI-GAY, AND TEA

WANT TTHEYWANT TO TAKE THAT AND JUST

PULL THAT APART.

THAT IS FACTUALLY NOT WHO

WE ARE, NOR WHERE WE HAVE

BEEN AS A NATION.

I THINK IT IS A VERY

PRECARIOUS ROAD OF

CONSTRICTING SPEECH.

Jerry: H Reporter: WITH THE

GROWTH IN MILLENNIALS

CHOOSING LIVES WITHOUT

FAITH, SENATOR CHRIS COONS

WORRIES ABOUT RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY AMONG

NON-BELIEVERS.

AND HE SAYS IT MUST BE ON

EQUAL FOOTING WITH

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY.

AS LONG AS WE CAN LIFT

UP THE IMPORTANCE OF

INDIVIDUAL RELIGIOUS FREE

EXERCISE, AND THAT IT

DESERVES AN QUAL FOOTING EQUAL FOOTING,

WE'RE AT LEAST ASKING THE

RIGHT QUESTION.

Reporter:

UNFORTUNATELY THOSE BEST

PRINCIPLES DO SHOW UP IN

THE RESEARCH.

DEVOUT CHRISTIANS ARE

READING THE BIBLE, SHARING

THEIR FAITH, AND PRAYING

TOGETHER, MORE THAN THEY

DID SEVEN YEARS AGO.

SENATOR CANE SAYS WE ARE

BLESSED TO LIVE WHERE WE

CAN TALK ABOUT THESE

THINGS FREELY.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Wendy: THANKS,

JENNIFER.

WE HAVE MORE INTERVIEWS

AND RESEARCH ON THE

GROWING NUMBER OF "NONES"

IN THE U.S. AND HOW THE

CHURCH CAN REACH THEM.

JUST GO TO cbnnews.com.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: WELL, A FEW

WEEKS AGO, I TALKED WITH

MEL GIBSON, THE ACTOR --

I'M NOT NAME DROPPING --

IF IT IS TRUE, IT'S NOT

BRAGGING -- I TALKED TO

HIM AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY.

WE LEARNED HE IS WORKING

ON A FOLLOWUP TO "THE

PASSION OF THE CHRIST."

THE INTERNATIONAL BOX

OFFICE SUCCESS THAT GAVE

MILLIONS A GLIMPSE INTO

JESUS' BRUTAL CRUCIFIXION

AND BURIAL.

Gord: AND NOW THE

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER HAS

MORE DETAILS ABOUT

GIBSON'S SEQUEL.

HE IS TEAMING UP WITH

WRITER RANDALL WALLACE,

WHO RECENTLY DIRECTED AND

CO-WRITE "HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL."

THEY SAY THE DEMAND AMONG

EVANGELICALS DROVE THEIR

DECISION TO CREATE A

SEQUEL.

THERE HAS BEEN NO WORD

ABOUT WHICH STUDIO WILL

END UP RELEASING THE FILM.

I'M SURE IT WILL BE A

BLOCKBUSTER.

Wendy: IT'S VERY

EXCITING.

IT IS GOING TO BE HUGE.

ABSOLUTELY.

Gord: FOLKS, THAT IS

IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION

OF "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

TIME IS JUST GOING BY.

Wendy: IT FLEW.

George: I HOPE IT IS

A BLESSING TO ALL OF THOSE

WHO WATCH, LITERALLY

AROUND THE WORLD.

Wendy: AND HAPPY

FATHER'S DAY TO YOU AND

ALL OF THE FATHERS OUT

THERE.

UNTIL NEXT

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