Press Roundup Wednesday 13 January 2010

By Press Office
January 13, 2010

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

The Lord's Player
Thought you worshipped new technology? A vicar this week blessed his congregation's electronic gadgets in a modern-day version of historic Plough Monday - a day on which farm labourers traditionally brought their farm machinery to church to be blessed.

Trafalgar Square to host the Passion of Christ
Thousands of people are expected to attend a vast outdoor performance of the Passion of Christ in Trafalgar Square this Easter, it has been announced.

Comment: The many faces behind the veil
A symbol of female subjugation? These women believe their Islamic headwear is a liberating way of expressing their identities.

Comment: The government's secret prayers
A centuries-old ritual still takes place in the Houses of Parliament, behind closed doors – praying.

Comment: All God's creatures
A US company, run by atheists, is offering to take care of your pets during the second coming. But are they serious?

Comment: Is Islamophobia real?
The British Social Attitudes Survey shows that the British don't like Muslims much, and don't really believe in free speech at all.

Race & Identity

Vatican accuses Italians of racism after southern riots
The Vatican's newspaper on Tuesday accused Italians of being racist in the wake of riots sparked by tensions between locals and African immigrants in southern Italy.

Radio 1 rapped over interview with BNP members on youth news programme
The BBC has admitted Radio 1 did not properly challenge two senior British National Party members who said footballer Ashley Cole was not 'ethnically British'.

Comment: Islam4UK: bad, but not worth banning
Banning groups like Islam4UK – repugnant as they undoubtedly are – is not only ineffective, but threatens our open society.

Comment: Joseph would be refused entry to UK
Astonishment at the remarks of Lord Carey of Clifton about immigration.

Crime & Justice

Euro court outlaws our stop and search powers
Sweeping police powers for stopping and searching terrorist suspects were declared illegal by European human rights judges yesterday.

A death sentence for abortion doctors?
Anger at revelation that anti-abortionist who killed medic may make so-called 'necessity defence'.

Economy & Politics

MPs 'paid back expenses in secret'
Dozens of MPs were allowed to admit expenses errors and repay money in secret, it has been claimed.

MPs urged to abandon long summer holidays
MPs must end their three month summer holidays to rebuild public trust, Commons Speaker John Bercow has declared.

Peace & War

Invasion of Iraq had no legal basis, finds damning Dutch report into war
The Dutch government supported an invasion of Iraq that had no legal mandate, the country's inquiry into the war announced today.

We can broker peace with the Taleban, says Turkey
Turkey could play a key role in persuading the Taleban to take part in the political process in Afghanistan, thanks to historic cultural and ethnic links between both countries, the Turkish Foreign Minister said yesterday.

Community & Family

More families must be put in 'care', says crime tsar
Entire families "from hell" should be put in to "care" to stop them terrorising neighbourhoods, the Government's crime tsar has urged.

Globalisation & Development

Google threatens China pullout after attacks on Gmail accounts of human rights activists
Google is to stop censoring search results in China and could pull out of the country altogether after hackers coordinated a sophisticated attack on email accounts of human rights activists using its Gmail service.

Life & Death

Thousands feared dead as earthquake measuring 7.0 devastates Haiti
A massive earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti last night. Reports said many thousands may have died.

Sex & Gender

Clegg lays down law to Cameron on gay rights
Faith schools should be legally obliged to teach that homosexuality is "normal and harmless", and gay civil partnerships should be replaced by true marriage, Nick Clegg said last night.

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