Press Roundup Thursday 15 October 2009

By Press Office
October 15, 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

Now Muslims demand: give us full Sharia law
A radical Muslim group sparked outrage last night as it launched a massive campaign to impose sharia law on Britain.

Online bible to go on sale in Britain will 'bring religion to digital generation'
A digital bible featuring hours of HD video and documentaries, thousands of pictures, zoom-able maps and 360-degree virtual tours, is to on sale in Britain this week.

Independent methodist minister says those taking part in carnival in Derry are 'doing evil'
A Co Derry clergyman has launched a petition to ban Halloween. Independent Methodist minister the Rev Jonathan Campbell has said that the estimated 30,000 people taking part in the annual Halloween carnival in Derry city are "doing evil."

Comment: A little way towards holy
St Thérèse of Lisieux’s 'tour’ of our secular shores has revived a yearning for spirituality, says Peter Stanford

Comment: Rowan's call to awareness
Those of religions and none must recognise the virtue of working together, otherwise the environmental crisis will defeat us.

Comment: Banking: a matter of morals
Reform of the banking sector is a moral issue and one with which people of faith should engage.

Comment: Faith and social provision don't mix
The discrimination practised by many religions make them unsuitable partners for the state.

Economy & Politics

Expenses scandal fall-out: Rebel MPs ordered to stop moaning by Gordon Brown and David Cameron
Rebel MPs were last night told to stop moaning and hand over the cash as they refused to pay back their dodgy expenses.

Speaker backs curb on MPs' expenses
Commons Speaker John Bercow has signalled his support for the controversial backdated caps on MPs' expenses, as a fresh abuse allegation surfaced.

Comment: The BNP on Question Time is the wrong party on the wrong programme
The BNP is no normal party, yet by inviting it on to Question Time, the BBC runs the risk of normalising it.

Comment: Back to the same old Ukania, with a muddle in place of a constitution
The idea that the whole political system needs fixing has been lost, and no party is proposing the reforms Britain deserves.

Globalisation & Development

Money and Mandarin lessons fuel China's African invasion
From Liberia to Ethiopia, Beijing is constructing a 21st century empire thousands of miles from home.

Slump pushes world hunger to 40-year high
A combination of the food crisis and the global economic downturn has pushed more than 1 billion people into hunger in 2009, about 100 million more people than last year.

US scrambles to save $7.5bn aid package for Pakistan
Top generals in Islamabad raise 'serious concern' as package labelled a tool of American neo-imperialism.

Sex & Gender

Excessive maternity leave and huge sex discrimination payouts 'risk backfiring on women'
Labour's equal rights laws risk harming the prospects of women in the workplace, one of Britain's top businesswomen said last night.

Wanted: Two teenage girls 'who kicked a gay man to death in hate attack'
A gay civil servant was kicked to death by two teenage girls and a boy in a vicious homophobic attack in Trafalgar Square.

Comment: Peter Tatchell: We are making huge strides in the battle against homophobia

Ecology & Environment

Arctic's sea ice 'gone in decade'
The Arctic Ocean will be an "open sea" almost entirely free from ice within a decade, newly-released data has indicated.

US aims for bilateral climate change deals with China and India
The Obama administration is hoping to win new commitments to fight global warming from China and India in back-to-back summits next month, the Guardian has learned, including the first Indian emissions trading scheme.

Education & Culture

Universities finally open their doors to the poor
A significant breakthrough has been made in reducing the class divide in university admissions, figures to be unveiled this month will show.

History being 'distorted' by politicians
MPs have been accused of “abusing” history for political reasons.

Race & Identity

Channel 4 to screen controversial documentary that asks whether IQ is linked to race
Channel 4 is facing a race controversy after deciding to give a platform to scientists who claim that white people are more intelligent than those who are black.

Ministers to spend £12m fighting white working-class extremism
Hundreds of "white enclaves" across the UK have been chosen to receive special funding from the Government, in an effort to curb the spread of racist extremism among the working classes.

Crime & Justice

Terror act used on climate activist
Terror legislation was used to stop a British climate change activist from travelling to Denmark, it has emerged.

Life & Death

China gives three more death sentences over Xinjiang riots
A Chinese court has handed out a further three death sentences to people convicted of violent crimes during ethnic rioting in far western Xinjiang in July in which almost 200 people died.

Peace & War

DR Congo terror: video shows thousands fleeing LRA
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo where rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are terrorising a large area.

People & Power

Zimbabwean opposition member back in jail in Mugabe overthrow case
A white former farmer and senior member of the prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party, was ordered to return to jail in Zimbabwe today over long-discredited allegations that his party plotted President Robert Mugabe's violent overthrow.

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