Press Roundup Tuesday 1 September 2009

By Press Office
September 1, 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

The Bible's bad bits: silent women, mass murder and a weary concubine
Biblical verses apparently endorsing sexism, genocide and the slaughter of sorceresses have been identified by readers of a Christian website as the least endearing parts of the holy book.

Dalai Lama mollifies China over 'purely humanitarian' Taiwan trip
The Dalai Lama began the first full day of his controversial trip to Taiwan with words to mollify China, saying his mission to comfort victims of one of the deadliest storms to hit the island was humanitarian.

Comment: An atheist goes to Greenbelt
What happened when we sent a staunch atheist to a Christian arts festival to talk with evangelicals? Can Jessica stay out of the arms of Jesus?

Comment: Tony Blair: Without God's Truth at its centre, no community can fulfil its potential

Crime & Justice

1 in 3 teenage girls tell of sexual abuse by their boyfriends
One in three teenage girls has suffered sexual abuse from a boyfriend and one in four has experienced violence in a relationship, according to an in-depth study published today.

No end to Iraq 'torture and deaths'
Dreams that the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime would see the end of torture and killings in Iraq have "all but faded to nothing", according to Amnesty International.

Education & Culture

One English village school is closing every month, campaigners say
One village primary school is closing every month in England as young families are priced out of the area because of the rising costs of housing, campaign organisations have claimed.

Globalisation & Development

Millions more Russians shunted into poverty
The stark social cost of Russia's economic crisis was exposed today when new statistics revealed a 30% increase in the number of people living in poverty.

People & Power

History becomes a battlefield as Putin flies into Poland
Deep divisions over who was to blame for Second World War cast shadow over 70th anniversary meeting.

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