Press Roundup Monday 31 August 2009

By Press Office
August 31, 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

Bishop of Rochester: Church of England must do more to counter twin threats of secularism and radical Islam
Traditional British society is under threat from the rise of aggressive secularism and radical Islam, one of the Church of England's most outspoken bishops has warned as he steps down.

Atheists offer to care for Christians' pets after the Rapture
It's a question that all animal-loving Christian evangelicals must address: who will look after their pets on Earth when the Rapture comes and they are taken up to heaven?

Cherie Blair attacks Catholic Church for holding back career women
Cherie Blair famously conceived her youngest son after forgetting to pack her “contraceptive equipment” for a stay with the Queen.

Jesus of Siberia: The Russian ex-traffic policeman who claims he is the son of God
To his believers in this remote corner of Siberia, Sergei Torop, a former traffic policeman, is the literal reincarnation of none other than Jesus Christ.

Community & Family

Adoption parties plan to place problem children
“Adopt-a-child” parties that bring together potential parents and children who are difficult to place are to be held in an attempt to improve adoption rates.

Australia's apology to transported children
Between the 1920s and the 1960s, Britain sent an estimated 10,000 children to Australia to help populate its former colony with "good white stock". The children were promised new lives in an exotic land of plenty; instead, they suffered hunger, privation and abuse in government and religious institutions.

Economy & Politics

Alex Salmond to table independence referendum bill
Alex Salmond is to start his crusade to break up Britain by tabling an independence referendum bill in the coming year.

Expenses reform has turned us into petty clerks, say MPs
MPs have complained that the expenses scandal has reduced them to the role of 'petty accounting clerks'.

Education & Culture

Thousands get no choice in scramble for primary school places
Thousands of children starting school next week will be denied a place in any of their chosen primary schools, a survey by The Times indicates.

Think tank: Education poisoned by class envy
Why do the liberal militants hate choice?

Peace & War

Families flee Burma as new wave of fighting breaks out
Fresh fighting erupted in north-east Burma yesterday, as the leader of an ethnic militia claimed he had killed more than 30 government soldiers and captured at least 50 more.

Race & Identity

Ministers under fire for locking up immigrant children
Ministers were facing accusations today that hundreds of children are being held unnecessarily in immigration detention centres as official figures revealed, for the first time, that 470 minors were being detained with their families.

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