Press Roundup Tuesday 28 July 2009

By Press Office
July 28, 2009

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 and Guardian.

Religion & Society

Police force gives headscarves to female officers to wear with Muslims
Avon and Somerset Police is issuing its female officers with head coverings to be used in places of worship to improve relations with Muslim communities.

Library bans Sunday school's 'religious' poster
Library staff have banned a Sunday school leader from putting up a poster advertising a church craft fair because they said it promoted religion.

Archbishop of Canterbury attempts to paper over Church schism
The Archbishop of Canterbury has acknowledged that the Anglican Church is in schism in all but name.

Archbishop warns ordination of gay clergy could lead to two-tier church
Rowan Williams says stand taken by US Episcopals could cause isolation and relegation in Anglican communion.

Comment: Communion, covenant and our Anglican future
Reflections on the Episcopal church's 2009 general convention from the Archbishop of Canterbury for the bishops, clergy and faithful of the Anglican communion.

Peace & War

Voters turn against war in Afghanistan
Majority thinks conflict is unwinnable and wants troops withdrawn, poll shows.

Clashes with Islamists who claim to be Taleban kill 150 in Nigeria
Radical Islamists, who claim to be linked to al-Qaeda, have killed more than 150 people in two days of violence in northern Nigeria, news agencies reported.

Ehud Barak warns Iran of possible Israeli strike on nuclear facilities
With the US Defence Secretary standing at his side, Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defence Minister, today warned Iran that a military strike on its nuclear facilities was still an option.

Race & Identity

Parliamentary inquiries pile further pressure on Phillips
Conservatives threaten to overhaul equalities watchdog if they win next election.

Letter: We need an equality body with teeth

Crime & Justice

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor tells war crimes court ‘I am not a cannibal’
The former African warlord Charles Taylor, on trial in The Hague for murder, rape, hacking off hands and sending drugged child soldiers into battle, held up his hands yesterday and swore that he had never eaten human flesh.

Ecology & Environment

Kenya to build Africa's biggest windfarm
With surging demand for power and blackouts common across the continent, Africa is looking to solar, wind and geothermal technologies to meet its energy needs

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