Press Roundup Monday 24 August 2009

By Press Office
August 24, 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

Christian primary school receptionist sues over religious discrimination
A school receptionist is suing her employers amid claims that they were "anti-Christian" by suspending her following a dispute over her faith, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Sebastian Faulks risks Muslim anger after calling Koran the 'rantings of a schizophrenic'
Sebastian Faulks, the best-selling author, has risked angering Muslims after claiming the Koran has "no ethical dimension" and dismissing the words of Muhammad as the "rantings of a schizophrenic".

U.S. church sparks fury by voting to allow sexually active gay and lesbian ministers
America's largest Lutheran church has voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian people from serving as ministers.

Peace & War

Binyamin Netanyahu visits London to discuss Middle East peace process
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, heads to London today for discussions on relaunching the Middle East peace process, with Israel under pressure to freeze the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

West Bank: slowly, determinedly, settlers bid to build new town
In the first of a series of exclusive reports examining settlements in the West Bank and their role in the middle east peace process, Rory McCarthy meets a group of Israelis who want to 'redeem' a patch of land near the Palestinian town of Beit Sahour.

Crime & Justice

CIA report into Bush Administration’s treatment of suspects released
The alleged crimes and abuses carried out under the Bush Administration will take centre stage today with the release of a report detailing brutal CIA interrogations, a document that could trigger criminal investigations later this week.

Campaigning lawyer Xu Zhiyong released after arrest for tax evasion
In an unusual departure by a judicial system that rarely sets free anyone taken into detention, the authorities today released one of China’s most pioneering advocates of legal rights only days after his formal arrest for tax evasion.

Community & Family

Labour has divided Britain into 'two nations' in poverty and crime, say Tories
Britain has been divided by Labour into “two nations”, with deprived communities plagued by crime falling into "different worlds" from their wealthy neighbours, the Tories claim.

Economy & Politics

MPs hijack expenses inquiry with complaints and demands for pay rise
Plans to clean up Parliament are being hijacked by MPs intent on turning the committee investigating their expenses into a vehicle for special pleading.

People & Power

US military to give Red Cross names of terror suspects
The US military has begun notifying the Red Cross of the identities of terror suspects being held at camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to US media.

Sex & Gender

US doctor offers British couples chance to choose sex of child
Jeffrey Steinberg, a US doctor, is offering British couples the chance to choose the sex of their child at his New York clinic.

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