Press Roundup Friday 20 November 2009

By Press Office
November 20, 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 tells Pope: there will be no turning back on women priests
The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday made his most outspoken challenge to the Roman Catholic Church since the Pope invited disaffected Anglicans to switch to Rome.

Archbishop of Canterbury claims differences between Anglicans and Roman Catholics are not that great
The differences between Anglicans and Catholics are not that significant, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted in a controversial speech in Rome.

Twilight: New Moon vampires are deviant according Vatican
New Moon, the second film in vampire saga Twilight was yesterday condemned by the Vatican as a “deviant moral vacuum”.

Comment: What exactly are atheists so scared about?
Christians aren't indoctrinating their children, just trying to make sense of the world, says George Pitcher.

Comment: Just say no to sharia law
Let us support the courageous Muslims who, often at great personal risk, are campaigning against religious extremism.

Comment: Atheist billboards are misguided
If parents wish their children to be brought up as Christians, or, for that matter, atheists, what right do others have to stop them?

Comment: Anti-natal atheists?
Atheists have an ingenious strategy for ensuring the survival of our gang: we don't have rules about who we can reproduce with.

Peace & War

Brown appeals to Labour MPs over Afghan war
Gordon Brown and three cabinet ministers have moved to shore up wavering support among Labour backbenchers for the war in Afghanistan.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai gives hope to British troops
Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghan president yesterday and raised hopes that British troops could be coming home by 2014.

Barack Obama: Iran faces fresh nuclear sanctions within weeks
Barack Obama has signalled a further escalation in the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions by serving notice that punitive measures could be agreed "within weeks".

Israel's richest woman on quest for world peace
Shari Arison wants to lead the world to universal peace and inner harmony but has never invested in the Palestinian territories.

Education & Culture

Poor white boys 'falling further behind'
Poor white boys are falling further behind their classmates in English and maths, official figures showed today.

Evolution classes for primary pupils
Children at primary school are to be given compulsory lessons on evolution for the first time under a shake-up of the curriculum unveiled yesterday.

Prince Charles in clash with Ed Balls over plans to axe traditional lessons
Traditional subjects such as history and geography are to be sidelined in the biggest shake-up of primary education for 20 years.

Crime & Justice

Britain knew CIA tortured detainee
Britain knew that American agents were using barbaric torture techniques on terror suspects, including British resident Binyam Mohamed, it emerged yesterday.

Hong Kong hands over Tiananmen dissident Zhou Yongjun for trial
A student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests has been put on trial and faces another prison term in China after he was handed over by the authorities in Hong Kong.

Economy & Politics

Tory sleaze chief quits over £30,000 'love nest' expenses bill
A Tory MP has quit as chairman of the standards watchdog over claims his taxpayer-funded home had been used as a love nest for his mistress.

Comment: It was 'Hi' from Ed Balls...and 'Bye' from nearly everyone else

Life & Death

Killers of 'the father of Bangladesh' likely to hang
Five ageing Bangladeshi army officers face the gallows after their death sentences were upheld in Dhaka yesterday, bringing an end to a murderous saga that has racked the nation for more than three decades.

Al Qaeda chief who joined US forces sentenced to death
An al-Qaeda chief who switched sides, joining US forces to fight his former compatriots, has been sentenced to death for killing a young girl in a revenge attack, court officials said on Thursday.

Community & Family

Comment: Time for a political earthquake
Will politicians' words on poverty and inequality be matched by deeds? London Citizens is one group trying to make it happen.

Ecology & Environment

Hurricane Katrina: It was not an act of God
The US government could be facing a bill running to hundreds of billions of dollars after a federal judge ruled that failures by the US Army Corps of Engineers were responsible for the worst flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Globalisation & Development

'Happy days are here again': Number of billionaires in India doubles to 52
Life is good in India - at least, for its wealthy elite. For the number of billionaires in the country has nearly doubled from 27 to 52, the latest Forbes' Rich List has revealed.

Race & Identity

BNP signs its first non-white member...
An elderly Sikh who describes Islam as a "beast" and once provided a character reference for Nick Griffin during his racial hatred trial is set to become the British National Party's first non-white member.

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