'Many Christians Are Being Killed': World's Worst Persecutors Revealed, 60,000 Christians in Concentration Camps
- North Korea again, it tops the list
of the 50 most dangerouscountries to follow Jesus.
The 2019 Watch listreleased today by Open Doors
highlights where actionis desperately needed
to protect Christians.
CBN White House corespondent Ben Kennedy
joins us with a closer look.
- Well, Jenna, President Trump has met
with many of those leaderswhose countries made the list.
We're talking about China,Nigeria, Saudi Arabia
and of course North Korea to name a few.
The Trump administration makes
religious freedom a priority.
Case and point, fighting for the release
of Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey
but there is more the government can do
and that's the backbone behind this list.
- For you who believe, answer the call.
- [Ben] The spread of radical Islam
Increases the danger forChristians worldwide.
- [Father Daniel] ManyChristians are being killed
because of their faithand I know many families
that they have lost so many family members
because of their faith.
- [Ben] Father Daniel preaches to nearly
200 families in Iraqwhere he faces intense
persecution by Al-Qaeda.
- [Interviewer] You toldme many priests are leaving
because its quite frankly not safe,
why are you staying?
- [Father Daniel] Well I'm staying because
to stay with my people.
So this is the onlything which is keeping me
staying there and working with them
because they need help now urgently.
So if I'm not going to be there,
who's going to help them?
- [Ben] Iraq is number13 on the watch list
of countries where Christiansface the most persecution.
Each year the watchdoggroup Open Doors USA
documents the most oppressive
and restrictive countries for Christians.
Topping the list isNorth Korea, followed by
Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and Pakistan.
- [David Curry] We believenow based upon our research
that there's over 245million Christians who
live in areas of extremeor high persecution.
That's a lot.
- [Ben] He adds thatviolence against Christians
increased dramaticallythis past year in China.
- [David Curry] Theymoved up from number 41
to number 27 on the list.
- [Interviewer] That's a big jump.
- Its a huge jump and itshows that things are getting
more difficult for Chinaand its a big church
so a lot of people, millionsof people are affected.
- [Ben] North Korearemains number one for the
eighteenth year in a rowdespite talks between
President Trump and Dictator Kim Jong Un.
- [David Curry] I wouldlove to see human rights be
a part of the discussionwhen you're talking about
nuclear arms because you can tell within
30, 60, 90 days ifconditions have improved
for Christians thatare in the labor camps.
Right now there is over 60,000 Christians
in labor camps in North Korea.
A lot of people don't know that.
- [Ben] Vice PresidentMike Pence does and today
reaffirmed that theWhite House will always
be a champion for people of faith.
- [Mike Pence] Protecting andpromoting religious freedom
is a foreign policy priorityof this administration.
- Now Open Doors continuesits efforts hoping
that governments, human rights groups
and other organizations will take notice,
get involved and help believers.
For example Barane droppedoff the list this year
after a meeting withChristian leaders to set up a
safe space for people to worship.
Open Doors CEO says itis really a role model
to the Middle East.
- And then today the US honors
National Religious Freedom day.
What is the governmentdoing to observe it?
- Well Jenna yeah the USis set to host the second
Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
That will be held on July16th through the 18th
right here in DC, it will bring together
hundreds of governmentreps, religious leaders
and even survivors ofreligious persecution
to generate new ideason how better to protect
people of faith and we'll of course
keep you posted leading up to the event.
- Alright thanks Ben and of course
the government shutdownwe to talk about that.
Any new rumblings fromPresident Trump there?
- Jenna I wish I hadbetter news but not yet,
Trump still demands five billion dollars
for the border wall and democrats
insist yeah they're not gonna budge
until the Government reopens.
So we'll just have to wait and see.
- And now there are talks Ben,
of the State of the Unioncould even be in jeopardy.
What are you hearing about that?
- Yeah that made headlines no doubt today,
speaker Pelosi sent aletter to the President
saying they should consider postponing it
until the government is opened,
no word if the State ofthe Union will take place
on January 29th as planned
but Secretary Nielson just tweeted out
a short time ago that the Department
of Homeland Security and US Secret Service
are fully prepared to support and secure
the State of the Union.
I'm not quite sure what kindof impact that will have
on the President's decisionbut we'll let you know
if the date happens to be rescheduled.
- Alright Ben Kennedyforce at the White House,
thank you Ben.
Well neither side of the aisle is budging
as the longest Governmentshutdown enters its 26th day.
CBN News senior Washingtoncorespondent Jennifer Wishon,
gives us more details ontwo strategies to find
a solution in congressand which one is working.
- Day 26 of the great Americanshutdown and the effects
of the partial closing are weighing
heavier on Federal workers.
As the president andcongressional democrats
continue making noise,one man is keeping silent
and he may hold the keyto finding a solution.
- I want President Trump to see his face,
and the face of all these others.
- [Jennifer] Politicaltheatrics were on full display
today as democrats in congresstook to the Capitol steps
with jumbo photos of federalworkers hit by the shutdown.
- Mr. President, President Trump.
Look at the pain andsuffering you're causing.
- [Jennifer] The props weretrotted out a day after
democrats refused tomeet with the president
to discuss a possible way out.
- [Jennifer] The shutdownbroke another dubious record
Tuesday as service membersin the US Coast Guard
missed their first paychecks.
Operating under the Departmentof Homeland Security
the Coast Guard continuedsearch and rescue operations.
- I was sent home on December 22,
I haven't worked or been paid since.
- [Jennifer] In Hampton,Virginia a furloughed
NASA computer scientistsays the shutdown may cause
the daycare at NASA to close.
- Right now we have nochildcare for my daughter.
she stays at home with me right now,
which puts a damper onmy ability to look for
any kind of temporarywork during the shutdown
as we have no childcare.
- [Jennifer] After thePresident invited the press
to an Oval Office meetingbefore the shutdown hit,
democrats have shied away
from the presence ofcameras during negotiations.
- Whether the cameras are there or not,
the president has said he will not opened
the government, he is juststicking to his position
and won't budge.
- [Jennifer] Today thevice president insisted
border security is theadministrations top issue.
- We will secure theborder of the United States
of America for the sake of our people,
our security and our sovereignty.
- [Jennifer] As democratsplay to the grand stands.
- Open the Government.
- [Jennifer] The SenateMajority leader is keeping
a low profile.
Mitch Mcconnell said Tuesday,
there's only one way out.
- The solution to the problem is for the
President of the UnitedStates reaches an agreement
with the democratic majority in the house
and enough democrats in thesenate to prevent an agreement.
There's no way around that.
- This isn't the KentuckySenators first rodeo,
the leader in the senate knows when
the best course ofaction is to do nothing.
And right now his low keyapproach seems to be doing
the job at least when it comesto protecting republicans
from shouldering the blame.
- Well the shutdown isstarting to have real
Administration economistshave doubled there projections
of how much economic growth is being lost
each week as it drags on.
Joining us now to talkabout this is Steven Moore,
an economist with The Heritage Foundation
and a former Trump campaign advisor.
Steven thanks so much for joining us.
- Thank you.
- Uh Steven, estimates from
The Council of EconomicAdvisors show the shutdown
weighing very heavily on the economy,
there's concern it couldput an end to the growth.
Your thoughts on that?
- Well certainly it'snegative for the economy
When you have 800,000people who aren't on the job
and working and obviouslythey will get paid
for the days that they've lostin their subsequent paychecks
when the Government opens up again
but yeah this is anegative for the economy.
You asked the questionwhether this could actually
cause the economy to go negative
and the answer to that is no.
You know we're gonna see a slow down
in the first quarter numbers,
hopefully in the nextcouple weeks this will
get resolved and DonaldTrump will get the money
for the border security the nation needs
and then you're going to see a pick up
in the economy in the second quarter
to make up for a lot ofthe economic activity
that didn't happen in the first quarter.
So I think it's negativefor the economy but I think
it's being over blownabout how negative it is.
- Well you mentionedthe government employees
and all of them eventually being paid back
but Steven what about those who
are outside of the Government,
you know for example people
who work at restaurants and businesses.
Near say, national parks where
tourists have stopped coming.
- Yeah that's where youreally see the economic
hit is some of these businesses that
are seeing a decline in thecustomers that are coming
into their operations .
You're watching DC and Iwent to my normal coffee shop
and I asked the lady behindthe counter you know,
how's business and shesaid their down 35 percent.
You know, so far this month
and that's a big hit for a small business.
So there is gonna besome economic pain here
no question about it, mypoint is that it's short term
you know pain and hopefullyin the next couple weeks
we'll get back to normal.
- In the long term whatwould be the consequences
of this shutdown from an economicand political standpoint.
- We're gonna see GDP alittle bit lower this year
than it would otherwise be.
I estimate maybe pointone or point two percent
off of GDP, that's notan insignificant number.
You know hopefully wecan regain some of that
as the economy regainsspeed after the government
shutdown is over.
But also this depends a lot on how much,
how long the shutdown goes on.
You know every week that goes on the pain
gets even deeper becauseall of these activities
whether its the TSA people
at the airports, or peoplein the passport offices,
or people who are doingother construction projects
and so on.
Those get delayed and so the effect
on the economy increases the longer
the shutdown goes on,
which is why its important that they get
this resolved as quickly as possible.
- Steven how long do youthink this can go on?
How long can PresidentTrump, how long can he really
ride this out and willthere be a breaking point?
- I don't think anyone knowsthe answer to that question
because you'd have to ask Nancy Pelosi
and Donald Trump theanswer to that question.
Right now they seem tonot be close at all,
and Pelosi has basicallyI'm not negotiating.
Its hard to reach acompromise when the other
side isn't negotiating.
So God forbid this could go on
for another three orfour weeks, I hope not
because it would be soeasy to solve this crisis.
Remember they're arguingover four billion dollars,
now that's a lot ofmoney but the cost of the
government shutdown ismultiple times that.
So why not get together, youknow split the difference.
Trump gets some of what he wants,
Pelosi gets what she wants.
But right now Pelosi is not negotiating.
So that makes it verydifficult to come to a
- Alright Steven Moore withThe Heritage Foundation.
Always good to see you, thanks Steven.
- Thank you.
- [Jenna] When we comeback Democrats are working
to block a pro IsraelBill in the Middle East.
As a growing anti Israel movement
in congress gains steam.
What Florida Senator Marco Rubio
is doing to see it through.
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- While parts of thegovernment remain shutdown,
senate democrats arevowing to block any bill
not related to government funding.
That includes the pro-Israel Strengthening
America's Security in the Middle East Act.
One republican senator believes democrats
have another motive forpreventing the bills passage.
Here's Capitol Hillcorespondent Abigail Robertson.
- There's a growing anti-Israel movement
known as the Boycott, divestmentand Sanctions, or BDS.
And Senator Marco Rubio is
alarmed the effort's supportis spreading to the US.
- The BDS is a movementaround the world to
get companies, pressure companies to
boycott Israel and not do business there.
Divest from any investments in Israel
or Israeli companiesand to get governments
to sanction Israel.
- [Abigail] Currentlythose behind BDS target
companies like AHAVA,Caterpillar, HP and Sabra Hummus
hoping to isolate Israelacademically, culturally,
economically and militarily.
- It is an anti-Semitic movement.
- [Abigail] Joel Griffithof The Heritage Foundation
calls it a threat to Israel's security.
- [Joel Griffith] Israel,it's a beacon of democracy.
It's an area where religious minorities
and ethic minorities enjoy equal rights.
And yet, that is the countrythat these individuals
have chosen to target.
- What do you think the endgoal of the BDS movement is?
- Well, the end goal, asstated by their founder
Omar Barghouti, is the end ofthe Jewish state of Israel.
- [Abigail] Protestersboast their campaigns
have cost Israeli companies billions,
due to lost contracts andmajor shareholder divesting.
- I'm concerned that we'reseeing for the first time
at least two house membersthat openly pro-BDS.
- [Abigail] They would benewly elected representatives
Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.
Tlaib recently told the intercept,
"She believes the boycottsbring attention to issues
like the racism and the international
human rights violations by Israel.
Senator Rubio included a combating BDS Act
in the first bill the senateis taking up this year.
- We have a law that says thatstates and local governments
can decide not to do anywork, meaning no contracts
for goods or services with companies
that are boycotting ordivesting from Israel.
- [Abigail] Democratskeep blocking it, however.
Saying they won't consider any bills
unrelated to opening the government.
Rubio thinks there's another reason.
- I think they're blockingit because they're afraid
of radical elements in their own base.
There's a growing group ofpeople in the democratic party
that are anti-Israel, openly.
And I think they're afraid of 'em.
- [Abigail] Senator Bernie Sanders
and Representative Rashida Tlaib say,
Rubio's bill punishesAmericans who exercise
their constitutional right toengage in political activity.
To which Rubio argues.
- The first amendment, first of all,
applies to individuals.
This law doesn't apply to individuals.
All this law says is, youcan go ahead and support BDS,
but if I'm a city or a state,
I don't have to contract with a company
that's involved in BDS.
- [Abigail] Minority leader Chuck Schumer,
a staunch supporter of Israel,did not answer CBN News'
question about histhoughts on the democrats
who openly support the BDS movement.
But, he did say this aboutthe combating BDS act.
- I am a co-sponsor, soI've supported it all along.
- Congresswoman Tlaib says,
she plans to go against tradition,
and lead a house delegation,to which she refers to as,
the Israeli occupied West Bank.
Historically, freshmanlawmakers have been invited
to spend a week meetingwith Israeli leaders.
Reporting from Capital Hill,Abigail Robertson CBN News.
- [Jenna] And for morenews on all things Israel
tune in to the CBN NewsChannel, Jerusalem Dateline
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When we come back, the creative lengths,
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