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CBN NewsWatch: March 11, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, March 11: Karzai's US-Taliban collusion claim 'categorically false,' Pakistan Christians protest over Muslim mob attack; Britain's Queen Elizabeth endorses gay rights; and more. Read Transcript


Wendy: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," A DIFFICULT

FIRST TRIP FOR THE NEW

DEFENSE SECRETARY.

A LOOK AT WHAT CHUCK HAGEL

WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ON

HIS FIRST VISIT TO

AFGHANISTAN.

PLUS, CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN

ARE SPEAKING OUT AFTER AN

ATTACK BY MUSLIMS.

WE'LL LOOK AT WHAT STARTED

THE VIOLENCE THAT DESTROYED

NEARLY 200 HOMES.

AND SEE HOW A GROUP CALLED

GRIP IS TACKLING GANG

VIOLENCE IN THE WINDY CITY.

ALL OF THIS AND MUCH MORE

TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH"

"NEWSWATCH."

IT WAS A DEADLY DAY IN

AFGHANISTAN.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

WENDY GRIFFITH.

ANOTHER SO-CALLED INSIDER

ATTACK AS TAKEN THE LIVES OF

TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND

THREE AFGHAN POLICEMEN.

IT HAPPENED WHEN AN AFGHAN

POLICE OFFICER OPENED FIRE

INSIDE A POLICE STATION

WHERE U.S. TROOPS WERE

VISITING.

THE SHOOTING TODAY IN WARDAK

PROVINCE IS THE LATEST IN A

STRING OF INSIDER ATTACKS

AGAINST COALITION AND AFGHAN

FORCES, AND IT COMES JUST

ONE DAY AFTER A DEADLINE

GIVEN BY AFGHANS FOR U.S.

SPECIAL FORCES TO WITHDRAW

FROM THAT PROVINCE.

THAT ROUND OF VIOLENCE ALSO

COMES ON THE HEELS OF A

VISIT FROM AMERICAS NEW

DEFENSE SECRETARY.

CHUCK HAGEL LEFT AFGHANISTAN

THIS MORNING AFTER A

DIFFICULT TRIP, ONE THAT WAS

MARRED BY VIOLENCE AND A

SURPRISING VERBAL ATTACK

FROM AMERICA'S SUPPOSED ALI,

HAMID KARZAI.

DALE HERD HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: HAGEL'S TRIP

TO AFGHANISTAN WAS RIDDLED

WITH BOMBINGS, SECURITY

THREATS, AND POLITICAL

GRIDLOCK AND A BIZARRE

ACCUSATION FROM THE AFGHAN

PRESIDENT.

KARZAI SAID HE WAS WORKING

WITH A PLAN TO KEEP TROOPS

IN AFGHANISTAN.

I TOLD THE PRESIDENT THAT

IT WAS NOT TRUE, THAT THE

UNITED STATES WAS

UNILATERALLY WORKING WITH

THE TALIBAN IN TRYING TO

NEGOTIATE ANYTHING.

I THINK HE UNDERSTANDS WHERE

WE ARE AND WHERE WE'VE BEEN

AND HOPEFULLY WHERE WE'RE

GOING TOGETHER.

Reporter: U.S.

OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE NO

EXPLANATION FOR KARZAI'S

REMARKS, AND INSISTS THERE

ARE NO BACK-CHANNEL TALKS

WITH THE TALIBAN.

AND ALSO DOCTOR HIS FIRST

AFGHAN TRIP, HAGEL HAD TO

DEAL WITH A SERIES OF

VIOLENT ATTACKS.

A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WAS

CANCELLED DUE TO CONCERNS

ABOUT SECURITY.

THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT SAYS

TWO SUICIDE BOMBERS KILLED

17 PEOPLE ON SATURDAY.

THERE ARE ABOUT 66,000 U.S.

TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, AND

COMBAT FORCES ARE SCHEDULED

TO BE FULLY WITHDRAWN BY THE

END OF NEXT YEAR.

BUT KARZAI APPARENTLY THINKS

THE U.S. IS WORKING WITH THE

TALIBAN TO KEEP THE NUMBER

OF TALIBAN ATTACKS UP IN

ORDER TO KEEP U.S. TROOPS

IN.

DALE HERD, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: AND FOR MORE ON

THIS, WE'RE JOINED BY STEVE

BUCCI, THE DIRECTOR OF THE

ALLISON CENTER FOR FOREIGN

POLICY STUDIES A AT THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

STEVEN, THANK YOU FOR BEING

HERE.

THANK YOU.

IT IS MY PLEASURE.

Wendy: PRESIDENT KARZAI

ACCUSED THE U.S. OF

COLLUDING WITH THE TALIBAN.

HOW MUCH STRAIN DOES THAT

PUT ON U.S.-AFGHAN

RELATIONS?

THERE IS A LOT OF

POLITICAL THEATER GOING ON

RIGHT NOW, AND THAT KIND OF

COMMENT IS REALLY UNHELPFUL

ON HIS PART.

I WISH PRESIDENT KARZAI

WOULD STOP DOING THAT SORT

OF THING.

Wendy: IT OBVIOUSLY PUT

HAGEL IN AN AWKWARD

POSITION.

WAS HE MORE CAUTIOUS DURING

HIS MEETING WITH KARZAI, AND

WAS THAT THE RIGHT

APPROACH?

I THINK HE PROBABLY WAS

MORE CAUTIOUS, NOT JUST

BECAUSE OF THAT COMMENT, BUT

BECAUSE HIS OWN POSITIONS

ARE A LITTLE OUT OF WHACK

WITH THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN

GOING ON.

AND HOPEFULLY HE'LL GET

SETTLED IN HERE, NOW THAT HE

IS CONFIRMED, AND WE'LL BE

ABLE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS

TO DO THIS DISENGAGEMENT

THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS

ALREADY DECIDED ON IN AS

SENSIBLE A WAY AS POSSIBLE.

Wendy: STEVEN, WHAT DO

YOU THINK HAGEL'S MAIN

MISSION WAS THERE?

AND DID HE SUCCEED?

WELL, I THINK HIS MAIN

MISSION WAS, OBVIOUSLY, TO

GO SEE THE TROOPS, TO TRY TO

MAKE SOME SORT OF CONNECTION

AS THEIR NEW LEADER, AS THE

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, BUT TO

TAKE A MEASURE OF HAMID

KARZAI FOR HIMSELF, TO TRY

TO ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP,

AND PARTICULARLY, HOPEFULLY,

GET THIS BAN THAT KARZAI HAS

PUT ON THE USE OF OUR

SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES IN

AND AROUND WARDAK PROVINCE,

WHICH IS VERY, VERY

PROBLEMATIC.

Wendy: THIS WAS, OF

COURSE, HAGEL'S FIRST TRIP

IN HIS NEW ROLE.

HOW DOES THIS SET THE TONE

FOR HIM AS DEFENSE

SECRETARY?

I WOULD SAY HE MAY BE HAD

A SINGLE OUT OF IT.

DEFINITELY NOT A HOMERUN.

IT WAS KIND OF LOW KEY.

THEY GOT SOME PUSHBACK FROM

THE TALIBAN, WHICH THEN

KARZAI SAID WASN'T REALLY

THE TALIBAN, TALKING ABOUT

THE BOMBINGS THAT OCCURRED.

THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE

TRYING TO COLLUDE WITH THE

UNITED STATES TO GET THEM TO

STAY LONGER.

THERE WAS SORT OF A LOT OF

MIXED MESSAGES COMING OUT OF

AFGHANISTAN.

I THINK THE PRESIDENT

PROBABLY HOPED THAT

MR. HAGEL'S VISIT WAS A

LITTLE MORE OF A SUCCESS

THAN IT WAS.

Wendy: AND JUST A

REMINDER, WHEN IS THE EXIT

DATE FOR U.S. TROOPS OUT OF

AFGHANISTAN?

IS THERE ONE?

WELL, DEPENDING ON HOW

YOU READ IT, IT WILL BE

SOMETIME DURING 2014.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

WHO THINK THE PRESIDENT

WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO

ACCELERATE THAT DEPARTURE.

AND, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU,

IT SEEMS LIKE KARZAI IS NOT

DOING TOO MUCH TO TRY TO

SLOW IT DOWN.

BUT THOSE WITH A MILITARY

BACKGROUND ARE LOOKING AT IT

AND SAYING YOU REALLY DON'T

WANT TO RUSH THIS ANY FASTER

THAN WE NEED TO.

WHILE WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO

SEE OUR TROOPS COME HOME,

AND COME HOME SAFELY, IF WE

DON'T DO THIS RIGHT, WE

COULD END UP HAVING JUST AS

BIG A MESS THERE AS WE HAD

BEFORE 9/11.

Wendy: STEVEN BUCCI

WITH THE HERITAGE

FOUNDATION, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR YOUR INSIGHTS.

THANK YOU.

IT IS MY PLEASURE.

Wendy: AND al-QAEDA

GROUP IS CLAIMING

RESPONSIBLE FOR 38 SYRIAN

SOLDIERS' DEATHS.

THE ATTACKS SUGGEST A

POSSIBLE COORDINATION

BETWEEN al-QAEDA'S IRAQ

BRANCH AND ITS ALLIES IN

SYRIA, FIGHTING ON THE SIDE

OF THE REBELS.

PAKISTAN CHRISTIANS ARE

CALLING FOR JUSTICE AFTER A

MUSLIM MOB ATTACKED A

CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORHOOD IN

LAHORE.

THIS WAS THE SEEN AFTER

HUNDREDS OF RAMPAGING

MUSLIMS TORE THROUGH THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY,

DESTROYING ABOUT 170 HOMES.

THE MOB WAS FUELED BY THE

ARREST OF A CHRISTIAN MAN ON

CHARGES HE BLESSPHAMIED

MOHAMMED.

SUNDAY THEY MARCHED IN THE

STREETS OF ISLAMABAD AND

OTHER CITIES, CALLING ON THE

GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT

MINORITIES.

OF COURSE, IT IS QUITE

CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF

PAKISTAN HAS FAILED TO

PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE

MINORITIES.

THE MINORITIES ARE THE

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE

GOVERNMENT.

THIS IS THEIR JOB AND

RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

THEM.

AND IF 200 HOUSES HAVE BEEN

BURNED IN THE PRESENCE OF

THE POLICE, THAT IS CLEARLY

AN INDICATION THAT IT IS NOT

THE GOVERNMENT TAKING CARE

OF THE MINORITIES.

Wendy: BLASPHEMY

CARRIES THE DEATH PENALTY.

THAT IS OFTEN USED TO

PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS.

THOSE WHO STAND UP AGAINST

THE LAWS ALSO RISK THEIR

LIVES.

SHABAB BODI WAS MURDERED

AFTER PROTESTING PAKISTAN'S

BLASPHEMY LAWS.

FOR MORE ON THIS, WE'RE

JOINED BY SENIOR

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE.

GARY, HOW ARE THESE

BLASPHEMY LAWS IMPACTING

CHRISTIANS?

ARE THEY AFRAID TO TALK

ABOUT THEIR FAITH?

YEAH, THEY ARE AFRAID TO

TALK ABOUT THEIR FAITH.

IF THEY SPEAK ABOUT IT, THEY

GET KILLED, OR AT THE VERY

LEAST, THEY'RE THREATENED OR

INTIMIDATED OR THROWN IN

JAIL.

THEY'RE HESITANT TO TALK

ABOUT THE TRUTH AND SPEAK

OUT ABOUT THE HORRIBLE LAWS

OR AR ARCHAIC LAWS.

BUT IT'S -- MANY TIMES IT IS

USED AGAINST CHRISTIANS JUST

AS A PLOY.

Wendy: WHY DO YOU THINK

THERE ISN'T MORE PUBLIC

OUTRAGE, ESPECIALLY FROM THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY?

I THINK THE INTERNATIONAL

MEDIA CONSIDERS THIS JUST,

OH, THIS IS JUST SECTARIAN

VIOLENCE, CHRISTIANS AND

MUSLIMS GOING AT IT AGAIN.

BUT THEY NEED TO SEE THIS AS

A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE.

THESE ARE POOR CHRISTIANS,

MOST OF THEM ARE JUST STREET

SWEEPERS, AND FARMER

LABORERS, AND THESE MOBS

WILL COME AFTER THEM SIMPLY

ON A RUMOR THAT SOMEONE DID

SOMETHING.

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE AT

ALL.

AND MANY TIMES THESE CASES

ARE THROWN OUT BY THE HIGHER

COURTS BECAUSE THERE IS NO

EVIDENCE.

Wendy: YOU WOULD THINK

THEY HAVE SOME SORT OF NOT

JUST LEGAL RIGHT, BUT A

SPIRITUAL RIGHT TO PERSECUTE

THESE CHRISTIANS BECAUSE

THEY HAVE SO-CALLED BLAS

PHAMIED MOHAMMED?

THEY GO OUT AND RAMPAGE

THROUGH THE STREETS, AND

STEAL WHAT THEY CAN FROM THE

HOMES OF THE CHRISTIANS, AND

THEN SET THEM ON FIRE.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED HERE.

Wendy: WHAT IS THE

LATEST ON THE MOM WHO IS

FACING THE DEATH SENTENCE?

WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR

HER APPEAL TO GO TO A HIGHER

COURT.

THE COURT HAS BEEN HESITANT

TO ACCEPT THE CASE AT THIS

TIME BECAUSE OF THE

INTIMIDATION AGAIN.

AND AT THE LOWER COURT

LEVEL, JUDGES ARE BRIBED AND

INTIMIDATED.

HIGHER COURT LEVEL, LESS

LIKELY.

IT IS A MATTER OF SOMEONE

WITH COURAGE COMING FORWARD

AND SAYING, WE'LL EXCEPT

THI ACCEPT THIS CASE, AND

LOOKING THAT THERE IS NO

EVIDENCE AND THROWING IT

OUT.

Wendy: HOW CAN WE AS

CHRISTIANS HELP THESE

PEOPLE?

THE FIRST THING THEY SAY

IS PRAY.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE US

STRENGTH TO ENDURE THIS

PERSECUTION.

NOT THAT HE'LL FREE US FROM

IT, BUT TO ENDURE IT.

THE OTHER THING IS TO

SUPPORT THOSE GROUPS LIKE

"THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS"

THAT HELP THESE PEOPLE.

THESE PEOPLE ARE OUT IN THE

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE WITHOUT

ANY HOUSING.

THEY NEED HOW.

175 FAMILIES.

Wendy: THE BIBLE SAYS

PRAY FOR THOSE IN CHAINS.

TENSIONS ARE HIGH AT SOUTH

KOREA AND THE U.S. BEGIN

THEIR MILITARY DRILLS.

IT INVOLVES 10,000 SOUTH

KOREAN AND 3,000 AMERICAN

TROOPS.

IT COMES AFTER NORTH KOREA

NULLIFIED THE AGREEMENT THAT

STARTED BACK IN 1953.

THEY PILED THREAT ON TYPE OF

THREAT, AND VOWED TO LAUNCH

A NUCLEAR STRIKE ON THE

U.S.

SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS SAY

U.S. TROOPS IN SOUTH KOREA

ARE MEANT TO PREVENT NORTH

KOREAN AGGRESSION.

COMING UP, CATHOLIC

CARDINALS PREPARE FOR THE

CONCLAVE AS MANY IN THE

WORLD WONDER WHO WILL BE THE

NEXT POPE.

Wendy: CATHOLIC

CARDINALS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD ARE NOW IN ROME FOR

THE CONCLAVE TO ELECT A NEW

POPE.

THE DOORS OF THE SISTINE

CHAPEL WILL CLOSE TOMORROW

FOR THE ELECTION PROCESS TO

BEGIN.

THERE IS SAID TO BE NO CLEAR

FRONT-RUNNER, BUT SOME OF

THE SAME NAMES KEEP COMING

UP IN ALL OF THE

SPECULATION.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM REPORTS.

LET US PRAY FOR THE HOLY

SPIRIT TO CHOOSE A NEW POPE

WHO WILL CONFIRM US IN OUR

FAITH.

Reporter: THE 115

CARDINALS MET MONDAY FOR ONE

LAST TIME, TO HEAR SPEECHES

AND DISCUSS ISSUES.

THOSE DELIBERATIONS END

TUESDAY, WHEN THE CONCLAVE

BEGINS INSIDE THE SISTINE

CHAPEL.

EVERYBODY BUT THE

CARDINALS OUT OF HERE WILL

SEE THOSE DOORS CLOSED.

NO CAMERAS INSIDE.

AND THAT'S AN OPPORTUNITY

FOR ALL OF THE CHURCH TO

BEGIN PRAYING AND TO ASK THE

HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP GUIDE

THESE MEN IN THEIR

SELECTION.

Reporter: THAT

SELECTION IS SAID TO BE WIDE

OPEN AS CARDINALS DEBATE

WHETHER THE NEXT POPE SHOULD

BE SOMEONE WITH CHARISMA TO

ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS, OR A

MANAGER TO OVERHAUL THE

CHURCH IN A TIME OF SEX

ABUSE SCANDALS AND

DISARRAY.

REPORTS FROM ROME POINT TO

SEVERAL CAMPS INSIDE.

ITALY HAS THE LARGEST GROUP

OF ELECTORS, AND ONE ITALIAN

NEWSPAPER SAYS CARDINAL ANGELA

SKOLA IS MENTIONED.

AND THERE IS STILL THE

POSSIBILITY OF AN AMERICAN

POPE.

LIKE CARDINAL TIM TIMOTHY

DOLAN OF NEW YORK.

A WEEK AGO, WE WOULD HAVE

SAID, WOW, WE'VE GOT A LOT

OF WORK TO DO.

BUT NOW YOU SEE A SENSE OF

RESIGNATION AND TRUST AND

FAITH.

Reporter: AND SEAN

O'MALLEY IS AMONG THE

AMERICAN NAMES BEING

MENTIONED AS A POSSIBLE

CONTENDER.

AF GRAEPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN

NEWS.

Wendy: VENEZUALA PEOPLE

ARE CONSIDERING THEIR FUTURE

AFTER HUGO CHAVEZ SUCCUMBED

TO CANCER.

CATHOLICS AND EVANGELICALS

HELD PRAYER VIGILS FOR THE

PRESIDENT.

THE RELATION BETWEEN THE

GOVERNMENT AND THE CHURCH

WERE OFTEN STRAINED UNDER

CHAVEZ, THE HEAD OF THE

EVANGELICAL COUNCIL

EXPRESSED OPTIMISM ABOUT THE

FUTURE.

WE'RE EXPECTING WE CAN

CONTINUE AND WE CAN BE

INVOLVED IN SOME WAY IN THE

ELECTORAL PROCESS AS

CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY.

WE NEED A TRANSFORMATION OF

OUR SOCIETY, AND WE NEED TO

TRUST THAT THE LORD WILL

CHANGE THE SOCIETY AND NOT

JUST THE POLITICAL

IDEOLOGICAL SYSTEM.

Wendy: OLSON AND OTHER

EVANGELICAL LEADERS HAVE

CALLED FOR UNITY AND CALM AS

A DEEPLY POLARIZED

ELECTORATE PREPARES TO

DECIDE WHO WILL LEAD

VENEZUALA AFTER CHAVEZ.

UP NEXT, HOW COMMUNITY

LEADERS ARE STEPPING UP TO

END VIOLENCE IN ONE OF

AMERICA'S MOST VIOLENT

CITIES, CHICAGO.

Wendy: CHICAGO IS KNOWN

FOR ITS HIGH RATE OF GANG

VIOLENCE AND MURDER.

THE NEW YEAR BROUGHT THE

CITY ITS DEADLIEST JANUARY

IN MORE THAN A DEC CATER.

SO THE MAYOR HAS PUT MORE

OFFICERS ON THE STREETS, BUT

SOME COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE

TAKING ANOTHER APPROACH TO

FIGHT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS

DEADLY VIOLENCE.

MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE HAVE

BEEN SHOT IN JUST OVER TWO

DAYS.

Reporter: IN AN

UNFORTUNATE REALITY, AS

RELIABLE AS THE MORNING

SUNRISE.

THE LATEST DEADLY

SHOOTING WAS LAST NIGHT AT

68th AND RIDGELAND.

Reporter: A NEW DAY

BRINGS ANOTHER TALE OF GUN

VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO.

THIS MORNING A

17-YEAR-OLD BOY IS DEAD

AFTER AN ARGUMENT ON THE

COURTS.

IT TEARS YOU UP.

TEARS YOU UP.

Reporter: RICARDO

MARTINEZ'S SON SERVED TWO

TOURS IN IRAQ.

AFTER RETURNING HOME, HE WAS

SHOT WHILE SITTING IN HIS

CAR.

THE CONVICTED GUNMAN THOUGHT

HE WAS A RIVAL GANG MEMBER.

THAT WAS ALMOST SEVEN YEARS

AGO.

YOU GET UP AND YOU GO TO

WORK AND YOU CRY ALL DAY

WHILE YOU'RE WORKING, YOU

KNOW.

AND THEN YOU GET HOME AT

NIGHT AND YOU LOOK AT THE

NEWS, AND IT JUST FEELS LIKE

THEY KILLED YOUR SON AGAIN

WHEN YOU SEE ANOTHER PARENT

GOING THROUGH THE SAME

THING.

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT

GOES BY THAT I DON'T SHED A

LITTLE BIT OF A TEAR.

THERE IS NOT A DAY.

I DON'T SEE THERE EVER BEING

A DAY.

Reporter: THE CHICAGO

POLICE STILL SEARCH FOR WHO

SHOT MONICA RUSSELL'S

8-YEAR-OLD SON 12 TIMES AS

HE WALKED HOME FROM SCHOOL

IN 2009.

GAMES, LIKE IT IS A

TROPHY.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF

FOR THAT.

Reporter: AND JUST

WEEKS AGO, TANITA COFIELD

FOUND HERSELF WITH THE SAME

REALITY.

MY SON GOT SHOT IN THE

HEAD AND A GUNSHOT WOUND IN

HIS LEFT HIP.

Reporter: CHICAGO SAW

MORE THAN 500 MURDERS IN THE

FIRST HALF OF 2012.

THAT'S THREE TIMES MORE THAN

WHAT NEW YORK CITY SAW IN

THE VERY SAME TIME.

AS THAT DEATH COUNT

CONTINUED TO RISE, NUMBER 42

SPARKED OUTRAGE, FROM THE

WINDY CITY TO THE WHITE

HOUSE.

A 15-YEAR-OLD HONOR STUDENT

GUNNED DOWN AT THIS PARK,

ONLY A MILE FROM THE

PRESIDENT'S CHICAGO HOME.

AND JUST AFTER SHE PERFORMED

AT HIS INAUGURATION, ALONG

WITH HER SCHOOL'S MARCHING

BAND.

SHE AND HER FRIENDS SIMPLY

WANTED SHELTER FROM THE

RAIN.

A RIVAL GANG DETERMINED,

WRONGFULLY, THAT THESE

INDIVIDUALS, WHO WERE

STANDING AT THAT SPOT, WERE

MEMBERS OF A GANG, AND FIRED

INTO THE CROWD.

Reporter: THE MAYOR PUT

MORE POLICE OFFICERS ON THE

STREET, BUT THIS PROBLEM IS

BIGGER THAN THE C.P. D.

A JANITOR BY NIGHT, ANDREW

HOLMES WORKS AS A COMMUNITY

ACTIVITY DURING THE DAY.

I'M ON A MISSION TO CALM

DOWN SOME OF THE GUN

VIOLENCE BECAUSE I'VE BEEN

ON BOTH SIDES.

Reporter: HOLMES TAKES

CRIME TIPS, FOLLOWS THE

LEAD, AND VISITS CRIME

SCENES, TO COMFORT VICTIMS

AND THEIR FAMILIES.

PHOTOS OF 4-YEAR-OLD VICTIMS

COVER HIS DEATH.

THIS IS PERSONAL.

HOLMES WAS SHOT IN GANG

CROSS-FIRE MORE THAN 18

YEARS AGO AND NEARLY DIED.

IT WAS TOUGH.

STILL TOUGH NOW WHEN YOU

THINK ABOUT IT.

Reporter: THAT PAIN

DRIVES HOLMES TO ALSO REACH

OUT TO GANG MEMBERS.

THEY OFTEN CALL HIM PREACHER

MAN BECAUSE HE IS ARMED WITH

A MESSAGE OF HOPE, EVEN WHEN

CONVINCING THEM TO TURN

THEMSELVES INTO POLICE.

IF YOU COME UP WITH A

GANG MA MENTALITY

LIFESTYLE, YOU CAN'T

POSSIBLY RAISE A SON OR A

DAUGHTER.

YOU CANNOT BE A FATHER.

THAT'S NOT A FATHER FIGURE.

Reporter: SCRIPTURE

CALLS FOR BELIEVERS TO

DEFEND THE CAUSE OF THE

FATHERLESS.

THAT'S WHAT PUSHES THESE MEN

AND WOMEN TO TACTICAL THE

CITY'S RISING GANG

VIOLENCE.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE

YEAR, I HAD A CLOSE FRIEND

OF MINE WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN

SEVEN TIMES, SHOT, FOR

MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

Reporter: YOUTH PASTOR

KEITH WIDLEY WORKS IN AN

OUTREACH PROGRAMME CALLED

GRIP.

IT PARTNERS WITH CHICAGO

CHURCHES TO PUT YOUNG MEN

AND WOMEN IN CONTACT WITH

MENTORS.

REAL LIFE WOULD TAKE YOU

TO PRISONS AND HOSPITALS,

AND YOU'RE GETTING THE

2 A.M. PHONE CALL AND YOU

HAVE TO RESPOND.

BUT IT IS ALSO INVITING KIDS

OVER FOR MOVIE NIGHT.

Reporter: THIS MENTOR

TAKES IT A STEP FURTHER.

BULLETS RIPPED THROUGH HIS

HOME THE NIGHT HIS FAMILY

MOVED IN.

WE STAY UP ALL NIGHT JUST

PRAYING AND SEEKING OUT GOD,

AND SINGING PRAISES TO HIM,

AND THANKING HIM FOR SAFETY

IN THE MIDST OF IT.

AND ABOUT 5:00 IN THE

MORNING, MY WIFE LOOKS AT ME

IN THE EYES AND SHE SAYS,

BRIAN, I KNOW WHAT THE WORLD

SAYS WE SHOULD DO, BUT THIS

CONVINCES ME THAT WE NEED TO

STAY.

Reporter: THAT WAS

EIGHT YEARS AGO.

MONDAY NIGHTS, GRIP BRINGS

HUNDREDS OF KIDS AND THEIR

MENTORS TOGETHER FOR FUN,

GAMES, PRAYER, AND BIBLE

STUDY.

THE WEEKLY CELEBRATION IS

CALLED "SLAM."

AND IT'S LOADED WITH LIFE

MESSAGES.

DON'T LET WHERE YOU COME

FROM DETERMINE WHERE YOU'RE

GOING TO GO.

JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE IN A

MESS OR A PREDICAMENT NOW

DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL ALWAYS

BE LIKE THAT.

Reporter: FAITH AND

HOPE THAT CAN GENERATE THE

POWER TO RISE ABOVE THE

VIOLENCE.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

CHICAGO.

Wendy: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

TEENAGER IS HELPING WOMEN,

INFANTS, AND CHILDREN ALL

THROUGHOUT INDIA.

Wendy: AND FINALLY, A

TEENAGER IN INDIANA IS

PROVING THAT SELFLESSNESS

DOESN'T ALWAYS COME WITH

AGE.

THE 19-YEAR-OLD DONATED HIS

ENTIRE YEAR'S WORTH BONUS

CHECK TO HIS LOCAL WICK

PROGRAM, WITH HIS 130-DOLLAR

CHECK, HE BOUGHT OVER 200

ITEMS FOR NEEDY WOMEN AND

CHILDREN.

THE ITEMS INCLUDED COATS,

BABY BOTTLES, AND SOAP.

HE WANTED TO RETURN THE

FAVOR TO THE PROGRAM THAT

ONCE HELPED HIS FAMILY WHEN

THEY WERE STRUGGLING.

IT IS ME SAYING THANK YOU

TO THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE

WHO BENEFIT FROM IT BECAUSE

THEY'RE THE ONES WHO WORK

HARD EVERY DAY AT THE JOBS

THEY DO, WHATEVER THEY DO,

AND THEY TRY TO SUPPORT

THEIR FAMILIES AND THEY JUST

CAN'T DO IT.

THEY JUST DON'T HAVE

ENOUGH.

WHEN THERE IS SOMEONE LIKE

ME, OR WHOEVER ELSE HAS MORE

THAN ENOUGH.

I MEAN IT IS NOTHING SPECIAL

ON MY PART AT ALL.

Wendy: THE

ORGANIZATION'S DONATION

SUPPLY WAS NEARLY EMPTY.

HE SAYS HE HOPES HIS GOOD

DEED WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO

DO THE SAME.

AND NO DOUBT IT WILL.

WELL, THAT'S ALL FOR THIS

EDITION OF "NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN E-MAIL US YOUR

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS AT

"NEWSWATCH" AT CBN.COM.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT

TIME.

TAKE CARE.

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