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- [Announcer] This is CBN News Watch.

- And thank you so much for joining us.

I'm Efrem Graham.

Just days after a Googleexecutive testified to Congress

there is no anti-conservative bias

among their search engines,

Apple CEO Tim Cook saysthe opposite and says

if Apple doesn't like your type of speech

or news content, it will ban it.

Our Mark Martin isfollowing this story for us

and joins us now in thenews room with more.

Mark?

- The Anti-Defamation Leaguerecently presented Cook

with a Courage Against Hate award.

In his acceptance speech,

Cook defended his company'sbanning of certain speech

or news media when they violatethe values of the company.

He said that not banning whatis wrong is irresponsible

and a sin.

Now, so far Apple has publicly banned

the conspiracy theory site Infowars,

but it's unclear how farCook is willing to go

with his censorship

or how far his definitionof hate speech may extend,

but some of his broadercomments about morality

have raised serious concernsamong conservatives.

Let's listen to Tim Cook now.

- At Apple, we believe

that technology needs tohave a clear point of view

on this challenge.

There is no time to get tied up in knots.

That's why we only have one message

for those who seek to pushhate, division, and violence.

You have no place on our platforms.

- Franklin Grahamresponded directly to Cook

in a Facebook post and asked the question,

"Who defines morality?"

Graham also reminded his followers

that Cook's commentsshould concern all of us.

He wrote, "The only thingis, as sinful human beings,

"we don't get to define morality or sin

"according to our own desires,preferences, or agendas.

"Tim Cook can't; I can't; and you can't.

"Sin and morality has been defined

"by the God of the universe.

"God and God alone.

"God's Word, the Bible, is the standard

"by which questions of good and evil

"and right and wrong are determined."

Meanwhile, on Tuesday,

the battle between Googleand conservatives returned

to Capitol Hill as the tech giant CEO

assured House judiciary committee members

he runs the corporation without partiality

toward any ideology.

GOP lawmakers pressedGoogle's CEO, Sundar Pichai,

on allegations of employee'santi-conservative bias

and how that may influence thecompany's business practices.

Pichai denied the charges,saying he leads the company,

quote, "without political bias."

Efrem?

- Mark, real quick, do weknow what Americans think

about the alleged bias

when it comes to social media companies?

- Good question.

A study from the Pew ResearchCenter reveals concerns

of bias are bi-partisan.

Researchers found that 85% of Republicans

and 62% of Democrats believesocial media companies

intentionally censor viewpoints

that they find objectionable.

Efrem?

- All right, thank you much, Mark.

I want to continue the conversation now

with Craig Bannister,an editor with CNS News.

He joins us with more on Cook's comment.

So Craig, your colleague MichaelChapman blogged about this,

and he talked specificallyabout the comments he made,

quote, "not defining thosewho seek to push hate,

"division, and violence."

Why is this so concerning?

- Well,

as Reverend Graham said,

this shouldn't be a subjective matter,

but apparently morality inApple's eyes and Mr. Cook's,

is.

And the concern is what about

Christians, conservative Jews, and Muslims

who believe homosexuality is a sin?

Does that violate Apple'ssense of morality?

And is that going to be banned?

- Should Americans be concerned

when it comes to Constitutionalfree speech rights

when it comes to these platforms?

- Well, I think absolutely.

We've seen numerous examples, anecdotally,

reports from differentconservative organizations,

news organizations,

who have seen

and cited examples

of bias in this, and it'srestricting what Americans,

especially today's

Internet

addicted Americans

see and what informationthey have access to.

And then you also have theso-called fact checkers

of these

social media platforms,

and if they are biased in doing their job,

the information that Americans get

is going to mislead them.

- Do you think there's adouble standard with this

when Apple sells music as well as videos

with profanity and sexual images

versus censoring andbanning, for instance,

Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

because of the contents and opinions.

What do you think this suggests?

- Well, I think absolutely thisdoes show a double standard,

some hypocrisy.

Again, as you're saying, Apple

on iTunes features musicthat promotes gun violence.

Well, that's violence.

You know, violence against women

and

frequent use of the

racially charged N word.

If they actually did intendon rooting out violence,

hate,

racism, then

why are they still profitingfrom promoting these products

on their platforms?

- Now, you also wrote aboutthe situation with Google

at a Congressional hearingaddressing censorship

among other things.

Do you believe theymanipulate search results?

- Well,

as Google's CEO

was saying, there

isn't typically

one person looking at one post.

It's all, a lot of it, isbased on their algorithms.

But that doesn't excusethem because as you know

from programming language,the expression garbage in,

garbage out, you can program these,

these algorithms,

to look for words like Christian,

faith, morality,

traditional marriage,

and if you dub thosehate speech, well then,

it's going to discriminateagainst certain points of view,

Christian points of view.

- All right, Craig Bannisterwith CNS News service.

Thank you so much for your insights.

- Thank you.

- The church of Englandhas released new guidelines

encouraging pastors to be creative

when addressing transgender individuals.

The pastoral guideline advises clergy

to respect transgenderpeople's chosen name

and gender pronouns.

And the document also states

that baptismal ceremony can be used

to mark a person's gender transition.

The church writes, "TheChurch of England welcomes

"and encourages theunconditional affirmation

"of trans people.

"The image of God, inwhich we are all made,

"transcends gender, race, andany other characteristics."

Critics of the guidelinessay the Church of England

is heading towards an outrightdenial of God and His Word.

Two major evangelicalgroups are asking Congress

to add sexual orientationand gender identity language

to federal non-discrimination law.

The Counsel for ChristianColleges and Universities

and the National Associationof Evangelicals say

it's an effort to preservereligious freedom.

They write, quote, "Weare increasingly persuaded

"that the most viable political strategy

"is for comprehensivereligious freedom protections

"to be combined with explicit support

"for basic human rights formembers of the LGBT community."

Supporters say

adding the language couldpotentially protect churches

and Christian schools.

Pope Francis wants to changethe wording of one verse

in the Lord's prayer.

He supports the mostrecent translation research

on Matthew 6:13,

which suggests the Englishversion is incorrect.

It reads, "And lead usnot into temptation,

"but deliver us from the evil one."

After 16 years of study,

researchers say it would bea better translation to say,

"Abandon us not when in temptation."

The Vatican will now change the language

to clarify God does not tempt people.

And Dr. Corne Bekker

with the Regent UniversitySchool of Divinity joins us now.

So what do you know about thisresearch of the translation

of Matthew 6:13?

- Thank you so much, Efrem.

Yes, so apparently,

the translation's onlyabout the Italian Bible.

And so scholars in Italy lookedat the Latin text of Vulgate

of the New Testament, andthey are asking the question

for the last 16 years, by the way,

whether this one phrase,"lead us not into temptation"

is the best translation of the Latin text.

- Now, is this somethingthat's happened before

as technology and interpretation

of the original manuscripts improve?

- So this has been a difficult phrase

within the Lord's prayer, and of course,

we find it in two places.

We find it in the Gospel of Matthew

and in the Gospel ofLuke, and I'm gonna say

almost every hundred years,this question comes up.

- Okay, what do you thinkabout the Pope's decision

and the Vatican's moveto update Scripture?

- So from the way I stand,

I think we should goback to the Greek text.

So the two words that are used,lead as well as temptation

I do think these are the two best words

that can be used inEnglish to translate it.

I'm with Charles Spurgeon.

He preached a wonderful sermonin 1863 in which he said,

"This indeed is the besttranslation of the Greek text."

I agree with him.

I don't think it shouldbe changed in English.

- Okay, now, this has alsohappened, sparked a debate

on whether or not Godtempts man, Biblically.

How do you answer that question?

- Right, so the letter of James tells us

that God doesn't tempt us with evil,

so certainly God does not tempt us.

But sometimes in Hisprovidence and in His wisdom,

He allows us to be tempted.

And of course, Matthew's Gospelis referring to something

earlier in the Gospel.

You remember that right after His baptism,

in Matthew's Gospel chapter four,

the text tells us that Jesuswas led into the wilderness

by the Holy Spirit to be tempted.

So yes.

- Okay, now what is the greater lesson

that we can take away from this debate

about our relationship with God?

- I think the largerquestion here is to ask,

"What is the purpose of temptation?"

I mean, God allows us to be tempted.

I think two things happen.

We get to know ourselvesa little bit better,

and of course what we learnis that we have no recourse

against sin, but more importantly,

we get to know God Himself.

We have to remember the nextphrase in the Lord's prayer.

"And deliver us from all evil."

He's able to do that.

- Yeah, you mentioned Spurgeon.

Can you tell us a littlebit about his teaching

on this particular Scripture?

- Right, so he taught abeautiful sermon, 1863, on this,

and in this context, thisis what Spurgeon says.

Spurgeon says it's the best translation.

We should not try to change it

because it teaches the sovereignty of God.

And once we submit to Him, things go well.

- Amen, amen to that.

Thank you, alwaysappreciate having you here.

- Thank you so much.

- Two House subcommitteesare hearing alternatives

to fetal tissue research.

Pro-life groups say governmentfunds should not pay

for research using cells ortissue from aborted fetuses.

Abortion activists argue thehearing is another attempt

to do away with women's healthcare rights,

calling it necessary for medical research

on Alzheimer's disease,Parkinson's disease,

and HIV and AIDS.

Coming up, it is beginningto look a lot like Christmas.

But what do Americansreally want for Christmas?

And what do they think aboutthe true message of the season?

We're gonna explore those questions next.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever,

and out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- Most Americans wantmore Christ in Christmas.

New research found 2/3 of Americans say

Christmas should be more about Jesus,

but it's not necessarily good news.

I recently spoke withLifeWay Scott McConnell

about this research.

Scott, you say most wantmore of Christ in Christmas,

but their numbers are declining?

- That's true.

In 2018, we see that65% of Americans agree

that Christmas should be more about Jesus,

but just four years ago,

that number was almosteight out of 10 Americans.

- So are more peoplenot expecting Christmas

to center around Christ?

- The shift we've seen

is toward people really not being sure

if it should be more about Jesus,

and it does tend to be moreof those who are nonreligious

or who have a faith otherthan the Christian faith.

And so some of the culturalexpectations around Americans

and even holidays like Christmasbeing Christian holidays,

that expectation is lowering over time.

- So how are we practicallyseeing this change?

And hasn't Christmas becomemore and more secular

for awhile now?

- Well, it definitely has.

There's a lot of fictional elements

that honestly can be quitefun related to the holiday.

But there is a little bitof an aspirational element

to the statement, Christmasshould be more about Jesus.

It's a little bit like saying

that Thanksgiving should bemore about giving thanks.

Kind of that name is, thatreason is in the name itself,

and so those who knowthat there's the element

of celebrating Jesus' birthkind of aspire to that,

and say, "Yeah, I shouldgive more attention to that"

and maybe others as well.

- I think you hit it there.

So why is it importantto say Merry Christmas

versus Happy Holidays?

- Well, I think some of thosewho are of the Christian faith

or just nostalgic for the wayit's always been in December

are sometimes a little uncomfortable

when people give a more generic greeting

like Happy Holidays or even Merry Xmas,

which is normally notsaid, but normally printed.

And they actually take offense.

We see that about a thirdof Americans take offense

when Happy Holidays is saidinstead of Merry Christmas.

Even though we know thatthere are more secular people

in the United States today thanthere were a generation ago

as well as more peoplewho have a different faith

other than the Christian faith.

- What can Christiansdo to make a difference

and influence the culture onthis important celebration

of the birth of Jesus Christ?

- I think we really need togo beyond the greeting itself

and really look for waysthat we can convey really,

the richness that Jesus bringsto the lives of a believer

and try to communicate that

rather than kind of holding on

to just a simple Merry Christmas

as hoping to sum all those blessings up.

- We began this interviewtalking about the numbers.

Is there any evidence of a turnaround

in the trend we're seeing?

- Really, we're seeingfewer people, you know,

wanting to bring Jesus into Christmas,

and really, steady numbersas far as the greetings

that people prefer at Christmas time.

And so we really don'texpect that to change

unless more people beginto become followers

of Jesus Christ here in the United States.

- So is that the overall advice

in terms of how we turn things around?

- I think for believers,we just have to understand

that there's more people in our culture

who understand less aboutwho Jesus was and who He is,

and the more we can share the real value

that He has in our lives,the more that will make sense

to others, and I find it'samazing how polite Americans are

who are of other faiths,

and often they will wishme a Merry Christmas

if they know I'm afollower of Jesus Christ.

- All right, the Great Commission,

all the more important today.

Scott McConnell with LifeWay Research.

Thank you so much for your insights.

- Thank you.

- [Efrem] Still ahead, we're taking a walk

with Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson

on the hunt for somelife-changing holiday gifts

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- We had four jobs thatdidn't go right, but you know,

we didn't waver in our faith.

- That's when God put on my heart

that we needed to do the well.

- [Husband] Within a couple of days,

we got an insurance refund check

that we had no idea was coming.

- And here we are, you know, this year.

It's just booming.

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- She developed a loyalfan base with Duck Dynasty,

and now Sadie Robertsonis encouraging fans

to give life-changinggifts this holiday season.

We caught up with herin New York City to see

how she's bringing the worldvision's annual gift catalog

to life.

- Aw.

Sweet.

- [Efrem] That's DuckDynasty's Sadie Robertson

helping to bring the pages

of World Vision's annualgift catalog to life

in New York City.

- And this is for women in the U.S.

Who are coming out ofreally hard situations.

- [Efrem] At this pop-up shop

inside Bryant Park'siconic winter village,

we caught up with her,encouraging her many fans

to give back and support the work

of the humanitarian organization.

What makes you want to be a part of this?

- Oh man, I love it.

World Vision is sogreat because, you know,

there's so many organizations out there,

but this one gives to over 100 countries,

and including this one,and also, it's like,

across the board.

I mean, they don't just sponsor children.

They give animals, they givewater, like, they do it all.

And so for me to be here

and people in America actuallyget to see what they do,

I mean, that's awesome.

- So what happens here?

What's going on?

- Okay, so here, this is awesome,

because you get to gointo a virtual reality,

and you get to actuallysee what it looks like

for the kids who have towalk 3 1/2 hours a day,

what it looks like forthe kids who need water,

who need food, and thenyou can come over here,

and you can actuallysponsor a child today.

It's $39 a month to sponsor a child,

and this not only, like,affects a child's life,

but it affects the wholefamily, and I mean, it's huge.

I've gotten to witness to kids,

and I found out they're sponsored,

and it's like the most overwhelming,

like, heart of gratitude and joy,

and so this is really special.

- So the next up on thetour, these are Hope Kids?

- Yes.

- What does that mean?

- Okay, the Hope Kids are really amazing

because Hope Kids this year,

each year they have,like, a different thing

that they're giving to, and this year,

it's women in the U.S., soright here in our own country

that have just been rescued

from trafficking or abusive situations.

And most of the time whenwomen escape these situations,

they are normally just inthe clothes on their back.

That's all they have, andso as soon as they get out,

whenever they come to a rescue,

they're gonna have these Hope Kits,

and it will have everythingthat to us are everyday things

like a hairbrush and toothbrush,different things like that,

but to them, it's like actuallyessential in the moment,

and it's so important to them.

And then the best part at theend of the whole Hope Kit,

you kind of build a Hope Kit yourself,

and then you get to put this notebook in

and write a note to them,and so it's really special

because the first thing theyget to do when they're rescued

is read an encouragingmessage, and that's awesome,

and they also have a little journal.

- Now, what's a shop without a tree?

- Exactly, right?

- And this tree is special because?

- Okay, so this is a HopeTree, and it's really special

because the whole conceptis people wrote in already,

like all of these littleprayers and hopes that they have

for kids around the world, andthen we put it on the tree.

And the whole idea andthe analogy is, you know,

when you hope for something,when you pray for something,

it lights the world up,and this is the analogy

of it lit the tree up.

And it's really special.

Like, this is an example.

It says, "My hope as ateacher is that every child

"will be able to read and write."

- Why has this becomesuch a passion for you

and touched your heart?

- Yeah, well, for me, it's like,

I don't think thateverybody understands, like,

the realness of what'shappening around the world

a lot of times, you know.

We get caught up in oureveryday life, and we're going,

and we're moving, and we'rebusy, but we don't realize

that so many people are inreally tough situations,

and I'm, like, really bigon the message of unity,

and I believe that, like,when you unite together

on something, that'show you get things done.

That's how we stand, youknow, united we stand,

divided we fall, and so tome, to be able to team up

with World Vision inthis, like, active unity

and then see so many people join, too,

you not only see an active unity,

but you see the impactthat the unity makes.

And so for me to actually getto see change, it matters.

The beautiful thing thatis just, you know, my faith

and believing in who God is

is that He give us theopportunity to help out.

- I sat down with your dad.

- So Sadie, how does yourdad impact your life?

- Dad is hilarious.

(giggles)

Oh my gosh, okay, my dad, first of all,

is the funniest guy I ever.

I don't know if you gotto know him like that.

- Oh, yeah.

- He is hilarious.

Actually, okay, I'll be sweet about this

because my dad really did,like, I don't know if you know,

but I have, like, a tourcalled Live Original.

It's the third year ofthe tour, 2016 tour,

so it's gotten to be a big thing,

and my dad actuallynicknamed me The Original

when I was five years old,which is why everything

that I do is, like, TheOriginal, or Live Original.

So Dad actually impacted me.

He probably set me up for that.

He's like, "Yeah, go ahead

"and hit that home run,"- He started it.

- But he started it, yeah.

- So Sadie, what's up withyou and the boyfriend?

- Oh, Dad.

- So what's up with you and the boyfriend?

- What the heck?

(Efem laughs)

This is like, a Dad Momentfor all the world to see.

See, most people get embarrassed

by their dad, like, at school.

I'm like, right here on CBN- Yeah, see?

- Getting embarrassed by my dad.

All right, guys, tell him no comment.

- No comment, okay, no comment.

- Tell him to call me.

- Okay.

Coming up, a touchingmoment caught on camera.

After the break by almosteveryone at the Nashville Airport

stopped to sing the national anthem.

- [Announcer] When yougive, smiles grow bigger.

When you care,

homes are happier.

When you comfort,

the hurt goes away.

When we all come together to love,

miracles happen.

- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever,

and out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I am asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

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- A touching moment at theNational Airport has gone viral

on social media.

Travelers stood still andservice members saluted

while singing the national anthem

for a group of militarychildren and families

of fallen soldiers.

The Gary Sinise Foundationpartnered with American Airlines

to send more than 1,700 children

on an all-expenses-paidtrip to Disney World.

The woman who posted thetouching moment online said

to see all of this atChristmas time was so humbling

and seeing everyone honor these children

was simply beautiful.

Beautiful indeed, well that is gonna do it

for this edition of CBN News Watch.

Thank you so much for watching.

Hope to see you right backhere, same time tomorrow.

Goodbye, everybody, and God bless.

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