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News on The 700 Club: June 23, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," June 23: House GOP squashes gun control sit-in; Uncertainty looms as votes on British EU exit pour in, and more. Read Transcript


Well it sounds like something from a college campus,

but it was on Capitol Hill.

Last night, a sit-in.

Democrats staged the event to push for a vote on gun control.

But as Heather Sells reports, their protest failed.

We will occupy this floor.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): In the wake of the Orlando

massacre, Democrats have renewed their efforts

to pass gun control laws.

That led to a dramatic showdown on the House floor.

On Wednesday leading into today, House Democrats

staged a sit-in that lasted for 16 hours.

They called for measures to prevent suspected terrorists

from buying firearms and for expanded background

checks for gun buyers.

All we're asking is two very minor things.

No fly, no buy.

No fly, no buy.

And the background checks loophole.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): Civil rights icon, John Lewis,

led the effort.

For the American people, they want us to act.

They want us to do something.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): As the night wore on,

Republicans pushed back turning off the C-SPAN cameras.

Democrats then broke House rules and began

using their phones to record the proceedings,

chanting, "No bill, no break."

House Speaker, Paul Ryan, dismissed the sit-in,

calling it a publicity stunt.

And told CNN that the laws that are already in place

must be applied.

Now, let's focus on the issue at hand here, terrorism.

And let's find out what we need to do to prevent

future terrorist attacks.

And if a person is on a terror watch list,

and they go try to buy a gun, we have procedures in place

to deal with that.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): Brian ended the sit-in

a little before 3:00 AM with Republicans

voting to adjourn until after the 4th of July.

Some gun measures have already failed in the Senate,

and some Republicans argue that the real issue is fighting

radical Islamic terrorism.

Democrats say they'll resume their gun control

fight next month.

We have other bridges to cross.

And when we come back in July, we'll start all over again.

HEATHER SELLS (VOICEOVER): But Republicans

who control both the House and the Senate,

say Democrats don't have the votes.

And they can expect any protest to change that.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

Thanks, Heather.

I know many of you, like me, are praying

for a little more common sense and a lot less

political correctness.

Well, in other news, today is the big day in Britain

as voters will decide whether to leave or stay

in the European Union.

John Jessup has that story from Washington.

Hi, John.

Thanks, Wendy.

Polls show that vote too close to call

in what's been dubbed Brexit, Britain's possible exit

from the European Union.

The public, politicians, and the media

have been split on the issue.

And top British political figures

have been speaking out on both sides.

We are a sovereign country.

We choose to join NATO or choose to join the EU.

And if we choose to leave, we can leave.

But let's be clear, if we do leave, that's it.

We're walking out of the door.

We're quitting.

We're giving up on this organization.

Which even if we leave, will have

a huge effect on our lives, on our children,

on our opportunities, on our businesses.

And I don't think Britain, at the end, is a quitter.

I think we stay and fight.

That's what we should do.

Do you think we can both leave to take back control?

I think we can.

And of course, there's a lot of important things at stake.

It's not just lots of money, which is very important.

About ten billion pounds a year we'll get back.

Next, taking back control of our immigration system.

But also, of course, taking back control of our democracy.

Some opponents have warned leaving

the EU could hurt Britain's economy,

but others say getting out would help it.

The United Kingdom has been a member of the European Union

since 1973.

Some leaders and analysts have warned if Britain does leave,

it could have extremely serious consequences

for the future of the EU.

A US military official says Boko Haram

is divided due to an ongoing internal conflict.

That's because some members of Boko Haram

believe they should pledge greater allegiance to ISIS.

Reuters reports the Islamic State has urged the Nigerian

terror group to stop using children as suicide bombers.

A demand that Boko Haram's leader refuses.

About half of Boko Haram broke off

into a separate group that pledges more loyalty to ISIS.

Many are concerned Boko Haram may adopt the Islamic State's

call for more attacks on the west.

Well, the cross, a small cross will remain off

the seal of Los Angeles County.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors

will not appeal a judge's ruling in favor of the American Civil

Liberties Union.

The civil rights group fought to have the cross removed,

saying it claims it violates separation of church and state.

County supervisors had voted two years ago

to put the very small cross on the seal,

because they say displaying the San Gabriel mission on the seal

without the cross was historically inaccurate.

Mike Antonovich, one of the county supervisors,

believes the county would have won if it had appealed.

He told the Los Angeles Times, quote, "Once again, the ACLU,

who I refer to as The Atheist Criminal Liberties Union,

was successful in bullying their way to rewrite history.

This was a victory for the book burners."

In Israel, a growing number of construction sites

have uncovered some ancient treasures in unlikely places.

Chris Mitchell brings us this look at what archaeologists

are finding including historic evidence of how

Christianity in the fifth century

rapidly spread across the region.

CHRIS MITCHELL (VOICEOVER): Here in Israel, Central Plains,

a building boom dots the skyline with cranes

in places like Rosh HaAyin.

Before any work commences, the Israel Antiquities Authority

conducts what it calls a salvage excavation.

AMIT SHADMAN (VOICEOVER): We started digging here.

And we didn't know what we were going to find.

But after three months, we exposed a pretty nice and large

monastery.

CHRIS MITCHELL (VOICEOVER): The discovery

of many impressive rural churches and monasteries

in the area shows that Christianity spread rapidly

around the 5th century.

Excavation director, Amit Shadman,

says the Byzantine church is paved with a colorful mosaic.

One of the most important finds is the Greek inscription

at the entrance.

It's exactly the same like today.

People want to know that they gave the money.

And you have to understand that it's very expensive

to build a complex like this.

The inscription says, "This place

was built under Theodosius the Priest.

Peace be upon you when you come.

Peace be upon you when you go.

Amen."

That's the equivalent of a donor's plaque

in a modern building.

CHRIS MITCHELL (VOICEOVER): Up to 30 monks

would have lived on the compound.

And Shadman believes they were also farmers.

The compound included living quarters, stables,

and an olive oil press.

He says those would not have been built

without the help of the Church.

AMIT SHADMAN (VOICEOVER): The main themes

of this monastery is to take care of the [INAUDIBLE].

CHRIS MITCHELL (VOICEOVER): Archeologists also uncovered

an even older structure nearby, a 2,700-year-old farmhouse.

This area, from the beginning, was used for farming

and for agriculture.

CHRIS MITCHELL (VOICEOVER): Sometimes archaeologists

must move the antiquities, and they often rebury them.

But this ancient Byzantine monastery and farmstead

are slated to become part of a park.

I can tell you that this site, we're not going to destroy it.

And we would plan to keep it.

And live it like a green area.

CHRIS MITCHELL (VOICEOVER): Chris Mitchell, CBN News,

Jerusalem.

Wendy, some fascinating finds bringing ancient history back

to life.

Absolutely.

We love it.

Well thanks so much, John.

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