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News on The 700 Club: January 18, 2019

As seen on “The 700 Club,” January 18, 2019.: Read Transcript


- Well, welcome to The 700 Club.

In the Middle East,parts of Africa and Asia,

it's dangerous to be afollower of Jesus Christ.

A new report says more than 245million Christians worldwide

are highly persecuted for their faith.

- Every year, the Watchdoggroup opened doors,

releases a list of countries that are

the worst persecutors of Christians.

CBN's White Housecorrespondent, Ben Kennedy,

has a closer look.

- The Trump administration

makes religious freedom a priority.

Case in point, fighting for the release

of Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey.

But there is more the government can do

and that's really thebackbone behind this list.

- Oh you who believe answer the call--

- [Ben] The spread of radicalIslam increases the danger

for Christians worldwide.

- Many Christians are beingkilled because of their faith

and I know many familiesthat they have lost

so many family membersbecause of their faith.

- [Ben] Father Daniel preachesto nearly 200 families

in Iraq where he faces intensepersecution by Al-Quaeda.

You told me many priests are leaving

because it's quite frankly not safe.

Why are you staying?

- Well, I'm staying because,to stay with my people.

So, this is the onlything which is keeping me

staying there and working within

because they need help now urgently.

So, if I'm not going to bethere, who's going to help them?

- [Ben] Each year, theWatchdog group opened doors.

U.S.A. documents the most oppressive

and restricted countries for Christians.

Topping the list is NorthKorea followed by Afghanistan.

Somali, Libya, and Pakistan.

- We believe now based upon our research

that there's over 245 million Christians

who live in areas ofextreme or high persecution.

It's a lot.

- [Ben] He adds thatviolence against Christians

increased dramaticallythis past year in China.

- [David] They moved up from number 41

to number 27 on the list.

- [Ben] That's a big jump.

- It's a huge jump and itshows that things are getting

more difficult for Chinaand it's a big church

so a lot of people, millionsof people, are affected.

- [Ben] North Korea remains number one

for 18th year in a row despitetalks between President Trump

and Dictator Kim Jong-un.

- I would love to seehuman rights be a part

of the discussion when you'retalking about nuclear arms

because you can tell within30, 60, 90 days if conditions

have improved for Christiansthat are in the labor camps.

Right now, there's over 60,000 Christians

in labor camps in North Korea.

A lot of people don't know that.

- [Ben] Vice PresidentMike Pence reaffirmed

that The White Housewill always be a champion

for people of faith.

- Protecting and promotingreligious freedom

is a foreign policy priorityof this administration.

- Ben Kennedy, CBN News, The White House.

- In other news, democrats aredemanding new investigations

after a report claims PresidentTrump told former attorney,

Michael Cohen, to lie to congress.

Efrem Graham has morefrom the CBN newsroom.

Gordon, the report Buzzfeednews cites two anonymous

law enforcement officialswho say Cohen admitted

to the special prosecutorthe president told him to lie

about a developingbusiness deal with Russia.

According to the report,Cohen says he told congress

that business negotiationsended months earlier

than they actually didto minimize Mr. Trump's

involvement with Russia.

The president's attorney, RudyGiuliani, fired back saying,

"If you believe Cohen, Ican get you a great deal

on the Brooklyn Bridge."

The Buzzfeed report saysthat the claim is supported

by other witnesses, emails,text messages, and documents

from within the Trump administration.

The second lady of the United States

is returning to the classroom to teach art

but news Karen Pence will teach.

And an elementary schoolin northern Virginia

is being met with criticism.

Teachers at Immanuel Christian School

must sign a statement,"Marriage is the uniting

of one man and one woman."

That traditional marriagepolicy stole the headlines

and a CNN op-ed charged

the Pences with "astonishingmoral hypocrisy."

In an interview with EternalWorld Television network,

the vice president took the media to task.

- My wife and I have been

in the public eye for quite awhile.

We're used to the criticism.

But I have to tell you, tosee major news organizations

attacking Christian educationis deep offensive to us.

This criticism of Christian education

in America should stop.

- Mrs. Pence previously taughtat this school for 12 years.

For more on this story andothers, go cbnnews.com.

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