Press Roundup Monday 23 November 2009

By Press Office
November 23, 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 and Pope Benedict XVI share 'cordial' talks
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Benedict XVI took significant steps on Saturday to heal the rift between their respective faiths.

Archbishop of Canterbury tells Pope that Catholic row left him feeling 'awkward'
The Archbishop of Canterbury has told Pope Benedict XVI that he was put in an "awkward position" by what was wrongly seen as a "dawn raid on the Anglican Communion" by the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholics set up a task force for huge Anglican exodus
The Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales have set up a task force to help the possible exodus of tens of thousands of disaffected Anglicans into their church.

Shutting office over Christmas is ‘indirect discrimination’ against other religions
Shutting the office over Christmas could be seen as discriminatory by followers of some religions, according to a leading employers’ group.

Comment: What if the Archbishop of Canterbury tried evangelising Belle de Jour?
While Islam is making the running when it comes to reaching out to the unconverted, Anglicans and Catholics seem engaged in a zero-sum game, says Melanie McDonagh.

Comment: Archbishop John Sentamu: 'Mammon has been given a pasting'
The credit crunch has changed everything, says the Archbishop of York. Now people are beginning to realise that there are more important things than choice and the free market.

Comment: Where are all these militant atheists ruining Britain?
In a desperate attempt to secure its electoral base, the government is shamefully wooing religious extremists.

Comment: There can be no 'banning of sharia law'
Besides being unworkable, a 'ban' on sharia law would pose a serious challenge to all our civil liberties.

Comment: We'll defend freedom in Harrow
If a demonstration against 'the Islamisation of Europe' takes place next month, our peaceful protest will be there to meet it.

Comment: Graphic confusion in Rome
Both main approaches to church unity have failed. Perhaps what we need is a flow chart.

Comment: A show of unity at too high a price
The Anglican church should no longer put the virtue of uniformity above the need to challenge prejudice and suffering.

Comment: Face to faith
The real challenge to the biblical literalism held dear by creationists is in the Bible itself.

Peace & War

Iraq war inquiry 'will be thorough'
The head of the long-awaited Iraq War Inquiry pledged to produce a "full and insightful" account of the decision-making process which took Britain into the conflict.

Police in shootout with Republicans as terrorists plant 400lb bomb in Northern Ireland
Dissident Republicans came close to causing massive damage with a car bomb at a police target in Northern Ireland, it was revealed.

Barack Obama: new Israel homes 'very dangerous' for peace
President Barack Obama issued a rare warning to Israel that a plan to construct 900 new homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem could prove ‘very dangerous' by provoking the Palestinians.

Sri Lanka to release 136,000 Tamil war refugees
Sri Lanka is to release the remaining 136,000 Tamil refugees still detained in government camps since the country's civil war ended six months ago, a top government official said.

Gulf arms race triggered by Iranian aggression
Tensions over Iran's nuclear programme have spurred an arms race in the Gulf with record defence deals being negotiated.

Azerbaijan military threat to Armenia
Azerbaijan and Armenia held a presidential summit on Sunday amid warnings that a full blown war is brewing over a festering territorial dispute.

Ecology & Environment

British climate change scientists 'conspired to keep sceptics in the dark'
Scientists at a British climate change research centre discussed ways of dodging Freedom of Information Act requests to release temperature data, it is claimed.

Scottish invention promises power revolution
A radical new design of electrical generator that solves an engineering quandary and promises to be cheaper, lighter and more reliable than anything currently available has been unveiled by scientists at the University of Edinburgh.

Comment: The devastating book which debunks climate change
Just imagine if we learned we were about to be landed with the biggest bill in the history of the world - simply on the say-so of a group of scientists. Would we not want to be absolutely sure that those scientists were 100 per cent dependable in what they were saying?

Comment: Copenhagen might dither, but the rest of us can get planting
Never mind Copenhagen, we can involve ourselves as growers and volunteers.

Comment: Copenhagen will fail – and quite right too
Even if the science was reliable (which it isn’t), we should not force the world’s poorest countries to cut carbon emissions.

Economy & Politics

We'll give the Tories a majority, says Clegg: Lib Dem leader pledges to avert election deadlock
David Cameron could be forced to accept an offer of support from Nick Clegg after a poll suggested Britain is on course for its first hung Parliament since 1974.

Standards MP under scrutiny over claims
Another member of the committee that regulates MPs' conduct was facing questions over his expenses.

People & Power

Harriet Harman blocks the £185,000 salary of new Equalities and Human Rights chief
Harriet Harman has blocked the six-figure salary of a newly-appointed quango boss in a startling admission that public sector pay is out of control.

Hugo Chávez defends the ‘bad guys’ of the world
President Hugo Chávez has risked international ire by lauding Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan terrorist notorious for a series of bombings, kidnappings and hijackings across Europe, as a "revolutionary fighter" unjustly imprisoned for trying to defend the Palestinian people.

Race & Identity

Violence as Nick Griffin attends rally in Spain
Violence broke out a far-Right rally attended by Nick Griffin at the weekend on the anniversary of the death of Fascist dictator General Francisco Franco.

Comment: Prey for the BNP
The Sikhs who join in the hatred of Muslims are deluded if they expect to avoid racial exclusion.

Community & Family

Marriage promoted in Tory plans
Official forms will routinely ask whether individuals are married under new Tory plans to encourage traditional families.

Crime & Justice

The multi-million pound 'bribe' to send foreign criminals home
The taxpayer is having to fund millions of pounds a year to "bribe" foreign murderers, rapists and other prisoners to go home after a 60 per cent jump in cases.

Globalisation & Development

Iran's opposition defiant in face of crackdown
Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said yesterday that the reform movement would not be cowed by the hardline government's harsh methods as riot police prevented a demonstration by moderates taking place.

Life & Death

Assisted suicide proposals ‘unacceptable in a civilised society’ – Roman Catholic bishops
Abusive relatives and neglectful carers could seize on new assisted suicide rules to pressurise vulnerable people into killing themselves, Roman Catholic bishops have warned.

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