March 2, 2013
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President Obama gets his second-term Cabinet, conservative black leaders speak out against gun control, and why religious liberty is no small matter -- plus a new report suggests China is stepping up persecution of unregistered house churches, and commentary from Cal Thomas and Janie B. Cheaney

Obama's new Cabinet; Cal Thomas with Paul Ryan; China persecution; Hungary court rules against disputed church law; biblical epics; black leaders against gun control; Egyptian Christian immigrants brutally murdered in New Jersey; Texas cheerleaders go to court; Janie B. Cheaney; Big Hollywood, politics and the Oscars; markets and the economy; Rick Warren on religious liberty; Phil Boatwright reviews 'The Third Man' and 'The Jesus Boat'; Emory University controversy over the 1787 Three-Fifths Compromise; remembering the late Dr. C. Everett Koop; The History Book; and more.

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

President Obama’s second-term Cabinet

Commentator Cal Thomas with Rep. Paul Ryan


Kent Covington is a political reporter for The World and Everything in It

Ernest Istook is a former congressman and a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation. 

Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent article “Ryan’s hope.”


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Hour A, Segment 2

China to install new president 

Report: China steps up persecution of unregistered house churches

Hungary’s top court rules against disputed church law


In February, human rights group ChinaAid released its annual report documenting religious persecution in China. According to the report, China is targeting house churches that refuse to join the government-sanctioned church, called the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). 

ChinaSource president Brent Fulton gives an alternate view of Chinese religious persecution.

Watch ChinaAid founder Bob Fu give his testimony of escaping China after being imprisoned for “illegal evangelism.”

In Hungary, the Constitutional Court struck down part of the country’s church law, saying the selection process for granting churches official status was unfair.


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Hour A, Segment 3

Biblical epics return to the big screen


Megan Basham is entertainment editor for WORLD News Group. Read her recent article “Back to the Bible.”


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Hour A, Segment 4

Conservative black leaders speak out against gun control

Egyptian Christian immigrants brutally murdered in New Jersey

Texas cheerleaders go to court


Conservative black leaders held a press conference at the National Press Club in D.C. to speak out against proposed gun control laws, arguing that they would increase danger by empowering criminals and weakening law-abiding citizens.

New Jersey resident Yusuf Ibrahim has been charged with the murders of two Egyptian Christian immigrants, also New Jersey residents. No motive has been identified, but the crimes were labeled as “grisly” murders. The bodies of the slain victims have been shipped home to Egypt

Read "Liberty Institute Says Kountze Community Has Lost Faith In School Board Over Inaction," a March 1 news release from Texas-based Liberty Institute.

Steve Jordahl is a reporter for The World and Everything in It.


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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator Janie B. Cheaney: One word getting bent out of shape


Commentator Janie B. Cheaney is a columnist for WORLD News Group. She also writes novels for young adults and is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series. Read her recent article “Haters and the hated,” upon which her commentary is based.


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Hour B, Segment 1

Big Hollywood’s Christian Toto on the intersection of politics and pop culture

Markets and the economy


Kent Covington covers current events for The World and Everything in It.

Christian Toto is the assistant editor at Big Hollywood, a Breitbart website that analyzes pop culture from a conservative view.

Warren Cole Smith is vice president of WORLD News Group and regularly covers business and economic news. Read his weekly finance column “Dollars and Sense.”


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Hour B, Segment 2

A conversation with Rick Warren about religious liberty


Rick Warren is founding pastor of Saddleback Church in California, and the author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life. He also started the Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease and illiteracy around the world.

This segment features excerpts from a recent event on religious liberty hosted by the Berkley Center at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. You can watch the entire hour-and-a-half event here.


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Hour B, Segment 3

Home-video screening room: The Third Man and The Jesus Boat


Film reviewer Phil Boatwright is the editor of PreviewOnline.org. He is also the author of Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Really Bad (CreateSpace, 2009).

Read PreviewOnline reviews of The Third Man and The Jesus Boat.


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Hour B, Segment 4

Emory University president criticized for reference to Three-Fifths Compromise 

Remembering the late C. Everett Koop


Emory University president James Wagner ignited protests from students and faculty because of an essay positively referencing the Three-Fifths Compromise made at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He updated his article with an apology, stating that “I do not consider slavery anything but heinous, repulsive, repugnant, and inhuman. I should have stated that fact clearly in my essay.”

Emory, in Atlanta, Ga., recently celebrated the opening of its Southern Christian Leadership Convention (SCLC) archive.

Erik M. Jensen is Schott–van den Eynden Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Ohio. Read his short essay on the Constitution's original Three-Fifths Clause.

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, sometimes called “America’s doctor,” was a staunch advocate for the unborn. He passed away Feb. 25 at age 96.


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Hour B, Segment 5

The History Book


March 5, 1770—The Boston Massacre: British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, open fire, killing five and injuring 11. The event contributed to the outbreak of the American War of Independence five years later.

March 2, 1877—Republican Rutherford B. Hayes is declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. Tilden had won the popular vote and apparently had more electors than Hayes in the Electoral College. But electors from three states (Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina) were disputed. An electoral commission awarded the disputed electoral votes to Hayes.


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