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News on The 700 Club: August 16, 2017

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And welcome everyone to the 700 Club.

President Trump is facing a fresh firestorm

of bipartisan criticism today for his latest comments

about the Charlottesville riots.

Perhaps the chief complaint, the President saying there were,

quote, "Very fine people on both sides."

Heather Sells has more.

The President.

Said there is blame on both sides for what

happened in Charlottesville.

He talked about what he called the Alt Left charging

with clubs at the Alt Right.

What about the Alt Left, that came charging at the,

as you say, the All Right?

Do they have any semblance of guilt?

HEATHER SELLS: There is evidence of violence on the Alt Left

side, like these photos.

The President. also defended himself

from critics who say he should not

have waited two days to condemn specific groups

in Charlottesville.

I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians,

that what I said was correct.

Not make a quick statement.

HEATHER SELLS: The President spoke of,

quote, "Very fine people on both sides,"

and said that both sides were to blame.

It's that perspective that has so many on both the left

and right outraged.

Even former presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Mitt

Romney denounced the comments.

Perhaps the only ones who seemed truly pleased, the protesters.

David Duke, the former leader of the KKK,

thanked Trump on Twitter for his honesty and courage.

As more and more cities moved to remove Confederate statues,

the President wondered aloud what's next.

Was George Washington a slave owner?

So will George Washington. now lose his status?

Are we going to take down--

Excuse me.

Are we going to take down, are we going to take down statues

to George Washington?

How about Thomas Jefferson?

HEATHER SELLS: Overnight, city crews in Baltimore

began removing Confederate monuments.

And in Birmingham, Alabama, crews

covered a Confederate statue while the city debates

legal options to remove it.

In the nation's capital, vandals defaced the Lincoln Memorial,

using red graffiti and explicit language.

Amidst all the unrest, the father

of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer

is setting an example.

He says he forgives the man who killed his daughter.

People need to stop hate, and they

need to forgive each other.

And I include myself in that, in forgiving

the guy that did this, OK?

He don't know no better.

I just think of what the Lord said on the cross.

"Lord, forgive them.

They don't know what they're doing.

Many church leaders this week are

calling for a full condemnation of white supremacists,

with no exceptions.

They are also calling for the church

to lead the way in a country that

needs racial reconciliation and healing,

perhaps now more than ever.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

Thanks, Heather.

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody

joins us now with more from Washington.

David, do you think the President was perhaps

trying to reach a specific audience yesterday?

Wendy, I think this is Donald Trump being Donald Trump.

And he's not calculating exactly who he's trying to reach.

I know there's talk about him trying to reach, quote,

"The base" and all of that.

Look, I think here's what went down yesterday at Trump Tower.

I think it's pretty simple, and unfortunately, it's

relatively complicated as well.

There really should have been four press conferences there.

You know, he came to talk about infrastructure.

And as a matter of fact, during the press conference,

he kept saying, "Anybody got a question about infrastructure?"

No one obviously did.

So there was the infrastructure part of the press conference.

And then the second part is where

he needed to step to a separate microphone, if you will,

and talk about the KKK, and denounce that, and have

a full stop there.

Because what they have done and said is absolutely atrocious.

And then there was a third microphone

that should have been set up, talking about the media,

and how they're spinning things left and right,

and all of that.

Mostly to the left, if you will.

And then the fourth microphone, which is the big one.

The racism argument, if you will.

The racism narrative that needed to be put out there,

talking about how, yes, in this country, we've we've had this.

We've had them on the both sides comment.

And all of that.

But it needed to be framed in a much more

contextual environment.

And instead, it ended up kind of being this whole mosh

pit of words in a Trump press conference

that, in essence, ran amok.

And the media had a field day with it.

Well David, speaking of infrastructure,

how do you think, what bearing might

this whole Charlottesville situation

have on his agenda, especially cooperation

or support from Congress?

Well you know, Wendy, he has a tough,

he had a tough job going in.

Remember, he was not, he hadn't been a Republican

for a long time in his career.

He really had no standing with the Republican Party,

because he didn't really have many favors to cash in,

if you will.

And now, he's a politically incorrect President,

dealing with a lot of Republican politicians

who want to be politically correct.

And the problem with that is that just is not a good mix.

And it does not bode well for his agenda.

Having said that, one thing I've learned, never count Trump out.

It just seems like when you think the guy is off,

and it's just not going to work out for him, all of a sudden,

he pulls the rabbit out of the hat somehow, some way.

We'll see.

Do you know if anyone in the White House

was caught off guard by anything the President said yesterday?

Well, put it this way.

They were frustrated, for sure.

I mean, there's that picture of John Kelly,

the new chief of staff, looking down, staring at the floor.

Not necessarily shaking his head,

but there were some other staffers

that were clearly a bit frustrated that the President

had to do this.

Because, I mean clearly, you know there's

been some mixed messages here.

I don't think that--

Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

Any time you have a mixed message on something

like this, that's going to give a lot more fuel to the fire

here, Wendy.

So is timing really the problem here?

So the President made his statement Saturday.

He spoke on camera Monday.

Then he took questions from reporters Tuesday.

Did he gain or lose ground over the last few days?

Well, the media wants to have this narrative that he's

changed positions and all.

Look, if you go back to every statement

he made, Saturday, Monday, and then Tuesday,

he actually said "both sides" all three times.

And, on Monday, he did mention the KKK and neo-nazis by name.

And yesterday, he actually also denounced them by name as well.

So there's been a little bit more consistency

than the media likes to say.

Having said that, look.

If you've got David Duke tweeting out

thanks to the President, Houston,

we have a problem at that point.

And the President, obviously, would need to understand that.

Any time you don't have a clear delineation mark between what

the KKK is all about and some of these other side comments,

well then you're just giving air and oxygen

to the white supremacist neo-Nazi

folks who are spewing hate left and right,

and clearly from the pit of hell.

All right.

David Brody.

We appreciate your insight.

And today on our Faith Nation show, David and our DC team

will have more about President Trump's response

to Charlottesville.

We'll hear from one of the President's

evangelical advisors, Pastor Robert Jeffress

of First Baptist in Dallas.

That all happens at 12:30 on our CBN News Facebook page.

You'll want to get that as well.

Well John Jessup has more of today's top stories

from our bureau in Washington.

Hey, John.

Thanks, Wendy.

The Trump administration is taking

a strong stance in the fight for religious freedom

around the world.

The Secretary of State issuing a new report card,

giving bad marks to a number of countries,

including China and a US ally, Saudi Arabia.

CBN's national security correspondent, Erik Rosales,

breaks down the list.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

held nothing back when he named the group ISIS

as one of the biggest threats to religious freedom

across the globe.

He says the group is responsible for genocide

against Shiite Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians.

Their terrorist members have and continue

to target multiple religions and ethnic groups

for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and even death.

ERIK ROSALES: Tillerson said the State Department,

under President Donald Trump, will continue

to help those seeking to live their lives according

to their faith.

No one should have to live in fear, worship in secret,

or face discrimination because of his or her beliefs.

As President Trump has said, we look forward to a day

when, quote, "People of all faiths, Christians and Muslims,

and Jewish and Hindu can follow their hearts and worship

according to their conscience."

ERIK ROSALES: The report released Tuesday

looks at the state of religious freedom in 199

foreign countries, and describes what the US is

doing to support those rights.

There are several countries of particular concern,

including China, Iran, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

China is cited for continuing to physically abuse, detain,

arrest, torture, and imprison Christians

and other religious minorities.

Tillerson pointed to Iran for its persecution of Christians

and others, plus laws that deny their citizens freedom

of religion.

20 individuals were executed in 2016

on charges that included, quote, "Waging war against God."

Members of the Baha'I community are in prison today

simply for abiding by their beliefs.

ERIK ROSALES: In Saudi Arabia, the government

does not recognize the rights of non-Muslims

to practice their religion in public.

And as for North Korea, which the Christian nonprofit

watchdog group Open Doors International calls

the most oppressive place in the world for Christians,

Tillerson said the government continues

to punish those engaging in religious practices

last year, with executions, torture, and other abuse.

The State Department began releasing this annual report

since the international Religious Freedom Act of 1998

was amended by President Clinton to help better

understand and protect religious freedom as a foreign policy.

Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

Thanks, Erik.

Iceland has nearly achieved a shocking goal.

The country has eliminated almost 100% of children

with Down Syndrome.

That's because they've aborted almost all of them.

CBN News reports, it's due to the widespread use

of prenatal screening.

And even though most people born with Down Syndrome live long,

healthy lives, nearly all pregnant women in Iceland

have chosen to abort them.

Other countries are doing the same thing.

Denmark has aborted 98%, and the US has aborted roughly 70%

of babies with a genetic disorder.

Dr. James Dobson spoke out against what's

happening in Iceland, saying, "I have rarely

seen a story that so closely resembles Nazi-era eugenics.

This practice is as equally inhumane

as the views of the racist bigots who

disgraced our country in Charlottesville

this past weekend.

Wendy, back to you.

John, it's so hard to believe that is

happening in today's world.


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