Press Roundup Thursday 21 January 2010

By Press Office
January 21, 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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Community & Family

Marriage is what matters most to family stability as only 3% of unmarried couples stay together until their child is 16
Marriage is more important than all other factors in family stability, according to new research which demolishes Labour's central argument against tax breaks for wedded couples.

Race issues 'delaying adoption process'
Adoption placements are being “unduly delayed” because of agencies’ obsession with finding the perfect ethnic match between parents and child, Martin Narey, the chief executive of Barnado’s, warned today.

Comment: Marriage will be one of the great election battlegrounds. Cameron is right to stick to his guns
A fierce argument is developing between the Tories and Labour over marriage which could turn out to be the most divisive in the election campaign.

Comment: Family values have the Tories in a twist
A mighty roar calls for government to laud the family. I don't see how or why it should.

Comment: Our changing family values
Today's parents face new pressures – but the argument over how to support them ignores entrenched disadvantage.

Comment: The end of innocence: Inside Britain's child prisons
Paul Vallely: As the Edlington 'torture boys' face sentencing for horrifying violence, can secure children's homes ever offer redemption?

Religion & Society

Bishop of Winchester warns Christians may have to give up public sector jobs because of secular agenda
Christians may be forced out of jobs in the public sector and charity work because of a secular agenda against them, a senior cleric has warned.

Department of Communities appoints Muslim activist as faith adviser
A Muslim activist advising the Government on religion is the former president of an Islamic student society, which has been linked to extremists.

Pope calls all Irish bishops to meeting about child abuse
Ireland's bishops have all been summoned to the Vatican for discussions on the clerical child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Irish Catholic church.

Geert Wilders in Dutch court over anti-Islam comments
Geert Wilders, a popular anti-Islamic politician, went on trial in Amsterdam on Wednesday, charged with inciting hatred against Muslims in a case seen as a test of Dutch tolerance and free speech.

Runaway girl, 17, who converted from Islam to Christianity will be allowed to live away from Muslim parents
A runaway teenage girl who converted from Islam to Christianity has reached a court settlement that allows her to live away from her Muslim parents.

Comment: BA should be free to ban the cross
By supporting Nadia Eweida's right to wear a cross at work, Liberty is backing religious privilege over equality.

Peace & War

Intelligence on WMD 'taken out of context', Iraq inquiry hears
Intelligence outlining the threat posed by Saddam Hussein was taken out of context when it was used as part of the Government's case for invading Iraq, a senior member of Tony Blair's intelligence team has said.

I'll testify any time you want, Gordon Brown tells Iraq Inquiry
Gordon Brown said yesterday he would testify to the Iraq Inquiry 'any time' as pressure grew for him to give evidence before the election.

Afghan mission has lost momentum, British ambassador says
The mission in Afghanistan has "lost momentum" with the Taliban undermining security over the last year, the British ambassador to the country has admitted.

Sabre-rattling between Croatia and Serbia over Bosnia intensifies
Leaders of the former Yugoslavia traded hostile invective that recalled the wars of the 1990s today after Croatia's president threatened armed intervention to halt any Serbian attempts to partition Bosnia.

Globalisation & Development

Aid workers ‘being pushed out’ of Palestinian areas
Israel has stopped issuing work permits to foreign aid workers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, sparking fears about the future of relief operations in the Palestinian territories.

Comment: Haiti needs water, not occupation
The US has never wanted Haitian self-rule, and its focus on 'security concerns' has hampered the earthquake aid response.

Comment: The fault line in Haiti runs straight to France
The earthquake’s destruction has been aggravated not by a pact with the Devil, but by the crippling legacy of imperialism.

Life & Death

Rescue ships arrive amid aftershock
A frightening new aftershock has forced more earthquake survivors on to the Haiti capital's streets and sent others fleeing to the countryside, where aid was only beginning to reach wrecked towns.

Crisis of the one million Haitian orphans as Unicef warns the devastation has jumped to 'unbearable proportions'
The first of Haiti's evacuated orphans have arrived in the US to begin new lives, according to reports.

Lawyer and blogger among four dissidents facing firing squad in Vietnam
Leading Vietnamese dissidents, including a human rights lawyer and an anti-government blogger, went on trial for their lives yesterday in the latest sign of a continuing crackdown on its domestic critics by the communist Government.

Crime & Justice

Muslim police condemn terror policy
Muslim police officers have condemned the Government's anti-terrorism strategy as an "affront to British values" which has led to an upsurge in Islamophobia.

Judge's 'act of mercy' on Munir Hussain fuels row on self-defence
The political debate on the right to defend one’s home and family was inflamed last night after a man jailed for a violent attack on a burglar was freed by the Court of Appeal.

Ecology & Environment

Clean energy drive to turn UK into giant forest
Britain’s forest cover could double under a plan to map every underused piece of land for potential conversion to plantations to feed wood and crop-burning power stations.

Climate change experts say sorry
A Nobel Prize-winning panel of climate scientists who wrote the world's most authoritative report on global warming have apologised after five glaring errors were discovered in one paragraph.

Economy & Politics

MPs to act as 'judge and jury' on their own expenses rules
MPs will be allowed to act as 'judge and jury' on their own expenses by voting on plans to recoup taxpayers' money next month.

Education & Culture

England's schools are becoming more diverse
England's schools are more ethnically diverse than they were eight years ago, research published today reveals.

Race & Identity

Comment: When it comes to asylum, the lunatics really have taken over
This morning's edition of You Couldn't Make It Up stars 31-year-old Moroccan Rashid Ali, who came to this country six years ago in search of a better life.

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