Press Roundup Thursday 30 July 2009

By Press Office
July 30, 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

Britain’s first atheist summer camp gets a big following
Rain drums down on the roof of the marquee where the 24 children attending Camp Quest are listening to a talk on astronomy. The fates appear to have conspired against what is being described as Britain’s first atheist summer camp, but its organiser, Samantha Stein, insists: “We’d like the rain to stop but, no, we aren’t going to pray for it.”

Christian camp helps children keep the faith in a hostile world
With a dozen beds to a dormitory and chilly winds seeping through open windows, this could be a 1950s boarding school. In a converted stately home, children are learning how, in a cold climate, Christianity can be fun.

Comment: Rowan's road to schism
Rowan Williams's response to the Episcopalians really only means one thing. This church is going to have to split.

Life & Death

Suicide law campaigner Debbie Purdy hopes for crucial law lords ruling
Debbie Purdy is expected to secure the backing of the highest court in the land today with an historic final ruling on her plea for clarity in the law on assisted suicide.

China pledges drastic cut in execution rate
China plans to reduce the number of death sentences it hands out each year to “an extremely small number” and to reserve executions for only the most serious offenders.

Comment:Nurses need to speak up against euthanasia
There is no clear reason for the Royal College of Nursing’s decision to change its stance on euthanasia, write Vicky Robinson and Ray Greenwood.

Ecology & Environment

Which countries believe in climate change?
A new poll shows different attitudes to climate change around the globe.

Comment: We need a harder line on voting reform
If Brown is serious about electoral reform Lib Dems should support him, but we must be wary of the proposed referendum.

Economy & Politics

Sir John Chilcot to launch Iraq war inquiry
Sir John Chilcot will set out details of how he will investigate the Iraq war as he formally launches the long-awaited inquiry into the conflict on Thursday.

Education & Culture

Girls 13 Boys 0: Testing reveals gender gap in basic skills
Tests carried out on children before they start school at five show girls are still streets ahead of boys, writes Richard Garner.

Race & Identity

Comment: A venomous Left-wing witch hunt is out to destroy the equalities tsar - so it's time to stand up for Trevor Phillips
When ferrets are fighting, it is seldom wise to plunge your hand into the sack to separate them. That way, yowling pain and finger loss lie.

Community & Family

Mind the gap: UK gender pay divide widens
The gap between what men and women are paid is starting to widen again after a decade of movement in the direction of equality, the Women and Work Commission said yesterday.

Crime & Justice

Clinton moved to halt disclosure of CIA torture evidence, court told
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, personally intervened to suppress evidence of CIA collusion in the torture of a British resident, the high court heard today.

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