Press Roundup Thursday 20 August 2009

By Press Office
August 20, 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

Islamic scholar hits out over sacking
Dutch authorities fire Swiss intellectual and TV anchor over links to Iran.

Ann Widdecombe favourite to be next British ambassador to the Vatican
Ann Widdecombe, who failed in her bid to become Speaker of the House of Commons, has emerged as front-runner to be the next British ambassador to the Holy See.

Burqini banned in Italian town
Muslim women have been banned from wearing the body-concealing swimming costume known as a burqini in the northern Italian town of Varallo Sesia, according to a report.

Comment: Doing God, finally
At a meeting last month, Tony Blair talked with astonishing frankness about the guiding influence of faith in his life.

Economy & Politics

David Cameron slaps down grandees in row over MPs' pay
David Cameron sought to distance himself yesterday from party grandees who embarrassed him by asking for MPs’ salaries to be doubled.

Education & Culture

Tory council considered plan to subsidise private school fees
Conservative HQ seeks to distance itself from issue that threatens to reopen divisions over use of public funding to pay for private school places.

Life & Death

Comment: Anti-gay gangs terrorise Iraq
Militias are targeting gay men in a killing campaign, ignored by police and prosecutors, that belies promises of security.

Peace & War

Israel halts settlement building
Israel has halted new settlement construction in the West Bank in an apparent concession to international pressure.

Sex & Gender

Comment: Warning: may contain lesbians
Censorship of the Lesbian Vampire Killers DVD sleeve is further evidence of supermarkets' fear of the L-word.

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