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News on The 700 Club: August 1, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," August 1: Christians' future uncertain as Islam tightens its grip on Turkey, Trump feud with military family draws ire of fellow Republicans, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this edition

of The 700 Club.

I told you what was going to happen,

because it's in the Bible.

It's Ezekiel 38.

The turkey is going to be part of a coalition that

is going to come in the latter days against Israel.

It's going to join with a ram by the way.

It's going to be a coalition that's

going to come against Israel in the latter days.

And I knew that when Erdogan began doing what he was doing,

he was going to swing that country

into a strong Islamic State that will be just like Iran.

Well, that's what the president of Turkey

is now continuing his crackdown after a recent failed coup.

The coup I think was a put-on.

I don't think it was real.

I think it was merely a feint, a ruse to let Erdogan grab power.

He has exercised power against about 15,000 people over there.

It's just a shocking shutdown of educators, and media people,

and of course, the military.

So he will be an undisputed leader

and swing that country into a strong Islamic State.

Wendy.

Pat, the Turkish president has issued a new decree

giving him more direct authority over the military.

And now, there are new dangers for Christians in Turkey

as well.

Dale Hurd has the story.

DALE HURD (VOICEOVER): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

is using the failed July 15th coup

to reshape Turkey in his image.

Some say it is a reboot of the old Muslim Ottoman

Empire, a de facto dictatorship for the immensely

popular leader.

In what Amnesty International has labeled a brutal backlash

against enemies real or imagined,

Erdogan has detained over 15,000,

arrested 8,000, and dismissed 60,000 civil servants.

In a speech to his followers, Erdogan sounding

more like a sultan than the president of a democracy

said, "For one time only, I will be forgiving

those who disrespected me and insulted me in any way

and will be withdrawing all charges against them."

Some warn that Turkey is on its way to becoming

an Islamic republic like Iran, and recent developments there

put Christians at even greater risk.

Protestants are already not allowed to build churches

and must call them associations.

And some were attacked after the coup attempt.

Turkey, which once had two million Christians,

now may have as few as 120,000.

There are even new concerns that the ancient Byzantine Church,

the Hagia Sophia, will be turned into a mosque.

America's Incirlik Air Base is also at risk

from rising Islamism.

At this protest outside the base,

the leader accused the US of the crime

of attacking Muslim nations.

Erdogan's crack down after the coup attempt

has created a breach in relations

with Turkey's Western allies who fear they are watching turkey

turn into a dictatorship.

A defiant Erdogan said, "Relations with the West

will continue, but they have no place in our hearts."

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

Thanks Dale.

Turkey was a secular democracy and had joined, you know,

what was called the weak man of Europe.

And then after World War I, they joined in the coalition

with the European nations, and as I say,

it was a flourishing democracy.

Now they are turning into an Islamic dictatorship,

but it's all in the Bible.

Now this is the land, you know, when

there was the churches of Asia, you

know-- the various churches of Asia

that's written about in the Book of Revelation.

It's all in Turkey.

Turkey is Asia, Asia Minor.

And all those churches of Asia are all in Turkey.

And Turkey was the home of Christianity,

a strong, strong Christian church.

Now they are in danger of being destroyed and persecuted,

and well, that's too bad.

Well, they've got the gloves off, and they're back at it.

It's going to be a nasty election so get used to it.

But Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

are both facing questions and criticism

over what they've been saying during the presidential

campaign.

John Jessup has that story.

That's right, Pat.

Trump has come under fire after he responded to the criticism

from the parents of a Muslim-American soldier who

died in Iraq.

Trump said he too had made sacrifices.

DONALD TRUMP: I think I've made a lot of sacrifices.

I work very, very hard.

I've created thousands and thousands of jobs.

But critics, including other Republicans,

say Trump isn't showing enough respect to the soldier's

family, the latest being Senator John McCain who challenged

Donald Trump to set the example for the country

and for the future of the Republican Party.

And in an interview with Fox News,

Hillary Clinton again defended her use

of a private e-mail server for official government business.

I made a mistake not using two different e-mail addresses.

I have said that, and I repeat it again today.

It is certainly not anything that I ever would do again.

I take classification seriously.

I relied on and had every reason to rely

on the judgments of the professionals

with whom I worked.

But FBI Director James Comey said classified e-mail

was sent from Clinton's server.

And the Washington Post fact checker

gave Clinton four Pinocchios and says

she is still relying on excessively

technical and legalistic answers.

Pat.

You know, when I was in prep school,

I fought boxing in the Golden Gloves,

and our hero at the time was a man named Joe Louis.

He was the champion.

He was one of the greatest boxers that we've ever known.

And the statement is that Joe Louis doesn't fight in bars.

And I think that somebody has got to get

the word to Donald Trump.

You are going to be the leader of the free world.

You don't get into brawls in bar rooms.

Wait for the championship.

Joe Louis would fight the championship,

but he wouldn't fight in bar rooms.

So stop it.

John.

Pat, terrorism is certain to be a major issue

in the presidential campaign.

And some analysts say last week's attack on a Catholic

Church in France represents a major step for ISIS terrorists.

It's the first assault on a church in the West.

And as Chris Mitchell reports, some fear it won't be the last.

CHRIS MITCHELL: When two ISIS-inspired terrorists

murdered 86-year-old Catholic priest Jacques

Hamel in a French town, the attack

sent shock waves through France and the Western world.

They've been suffering this kind of fate

for years and years now.

This is one of the saddest untold or unfocused parts

of the post-911 world that the Christians and ministers

have been suffering atrociously in the Middle East.

And this war, this jihadi tactic,

has now been brought to Europe and to the continent,

and we should probably expect more.

In the past several months Islamic terror

has swept over the West, from Brussels to both Paris

and Nice, as well as reaching the US in Orlando, Florida.

America is the greatest nation on God's earth.

It is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen.

And the idea that after thousands of debt,

after trillions spent, the jihadis

are still winning this war.

There is no excuse.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Counterterrorism expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka

blames the refusal to name the enemy as a major reason

for continued losses.

In fact under today's Obama administration,

you can't even talk accurately or honestly

about who the enemy is.

You can't mention religion.

Words such as jihad are in fact officially prohibited.

When you talk to our military, when you provide training

to our federal law enforcement, you're

not supposed to even discuss these issues.

That's an edict that comes right out of the White House.

CHRIS MITCHELL: In his new book, Defeating Jihad, The Winnable

War, Gorka says leaders need to take a close look at the Cold

War.

How did we win that war?

We didn't fire a shot on November 9, 1989

when the Berlin Wall fell.

We won it by de-legitimizing their message,

by making communism look bankrupt,

by making the people behind the Iron Curtain

want to take it apart themselves with their own hands.

That's what we have to do today.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Gorka also believes

the West needs to actively empower

Muslim nations like Jordan and Egypt to take on ISIS

and recognize Islamic extremism for what it is.

The idea that you can't call a jihadi

a jihadi, that has to be jettisoned on day one.

Talk about the enemy as they talk about themselves

truthfully and recognize that they are evil.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

Thanks, Chris.

Here at home, the latest government report

shows the economy is growing at an annual rate of just 1%

so far this year.

President Obama has talked about the solid growth

of the economy making this statement earlier in the year.

We should be proud of the progress we've made.

We have recovered from the worst economic crisis

since the 1930s, the worst in my lifetime

and the lifetime of most of the people in this room.

And we've done it faster, stronger, better, more durably

than just about any other advanced economy.

But the Wall Street Journal reports,

"In terms of average annual growth,

the pace of this expansion has been by far the weakest of any

since 1949."

Well, if your memory isn't working well,

it may be because you're not getting enough sleep.

A British study of 1,000 adults found

that 25% of people who got less than five hours of sleep

had memory problems.

Psychologists who led the study told the London Express

newspaper that good sleep leads to better memory

performance, which in turn results

to a better quality of life.

Pat, I can't think of anyone who can disagree with that.

That is so.

I remember when I was in college,

boy, I was studying for exams, and I was up at 5:00

in the morning or 4:00 in the morning.

I didn't get a lot of sleep, but I did pretty well on the exams.

Drink a lot of coffee back then?

Yeah, sure.

I don't drink coffee now, but I sure was then.

I was mainlining coffee, but--

Sleep makes everything better.

Your mood is better.

Everything is better when you get enough sleep.

OK.

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