Press Roundup Monday 18 January 2010

By Press Office
January 18, 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

Church to vote on greater rights for partners of gay clergy
The Church of England is poised to give greater recognition to homosexual clergy in relationships, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Muslim group Minhaj-ul-Quran issues fatwa against terrorists
A leading Muslim organisation in Britain has issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and terrorism, declaring them un-Islamic.

Jewish leaders confront Pope over Vatican's Holocaust 'silence'
A Jewish leader told the Pope on Sunday that his controversial wartime predecessor, Pius XII, should have protested more forcefully against Jews being sent to the "ovens of Auschwitz".

Nine of Church of England's historic bishops' palaces could be sold after reviews
The future of the Church of England’s historic bishops’ palaces is in doubt with one in five being considered for sale over the next year.

Jewish leader hits out at wartime papacy
The president of Rome's Jewish community yesterday publicly told Pope Benedict XVI that his wartime predecessor, Pius XII, should have spoken out more forcefully against the Holocaust.

A night on the town: Vomit, violence and God
A Slice of Britain: Derby is the latest town to witness the arrival of Street Pastors, a group of Christians who volunteer to spend their Friday and Saturday evenings bringing succour to the drunk and the wounded

Comment: Face to faith
Amid a slew of negative coverage, we must all work at challenging how Muslims are seen.

Comment: A dangerous anachronism
Blasphemy laws are a blight on any society that values freedom of speech.

Race & Identity

Ban burkha in Britain says UKIP
Muslim women should be banned from wearing the burkha and other veils that cover their faces in ­public, the UK Independence Party said yesterday.

Banning of burkas is oppressive, says the Respect leader Salma Yaqoob
Plans to ban Muslim women from covering their faces in public areas are oppressive, the leader of the Respect party said yesterday.

Hate crime increases in areas where BNP win seats
Hate crime goes up in areas where the BNP win a council seat.

Comment: We're still a long way from an honest debate about immigration
While Gordon Brown and David Cameron expound on immigration control in general, they dodge discussion of the role that Europe plays.

Globalisation & Development

UN chief calls for patience on aid
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for calm and patience among survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

UK trebles aid to quake-hit Haiti
The UK Government has trebled the amount of money it is giving in aid to Haiti to more than £20 million.

Small aid agencies have a vital role
Confronted by this colossal disaster, with all the Oxfams and Christian Aids of this world stampeding to get onto the ground, how does a small relief agency set about making itself useful?

Life & Death

Death sentence for 'Chemical Ali'
Saddam Hussein's evil cousin "Chemical Ali" was sentenced to death by hanging today - for the fourth time.

British man faces U.S. death row for killing woman
A British motivational speaker is facing the death penalty in the U.S. for killing a woman and stuffing her body in a trash barrel.

Peace & War

Straw privately warned Blair that Iraq invasion was legally dubious
Jack Straw privately warned Tony Blair that an invasion of Iraq was legally dubious, questioned what such action would achieve, and challenged US claims about the threat from Saddam Hussein, it was revealed today.

Beijing blocks talks on tackling Iran nuclear threat
A key meeting aimed at tackling Iran’s suspected nuclear arms programme has ended in failure after a low-level Chinese delegate blocked a new round of sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Community & Family

Comment: There are children today who are more likely to see their dad drunk than doing a day's work
Some say that talking about the 'broken society' - as the Conservative Party will this week as we publish the next parts of our draft manifesto - is painting too dark a picture of our country and potentially talking it down. I don't agree. Of course there is plenty to celebrate about Britain today.

Crime & Justice

Clegg calls for end to 'stifling' libel laws
Britain's "stifling" libel laws are "making a mockery" of the justice system and risk snuffing out legitimate scientific debate, Nick Clegg warns.

Ecology & Environment

The new climate change scandal
Fresh doubts were cast over controversial global warming theories yesterday after a major climate change argument was discredited.

Economy & Politics

Economy gap widens in tale of two cities
The recession has widened the gap between the best and worst performing British cities, according to a new study.

Education & Culture

Teachers in call to aid white working class
Teachers' leaders are today calling for a new government grant to help white working class children lift themselves from the bottom of the heap when it comes to exam performance.

Sex & Gender

Beijing police cancel city's first ever gay pageant
Beijing police shut down China's first gay pageant yesterday, saying that the event did not have a licence to take place. The move prompted fears that a crackdown on civil rights was gaining impetus.

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