Press Roundup Monday 2 November 2009

By Press Office
November 2, 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

Pope offers olive branch after move to 'poach' traditionalist Anglicans
The Pope is to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury this month, to ease controversy over the Vatican’s recent move to make it easier for disenchanted Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism in groups as well as individually.

Half of us think creationism should be taught alongside evolution
More than half of all Britons believe that creationism and other theories about the origins of life should be taught alongside evolution in school science lessons, according to a survey published today.

Council suspends funding to schools linked to Hizb ut-Tahrir
Schools run by members of the Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have had their public funding suspended and will be placed under investigation after the payments were exposed by The Sunday Telegraph.

Cambridge University to allow burkhas at graduation
Cambridge University is to allow female Muslim students to wear burkhas under their mortar boards at graduation ceremonies, it has emerged.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Conversion offer to disaffected Anglicans was previously rejected as ‘casting the net too wide’
The proposal to allow disaffected Anglicans to convert to Rome was previously rejected as too aggressive, the former head of the Catholic church in England has disclosed.

BBC’s Muslim head of religion reveals a Protestant work ethic
Christianity is still the schedule’s cornerstone, says Aaqil Ahmed.

Prophet Mohammed film planned
An epic film about the Prophet Mohammad backed by the producer of "The Lord of the Rings" is being planned with the aim of "bridging cultures".

Comment: Preach for a greener and fairer land
The Church of England should be more radical when campaigning on the environment, says George Pitcher.

Comment: What does this mean for women?
For liberal Catholics, it is a blow. For the Church of England, it might provide a way out of the current muddle.

Comment: The internet has done for Scientology. Could it rumble the Christians, too?
While Hubbard's cult gets ever more exposed, it's a shame other religions are not forced to justify their own doctrinal lunacies.

Peace & War

Iran softens stance on nuclear deal
Iran has said it wants a technical panel to review a United Nations-backed plan proposing sending most of its uranium stockpile to Russia for enrichment, limiting the country's ability to make a nuclear weapon.

U.S. says Palestine should not boycott peace talks over Israel's continued expansion of settlements
Hillary Clinton has urged Palestine to come to the table with Israel and not boycott peace talks with Israel due to the their expansion of settlements on occupied land.

Russia 'simulates' nuclear attack on Poland
Russia has provoked outrage in Poland by simulating an air and sea attack on the country during military exercises.

UN halts work in warring Pakistan
The United Nations is stopping long-term development work in north-western Pakistan because of security concerns.

North Korea calls for nuclear talks with the US
North Korea's Foreign Ministry has called for direct talks with its long-time foe, the United States, and said it was ready to return to stalled six-country nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Ecology & Environment

Climate change 'can kill children'
A quarter of a million children could die next year due to the effects of climate change, Save the Children warned.

Chinese government makes it snow in Beijing in order to fight drought
The Chinese government covered Beijing in snow on Sunday after meteorologists seeded clouds to bring winter weather to the capital in an effort to combat a lingering drought.

Comment: Warmists turn up the heat ahead of the Copenhagen climate conference
The approach of the Copenhagen climate conference in December exposes us to even more overheated opinions, says Christopher Booker.

Comment: Money is the key to the success of Copenhagen
Developing countries want up to £245bn to reduce their carbon emissions while the EU thinks it should cost them as little as £20bn. Michael McCarthy reports on the huge gap.

Economy & Politics

MPs revolt over exes crackdown
A crackdown on MPs' expenses is to be watered down after an all-party revolt.

Tory MP compares 'witch-hunt' over MPs expenses with Nazi persecution of the Jews
A Tory MP compared the treatment of politicians over their expense claims to the suffering of the Jews under the Nazis last night.

Flipping outrage! Scandal of second homes is swept under carpet
On Wednesday, Harriet Harman will announce to the Commons the reforms that Gordon Brown, David Cameron and hundreds of other MPs hope will bring an end to the outcry over MPs' expenses.

Comment: Frank Field: MPs and voters... war is just beginning
A failure of political leadership compounds a dismal state of affairs over expenses.

Life & Death

Change law on organ donation, doctors say
Radical solution to boost donors would compel everyone to make a choice.

Boy’s killer to be first public execution since Saddam Hussein’s rule
The Awenis lived in a two-storey house on a dusty road in western Baghdad. To their neighbours they were just another family — and no-one suspected that they were capable of abducting a local boy, collecting a ransom for his release, killing him and dumping his body in an acid bath.

Father of Baby RB fights hospital’s decision to turn off life support
A father whose son was born with a rare neuromuscular condition will go to the High Court today to try to stop a hospital withdrawing support that keeps the child alive.

Sex & Gender

Abortions soar by a quarter among 14-year-olds
The number of 14-year-olds having abortions has soared by almost a quarter in two years.

Parliament to host first 'gay wedding' in equalities victory
Europe minister will be first MP to have ceremony inside Westminster.

Comment: This isn't localism, it's misogyny and jealousy
Elizabeth Truss has been maligned. Why must we Conservative women divulge our sex lives?

Crime & Justice

Student expelled to Gaza Strip by force
A Palestinian student has been handcuffed, blindfolded and forcibly expelled to the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops just two months before she was due to graduate from university.

Comment: Putting victims at the heart of justice
Making young offenders confront the consequences of their actions can help them avoid falling into a cycle of crime.

Community & Family

Coram's instant adoption plan helps to keep babies out of care system
A new type of adoption that allows babies to live with their prospective new parents within days of birth has been developed by a charity to stop young children spending years in the care system.

Race & Identity

Jewish extremist held for hate crimes
Israelis targeted by a suspected extremist Jewish settler called for harsh penalties if the man, accused of a series of murders and attempted murders, is found guilty.

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