Press Roundup Friday 9 October 2009

By Press Office
October 9, 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

God is not the Creator, claims academic
The notion of God as the Creator is wrong, claims a top academic, who believes the Bible has been wrongly translated for thousands of years.

Women bishops may not be equal to men under controversial new Church of England proposals
Women bishops may not have the same powers as men under controversial new plans that will reignite the simmering row in the Church of England.

Parish power could block women bishops as church promises law to appease traditionalists
The Church of England has risked starting another damaging row over women bishops.

Church congregation dwindles after Muslim complains about noise
A church has been ordered to cut the amount of music played in its services after a Muslim neighbour complained that worshippers were too noisy.

Liberal America skewered in painting that stresses Christian roots of US consitution
One Nation Under God, a painting by a Christian artist that depicts Jesus Christ holding the United States constitution while an evolutionary academic, Hollywood actor and "liberal news reporter" huddle at his feet, is generating mirth and praise online.

Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood
President Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law.

Comment: The Catholic church's Lazarus complex over HIV-Aids
It saddens me that Rome is prepared to help the victims of its no-condom rule, but not the healthy from becoming infected.

Race & Identity

French politician arrested for 'smuggling 16 Vietnamese migrants into Britain'
A French town councillor has been charged with smuggling 16 Vietnamese migrants into Britain in the back of a van.

Zurich gives go-ahead to poster with 'racist image of Islam' ahead of Swiss vote on allowing minarets at mosques
Zurich city council said yesterday that a poster showing missile-like minarets on a Swiss flag can be displayed ahead of a national referendum on whether to ban the building of minarets at mosques in Switzerland.

Brucie blasts the PC brigade in Strictly race row (and infuriates his BBC bosses in the process)
Bruce Forsyth was at war with his BBC paymasters last night after he refused to apologise for dismissing the word Paki as a 'nickname'.

Tories' EU ally: Poland should not apologise for killing Jews
The Conservatives have faced renewed criticism over their decision to join a right-wing alliance in Europe after its Polish leader said his country should not have apologised for a massacre of hundreds of Jews.

Migrant rules eased to clear cases
Immigration rules are being changed to ease a backlog of asylum cases, it emerged last night.

Economy & Politics

We'll rebuild Britain on the family: Cameron pledges to give power back to the people
David Cameron put families at the heart of his vision for Britain last night with a vow to dismantle Labour's big government and let people take power over their own lives.

For richer, for poorer: David Cameron promises to back business and fight poverty
David Cameron presented himself as a champion of the poor yesterday as he vowed to fight Britain’s social ills more effectively than Labour.

Comment: It's time to speak up for the poor
The Conservatives and Labour are lining up to make life harder for the most vulnerable. We have to protest, and loudly.

Peace & War

UN calls for stronger Afghan force
The UN Security Council has voted to extend authorisation for Nato's 70,000-strong force in Afghanistan for a year.

No chance of peace for years, says Israel's Foreign Minister
There is no chance of an early solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and people must "learn to live with it", the Israeli Foreign Minister warned yesterday.

Fears of third intifada as tension grows in Israel
Israel is bracing itself for violent protests on a scale not since the second intifada after Palestinians officials gave warning of a mass uprising.

Life & Death

EU in call to US on death penalty
The European Union is to renew its call on the United States to abandon the "cruel and inhumane" practice of capital punishment.

Protester who disputed Iran presidential election sentenced to death
An Iranian court has sentenced to death a man who took part in opposition protests over the disputed election in June, a reformist website reported today.

Community & Family

Armed men fire a salute over IRA bomber's coffin in a display of paramilitary defiance not seen for years
It is the kind of chilling scene that should have been consigned to history. Clad in military fatigues and their faces hidden by balaclavas, Irish republican gunmen unleashed a volley of shots over an IRA murderer's coffin.

Crime & Justice

Accused Nazi war criminal, 88, faces extradition over torture and murder of Hungarian teenager in 1944
An 88-year-old Australian man who is one of the top ten most wanted Nazi war criminals is eligible for extradition to Hungary, an Australian court ruled today.

Ecology & Environment

Ministers target climate change doubters in prime-time TV advert
Climate change sceptics are to be targeted in a hard-hitting government advertising campaign that will be the first to state unequivocally that Man is causing global warming and endangering life on Earth.

Globalisation & Development

Peru Indian tribes join forces to fight off Amazon sale to oil companies
They emerged from the thick, green jungle clenching their spears: a long file of barefoot chiefs and elders, their faces painted with their tribal markings and crowns of red, blue and yellow parrot feathers.

People & Power

Suu Kyi meets Western diplomats
Officials said Burma's military leader has allowed detained Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Western diplomats to discuss sanctions imposed against the country.

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