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CBN News Showcase - July 14, 2018

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- Welcome to this editionof CBN News Showcase.

I'm Mark Martin.

- And I'm Charlene Aaron.

President Donald Trump'spick for a Supreme Court

justice nominee dominatedheadlines this week.

Well, President Trumpnamed Brett Kavanaugh

as his choice to replaceJustice Anthony Kennedy.

CBN's White HouseCorrespondent Ben Kennedy

has more on Kavanaugh's nomination

and potential influenceon the court and nation.

- This was no doubt a historicmoment for President Trump

as he moved to make his mark

on the Supreme Courtwith a second nominee.


During the made for primetime event,

President Trump introducedJudge Brett Kavanaugh

as his nominee to replaceretiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

- What matters is not ajudge's political views,

but whether they can set aside those views

to do what the law andthe constitution require.

I am pleased to say that I have found,

without doubt, such a person.

- [Ben] Handpicked from a group of 25,

Kavanaugh becomes a crucial appointment

that could tilt the court for decades.

- My judicial philosophyis straight forward.

A judge must be independent

and must interpret thelaw, not make the law.

- Are you ready for a fight?

- [Ben] Demonstrators gatheredoutside the high court

to express their disappointmentwith the president's pick.

And they aren't the only ones.

- The AFA, the AmericanFamily Association,

which we all know here,and they're determinant

would be more further onthe right if you will.

Remember, this is an Evangelicalconservative organization,

they are calling on their supporters

to oppose Brett Kavanaugh,now that's news.

And that's a big deal.

- [Ben] Kavanaugh has servedon the DC Court of Appeals

since 2006, he earneda law degree from Yale,

clerked for Justice Kennedy,and has a vast judicial

record with more than 300 opinions.

- Tomorrow I begin meetingwith members of the Senate

which plays an essentialrole in this process.

- Now President Trump predicts a vicious

confirmation battle, thelines are already drawn.

Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell wants

a vote by default, however,Democrats want to wait

until after the midtermswith a razor thin majority.

And Senator John McCainbattling brain cancer at home,

Republicans need total unityto push this nominee through.

Ben Kennedy, CBN News, Washington.

- CBN's Faith NationPolitical Analysis Team

of David Brody, JennaBrowder, Paul Strand,

and Jennifer Wishon take alook at Kavanaugh's chances

for confirmation and whythe president chose him.

- This was the blue chip pick.

If on the stock market, this is the stock

that's pretty solid, no surprises.

It is gonna be really,really hard to stop him.

He's the guy with theimpeccable credentials.

Last time I checked, therewas a guy named Neil Gorsuch

who had impeccable credentials.

And it seems like this is exactly

what Donald Trump is trying to do.

I know some sources that Iwas talking to you, Jenna,

wanted to make sureTrump wanted to continue

the Gorsuch model which is to have a guy

that pretty much, orhave a person, excuse me,

pretty much could just sail through.

I'm not suggesting he'sgonna sail through,

just because we live in a day and age

where no one sails through.

But, this is the guy.

He's got the resume andhe's the most qualified

and President Trump decided that was it.

- And another sourcesaying that he kind of,

in terms of conservative, liberal,

where he stands on that spectrum

this source was saying that he is actually

slightly a smidge, tothe right of Gorsuch.

- Yeah.- I was surprised to

hear that actually.

- Yeah, it will be interesting to see

where he eventually falls.

There's no doubt that thecourt is moving to the right

with a Brett Kavanaughpick, the question becomes

who becomes the new swing vote?

Which I think, we all agree,it's gonna be Justice Roberts.

But I want to get some more opinions here.

Hello, hello.

Paul Strand and Jennifer Wishon.

Paul, what do you think?

- Well, I think it's a good pick.

I think Donald Trump has gone beyond

maybe what would be his own prejudices

being a not all that friendlywith the Bush family.

And he seemed to have risen above that.

And I think that maybe someof the advice he was getting

that Brett Kavanaugh could be,

could almost sail through the Senate.

We know it's gonna be a battle,

but that he will get through.

It may have had an effect on him.

- It'll be interestingbecause of Judge Kavanaugh's

work with Ken Starr, independentcounsel with Bill Clinton.

I think we're gonna see, we're gonna hear

the word Muller a lot inhis confirmation hearing.

If something that Mullerdigs up, or decides,

or something out of that investigation,

reaches the Supreme Court,how would he handle that?

So I think that PresidentTrump had to have known that

when he picked him, and heseems to be okay with that.

- And an update on our reporting,

on the American Family Association

and Kavanaugh's nomination,the organization changed

it's original opposition to support

after hearing from membersand peers in favor of him.

Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

to the U.S. Supreme Court is being met

with partisan reaction.

- While most conservatives are pulling

for President Trump's pick,

many liberals arevoicing their disapproval

and that includes some membersof the establishment media.

CBN's Jenna Browder reports on

what one watch group iscalling a media meltdown.

- [Protestors] Hey, hey, ho,ho, Kavanaugh has got to go.

- [Jenna] From the Supreme Court.

- No justice.

- [Protestors] No peace.

- No family

- [Protestors] No peace.

- [Jenna] To Trump Tower,protesters railed against

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Monday night.

- We should do everythingwe can to fight back.

To speak out, to nevergive up, to never give in.

- [Jenna] And it wasn't just Democrats

and liberal activists.

The Media Research Center is calling bias

on some members of the mainstream media.

- You had Nina Totenberg on NPR

who's supposed to be a correspondent

for that publicly subsidized radio network

saying is she thought thatwhoever Trump picked was going

to lead to the end ofthe world as we know it.

That's hyperbole, that is way

outside the role of a correspondent.

- That's Kavanaugh on the record, saying

there should be no indictmentof a sitting president.

- [Jenna] And on MSNBC that night,

Rich Noyes says there wereno conservative guests.

- From eight o'clock until midnight,

the only guests that had a point of view

were liberal activist groups,

Democratic elected politicians,

opponents of Brett Kavanaugh.

- [Jenna] Protests at theSupreme Court were so disruptive,

one Fox News anchor decidednot to do her show there.

- We did have a plan to doour show out there live,

it got so volatile at points,

that we ultimately didn'tfeel like it would be safe

to do an hour of livetelevision out there.

- [Jenna] Noyes says ithasn't always been like this.

- We went back and lookat how they covered

the nominations of liberal court nominees,

such as Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

You didn't have this tremendous labeling

of them as liberal or left wing.

- Of course people areconcerned about what this means

for a woman's right tochoose about Roe v. Wade.

- [Jenna] And he doesn'tsee it getting better

any time soon.

- It's a meltdown that they haven't had

since the last meltdown andthey're gonna have another

meltdown in the coming days.

I mean, they had a meltdownjust two or three weeks ago

over immigration, now they'rein meltdown over this.

- [Jenna] In Washington,Jenna Browder, CBN News.

- [Charlene] Coming up, one attorney with

the conservative legal group says

he's had a major case before Kavanaugh.

Hear what he has to say on how the nominee

could potentially rule oncases of fate and freedom.

- Some conservativesare concerned about some

of the rulings by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

And here to talk aboutpast cases of interest

is Brad Dacus with thePacific Justice Institute.

Brad, thank you for joining us.

- Well, it's a pleasure tobe the program, thank you.

- Your organization had a victory

in a case before Kavanaugh,tell us about that.

- Yes, it was a very important victory.

We at Pacific Justicewere defending a pastor,

Rick Warren of SaddlebackChurch, when he was offered

to give a prayer at thePresidential Inauguration

of President Obama andthis is a great honor.

He's planning on doing the prayer,

he's gonna pray in Jesus name.

Well, a lawsuit was filed by an atheist,

and we at Pacific Justicewere brought in to defend him,

we won at the lower courtlevel, the prayer went on.

It then went on appealto the DC Circuit Court,

and it was heard by a three judge panel

including Judge Kavanaugh.

Now, the majority opinionwas that the gentleman

who brought the lawsuitdidn't have standing.

But Judge Kavanaugh went out of his way

in a concurring opinionto state very clearly

that even if he did havestanding, this is still protected.

The Constitution's First Amendment

Establishment Clause does not in any way

prohibit public prayers atpublic events such as this one.

And that was a very bold move

on his part to make it very clear

that the First Amendmentis full, and it's strong,

and it's to be respected by the courts.

We had another decision, itwasn't actually our case,

but it was another case that came down

where he was in the minority opinion,

but he was ruling in favorof the constitutionality

of being able to support,actually he didn't rule in favor,

he wrote up a friend of the court brief

as a private attorney in support

of having prayer at graduation ceremonies.

And that was also a very significant sign

as far as we're concerned,of where he's headed,

in respecting public displaysof religious expression

in accordance with the First Amendment.

So, those are really two wonderful hints

from a religious freedomand establishment clause

perspective of what we canexpect from him in the future.

- But you say he's had a mixedrecord on pro-life issues.

What about that?

- Yeah, well, a number of years ago,

back in 2006, he made a public statement

that he would not reverse Roe versus Wade.

Was this a resolution?

Was it something thatwas just said flippantly?

We don't know.

And he also ruled againsta pro-life demonstrator

in front of the White House.

Now, there may be otherreasons why he ruled

that way, perhaps forlaw, order, et cetera.

But on the positive side,he did rule at a case

implying Obamacare's mandate to require

businesses and organizationto provide abortive patients.

He ruled against that.

And he said that no,the free exercise rights

of individuals and businessesand entities trumps

any mandate by Obamacare when it comes

to providing for abortive patients.

He also recently ruled in the minority

against a decision by the circuit court

to allow an illegal immigrant, teenager,

who is under the guardianship and custody

of the government to have an abortion.

He said no, this is nota right, an entitlement,

much less the discretion and authority

of the federal government when it comes to

these issues such as abortion.

So I think that that'sa very positive sign.

I think at the end of the day,

whether or not he overturnsRoe versus Wade or not,

I believe he will givegreat deference to states

who want to adopt laws and measures

that help protect the unbornand make abortions less common.

So, that's the very least Ithink we can probably expect.

But an outright reversalof Roe versus Wade,

that is something we'll justhave to see if it happens.

- What do you think are thebiggest unanswered questions

about Kavanaugh when itcomes the issues Christians

and conservatives are most concerned about

like faith, family, and freedom?

- You know, there's a big question mark

with regards to how he's going to weigh

LGBTQ rights versus religious freedom.

How would he vote on in theMasterpiece case, for example,

dealing with a Christian baker not wanting

to compromise his faith and provide

a custom-made weddingcake for a gay wedding?

We don't know that.

Now, we can speculatebased upon his philosophy

of original intent andproper jurisprudence

in that regard that hewould rule and state no,

free exercise rights, they areclearly in the constitution,

those trump any interests or privileges

or rights created statutorily.

But we just don't know that for sure.

So that's gonna be a little bit of gamble.

We do know that by his track record,

he has a solid foundation of federalism,

separation of powers, ofrespect with the Constitution

with regards to original intent.

Those are wonderful pillars fora foundation moving forward.

But there is still,nonetheless, some uncertainty

that we're just going to have to deal with

and hope and pray that he will apply

those principles properly to those issues.

- All right, Brad Dacus withthe Pacific Justice Institute.

Thank you for your time, sir.

- Thank you.

- As we mentioned, one of the outcries

by opponents of Kavanaughis where he stands

on the landmark Roe v. Wade decision

that legalized abortion in 1973.

CBN's Jennifer Wishon takes a closer look

at what would make the courtreconsider and overturn Roe.

- If the Supreme Courtoverturns Roe v. Wade

then legal control overabortion is returned

to the states setting upa new patchwork of laws.

In four states, North andSouth Dakota, Mississippi,

and Louisiana abortion wouldbe automatically banned.

Nine additional stateswhich had abortion bans

before Roe would likely become law again.

And in eight states,abortion would remain legal.

If this control returns to the states,

it would coincide with a growing number

of Americans identifying as pro-life.

Plus, Republicanscurrently hold more seats

in state legislatures across the country.

So, if the last decade is any indication,

new pro-life laws could be on the way.

- We've seen an average of nearly

60 pro-life laws passed every single year

and signed into law since 2011.

- [Jennifer] A number of those state laws

already face courtchallenges which would likely

become the mechanism that puts abortion

back on the Supreme Court docket.

- When a case comes up based on one

of these state level laws,then the court would be able

to re-examine the issueof abortion in America

and would be able to say, infact, there is no such right.

In fact, Roe was poorly reasoned.

- [Jennifer] CatherineGlenn Foster says due to

that reasoning, she feelsconfident Roe will be overturned.

It's just a matter of when.

- We expect that thenext justice will rely

upon the Constitution,it's original meaning,

the original intent of the founders,

the text of the document itself

when making these very weighty decisions,

life-altering decisions.

- So, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,

the legal fight overabortion will continue.

At the Supreme Court,Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.

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- [Mark] Still ahead, weswitch gears and take a look

at how one popular Christianmusician is making a difference

in the lives of childrenin need of a home.

- There are at least 400,000 children

in foster care in the United States.

Grammy award-winning artistChris Tomlin is working

to bring down that number.

- Yeah, he's teamed up with his pastor

and the group America's KidsBelong to make it happen.

CBN's Efrem Graham tellsus how they're doing it.

♪ I'm dressed in your royalty ♪

♪ Your Holy Spirit lives in me ♪

- [Efrem] This is new music

from worship singer Chris Tomlin.

♪ I see my past has been redeemed ♪

- [Efrem] Who is calling on the church

to help solve a major national issue.

- Something that God has put on my heart.

I have not been able to shakeit in the last couple years,

the idea of foster careand adoption in our nation

and in our own backyard.

There's so many incredible organizations

that do amazing things, and overseas,

and do incredible work and I support,

I think, almost everyone of them in some way.

But when I found out aboutAmerica's Kids Belong

and how they're doing it,they're doing the work

in our own cities inAmerica, in our own states.

I was really moved'cause I don't hear a lot

of people talking about what's going on

with the kids in our own nation.

- [Efrem] America's KidsBelong joined Tomlin

on his most recent tour,Worship Night in America,

and inspired churches around the country

to work to end the crisis.

- If This fire ignites across the nation,

this will be a solvableissue in our country

really quickly just by the church doing

what the church is supposed to be doing.

- Tell me about the organization.

- America's Kids Belong is a non-profit

that unites government business, creative,

and faith leaders to end the foster care

and adoption crisis in the United States.

I think a lot of people think that

the foster care crisis is unsolvable,

if they even know about it,they think it's unsolvable.

And we're just blowing these stats

out of the water and it's so much fun.

I love the picture ofunity on stage translating

into the unity in thecommunity for these kids.

- I wanted to use whateverinfluence God's given me

at this moment to speak forthose who are really vulnerable.

I believe every kid deservesa loving family and a chance.

And having two kids of my own,

having two little girls of my own,

I see kids without thatand it just tears me apart.

So I'm like, how can I help?

And America's Kids Belongis doing amazing work

and I found out about them through Darren.

And so this three, it works.

- [Efrem] Darren Whiteheadis Chris Tomlin's pastor

from his home church in Tennessee

who also co-authored abook with Chris Tomlin

on the biblical meaning of worship.

- This all originated, Chrisand his wife Lauren are a part

of that church and he's traveling a lot

and on one of the Sundayshe just happened to be home,

and I didn't know he wasgonna be there that day,

I was preaching on thetopic of praise and worship.

And little did I know,Chris was eye-rolling

in the congregation.

- Yes, can I just interject?


Can I interject becausethat's gonna sound bad.

I'm never home much on Sundays.

But we're there and I'm fired up

and then he walks upand says I got a message

for everybody today, it'son worship and praise.

I'm like are you kidding me?

The two Sundays I'm home.

He's talking about whatI talk about every night.

I wanted to hear something different.

That's what I thought.

Little did I know thatGod had a massive reason

for, I feel like, me being there that day,

how it touched me.

I share this every night,but as Darren began to share

this message on why we praise God

and why we're doing what we're doing,

I kept thinking how have Inever heard this message?

I've spent my whole life leading worship,

writing songs, traveling the world,

you would think I would know everything

that the Bible maybe says about worship.

And I was like, wow, thiswas like moving in me.

I was embarrassed 'cause I'mlike how do I not know this?

I'm supposed to be a worshipleader and I don't know this.

And at the same time I waslike this is game-changing.

- The essence of it isthere are seven Hebrew words

in the Psalms that are all translated

into the English word praise.

So, whenever we read thephrase praise the Lord,

underneath the word praise areseven different Hebrew words.

And they all mean somethingslightly different.

They're all a different perspective.

They're a different angle.

They reveal a little more about practices

of worshiping God from the ancient world.

It's called Holy Roarand it explains the seven

different words and thenChris actually shares stories

behind some of hissongs and it's the story

about how they all came about.

- Wow, what God can do whenwe answer His call, amen.

- Indeed, yeah, well, stay with us

as we call on God next here on Showcase.

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- Won't you pray with us today?

Dear Lord, we thank You forwho You are, Almighty God.

And there is no one like You.

We praise You for Yoursovereignty over all things.

We pray over the Supreme Court nomination

by President Trump of Brett Kavanaugh.

We pray Your will be doneover the confirmation process.

We pray that our leaders,Lord, would put politics aside

and do what is best for our nation

and in Your will toconfirm Kavanaugh based

on his qualifications andability to rule according

to the Constitution andthe laws of our land.

We pray for Your peace,love, and unity to rule

in our nation and for all thehate and animosity to end.

- We also pray for allthe children in America

and around the world who need a home

and ask that adoption programs

like America's KidsBelong would be successful

for the sake of these children.

And we pray that Youwould move on the hearts

of Your people to endthe crisis of children

in foster care without a forever home.

We know You love children.

We pray that You would giveus Your heart for them.

And as always, we pray forrevival to come in America

and around the world, all to Your glory

among the nations, inJesus' name we pray, amen.

- Amen.

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