Press Roundup Friday 15 January 2010

By Press Office
January 15, 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

Equality Bill ‘dangerously’ trying to force religious belief behind closed doors, bishops warn
Bishops have accused the Government of “dangerously” trying to force religion behind closed doors while defending the beliefs of minority groups such as homosexuals.

Rome's chief rabbi says that only God can judge Pius XII on Jews
This view was articulated before the Pope's planned visit to the city's temple for the first time on Sunday.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali: immigrants should accept Britain’s Christian values
All new immigrants should accept Britain’s traditional Christian values and be willing to adapt to them, according to a prominent clergyman.

Hindu millions flock to purify themselves in the Ganges – in one of the world’s filthiest rivers
Nearly a million Hindu pilgrims braved unseasonally cold weather to bathe in the holy River Ganges yesterday on the opening day of a three-month festival said to be the biggest religious gathering in the world.

Senior member of extreme Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir teaches at LSE
A senior figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a hardline Islamist group that the Government keeps “under continuous review” and the Conservatives want to ban, is teaching and preaching at a top university.

Comment: The wave of anti-Christian violence
Christians in the Muslim world are becoming scapegoats as anger about the 'crusader west' takes hold.

Comment: The school of night
Was the Church of England more successful at suppressing original thought than the Church of Rome?

Globalisation & Development

Brown calls on UK to rally behind Haiti
Gordon Brown urged Britons to donate to an emergency appeal for the "catastrophic" quake in Haiti today as the Government announced it was giving more than £6 million in aid.

'You will not be forsaken', Obama promises Haiti
Washington to send 2,200 Marines, 3,500 troops and $100m in aid as Obama vows swift response; Rescue teams and aid workers face apocalyptic scenes and huge logistical problems in ruined city.

Brown throws down the gauntlet on overseas aid
Gordon Brown today challenges the Conservatives to support Labour's attempt to pass the world's first-ever law to protect government spending on aid to Africa and other poor countries.

Comment: We cannot fail the challenge of tackling world poverty
The events in Haiti remind us of the desperate plight of the world's poor.

Comment: The irresistible rise of the aid industry
Millions will give money to victims of the Haiti earthquake. But will their cash get to the right place?

Race & Identity

Fury as Labour claim they've beaten racism
A cabinet minister sparked anger last night by claiming that Labour had largely conquered racial discrimination in Britain.

Labour has failed poor white families, minister admits
Poor white families have been left 'struggling' in a Britain where social class is now as likely to cause disadvantage as a person's race, a Cabinet minister admitted yesterday.

Lord Carey’s comments on immigration promote racism, bishop warns
A Church of England bishop has warned that the former Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for new limits on immigration would “play into the hands of racists”.

Comment: Tackling racism means tackling all forms of discrimination
Over the past decade, the Government has worked tirelessly to build a fairer, more equal society. A society where a person's chances and opportunities in life are determined solely by their talent and effort – not by their class, gender, religion, sexuality or race.

Comment: John Denham's right: It's class, not race, that determines Britain's have-nots
White working-class anger has become a force that no politician can ignore, says Andrew Gilligan.

Peace & War

UK should stop policing the world, says Howells
Britain should give up trying to punch above its weight internationally and stop routinely deploying troops to world trouble spots, the chairman of the parliamentary committee that oversees the intelligence services said yesterday.

PM under pressure to face Iraq inquiry
Gordon Brown was ­under intense pressure last night to submit to a grilling about his role in the Iraq war decision before the General Election.

Doomsday Clock moves back a minute
A New York timepiece estimating how close humanity is to catastrophic nuclear destruction was being shifted back a minute today.

Yemen declares 'open war' on al-Qaeda
Yemen's government declared "open war" on al-Qaeda yesterday in an abrupt reversal of previous offers to negotiate with the terror group.

Life & Death

Iraq bombers to be hanged
An Iraqi court yesterday sentenced 11 people to death by hanging after convicting them of carrying out the August bombings of two government ministries that killed more than 100 people in the heart of Baghdad.

Mongolia to abolish the death penalty
In the land where Genghis Khan instilled discipline in his Mongol hordes through the death penalty, the president has called a moratorium on executions.

Frances Inglis: I killed my brain damaged son with love in my heart
A mother who gave her brain-damaged son a lethal heroin injection to end his suffering told a jury yesterday: “I did it with love in my heart.”

Crime & Justice

Comment: Britain must call a truce on its criminal justice arms race
If imprisonment is the measure, Britain is twice as wicked as 30 years ago. We have become the Texas of Europe.

Ecology & Environment

Oilrigs should be used for homes in areas at risk of flooding, report says
Decommissioned North Sea oil platforms should be towed to the waterfronts of coastal cities at risk of flooding and converted into homes, shops and universities protected from rising sea levels, a study recommends.

Economy & Politics

No secret repayment of expenses, says Speaker
MPs should not be allowed to repay wrongly claimed expenses in secret, the Speaker, John Bercow, said today after reports that some MPs have returned money behind closed doors.

Education & Culture

Comment: An Islamic girls’ school top of the tables?
The secret of success is the same for all faith schools.

People & Power

Fears of violence escalating as bomb kills Iranian scientist
A prominent Iranian physicist was killed yesterday by a bomb detonated outside his Tehran home, prompting an immediate accusation by Iran that the killing was masterminded by Israel and the US to derail the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

Sex & Gender

John Bercow signals the green light for a 'gay wedding' at Parliament
Parliament could host its first 'gay wedding' before the general election, Commons Speaker John Bercow suggested today.

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