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Jo Cromwell, host of local Christian TV talk show receives Music Love Awards Media Personality of the Year for 2019 [#MusicLove #ChristianTV #ThisIsTheDay]

Jo Cromwell, founder, CEO, and host of “This is the Day!” a local Christian TV talk show, received the Music Love Awards Media Personality of the Year for 2019.

4 years ago, Ms. Cromwell started broadcasting how God is expanding His Kingdom in Central Arkansas. She interviews leaders of area ministries who are raising a standard by providing unique, creative, and anointed ministries to reach, teach, and fill a void the churches are unable to reach.

I am grateful to Jonathan Beyer, his staff, and congregation of First Lutheran Church of Hot Springs for making this vision possible. I have only been doing this for four years, and I am an amateur in the area of TV. There were others nominated that have been in the business much longer and are professionals in the field. I was surprised but grateful to receive not only the nomination, but also to receive the award was an addition blessing! I want to thank the person that nominated me and all who voted for me to have this distinction. Above all I want to thank God who saw something in me that I never knew was even a possibility.

– Jo Cromwell

The Music Love Awards are sponsored by Anjelica Records in Little Rock, Arkansas a record label that manages the careers of Christian music artists. The Music Love Awards was created by founder and CEO Francez Riley to establish a scholarship fund for graduating seniors who wish to pursue a major in the Arts.

Local Christian TV show host wins media award:
Hot Springs Sentinel

‘Release them to us. We will see their end.’ – Hindu villagers wanted organizers of Christian film to be killed in Bihar, India [#PleasePray #ChristianPersecution #IndiaPersecution]

Immanuel Tirkey and about 100 villagers were watching the end of a Christian film in Bihar state, India, when a man stood up in front of the screen and began shouting, “Who is the operator here? Who is the operator here?”

Tirkey was one of 5 Christians who had organized the screening of “He Will Come Again” at the home of a Christian woman, Anandi on Aug. 23, 2019 in the Kodaila area of Jamalpur village, Siwan District.

Tirkey rose and asked what was the matter. The man told him to reduce the volume, and Tirkey did so.

“He was again and again asking me to reduce the volume. I told him that if I reduced it more, it will not be audible to anybody seated here, and that there are only 10 minutes left for the movie to end.”
– Immanuel Tirkey

The man left, but as the villagers were gathering their belongings to leave after the screening, at least 15 Hindu villagers arrived with swords, bamboo poles and wooden sticks,. Anandi’s family immediately rushed Tirkey and the other 4 Christian organizers of the screening into their house and locked the doors.

Pelting the house with stones and vandalizing a motorbike and a van, they banged on the doors and badgered Anandi’s family to hand the Christians over to them.

Turkey and the other 4 Christian organizers repeatedly requested that the family let them go outside, but they refused, saying they would face whatever came rather than turn them over to the mob.

“They were shouting at the family that they are supporting in converting Hindus to a foreign faith, and that we must be killed – ‘Release them to us. We will see their end,’ they kept shouting. “We did not know what to do.”
– Immanuel Tirkey

Tirkey called his native missions office and gave their Google Maps location via WhatsApp. Missions officials contacted Persecution Relief founder Shibu Thomas, who informed the police, and officers from Aandar police station arrived.

Hindu Extremists Demand Death of One of Organizers of Christian Film in India
Mob says one should be killed to ‘teach them a lesson.’:
Morningstar News

Billy Graham Rule: Manuel Torres fired from Lee County Sheriff’s Office after declining to train a new female hire alone — a violation of his Christian beliefs [#BillyGrahamRule #ManuelTorres #ChristianNewsAndViews]

Manuel Torres, 51, is a devout Southern Baptist who sometimes serves as a deacon at East Sanford Baptist Church in Sanford, North Carolina. Up until 2017, he was also a deputy in Lee County.

According to Torres, he was fired from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office after declining to train a new female hire alone — a violation of his Christian beliefs under the so-called Billy Graham rule.

In a lawsuit filed in North Carolina federal court, the former deputy is now seeking more than $300,000 in damages for religious discrimination.

“Torres holds the strong and sincere religious belief that the Holy Bible prohibits him, as a married man, from being alone for extended periods with a female who is not his wife.”

The order to train a female deputy would reportedly require him to “spend significant periods of time alone in his patrol car with the female officer trainee.”

“The job duty of training female deputies, in such a manner, violates (Torres’) religious beliefs against being alone for periods of time with female(s) who is/are not his wife and leaving the appearance of sinful conduct on his part.”
– The lawsuit

According to Manuel Torres, he asked for a religious accommodation that would exempt him from the training in July 2017, but he said his sergeant ultimately denied the request.

After Manuel Torres reportedly brought his concerns to higher-ups in the department, the sergeant retaliated by allegedly failing to respond to a call for backup “in an unsafe area in which Torres had to tase two fighting suspects, and a gun was present on the scene.”

In early September 2017, one of Torres’ superior officers also reportedly “expressed his anger” at the repeated requests for religious accommodation.

Less than a week later, according to Manuel Torres, he was fired without explanation.

“Defendant LCSO fired Plaintiff because he continued to request a religious accommodation from a job duty that violated his sincerely held religious beliefs and complained about religious discrimination,”
– The complaint

Along with his claims for religious discrimination against Lee County Sheriff Tracy Lynn Carter, Torres also accused the towns of Siler City and Apex of retaliation.

According to Manuel Torres, the Siler City Police Department rescinded a conditional offer of employment and the Apex Police Department never responded to his job inquiries after they learned about the requests for religious accommodation from his former department in Lee County.

The reported firing and rejections caused Manuel Torres a “loss of income and benefits; loss of quality and enjoyment of life; (and) loss of reputation”.

In addition to the $300,000 in compensatory damages, he is seeking $15,000 in punitive damages.

NC deputy fired after refusing to train a woman. Now he’s suing for discrimination:
Charlotte Observer

Pentecostal Christian church permit revoked following protests and threats from radical Muslim groups in Yogyakarta in Indonesia [#PentecostalChurch #Yogyakarta #Indonesia]

A recently issued permit for a Christian church in the special region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia has reportedly been revoked following protests and threats from radical Muslim groups in the area.

The permit for a Pentecostal church that was issued in January 2019 was canceled by the Bantul district chief, who goes by the name Suharsono, through an official letter sent on July 26, 2019.

Suharsono justified the reasoning by contending that the permit issued to the church at the beginning of the year did not meet requirements established by a 2006 joint ministerial decree regulating houses of worship in the Muslim-majority country.

The decree is one that hundreds of religious leaders have called for an end to, saying it is used to block construction of churches and other worship buildings.

Suharasono claimed that “a house of worship cannot be a home at the same time.”

The revocation of the permit for the church comes just days after radical Muslim groups vowed to oppose the existence of the church in the town.

Pentecostal church’s permit revoked in Indonesia after Muslim radicals protest: report:
Christian Post

Christian street preacher, Oluwole Ilesanmi who had his Bible confiscated as he was handcuffed in Enfield, London, by MPS accused of Islamophobia awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest [#OluwoleIlesanmi #ChristianPreacher #MPS]

A Christian street preacher who had his Bible confiscated as he was handcuffed by police has been awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest.

A video of Oluwole Ilesanmi pleading with a police officer to “not take my Bible away” has been viewed millions of times since his arrest in February 2019.

Ilesanmi was detained outside Southgate tube station in Enfield, north London, by Metropolitan police officers after he was accused of Islamophobia by a passerby.

The Christian admitted describing Islam as an “aberration” but said he was simply expressing his opinion rather than preaching hate against Muslims.

Footage of the arrest showed Ilesanmi, 64, being told by an officer that he was “causing problems, disturbing people’s days” and that “no one wants to hear that. They want you to go away.”

The video shows a police officer snatching a Bible from Ilesanmi’s hand, as the preacher says: “No, no, no, no, no. Don’t take my Bible away.” One of the officers then says: “You should’ve thought about that before being racist.”

Ilesanmi was led away to a police car and driven 3 and a 1/2 miles away to a bus stop where he was de-arrested.

Ilesanmi said he had been awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest for his humiliating and distressing treatment.

“I believe God loves everyone, including Muslims, but I have the right to say I that I don’t agree with Islam – we are living in a Christian country, after all.

“I was upset when they took away my Bible. They just threw it in the police car. They would never have done that if it had been the Koran. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?”
– Oluwole Ilesanmi, Christian street preacher

Ilesanmi will on Tuesday, July 29, 2019 hand a petition to the Home Office asking for greater protection for street preachers. The campaign, which is being supported by the group Christian Concern, has been signed more than 38,000 times.

“The MPS has reached a settlement with a man arising from an incident on 23 February near to Southgate Underground station. It would not be appropriate to discuss further details of this.”
– A Scotland Yard spokewoman

“The Met respects and upholds the rights of all individuals to practice freedom of speech, and this includes street preachers of all religions and backgrounds.

“However, if the language someone uses is perceived as being a potential hate crime, it is only right that we investigate.

“That is the role of the police, even if a decision is subsequently made that their actions are not criminal. In this case, it was deemed appropriate to remove the man from the area.”
– Supt Neil Billany, of the force

Christian preacher accused of racism gets wrongful arrest payout
The Guardian