Press Roundup Thursday 6 August 2009

By Press Office
August 6, 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

Evangelical Christianity: It's Glastonbury for God
Church of England pews may be empty, but the fields of Somerset are rocking with a series of evangelical festivals this summer. Jerome Taylor joined the faithful.

Privileges ease spell in prison for pagans
A record number of lifers, foreigners, Muslims and pagans are in jails in England and Wales, according to figures published yesterday.

Buddhism is fastest-growing religion in English jails over past decade
Buddhism is the fastest-growing religion in England's jails, with the number of followers rising eightfold over the past decade.

Comment: Federation isn't enough
Only communion properly reflects spirit of the church and allows it to speak up for those in distress across the world.

Community & Family

Fears of increasingly ageing UK population fall as birthrate rises
Fears that we are heading towards a predominantly elderly population that will be unable to support itself may have been overstated, as a new study shows that in the most advanced countries birthrates begin to rise again.

Crime & Justice

Select committee warns on plea bargaining and out-of-court fines
The growth in the number of out-of-court penalties handed out to criminals represents a fundamental shift in the justice system which needs greater scrutiny, a Commons committee warns today.

Ecology & Environment

India attacks British and Western 'hypocrites' over cutting emissions
Britain and other 'hypocritical' Western countries must sacrifice some luxuries before asking developing countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, India's climate change envoy has told The Daily Telegraph.

Education & Culture

A question of faith: Tony Blair wants the world's children to talk religion
Are we right to be sceptical about the former prime minister setting up a foundation to promote tolerance and understanding among teenagers?

Life & Death

Iran executes 24 in one of largest mass executions in three decades
Iran has conducted one of the largest mass executions in its post-revolution history when 24 convicted drug traffickers were hanged in a prison west of Tehran.

Peace & War

Blackwater accused of murder in 'crusade to eliminate Muslims'
A series of allegations including murder, weapons smuggling and the deliberate slaughter of civilians have been levelled against the founder of Blackwater, the security company being investigated for shooting deaths in Iraq.

Race & Identity

Tax breaks needed to keep brightest immigrants, report says
The UK is failing to retain “super-mobile” workers as immigrants move on because of the economic downturn, according to a report to be published today.

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