Press Roundup Tuesday 26 January 2010

By Press Office
January 26, 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.

Religion & Society

Lords defeat for Harman over forcing churches to hire gays
Church leaders claimed a victory for religious freedom last night after defeating the Government's attempts to force them to hire homosexuals or transsexuals.

Polish Catholic bishop causes outrage after claiming Jews used the Holocaust as a 'propaganda weapon'
A leading Polish Catholic bishop has risked controversy by claiming that Jews had 'expropriated' the Holocaust as a 'propaganda weapon'.

Church of England counts cost of New York property deal
The Church of England has suffered a £40 million loss on a disastrous investment in a New York apartment complex that was acquired by a consortium in 2006 for $5.4 billion — the biggest single residential property deal in the United States.

Nigerian Archbishop calls on Muslims to hand back the dead
The Anglican Archbishop of Jos has called for Muslims to hand back the bodies of any Christians shot in last week’s riots that he says could have been taken to the mosque in error.

Christians attack 'marital affair' billboards
Churchgoers have launched a campaign against advertisements for an extramarital dating service, after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) refused to intervene.

Comment: A third way through the Bible
In his take on the Bible, Howard Jacobson avoided religious and atheistic extremes, finding something much more worthwhile.

Life & Death

Kay Gilderdale helped her daughter die after 17 years of suffering. As she is cleared of attempted murder, a judge asks: 'Why was she ever on trial?'
A mother cleared of attempting to murder her incurably ill daughter says that watching her die felt like 'having her heart ripped out'.

Chemical Ali is finally executed
Iraqi mass murderer Chemical Ali stands with a noose around his neck, as he was finally executed yesterday.

Comment: Martin Amis may be past HIS sell-by date but by writing off the elderly, he robs us of a precious gift
How is society going to support this silver tsunami? asked author Martin Amis in an interview in a Sunday newspaper, fretting that advances in medical science mean that restaurants and shops will be 'stinking' with 'demented old people'.

Comment: Who are we to decide that a dependent life is a pointless life?
Other people's sympathies are with Frances Inglis. Mine are with her son.

Comment: Brains, minds, morality
Do we have any obligation to keep alive people whose brains no longer work properly?

Globalisation & Development

Haiti needs aid 'for at least 10 years'
It could take a generation to rebuild earthquake-hit Haiti, aid officials warned yesterday.

Don't cut off aid, warns Haiti PM
Haiti's government is ready to lead the relief and reconstruction effort after the devastating earthquake which killed as many as 200,000 people and left an estimated 1.5 million homeless.

West urged to write off Haiti's $1bn debt
Western governments have been urged to write off Haiti's international debts of nearly $1 billion (£620 million) after its prime minister said rebuilding the country could take a decade.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi 'to be freed from house arrest'
Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be freed when her house arrest ends in November, according to a government minister.

Education & Culture

Why David Cameron wants a boom in faith schools
The biggest expansion of faith schools since the 19th century would be encouraged by a Tory government, David Cameron signalled yesterday.

Comment: Why I despise the hypocritical non-believers who colonise faith schools
The church was packed, the guests all in their finery. The baby, adorable in an antique christening robe, lay asleep in his mother's arms.

Comment: I'm putting my faith in David Miliband's choice
He may be an atheist, but the Foreign Secretary has chosen a Church school for his son. Good for him, says George Pitcher.

Race & Identity

140 colleges suspended over immigration
Inspectors have suspended 140 colleges and shut down 15 in the past six months under new immigration rules, the Government said today.

Partial Muslim veil ban to be recommended in France
France will take the first step towards barring Muslim women from wearing the full veil on Tuesday when a parliamentary panel will recommend banning the face-covering in public locations.

Comment: The power behind the veil
I look on efforts to ban the face veil with dismay. For me, it's an empowering tool.

Peace & War

Britain faces decades of faraway wars in countries that support terror, warns Defence Secretary
Britain faces 'decades of conflict in distant places' where failing states support terror, the Defence Secretary warned yesterday.

Gordon Brown admits 'mistake' in Iraq planning
Gordon Brown has for the first time admitted that it was a "mistake" to fail to prepare for the reconstruction of Iraq following the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

Community & Family

Child poverty fight 'in reverse'
The fight against child poverty has "slid into reverse" with more than 1.7 million British youngsters missing out on enough food and clothes, a charity has warned.

Ecology & Environment

Save the elephant: ivory trading is set to resume
Two African countries are trying to open a new breach in the worldwide ivory trade ban, which conservationists fear could lead to more African elephants being slaughtered by poachers.

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