Press Roundup Monday 7 September 2009

By Press Office
September 7, 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

Race riot flared after Muslims were urged to confront right-wing protests
Birmingham’s top Muslim leader urged his followers to “vent their feelings” against anti-Islamic protesters during a weekend rally that ended in violence and dozens of arrests, The Times can reveal.

Louis Susman reaches out to Muslims on 9/11
Louis Susman, Barack Obama's former campaign fund-raiser, whose appointment as Ambassador to the Court of St James's I revealed in March, has two engagements in his diary next week which will, he hopes, symbolise the "inclusiveness" of the new administration.

Boris Johnson: 'fast during Ramadan to understand Muslims'
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has encouraged people to undergo a day of fasting to help them gain a better understanding of their ''Muslim neighbour''.

Challenge to Berlusconi as Church backs new centre-right party
Talks to form a new, Church-backed conservative party in Italy to challenge Silvio Berlusconi are under way as polls showed that support for the Prime Minister among Roman Catholic voters has faded.

Humans 'evolved' to believe in God
Humans may have evolved to believe in God and superstitions because it helps them co-ordinate group action better, scientists claim.

Joffé sparks row with Opus Dei film
The British director Roland Joffé has been accused of making an £18m propaganda film funded by members of Opus Dei, the secretive Roman Catholic organisation, to counter its portrayal as a cabal of self-flagellating conspirators in The Da Vinci Code.

Catholic Church holds a candle and a prayer for the internet generation
It may have misgivings about the seedy side of cyberspace, but faced with falling attendances, the Catholic Church is seeking to harness the wonders of the digital age.

Comment: A very English revolution
In Greenbelt we see a new style of Christianity, defined by the idea that the modern world is a resource rather than a threat.

Ecology & Environment

Scientist Lord May attacks BBC’s rejection of Planet Relief day
The BBC gave in to a “ludicrous” concern about impartiality when it dropped a day of programmes intended to raise awareness about energy efficiency and climate change, one of Britain’s most senior scientists says.

Leading scientist calls on religious leaders to tackle climate change
Religious leaders should play a frontline role in mobilising people to take action against global warming, according to a leading scientist.

New Japanese PM pledges deep greenhouse gas cuts
Japan's incoming prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has pledged that his government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, despite growing opposition from the business community.

Economy & Politics

Labour policy U-turn means it will appear with BNP on Question Time
Labour has been forced to drop its policy of not sharing a platform with the BNP after the BBC confirmed that it is to invite Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time.

Comment: The BNP on prime time TV? Bring it on
Give them the oxygen of publicity and British voters will choke on the party’s ignorant bigotry.

Comment: Don’t risk real freedom for short-term material gain
Our civil liberties are in jeopardy and we are to blame. We have reduced democracy to the right to make and spend money.

Sex & Gender

City bonuses for women worth 80 per cent less than those for men
Women working at the top 50 City banks and finance companies are getting bonuses worth 80 per cent less than their male colleagues, an inquiry has found.

Britain is 'culturally sexist' says equality watchdog
Britain is a 'culturally sexist' country that has failed to accept that women are equal to men, the chief of the Government's equality watchdog said yesterday.

Lubna Hussein returns to court over Sundanese ‘indecency’ laws
Sudan is facing international condemnation as the trial resumes today of Lubna Hussein, a Muslim woman who faces a flogging for breaking indecency laws by wearing trousers.

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