Press Roundup Monday 17 August 2009

By Press Office
August 17, 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

Preacher threatened with arrest for reading out extracts from the Bible in public
A street preacher is at the centre of a row over freedom of speech after police allegedly threatened to arrest him.

Comment: An ungodly row with no respect on either side
The Muslim wedding fracas is a culture clash that has everything to do with smugness and nothing to do with faith.

Comment: By their works shall ye know them
People of faith have rejected the benefits of an open mind and, perhaps through choice, are destined to repeat their bloody pasts.

Comment: Heartbreaking progress
The slow and painful progress of gay rights at the expense of traditional evangelical understandings can't be stopped, because so many gay people are Christians.

Comment: Why must we bow to the intolerant ways of Islam?
Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife were quite right to leave a wedding because it was segregated by sex, says Alasdair Palmer.

Crime & Justice

Karzai’s approval of ‘marital rape’ law leads to international rift
President Karzai has approved a law that critics say condones marital rape, opening a rift in the international community as it debates how best to respond without disrupting Thursday’s presidential election.

Argentine general sentenced to life for rights abuses
The former general who ran a base that was the backdrop for multiple abuses during Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for human rights violations.

Comment: Misplaced mercy
For convicted prisoners like al-Megrahi and Biggs, compassion means treating them decently inside, not letting them out.

Economy & Politics

Terry Waite and Martin Bell join forces to target seats of disgraced MPs
The former Beirut hostage Terry Waite has joined forces with Martin Bell to co-ordinate a network of anti-sleaze independent candidates to stand against MPs discredited in the expenses scandal.

Comment: This anti-politics merely opens the door to millionaires and careerists
The Tories are pushing election primaries as a cure-all for a rotten democracy, but they will lead to a takeover by cash.

Race & Identity

BNP targets children as recruits for party's youth wing
Inside the tent adorned with the Union Jack and St George’s flag, Peter and Anthony are on a recruiting drive.

Convicted Italian fascist Roberto Fiore addresses BNP followers in Derbyshire
Right-wing European activists have addressed the British National Party’s annual gathering despite protests by anti-fascists that blockaded the event and resulted in 19 arrests in the Derbyshire countryside.

Education & Culture

Christian pupils outnumbered by Muslims even in Roman Catholic schools
Christian pupils are now outnumbered by Muslims at Roman Catholic schools in some parts of England.

Life & Death

Britain knew about extermination of Jews, Vatican claims
The Vatican's official newspaper has accused Britain and the United States of having detailed knowledge of Hitler's plans to exterminate the Jews but of failing to do anything to halt the Final Solution.

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