Press Roundup Wednesday 2 September 2009

By Press Office
September 2, 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

New International Version of Bible to be revised
The New International Version of the Bible, the best selling edition in the US, will undergo its first revision in 25 years, threatening to start a political correctness row.

Top 10 worst Bible passages
A list of the top 10 worst Biblical verse has been drawn up, which includes approval for sexism, genocide and slavery.

Alastair Campbell 'does' God more than you'd think, Tony Blair confesses
Alastair Campbell – the man indelibly linked to the phrase "we don't do God" during his time as Tony Blair's communications chief – has religious convictions himself, according to his former boss.

China 'punishes' Taiwan over Dalai Lama visit
China has cancelled several planned visits by senior officials to Taiwan in an apparent move to punish Taipei for its decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the country's typhoon victims.

Case of Christian minister dismissed from radio station over alleged ‘Muslim insults’ to go to European Court of Justice
A Christian radio presenter who claims he was sacked for offending Muslims is to have his case considered by the European Court of Justice.

Give us this day our daily... Catholic church issues prayer for faithful to say before sex
Roman Catholic couples are being encouraged to pray together before they have sex.

Halal search engine will help Muslims avoid forbidden internet sites
A halal search-engine has been launched so Muslims can browse the internet without fear of stumbling across content considered forbidden, or "haram", under Islamic law.

Silvio Berlusconi rift with Vatican widens
An emerging rift between the Vatican and Silvio Berlusconi, the embattled Italian Prime Minister, has widened further after top church figures rallied to defend Dino Boffo, the Catholic editor whose private life was the subject of renewed attack by one of the premier’s newspapers yesterday.

Comment: Young Muslims speak up
As I quizzed young British Muslims, I found that what they want to say and what society hears are two different things.

Race & Identity

Row as Canada gives asylum to white South African
Asylum seeker Brandon Huntley claimed he had been persecuted, abused and repeatedly stabbed. But it was the reason he gave for his ordeal that caused a diplomatic rift today. Huntley is South African – and white.

BNP in court over membership rules
A legal action against the British National Party about ethnic restrictions on its membership is due in court.

Peace & War

Iran moves to split UN with 'updated nuclear proposal'
US officials said last night that they were still awaiting concrete signs that Iran was ready to accede to demands that it cease its uranium enrichment programmes, despite reports from Tehran that the regime had fresh proposals to resolve the continuing standoff with the West.

Ecology & Environment

Royal Society warns climate engineering 'could cause disaster'
Giant engineering schemes to reflect sunlight or suck carbon dioxide from the air could be the only way to save the Earth from runaway global warming, according to a group of leading scientists.

Economy & Politics

Comment: The age of inexperience
A cult of youth pervades British political and professional life. Bring back the elder statesmen.

Education & Culture

UK has biggest drink problem amongst 13-year-olds
Britain has the biggest drink problem amongst 13-year-olds in the western world, according to a major study on child wellbeing published tomorrow.

Life & Death

European 'mercenaries' face death penalty in Congo
Two alleged mercenaries from Europe are facing the death penalty in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being accused of murder and spying.

People & Power

Terror suspect Ahmad Vahidi set to become Ahmadinejad's Defence Minister
A former Revolutionary Guard commander wanted by Interpol for masterminding the worst terrorist attack in Argentina looks set to become the new Iranian Defence Minister after parliament signalled that it would confirm the provocative choice.

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