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Culture Friday, Unstoppable, and answers to prayer
Today’s news and Culture Friday with John Stonestreet, who discusses threats to religious liberty that should prompt American Christians to ask hard questions of themselves to gauge their courage: “If it comes down to my career or my convictions, where am I going to stand?” -- plus: a visit with Unstoppable actor Kirk Cameron on his film about the hard questions of faith, WORLD News Group founder Joel Belz reflects on prayer, and more.
Benghazi probe: WORLD News Group’s J.C. Derrick reports from Washington that parents of two of the four men killed in last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, blasted the Obama administration on Thursday, saying the government has ignored, rebuffed, and lied to them about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012. The comments came during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Benghazi and followed scrutiny of the Accountability Review Board (ARB) report released in December. Republican lawmakers grilled Ret. Adm. Michael Mullen and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, co-chairs of the ARB, for nearly six hours, asking how an internal probe could be considered objective.
Shutdown showdown: House Speaker John Boehner says he wants to tie a separate Obamacare funding provision and other spending cuts to a bill renewing government authority to borrow money. President Obama counters that he won't negotiate over extending that debt limit and Congress must let the government borrow money to pay federal debts. The White House issued a statement that the president would veto any legislation that blocks the health care law from taking full effect.
Navy Yard shootings: The mother of the man who died in a shootout with police after killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard said she’s so very sorry this has happened. Kathleen Alexis said Wednesday in New York that she doesn’t know why her son Aaron did what he did and she’ll never be able to ask him. Her pastor, Bishop Gerald Seabrooks told reporters, “She’s a tremendous woman who’s very concerned about, guess what, the other victims. She’s not even mentioning her son.”
Business/economy: U.S. stocks took a bit of a breather on Thursday after the Dow and the S&P 500 finished at all-time highs the day before.
Culture Friday: Religious liberty
John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview on threats to religious liberty and how the church needs to respond: “We’ve got to just start talking about courage. If it comes down to my career or my convictions, where am I going to stand? We’ve been blessed. We haven’t had to make those decisions. Christians around the world have, and maybe that’s what we’re facing.”
Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering? Actor and evangelist Kirk Cameron joins us to talk about Unstoppable, his new film that wrestles with that question.
Commentator Joel Belz suggests that we would see more answers to prayer if we prayed more — and prayed specifically. Joel is the founder of WORLD News Group and WORLD Magazine.