Press Roundup Friday 16 October 2009

By Press Office
October 16, 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

Archbishop of Canterbury accused of double standards over farmland sale
The Church of England has been accused of double standards for trying to sell-off farmland for development while championing environmental causes.

'Muslims want sharia law in Britain' claim
Radical Muslim group Islam4UK has launched a campaign to impose sharia law on Britain, starting with a rally in London, according to a report.

Call to ban radical Muslim's rally over fears of bloodshed
Furious opponents last night called for a mass rally by radical Muslims to be outlawed over fears it could spark violent clashes.

Property crash puts Church cash at risk
The Church of England conceded yesterday that its involvement in a controversial New York property deal now on the verge of default has left it at risk of losses that some estimates put at tens of millions of pounds.

Church of England bishops spend £1.3million in a year on travel
Church of England bishops spent £1.3million on travel last year, official figures show.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols: the story of St Thérèse of Lisieux shows that assisted suicide is wrong
The most senior Roman Catholic in England and Wales has said that the story of St Thérèse of Lisieux, whose relics have toured the country over the past month, shows that assisted suicide is wrong.

Children 'will go to hell if they celebrate Halloween', says church leaflet
Children who go trick or treating on Halloween are "siding with the devil", a church group has claimed.

Comment: Sacrifice: bringing evolution and religion together?
Sarah Coakley is among those who argue that co-operation may be as fundamental in evolution as natural selection.

Economy & Politics

BNP will look at race ban
The leader of the British National Party agreed yesterday to ask members to open up its membership to everybody regardless of race and religion.

Geert Wilders to arrive in Britain
Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders is due to arrive in Britain today eight months after being banned from the country because of his views on Islam.

Comment: Shouting won't beat the BNP - decency will
The one thing Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, will not want on television next week is a fair fight.

Comment: MPs have forgotten how to represent us
Out-of-touch politicians have made our democracy wilt. There are constitutional and parliamentary changes that can revive it.

Comment: Geert Wilders, the 'pre-criminal'
Home Office attempts to deny UK entry to extremists are both authoritarian and inept. Pre-emptive gagging is a bad precedent

Peace & War

China unlikely to back more Iran sanctions
Premier Wen Jiabao says China intends to strengthen its co-operation with Iran, an indication that Beijing will oppose growing calls in the West for additional sanctions against the Islamic Republic for its nuclear programme.

Israel favours sanctions over force against Iran
Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, has thrown his country's weight behind President Barack Obama's drive to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions through "sanctions and diplomacy" rather than force.

Israel threatens to quit peace talks over UN war crimes vote
Israel has threatened to pull out of Middle East peace talks if Britain and other European nations fail to back the country in a key vote at the United Nations.

Community & Family

Comment: 'The white working class' aren't racists
John Denham's initiative uses a loaded phrase and deflects attention from the real schism in Britain – between rich and poor.

Crime & Justice

MI5 chief defends torture criticism
The head of MI5 has issued a powerful defence of Britain's co-operation with intelligence agencies in America and other countries accused of the abuse and torture of detainees.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: Seeding a safer world
Food and security are inextricably linked: all our futures rely on a co-ordinated effort to revitalise the blighted global farming market.

Life & Death

Texas man faces execution after jurors consult Bible to decide fate
A convicted murderer faces execution in Texas after jurors consulted the Bible while deliberating on his sentence.

People & Power

Critics fear all is not well in the darling of Africa on eve of election
Botswana President's disciplinarian tendencies 'are shading into autocracy'.

Race & Identity

Protests as asylum-seekers are returned to Iraq
A Government-chartered flight carrying 44 Iraqi asylum-seekers touched down in Baghdad yesterday amid claims that deportations to the Middle East trouble spot were a flagrant breach of international law.

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