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- [Announcer] This is CBN Newswatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us.

I'm Efrem Graham.

We begin with a Christian organization

in an escalating court battlewith the University of Iowa.

It is now seekingpermanent equal treatment

for all organizations on campus.

Mark Martin is in the newsroom now

with more on this story, Mark.

- From the non-profit religiousfreedom law firm, Becket

represents InterVarsityChristian Fellowship.

It says the Universityof Iowa admitted in court

that it discriminates againstreligious student groups.

InterVarsity ChristianFellowship has been on the campus

for more than 25 years butlast summer it banned them

and more than a dozenstudent religious groups

for asking their leaders

to adhere to the faithof the organizations.

After InterVarsity filed a lawsuit,

the faith groups weretemporarily reinstated

but Becket lawyers say the university

continues to resist a permanent fix

and insists that it cantreat religious groups

different from other groups.

Now on Thursday, InterVarsityasked a federal court

to permanently mandate equal treatment

for every campus organization.

The Director of External Relations

at InterVarsity ChristianFellowship USA, Greg Jao

issued a statement saying,

"InterVarsity seeks to servethe University of Iowa,

its students and faculty,and the local community.

We invite the universityto embrace a common-sense

understanding of itsnon-discrimination policy.

The policy should protect,rather than penalize,

religious groups that seek to retain

their religious identity on campus."

CBN News reached out to theUniversity of Iowa for comment,

a spokesperson told me over the phone

they could not do an interviewwhile the case is pending

but shared previous statements with me,

writing the university has nothing new

to provide at this time.

In the December 2017statement, the university said,

it does not toleratediscrimination of any kind

and went on to say,

"The University of Iowa recently found

Business Leaders in Christ violated

the UI's Human Rights Policy

and the Iowa Civil Rights Act."

And, "The organization will guarantee

that equal opportunity andequal access to membership,

programming, facilities and benefits

shall be open to all persons."

And Efrem, Becket says,

other religious groups notallowed on campus included

the Sikh Awareness Club,

Chinese Student Christian Fellowship,

Imam Mahdi Organization

and Latter Day Saint Student Association.

Efrem, back to you.

- Joining us now from ourWashington D.C. bureau

is attorney Eric Baxter.

He's with Becket Law,the company representing

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

So Eric, what can you tell us?

Where does this case now stand legally?

- And the university isreally moved into the absurd.

They're telling religious student groups

that they can't require their own leaders

to share their religion.

Christian groups can't asktheir leaders to be Christian.

Jewish groups can't asktheir leaders to be Jewish.

Sikh groups can't asktheir leaders be Sikh.

And all these groups havebeen kicked off campus

because they asked theirleaders to share their faith.

So, it's really, like Isaid, moved into absurdity.

- What have you seen fromstudents in these groups

in terms of their response?

How are they handling this?

- You know, the studentsare really surprised.

They see these university administrators

who are PhDs, handing out PhDsand they don't seem to know

the first thing about the First Amendment.

So, the students are really surprised

at the treatment they're getting

but they're optimistic thatthe courts will get this right.

- Seems like we've beenfollowing this for awhile,

why do you think we're seeingsuch cases of discrimination

against religious groupson college campuses?

- You know it's hard to saywhat exactly is driving this.

The universities allowfraternities to discriminate

on the basis of sex,

they allow their sportsteams to do the same,

they allow all kinds of idelogical groups

to push their own mission

but for some reason whenit comes to religion,

they feel that religious groups

asking their leaders to be religious

violates theirnon-discrimination policies.

It really makes no sense andit really just boils down to

blatant anti-religious discrimination

on the part of university officials.

- As I mentioned, we'reseeing cases like this pop up

at schools and collegesacross the country,

is there a more permanent solution

to help these groups tocombat this kind of backlash

from their secular institutions?

- We're very optimistic the courts

are going to get this rightand just tell universities

that once they allowstudent groups on campus,

they can't discriminate against groups

because of their religious background.

And then surely the best for all students.

Students need organizationsthat share their beliefs

that they can join todeal with the challenges

of university life and thesegroups perform great service

on campus, they provide agreat resource for students.

And really the best solution is

just to let students choose for themselves

what groups they'll belong to.

- That said, what are you hoping for

in terms of how this will all unfold

in the coming weeks and months?

- Well hopefully we'll havea ruling soon from the court

upholding the rights of the students

and if not, I will take thiscase up to the Court of Appeals

and eventually to theSupreme Court, if necessary.

- Do you think we'll reach that far?

- Certainly could.

There's a bad decision fromthe Supreme Court from 2010

that has opened the door a little bit

for universities to do what they're doing

and we think that they're going too far

and we're sure that the courtwill eventually correct it.

- Before I let you go,

I do wanna at leastexpound on the fact that,

yes you're representingChristian organizations

but you're really concerned about

all organizations of faith, correct?

- Absolutely.

Student groups, I mean, Sikhgroups were kicked off campus,

Muslim groups, Jewishgroups, all of these groups

should have the right to exist

on equal terms with everyone else.

Their religion shouldn't stop them

from having equal access to campus.

- [Efrem] Alright.

Eric Baxter with Becket Law,we appreciate your insight.

- Thank you.

- A 2017 Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act

put more money in American's paychecks

but it also imposed a 21% taxon churches and non-profits

for providing employees with parking,

transportation and other benefits.

Treasury Secretary, SteveMnuchin says, new IRS guidelines

offer flexibility and minimizesthe burden to non-profits.

The new provisions comeafter several senators

urged a repeal of that tax.

An acknowledgement and an apology

from the country'slargest Protestant church,

the Southern BaptistConvention released a report

detailing the denomination'sties to slavery and racism.

Albert Mohler, Presidentof the Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary said, "Wemust repent of our own sins,

we cannot repent for the dead.

We must, however, offer fulllament for a legacy we inherit

and a story that is now ours."

The schools year long studyshows its founders owned slaves

and were deeply complicitin the defense of slavery.

Mohler added, the school will not attempt

to rewrite the past, ratherit will tell its story in full

and not hid the truth.

Just one year after theMeToo Movement started,

a group of evangelicalleaders at Wheaton College

host a summit focused solely on abuse.

Many of the speakersare well known leaders

who are actually survivors themselves.

Heather Sells spoke withBeth Moore and others

about what happened to them.

- The summit is a historicattempt by the evangelical world

to publicly address abuse in the church

and it has caught the attention,

not just of survivors but church leaders.

- I have been raised in the church

and I have never seen anything like today

in a gathering of this kind.

- [Heather] Bible studyleader, Beth Moore,

kicked off the meeting notinga recent report on widespread

abuse within IndependentFundamental Baptist churches

- So the question comes to us again,

shall the church stand idly by?

I've been told by a numberof fellow Christians,

"I just don't readarticles like that, Beth."

- [Heather] Moore told CBN News

the church must standready for these stories.

- One of the things that Ireally wanna push back on

is this thing that says,

"I just can't stand to hear about it."

Listen, if people can go through this,

we can listen to their stories.

- [Heather] And from the appearance here,

people are preparing.

More than 1,000 individuals attended

or live streamed the event.

40 faith based groupsalso watched remotely.

Conference speaker and churchconsultant, Nancy Beach,

says she sees a desireby many ministry leaders

to learn more.

I do think the fact that somany people are streaming in

and many organizations are doing that,

is a sign that there's a needand there's a call for help.

This has been an issue in our churches.

It's not just the Catholics,it's not just Fundamentalists,

they've all been in the news lately.

It's also evangelical churches

and we gotta address somecultural issues within the church.

- [Heather] The summitput an emphasis on pastors

calling for greater accountability.

- I would say an unaccountable pastor,

is both unbiblical and unhelpfuland can even be dangerous.

I think pastors need to be

an accountable community with others.

- I also think that whatwe're exploring here

is as much an abuse ofpower as it is sexual sin.

- [Heather] Perhaps the biggest message,

survivors must be heard.

- When they become thepriority for us, for all of us,

for all of us in leadership,servant leadership

and lay leadership, whateverit may be, that's health.

- For many churches, gettinginvolved in an event like this

is an important first stepand it might just signal

to survivors that change is possible.

Reporting in Wheaton, Illinois,Heather Sells, CBN News.

- Republicans and Democratshave crossed party lines

to call out Saudi Arabiafor its involvement

in the death of Washington Postjournalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

In back-to-back votes, theSenate has passed a resolution

to end U.S. assistance to SaudiArabia for the war in Yemen.

And a second resolutionblaming Crown Prince,

Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi's death.

The vote was a break fromPresident Donald Trump

who has not condemned the prince.

The Trump Administrationhas opposed both measures.

Israeli Prime Minister, BenjaminNetanyahu wants the world

to know his country often findsitself in constant conflict.

He told foreign journalists how Israel

not only fights terrorismwithin its own borders

but also helps the rest of the world.

CBN Middle East Bureau ChiefChris Mitchell is on the story.

- [Chris] Prime Minister madethe most of an opportunity

in front of internationalreporters, to tell them how Israel

is taking on its greatest enemy, Iran.

- We are fighting that nuclear deal

and to fight it againstall the powers in the world

but I'm glad to see that this is changed.

We're stopping their attempts

to have a continuity of landempire by preventing them

from entrenching themselvesmilitarily in Syria,

we're stopping that.

And of course the extension of that,

is preventing their proxy,Hezbollah in Lebanon

from attacking us andthrough terror tunnels

from precision guided missiles.

- [Chris] Netanyahualso showed his audience

how Israel provided what hecalled, unmatched intelligence,

to stop terror attacks around the world.

- This is a plane boundfrom Sydney to Abu Dhabi,

Dash planned to bring itdown, exploded in air.

We gave the intelligenceto the Australian police

and they stopped it.

There are about 40 other such attacks,

many in the air, most on the ground,

which we've stopped invirtually all the continents.

- [Chris] According to Netanyahu,

Israel's efforts to keep the world safe,

has also brought the Arab worldcloser to the Jewish state.

- Obviously this hascreated a new relationship

between Israel and the Arab world.

Some of it is coming into the open.

- [Chris] Netanyahuhighlighted his recent trip

to the Gulf State of Omanand how Israeli athletes

competed in competitionsheld in Arab countries.

- The Arab countries understand exactly

what I'm telling you now,

that Israel is not their enemy

but is their indispensable partner

for countering thisradicalism, this terrorism

that threatens them as much as us.

That is the fruits of Iranian aggression,

are bitter, but also sweet.

- [Chris] He pointed to other reasons

why these countries arebecoming more friendly.

Chief among them, technology.

- They want also, our civiliantechnology in anything,

in health, in water management,in IT, in agriculture.

Our technology encompassesjust about everything

and they want to have the benefit

to develop their own countrieswith this technology.

- [Chris] And then the PrimeMinister offered reporters

a message to take to their audience.

- The news story is this,

Israel is a world force incountering radical Islam,

the Arabs get it, the Muslims get it

and they're coming closer to us.

Israel is a world forcein global technology,

everybody gets that.

Everybody.

- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.

- [Efrem] And ChrisMitchell joins us right now

with a look at what's coming up tonight

on Jerusalem Dateline.

That is on the CBN News Channel at 9:30.

- This week on Jerusalem Dateline,

we will report on a newwave of terror attacks

in Israel's biblical heartland.

Here's a grandfather, who losta four day old grandchild.

- Those people murdered mygrandchild just a few days ago.

Who hadn't even been born

and wounded my daughter, who nearly died

and my son-in-law and this has to stop.

We are a democracy, we respect freedom

and this cannot be tolerated anymore.

- We also report on a friendshipbetween Pastor John Hagee

and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinbergthat helped birth CUFI,

Christians United For Israel,

the largest pro-Israelgroup in the United States.

- [Efrem] And once again, youcan see Jerusalem Dateline

on the CBN News Channelthis evening at 9:30.

Be sure to join us for that.

A Heisman Trophey winneris receiving backlash

for Tweets that he wrote as a teenager.

We're gonna have more onthat when we come back.

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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 spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw first hand 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.

- Heisman Trophy winner, KylerMurray's, big accomplishment

is being marred by what many in the media

are calling a cheap shotby one of their own.

The University of OklahomaSooners Quarterback

had just won the coveted Heisman,

when USA Today SportsWriter, Scott Gleeson,

wrote an article about himTweeting a homophobic statement

when he was 14 or 15 years old.

Sports Spectrum, JasonRomano says, there's a lot

for the media overall,to learn from this story.

- But that story, I thinkit just forces all of media,

sports media especially,

to remember that mistakescan be made and are made

when we're younger and whenyou're bringing them out

seven, eight, nine years later,

is that really a story?

You're just trying to takeadvantage of what people

are talking about in that moment.

- CBN Sports Reporter, Sean Brown,

joins us now with moreon this story as we heard

just there from JasonRomano with Sports Spectrum.

Is there something for athletes

and writers to learn from this

and do you agree with Mr. Romano?

- Absolutely, absolutely.

First of all, yeah, it was a cheap shot.

I mean to dig up somethingfour, five years ago

and to try to use it now

at this kid's highest moment in college.

I do agree but the lessonis, young people, everyone,

watch what you're puttingor posting on social media.

That is the message.

It doesn't matter howold, young, where you are,

that stuffs out there andonce you put it out there,

it's very difficultfor you to get it back.

So that's the lesson overall,but it was a cheap shot.

I do think it was a cheapshot but again, you never know

when this stuff's gonnacome back and get you.

- [Efrem] Absolutely.- So you gotta watch it.

- As I sit and talk to you,

I'm thinking about Kevin Hartstepping away from the Oscars

because of something heTweeted and apologized for.

- Exactly.

- But he's still sufferingthe consequences.

How do you think this could impact him

in the National Championship play

and with career down the line?

- I don't think it'sgonna impact him at all.

I think we all kind of get it,

it happened when he was a teenager,

a freshman, sophomore in high school.

I don't think it's gonnacome back to get him at all.

The program, Oklahoma's gota, they're a strong program.

I think they're gonnasurround him, rally behind him

and say, "Hey, let'sjust focus on football.

This is something that you don't need

to apologize for it now,

it happened when youwere obviously immature,

still kind of learning."

A lot happens in college.

Obviously you can come toknow Christ in college,

a lot of growth happens.

Now here he is, winningthe Heisman Trophy.

So, no I don't think thatthat's going to affect his play.

I think the team's gonna rally behind him

and help him to focus onthe championship game.

- How do you think this young man's faith

is gonna shape how he handles this?

- Hey man, that's theanchor, that's the root.

It's fantastic, here's a quote from him

for one of the reporters he gave, he said,

"I've worked my wholelife to fulfill my goals

but at the same time,

I know there's a higherpower looking down on me.

He enables me to do allthings for that I am grateful

for the many blessings thatGod has blessed me with."

Which means he has hispriorities in order.

He understands he has a responsibility.

He understands that Godis looking out for him

as long as he is doingwhat he needs to do.

So, I think his faithis going to anchor him

from this point on.

He's got a choice tomake, cause he's both,

he's a dual athlete,baseball and football,

we don't know whichdirection he's gonna go.

Play baseball.

(laughter)

- Safer.

- But I think his faith isdefinitely gonna order his steps

from here on out, so.

- Wow, I'm just so gladto see him standing strong

and our prayers with him and his family.

- For sure.

- This was a cheap shot indeed.

- Yeah.

- Alright, Sean Brown, thank you so much.

- You're so welcome.

- Well after the break, weare going to take a look

at today's trending stories.

Those are coming from Faithwire

when CBN Newswatchcontinues in just a moment.

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Facebook is coming under fire

for censoring a religious groups graphic

and a popular rapper is taking time

away from the musicgame, to study the Bible.

Jessica Chacko and Dan Androsbring us this week's look

at what's trending at Faithwire.com.

- In our first trending story,

Facebook has received criticism

for allegedly censoringan image of Santa Claus

kneeling before Jesus in a manger.

Labeling it as potentiallygraphic content.

Here to tell us more, Managing Editor

at Faithwire.com, Dan Andros.

Dan, do we know why Facebookcensored this image?

- Just a little bit of backgroundon how Facebook employs

the censoring image notificationon top of the images,

basically, what they haveis an automated system

that detects certain thingsand nobody know exactly

what they input into that

and most of the time it works pretty well.

But every now and then, thereare these sort of images

that get the labelwhere they kind of make,

it's like things that make you go, "Hmm,"

you wonder why in theworld that got the label.

And this image was just really an image

of Santa kneeling down to the baby Jesus

along with some text thatwas basically explaining

in a viral type post, Santawas lamenting the fact

that he had become so popularin place of baby Jesus.

And so somehow, that got the warning label

and when sites started to point this out,

Facebook and everybody checked into it

and eventually they did take it down

and said it was an error.

But the interesting thingabout the Facebook errors

that they always seem to havewhen it comes to censoring

and graphic content and all that,

the errors seem to be one sided,

there seems to be one sortof political affiliation

or religious affiliation thatsort of gets those labels

and gets those warnings and censorships

and those sorts of things from Facebook.

So, it's an issue theyhave but largely it works

for the most part, correctly

but in this instance, itwas an egregious error.

But they did fix it.

- Next up, Chance the Rapper announced

he is taking a sabbaticalto study the Bible.

This isn't the first timethe 25 year old Grammy winner

has been vocal about his faith.

Dan, what inspired himto take a sabbatical?

- You know, we've beenwatching Chance the Rapper

because he's been outspokenabout his faith as you said.

He's been on the Grammy's,when he won he thanked God

and gave glory to God andsaid he claimed this victory

to honor the Lord.

So, he's been open about his faith

but he posted that he admitted

that he doesn't study theBible as much as he'd like to

and knows he should and itactually took sort of his nephew,

his new nephew, to sort of realize,

hey you know what, thenext generation is here

and I need to make sure thatI am brushed up on the word.

Give him credit, he's takingthis time to remove himself

from everything elseand focus on the word.

He's already started posting after that

about things he's reading in Galatians

and things of that nature.

So, definitely a bold stepfor someone in his position,

who has had so much mainstream success.

- Well you can find these stories and more

by visiting Faithwire on Facebook

and on the web at Faithwire.com.

Back to you.

- [Efrem] Still ahead,see how the First Lady,

the Marines and Santa are teaming up

to bring smiles tochildren this Christmas.

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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 spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw first hand 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.

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First Lady, Melania Trump and Santa Claus

made an appearance ata D.C. military base.

They were there to pass outtoys to the less fortunate.

Mrs. Trump attended theMarine Toys for Tots event

at the Joint Anacostia-BollingMilitary Base on Tuesday.

She, along with servicemembers and their families

prepared gifts and cards for children

who may not be gettinga Christmas this year.

Santa was also there passing out bags

with Melania's anti-bullyingcampaign slogan,

you know that slogan is, "Be Best."

It was written on all of those bags.

The First Lady said

children are the mostprecious gift of all.

The Marine Toys for Tots program

has been delivering toys since 1947.

So beautiful to see.

Made those children happy indeed.

That is gonna do it for thisedition of CBN Newswatch.

Remember that you can always find more

of our exclusive coverage ofthe issues you care most about

at CBNNews.com

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Make it a fabulous Fridayand a wonderful weekend.

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