Press Roundup Thursday 24 June 2010

By Press Office
June 24, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Religion & Society

Archbishops accused of bowing to ‘powers of darkness’ over women bishops
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have been accused of being in hoc to “principalities and powers of darkness” over their reluctance to recognise women bishops as equally legitimate as men.

Pope issues ‘profit warning’ as Archbishop is drawn in to bribes inquiry
When Pope Benedict XVI warned priests last Sunday to use their gifts for the good of the Church and not for “personal power or profit” many in Rome were struck by his timing.

Jesus did not die on cross, says scholar
Jesus may not have died nailed to the cross because there is no evidence that the Romans crucified prisoners two thousand years ago, a scholar has claimed.

Comment: Channel 4: from atheism to Zoroaster
Channel 4 is launching a new daily religion and belief slot. And unlike the BBC's Thought for the Day, atheists are welcome.

Comment: Not a question of conversion
A new C of E report is described as a call not to be embarrassed about 'conversion'. But 'conversion' can't be any Christian's aim.

Comment: Moderate Islam must find its voice
Religion is here to stay. Dawkins can rant till the sacred cows come home, but people have always yearned for the transcendent, and always will.

Comment: A kumquat hoisted from comments
The Christian churches have moved slowly away from patriarchy in the last 50 years. But every step has been contested.

Economy & Politics

Budget is not progressive, declares IFS
Liberal Democrat and Conservative claims that the Budget was "tough but fair" and "progressive" have been blown apart by the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies.

MPs hold on to their food subsidies
The House of Commons is to hold on to its taxpayer food subsidy for now despite calls from David Cameron stop the payments.

Red faces over latest MPs' expenses
MPs are braced for fresh embarrassment as the latest tranche of their expenses are published.

Comment: How can this be called a 'fair' budget?
The main bulk of the tax increase comes from the VAT hike, which will push thousands of families into poverty.

Comment: Osborne's claims of fairness are now exposed as a fraud
How long will Lib Dems accept being Cameron's patsies, when the budget has shown it's the poor who will be hit hardest?

Comment: Four reasons not to cheer George’s Budget...
... and a jeer for his opponents: let’s stop pretending that this crisis was unforeseeable and these cuts unavoidable.

Education & Culture

Richard Dawkins interested in setting up 'atheist free school'
Richard Dawkins has said he is interested in setting up an atheist “free school” under the Government’s plan to encourage independent education establishments.

Schools 'should select by ability at 14'
Schools should introduce entrance tests at the age of 14 because children achieve better results in countries with academic selection, according to research.

Swedish 'free schools' fail to improve results
Plans for a generation of Swedish-style “free schools” were questioned today as research suggested they failed to boost education standards.

Sex & Gender

Budget worse for women, warns union
The emergency Budget will hit women more than men because they will be affected most by public sector cuts and reductions in benefits and tax credits, the country's biggest union has said.

Comment: A poignant mixture of gay and melancholy
We are welcome at Downing Street — but did my years of campaigning make any difference?

Comment: US and UK failing to take Iraq's gay pogrom seriously
Both countries deny any Iraqi state involvement in anti-gay militias, but LGBT supporters suggest otherwise.

Globalisation & Development

Cameron wants G8 to keep promise on aid to poorest nations
Tomorrow, five years after their landmark summit in Gleneagles where the leaders of the world's richest nations agreed to double aid to the poorest countries by this year, the G8 club gathers in Deerhurst, Canada, amid growing embarrassment that the goal has not been met.

Illicit drug use increases in developing world, UN finds
Global drug consumption is moving toward new narcotics and markets, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in its annual report published in Washington today.

People & Power

Comment: Monarchy spending should have been squeezed
As the chancellor slashes services and assistance for the poor and vulnerable, why has the civil list remained unscathed?

Comment: The Royal family is a bargain for Britain
The repeated freezing of the Civil List merely adds to the monarchy's value, says Gerald Warner.

Community & Family

Comment: Disability allowance exists for a reason
The disability living allowance is not an unemployment benefit. Why target it to 'reduce dependency and promote work'?

Ecology & Environment

Victory for anti-whaling campaigners
The controversial attempt to scrap the 24-year-old international moratorium on commercial whaling collapsed yesterday, to the delight of anti-whaling campaigners and the frustration of Japan, Norway and Iceland, the three countries which continue to hunt whales in defiance of world opinion.

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