Press Roundup Tuesday 8 September 2009

By Press Office
September 8, 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

Thanks for the hot chips, Jesus! Australian churches launch bizarre ad campaign to bring the flock back into the fold
Churches in Australia have launched a quirky campaign to turn people's heads back to religion, thanking Jesus for colourful parrots, white beaches - and hot chips.

Comment: Engage with the faithful
The secular world should better appreciate the potential role of religion in nations' development.

Comment: UK Christians don't need convincing
Lord May is preaching to the converted when he urges religious groups to play a leading part in the fight against climate change.

Comment: 'Conservatives' who want to reshape the communion
It is all too easy to project evil on to another group, harder to acknowledge that it may be found in one's own community.

Economy & Politics

Scrap Trident, voters tell Brown
The public wants Britain to scrap the Trident nuclear missile system but believes spending on health and education should rise each year, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent.

Cameron throws Duncan out of Shadow Cabinet
Alan Duncan lost his job in the Shadow Cabinet yesterday, paying the price for his remark that MPs were having to survive “on rations” after the expenses scandal.

Comment: Labour's cynical pitch for voting reform
Gordon Brown's interest in electoral reform is opportunistic – and he favours a system which will only benefit the major parties.

Comment: BNP doesn't deserve political respect
Inviting a BNP representative to take part in Question Time will ultimately only demean the BBC's reputation.

Peace & War

New Iran sanctions likely after nuclear watchdog says talks at stalemate
A new round of international sanctions against Iran looked almost inevitable today after the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said talks with the Islamic republic were at a "stalemate", and the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, appeared to rule out a compromise.

Israel approves settler homes in blow to Middle East peace
Israel has resolved to build almost 3,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, a decision that threatens to derail President Barack Obama’s drive for a Middle East peace accord.

Loyalists 'to decommission weapons'
The last remaining armed loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have pledged to decommission all their weapons within six months, the Government has announced.

Ecology & Environment

David Miliband sets out to shock on global warming tour
The spectre of a 4C warmer world, with alligators basking off the coast of Sweden, a vast desert surrounding the Mediterranean and a largely uninhabitable mainland Europe, is to be presented to European Union countries by the foreign secretary, David Miliband.

New species of giant woolly rat discovered by BBC film crew
A BBC film crew recording a programme in an extinct volcano in Papua New Guinea has discovered a new species of giant woolly rat, a frog with fangs, and around 40 other exotic creatures unknown to science.

Brown turns down heat and Mandelson gets on his bike to support 10:10
Gordon Brown will be turning the heating down in Downing Street; Lord Mandelson plans to cycle more; Oliver Letwin is installing solar water heating and Nick Clegg is considering eating less meat.

Race & Identity

Met police bow to pressure to drop question on 'racist' form 696
Scotland Yard said today that it was altering a "potentially racist" form which asks clubs whether they play music popular with the black and Asian communities, after pressure from politicians, musicians and equality campaigners.

Devout Muslim dies after savage beating by 'race-hate' gang
A devout Muslim pensioner attacked by a race-hate gang of schoolboys died yesterday.

Neo-Nazi faces jail for bomb plot
Neo-Nazi Neil Lewington is facing a life sentence after being convicted of planning a racist terror campaign.

Sex & Gender

Church selects openly gay man to train as a minister despite ban
The Church of Scotland faces a fresh crisis over its attitude towards homosexuality after an openly gay man was selected by one of the country’s largest and most influential presbyteries to train as a minister.

Comment: Equal work without equal pay
Women are close to surpassing men in the US workforce. But this historic shift is not evidence of workplace equality.

People & Power

Mandelson says China must tackle human rights
China should address human rights concerns if it wants the 20-year EU arms embargo to be lifted, Lord Mandelson told young officials in Beijing today.

Crime & Justice

Release of terror suspect expected to end secret evidence detentions
Britain’s most dangerous terrorist suspects are likely to be released from detention to avoid the disclosure of secret intelligence evidence, lawyers said.

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