Press Roundup Monday 21 September 2009

By Press Office
September 21, 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

Muslims mass-producing children to take over Africa, says Archbishop
One of the most powerful figures in the Anglican Church believes that Africa is under attack from Islam and that Muslims are “mass-producing” children to take over communities on the continent.

Vatican tells schismatics to respect Jews
Rebel traditionalists seeking a return to the fold of the Roman Catholic Church are to be told they must respect Judaism, other world faiths and other Christian churches.

Christian hoteliers charged with insulting Muslim guest
A Christian couple who run a hotel have been charged with a criminal offence for allegedly insulting a female Muslim guest about her beliefs.

Christian nurse under fire over wearing cross to meet hospital officials
A Christian nurse will meet hospital bosses tomorrow to find out whether she will be forced out of her job for insisting on wearing a cross while on duty.

Comment: The discarded crutches prove that miracles can happen
The relics of St Thérèse of Liseux should not be dismissed as placebos or worse, says Melanie McDonagh.

Peace & War

Israel will not attack Iran, says Kremlin
Israel has promised the Kremlin that it will not launch an attack on Iran, according to President Medvedev.

Obama stumped by Israel as all world’s problems arrive
It was supposed to be the week President Barack Obama saved the world.

Dirty war rages on Russia's doorstep
When Arsen Butayev was seized on a street in broad daylight last month and held captive with four other men, including his younger brother, he must have known a terrible fate awaited them. The witnesses to his abduction knew it too. Nobody intervened.

Barack Obama ready to slash US nuclear arsenal
Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.

Life & Death

Death row prisoner Romell Broom reprieved
The first death row prisoner to have survived an attempted lethal injection in the US has been granted a temporary reprieve by a judge.

Swiss turn against 'suicide tourism' as UK law softens
At the very moment Britain decides whether to make an assisted suicide easier for its citizens, the only country with a medical clinic prepared to receive them is considering how to make the process more difficult.

Comment: Assisted suicide: A deathly cabal threatens the sanctity of life
Lord Falconer's bid to dilute the law on suicide without proper debate is the first step on a bleak path, says George Pitcher.

Ecology & Environment

Gordon Brown urges world leaders to attend Copenhagen climate change talks
Gordon Brown is to urge his fellow world leaders to agree to go personally to the vital UN climate change talks in Copenhagen in December in an attempt to break what is rapidly becoming a dangerous deadlock.

Comment: Such drastic climate therapy could make things worse
Better, perhaps, to let the earth look after itself than try to regulate its system through mirrors, clouds and artificial trees.

Crime & Justice

Assisted suicide investigations will focus on who stood to benefit
People who stand to benefit financially from a person’s death are likely to be the ones prosecuted for assisting a suicide, under guidelines to be issued this week.

Globalisation & Development

Britain stalls on new deal to rescue Africa
Britain was last night accused of stalling on a deal to use banks' multibillion-pound profits to help the world's poorest nations as new figures show that the global recession has opened up a $70bn (£43bn) black hole in the budgets of sub-Saharan Africa.

People & Power

Armed hijack in Ulster marks arrival of police chief Matt Baggott
Armed men hijacked two vehicles as disturbances flared in Co Armagh over the weekend. Burnt-out vehicles were also in evidence on the streets.

Race & Identity

Barack Obama confronts America over the racial divide
Barack Obama is taking to the airwaves to contest claims that increasingly angry American critics of his healthcare reforms are motivated by racism.

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