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CBN NewsWatch: November 22, 2012

On today's show, talking turkey: how to safely prepare your Thanksgiving dinner; Stephen Mansfield on Abraham Lincoln's private battle to believe, kids explain Thanksgiving in their own words; and more. Read Transcript


ON THIS SPECIAL

"THANKSGIVING PROGRAM, "

MAKING SURE YOUR

THANKSGIVING TURKEY IS NOT

"ONLY TASTY, BUT SAFE FOR "

YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH.

"PLUS, THE STRUGGLE TO FIND"

A LASTING FAITH FOR ONE OF

AMERICA'S FAVORITE

PRESIDENTS OF ALL TIME.

AND THE INCREDIBLE STORY

OF HOW ONE MAN DEFIED ALL

"ODDS IN PRISON, JUST TO "

HAVE A BIBLE TO READ.

ALL OF THIS AND MUCH MORE

ON THIS SPECIAL

THANKSGIVING EDITION OF

NEWSWATCH.

"WELCOME, EVERYONE, TO THIS"

SPECIAL THANKSGIVING

EDITION OF CBN'S

"NEWSWATCH, I'M WENDY "

GRIFFITH.

PREPARING A THANKSGIVING

TURKEY IS NOT EASY.

"IN FACT, IT CAN ACTUALLY "

BE DANGEROUS.

EVEN AFTER PUTTING DOWN

THE CARVING KNIFE.

LAURIE JOHNSON TELLS US

WHY AND HOW YOU CAN AVOID

SOME OF THE HAZARDS THAT

COME WITH YOUR TURKEY

DINNER THIS THANKSGIVING.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH IT

"MAY LOOK SAFE, YOUR "

THANKSGIVING TURKEY COULD

BE CONTAMINATED WITH

SALMONELLA.

DR. PHILIP SCHNEIDER SAYS

FOR MOST PEOPLE THAT WOULD

RUIN THEIR HOLIDAY

"WEEKEND, BUT FOR OTHERS IT"

CAN BE DEADLY.

PEOPLE USUALLY DEVELOP

"DIARRHEA, FEVER, ABDOMINAL"

"CRAMPS, AND THEY WILL "

START TO FEEL JUST

FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS.

MOST PEOPLE WILL GET

THROUGH THESE JUST FINE IN

FOUR TO SEVEN DAYS.

"PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY YOUNG,"

LIKE INFANTS OR YOUNG

"CHILDREN, OR ELDERLY "

"INDIVIDUALS, OR SOMEBODY "

WITH AN COMPROMISED IMMUNE

"SYSTEM, THEY WILL HAVE A "

HARDER TIME FIGHTING THE

INFECTION.

Reporter: SALMONELLA

IS FOUND IN RAW TURKEY.

CHEF DAVID MILLER IS AN

INSTRUCTOR AT THE VIRGINIA

CULINARY INSTITUTE.

HE SAYS TURKEY SHOULD BE

THAWED IN THE

"REFRIGERATOR, NOT AT ROOM "

TEMPERATURE.

"IF YOU HAVE TO RUSH IT,"

THE BEST WAY TO DO IT IS

"UNDER COOL, RUNNING WATER "

"IN THE SINK, SO THE TURKEY"

"IS COVERED, BUT THE WATER "

STAYS RUNNING THE WHOLE

TIME.

THE WATER TO BE DRAINING.

Reporter: PUT YOUR

BIRD ON A PAN IN THE

FRIDGE BECAUSE THE RAW

JUICES CAN INFECT

EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH.

SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND

WHILE YOU'RE PREPARING IT.

AFTER YOU'RE HANDLING

"THE RAW BIRD, MAKE SURE "

"THE SURFACES ARE CLEANED, "

"YOUR KNIVES ARE CLEANED, "

AND YOU WASH YOUR HANDS

REAL THOROUGHLY BEFORE

HANDLING ANYTHING ELSE.

Reporter: TO KILL

"BACTERIA, USE SOAP. "

"OR TO BE MOST CAUTIOUS, "

MIX A TABLESPOON OF BLEECH

INTO A GALLON OF WARM

WATER.

AND USE PAPER TOWELS

BECAUSE SPONGES CAN BE A

BREEDING GROUND FOR

BACTERIA.

"NO OFFENSE TO GRANDMA, BUT"

THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY OF

COOKING TURKEY FOR A LONG

PERIOD OF TIME AT A LOW

TEMPERATURE JUST ISN'T

SAFE BECAUSE IT DOESN'T

KILL ANY BACTERIA THAT

MIGHT BE IN IT.

THE OVEN SHOULD BE AT

LEAST 325°.

COOK THE TURKEY UNTIL IT

REACHES 165° AT THE INNER

MOST PART.

MOST CHEFS DO NOT

RECOMMEND STUFFING A

TURKEY BECAUSE BY THE TIME

"THE STUFFING REACHES 165°,"

THE REST OF THE TURKEY IS

OVERCOOKED.

"NOW, WHEN IT COMES TO "

"THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS, "

BEWARE OF A DIFFERENT KIND

"OF BACTERIA, E.coli. "

ANY TIME YOU GET A

"FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS, IT "

WILL TAKE ANYWHERE FROM 12

TO 72 HOURS TO KNOW YOU'RE

STARTING TO GET THE

SYMPTOMS.

SO IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW

WHEN IT IS A FOOD-BORNE

ILLNESS VERSUS A VIRAL

INFECTION.

Reporter: THE

BACTERIA DANGER ZONES

BETWEEN 40 AND 140°.

SO MAKE SURE YOUR FRIDGE

"IS COOL ENOUGH, AND GET "

THE LEFTOVERS IN THERE IN

TWO HOURS.

WHEN TALKING ABOUT TURKEY

"SAFETY, BE VERY CAREFUL IF"

YOU'RE DEEP-FRYING IT.

ALTHOUGH IT HAS BECOME A

VERY POPULAR WAY TO COOK

"THANKSGIVING DINNER, WITH "

LOTS OF HOT OIL AND AN

"OPEN FLAME, IT CAN ALSO BE"

VERY DANGEROUS.

OVERFILLING THE TURKEY

FRYER IS THE MOST COMMON

MISTAKE.

"TO PREVENT THIS, FIRST "

TEST WITH WATER HOW MUCH

OIL YOU'LL NEED.

DON'T PUT YOUR FRYER IN A

GARAGE OR UP AGAINST A

WALL.

AND MAKE SURE YOUR TURKEY

IS COMPLETELY DRY AND

DEFROSTED BEFORE YOU

SLOWLY PLACE IT IN THE

OIL.

FIRE CHIEF TIM REILLY SAYS

THANKSGIVING IS THE PEAK

DAY FOR HOME FIRES.

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE

GLOVES.

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE EYE

GOGGLES.

YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ON THE

DECK.

YOU SHOULD NEVER BE

INSIDE.

HAVE A STABLE PLATFORM AND

BE FAMILIAR WITH THE

OPERATION OF YOUR TURKEY

FRYER.

Reporter: THERE IS

ONE EXCEPTION TO THE

"OUTDOOR-ONLY RULE, THAT'S "

IF YOU'RE USING A FRYER

SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR

INDOOR USE.

AND REGARDLESS OF HOW

YOU'RE COOKING YOUR

"TURKEY, IF YOU GET A MINOR"

"BURN, PUT IT UNDER COOL "

WATER.

DO NOT PUT ICE OR BUTTER

ON IT.

"IF THE SKIN DOES BREAK,"

MAKE SURE TO KEEP THAT

AREA COVERED TO PREVENT A

"SECONDARY INFECTION, AND "

PUT AN ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT

ON THERE.

SOME PEOPLE ARE SENSITIVE

"TO NEOSPORIN, SO PUT "

POLYSPORIN ON IT.

AND DON'T USE HYDROGEN

PEROXIDE.

Reporter: AND

HOPEFULLY THIS WILL HELP

YOU FULLY ENJOY THE

BLESSINGS OF THANKSGIVING.

"LAURIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS. "

"Wendy: COMING UP, "

LINCOLN'S BATTLE WITH GOD.

HOW THIS BELOVED MAN

STARTED LIFE AS AN ATHEIST

AND ENDED IT AS A STRONG

MAN OF FAITH.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS ONE OF

AMERICAS MOST BELOVED

PRESIDENTS.

HE FREED THE SLAVES.

BUT AUTHOR STEVEN

MANSFIELD SAYS HE WAS ALSO

A MAN WHO STRUGGLED WITH

HIS FAITH.

RECENTLY LEE WEBB SPOKE

WITH HIM ABOUT HIS NEW

"BOOK, ""LINCOLN'S BATTLE "

"WITH GOD."" "

"Lee: STEVEN, PEOPLE "

MAY NOT KNOW IN THIS

"YOUNGER YEARS, ABRAHAM "

"LINCOLN WAS AN ATHEIST, "

AND HE REJECTED THE VERY

EXISTENCE OF GOD.

TELL US ABOUT THAT PHASE

OF HIS LIFE.

LINCOLN'S PARENTS WERE

CAUGHT UP IN THE REVIVAL

THAT SORT OF SWEPT THE

WESTERN FRONTIER.

IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL.

AND LINCOLN DIDN'T HAVE A

GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH

"HIS FATHER, SO HE STARTED "

TO TURN AWAY FROM THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH ALMOST

IMMEDIATELY.

BUT THEN HAY STARTED TO

"READ, AND HE DECIDED TO "

BECOME REALLY THE VILLAGE

ATHEIST.

HE CHALLENGED EVERYBODY'S

FAITH.

HE WROTE LITTLE SHORT

MANUSCRIPTS AGAINST

CHRISTIANITY.

I WILL SAY IN BRIEF THAT

HIS FRIENDS SAID IT WASN'T

SO MUCH HE DIDN'T BELIEVE

"IN GOD, HE WAS MAD AT GOD."

BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HIS

MOTHER'S ILL LEGITIMACY

MADE HIM SOMEHOW LESS.

AND SO HE HAD A LONG

ATHEIST PERIOD.

Lee: HOW DO YOU

ACCOUNT FOR HIS

CONVERSION?

WHAT CHANGED HIS THINKING

ON THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

"UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT "

CHANGED HIS THINKING WERE

A SERIES OF DEATHS.

"HE LOST HIS MOTHER, HE "

LOST SONS.

HE SAID AT ONE POINT IN

"HIS LIFE, HE WAS HAUNTED "

BY THE THOUGHT OF RAIN

FALLING ON GRAVES.

"IN THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD, "

EACH TIME THERE WAS A

SIGNIFICANT DEATH IN HIS

"LIFE, THERE WAS A MINISTER"

OF THE GOSPEL TO SPEAK

WITH HIM.

HE LOST A CHILD WHILE HE

"WAS LIVING IN SPRINGFIELD,"

"AND MARY, HIS WIFE, "

COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT IN

HER GRIEF.

BUT ABRAHAM A GOOD

"MINISTER, AND HE BEGAN TO "

COME TO A DEEP AND GENUINE

FAITH.

Lee: EVEN AFTER HE

"CAME TO FAITH, DID HE "

WRESTLE WITH SOME OF THE

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH?

HE WRESTLED WITH ALL OF

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

"AT HIS AGE, ESPECIALLY IN "

"POLITICS, CHRISTIANS "

MISBEHAVED AND TURNED HIM

OFF.

SO HE HAD TO MEASURE EACH

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE FOR

HIMSELF.

BUT HE WAS NOT A MAN WHO

JUST ACCEPTED OTHER MEN'S

TESTIMONY QUICKLY.

HE WAS NOT A MAN WHO COULD

JUST ACCEPT THE

TRADITIONAL CREEDS

UNCRITICALLY.

HE HAD TO STUDY IT OUT AND

REACH IT ON HIS OWN.

Lee: ONE OF THE

ANTEDOTES I FIND MOST

FASCINATING OCCURRED ON

THE DAY HE WAS

ASSASSINATED.

"YOU WRITE, HE LONGED TO GO"

TO JERUSALEM TO WALK IN

THE SAVIOR'S STEPS.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

WHENEVER WE READ ABOUT

LINCOLN'S DEATH AT FORD

"THEATER, ALMOST ALWAYS THE"

FINAL WORDS ARE SOMETHING

"LIKE MARY LINCOLN SAYING, "

THE YOUNG COUPLE WITH US

HERE IN THE BOX WILL BE

EMBARRASSED BY ME CLINGING

"TO YOU SO, AND ABRAHAM "

"SAID, WHY THEY WILL THINK "

NOTHING OF IT.

BUT MARY SAID THEY WERE

CONTINUING A CONVERSATION

"THEY HAD DURING THE DAY, "

AND THAT CONVERSATION WAS

WHAT THEY COULD DO AFTER

THE WAR.

AND LINCOLN SAID I WANT TO

"GO ABROAD, I WANT TO GO TO"

JERUSALEM.

"AND THEN HE SAID, I WANT "

TO WALK IN THE SAVIOR'S

FOOTSTEPS.

AND THOSE MAY HAVE BEEN

THE LAST WORDS ABRAHAM

LINCOLN EVER SPOKE.

JOHN WILKS ENTERED HIS

"GRAVE AT THAT MOMENT, AND "

HE NEVER SPOKE AGAIN.

HE WAS DEFINITELY ON A

JOURNEY.

HE WENT FROM BEING A

VILLAGE ATHEIST TO

POSSIBLY HIS LAST WORDS

"BEING ""I WANT TO WALK IN "

"THE SAVIOR'S FOOTSTEPS."" "

Lee: THE RELEASE OF

YOUR BOOK IS TIMELY

BECAUSE WE'RE ABOUT TO SEE

A NEW MOVIE ABOUT ABRAHAM

LINCOLN.

YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO

SEE AN ADVANCED SCREENING

OF THE MOVIE.

AND WHAT WAS YOUR

IMPRESSION OF IT?

I GOT TO GO TO L.A. AND

"SEE IT, AND I'VE GOT TO "

"TELL YOU IT IS A POWERFUL,"

POWERFUL FILM.

IT IS A GIFT TO OUR NATION

WITH A LOT OF THE CYNICISM

THAT HAS COME OUT IN OUR

NATION AFTER THIS

ELECTION.

IT DOESN'T DO JUSTICE TO

"THE ISSUE OF FAITH, WHICH "

IS WHY I'M GLAD MY BOOK IS

ON THE MARKET.

BUT WHAT A POWERFUL FILM.

AND DANIEL DAY LEWIS AS

LINCOLN -- THEY USE THIS

WORD ALL THE TIME IN

"REVIEWS, BUT HE IS A "

REVELATION.

HIM SITTING STILL IS A

MORE POWERFUL REFLECTION

OF LINCOLN THAN ANYTHING

ELSE YOU CAN READ OR SEE.

Lee: STEVEN MANSFIELD

"IS AUTHOR OF ""LINCOLN'S "

"BATTLE WITH GOD, A "

PRESIDENT'S STRUGGLE WITH

FAITH AND WHAT IT MEANT

"FOR AMERICA."" "

"STEVEN, IT IS ALWAYS A "

PLEASURE TO TOOK WITH YOU

ABOUT THE BOOKS YOU'VE

WRITTEN ON THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH AND HOW IT HAS

AFFECTED US AS A NATION.

"LEE, IT IS ALWAYS GOOD "

TO BE WITH YOU.

"Wendy: UP NEXT, A MAN "

RISKS HIS LIFE TO GET A

COPY OF THE BIBLE.

Wendy: THANKSGIVING

IS A WONDERFUL DAY TO

REFLECT ON OUR MANY

"BLESSINGS HERE IN AMERICA,"

INCLUDING OUR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

"IN SOME COUNTRIES, "

CHRISTIANS RISK THEIR

LIVES JUST TO GET A COPY

OF THE BIBLE.

THE MAN IN OUR NEXT STORY

WAS IN PRISON FOR HIS

CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE

COMMUNIST NATION OF LAOS.

WHAT HE WANTED MORE THAN

"ANYTHING, THOUGH, WAS TO "

READ THE SCRIPTURES.

HERE IS HIS AMAZING STORY.

I AM IN PRISON FOR

TELLING OTHERS ABOUT

JESUS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY

DIDN'T SHOOT ME.

THE INTERROGATIONS ARE THE

ONLY TIME I AM OUT OF

SOLITARY.

I AM LOSING HOPE AND FEAR

I HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN.

I RECITE BIBLE VERSES TO

"MYSELF, BUT THE WORDS ARE "

GETTING HARDER AND HARDER

TO REMEMBER. I CAN HANDLE

"THE TORTURE, THE "

"STARVATION, BUT I "

DESPERATELY NEED MY BIBLE.

EVERY DAY I PRAY OVER AND

OVER FOR GOD TO GIVE ME A

BIBLE.

NOW I HAVE MY CHANCE.

THE INTERROGATIONS HAVE

"ENDED, THE GUARDS TRUST ME"

TO GO INTO THE JUNGLE TO

GATHER FIREWOOD.

"WORKING AS FAST AS I CAN, "

I WILL COLLECT TWO DAYS'

WORTH OF FIREWOOD.

I'LL BRING ONE BUNDLE

BACK.

AND I'LL LEAVE THE SECOND

BUNDLE IN THE WOODS.

THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO DO.

IT IS VERY RISKY.

BUT GOD IS ANSWERING MY

PRAYERS.

I WILL RISK EVERYTHING TO

HAVE A BIBLE.

I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE MY

"WIFE, BUT I HAVE TO OR SHE"

WILL BE IN DANGER.

LEAVING HER IS SO HARD.

GOD HAS ANSWERED MY

PRAYERS.

I HAVE A BIBLE.

BUT I MUST BE CAREFUL.

"THEY FOUND MY BIBLE, BUT I"

WOULD NOT GIVE UP.

I WILL BRING IN MORE

BIBLES.

I WILL READ GOD'S WORD

EVERY CHANCE I GET.

THEN THE LETTERS CAME.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGNLANGUAGE]

LETTERS FROM CHRISTIANS

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

GOD NOT ONLY ANSWERED MY

"PRAYER FOR A BIBLE, HE LET"

ME KNOW I AM NOT

FORGOTTEN.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Wendy: THE QUESTION

EVERYONE ASKS THIS TIME OF

YEAR: WHAT ARE YOU

THANKFUL FOR?

ANSWERED BY CHILDREN.

"Wendy: WELL, KIDS "

HAVE THEIR OWN UNIQUE

"IDEAS ABOUT THANKSGIVING, "

AND TIMES WHEN YOU ASK

"THEM ABOUT IT, THE DETAILS"

GET A LITTLE BIT FUZZY.

WE GOT SOME LITTLE ONES

TOGETHER AND ASKED THEM TO

TELL US WHY THANKSGIVING

IS ALL ABOUT.

AND HERE IS WHAT THEY HAD

TO SAY.

Reporter: DO YOU KNOW

WHAT THANKSGIVING IS ALL

ABOUT?

IT'S A DAY TO GET

TOGETHER AND WE HAVE A BIG

FEAST.

ABOUT THE PILGRIMS AND

THE INDIANS GETTING

TOGETHER.

I KIND OF FORGET.

I'VE HEARD OF IT.

Reporter: OKAY.

WE HAVE SOME STORIES

ABOUT IT.

"BECAUSE THE PILGRIMS CAME,"

AND THAT WAS THE DAY -- WE

"DON'T KNOW EXACTLY, BUT I "

THINK THAT WAS THE DAY

"WHEN THEY, UM, CELEBRATED "

THAT GOD HAD GIVEN THEM A

GOOD TRIP.

THEY WERE THANKFUL THAT

THEY DEFEATED THE BRITISH.

WE ARE THANKING GOD FOR

THE DAYS HE GAVE US.

THE PILGRIMS WERE

THANKING GOD FOR THE FOOD

AND THE INDIANS WHO HELPED

THEM GROW THE FOOD.

Reporter: WHAT'S A

"PILGRIM, ANYWAY? "

I DON'T REALLY KNOW.

"OH, IT'S A PERSON. "

IT'S SOMEONE WHO CAME

FROM A PLACE TO GO TO

ANOTHER PLACE ON A BOAT.

THEY CAME FROM INDIA.

ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO

WENT TO AMERICA BECAUSE

THE ENGLISH PEOPLE WEREN'T

LETTING THEM WORSHIP GOD

IN THE WAY THEY WANTED TO.

Reporter: WHO ELSE

WAS THERE?

PILGRIMS AND WHO ELSE?

"LIKE, INDIANS. "

THE INDIANS.

THE INDIANS.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

THANK THEY ATE AT THE VERY

FIRST THANKSGIVING?

"THEY ATE, POPCORN, I "

KNOW.

MAYBE BEANS.

I DON'T KNOW.

THEY HAD SOME TURKEY.

MAYBE CRANBERRIES.

"THEY HAD BEEF, "

PROBABLY.

CRANBERRIES AND PUMPKIN

PIE.

STUFFING.

MAYBE SOMETHING ELSE.

THEY PROBABLY HAD

"BEANS, MAYBE SOME FRUIT. "

"PROBABLY ONLY, LIKE, A "

LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THERE

WASN'T VERY MUCH.

A SMOOTHIE.

A SMOOTHIE?

PUMPKIN PIE.

BECAUSE THEY HAD NO OVENS

AND NO HOT PADS.

Reporter: WHAT WOULD

YOU SAY YOU'RE THANKFUL

FOR?

FOR OUR TOYS.

ICE CREAM.

I DON'T KNOW.

FOR MY SISTER.

FOR MY GRANDPARENTS.

FOR MY FRIENDS.

I'M THANKFUL FOR THE

TOYS.

Reporter: DO YOU HAVE

A FAVORITE?

MY LEGOS.

PARENTS AND JESUS DYING

TO SAVE US.

THE BIBLE.

"MY MOMMY OR DADDY, "

BECAUSE I WOULDN'T BE HERE

IF I DIDN'T HAVE A MOMMY

OR DADDY.

Wendy: ARE THEY JUST

PRECIOUS.

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF

BABES.

I THINK THEY DID REALLY

WELL.

"MAYBE CRANBERRIES, MAYBE "

BEANS -- PROBABLY.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS

THANKSGIVING THURSDAY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

HAVE A GREAT TIME.

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