Press Roundup Monday 3 May 2010

By Press Office
May 3, 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

Thousands of Anglican churchgoers could cross over to Rome with bishops
Thousands of Anglican parishioners could convert to Catholicism after three leading traditionalist bishops told the Vatican they were ready to cross over to Rome.

Synod to vote on final stage of code to allow women bishops
The Church of England is expected to pave the way for the consecration of women bishops when it publishes final proposals this week. The legislation, to be debated by the General Synod in July, will trigger a departure of some traditionalists to the Roman Catholic Church.

Christian preacher vows to fight after he's arrested for ‘public order’ offences after saying homosexuality is a sin
A Christian was arrested and treated like a 'common criminal' after saying that he thought homosexuality was a sin.

Halo, it’s Nick Clegg the preacher
Libe Dem leader Nick Clegg preached at a church - despite insisting on TV that he is "not a man of faith".

Pope Benedict visits Turin Shroud
Pope Benedict XVI all but gave an outright endorsement of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin on Sunday, calling the cloth an icon "written with the blood" of a crucified man.

Comment: The Orwellian logic that's turning the faith Britain was built on into a crime
Terrifying as this may seem, the attempt to stamp out Christianity in Britain appears to be gathering pace.

Comment: A little bit of religious bigotry is tolerable in a healthy society
The new secular orthodoxy comes laden with threats to traditional religious beliefs and freedoms.

Comment: Carey's intervention backfires
As a lawyer, I can recognise Lord Laws' judgment in the McFarlane case as stinging rebuke to Lord Carey.

Comment: Policies you should believe in
The Church of England has stopped short of telling Anglicans how to vote – and that's probably just as well.

Comment: A problem like sharia
Fear of sharia law may stalk the streets of Northwood. But how worried should we really be about 'Islamisation'?

Economy & Politics

Nick Clegg would 'thrash out coalition deal in hung parliament' rather than inflict second election on voters
Nick Clegg has given his strongest signal yet that he would thrash out a coalition deal in a hung Parliament rather than inflict a second election on voters.

Party leaders targeting key seats
The three main party leaders were back out on the election trail with renewed intensity as the campaign enters the final three days before polling.

David Cameron vows to slash MPs' holidays
MPs’ mammoth holidays would be slashed under a Conservative government, David Cameron said yesterday.

Comment: Whichever way you look at it, Clegg calls all the shots
As the three-horse race nears the finishing line, today’s BPIX poll for The Mail on Sunday shows the Conservatives on 34 per cent, the Liberal Democrats on 30 and Labour down to 27.

Comment: All to play for in virility contest to win the heart of Middle England
Rivals talk of surprise results amid voting swings.

Comment: Gordon Brown was undone by the media, not Gillian Duffy
New Labour was born by understanding and manipulating the modern media; now the same phenomenon is killing off Gordon Brown, says Charles Moore.

Comment: Cleggmania could change the world’s elections
If it can happen in traditional old Britain, consumer power can take root anywhere.

Peace & War

Israel Palestine indirect talks to begin next week
Indirect talks between the Israelis and Palestinians will restart within the next week after the last obstacles were removed over the weekend.

US and Russia to propose ban on WMD in Middle East
The US and Russia have drafted an initiative to ban nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, the Guardian has learned.

Lord's Resistance Army accused of killing 100 in massacre
The United Nations is investigating reports that Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels killed 100 people in February, the latest in a string of massacres in Congo's remote northeast.

Taliban video promises US attacks
The Pakistani Taliban released a video - apparently dated early April - of their leader promising an attack on major US cities "in some days or a month", a monitoring group said.

US to unveil size of nuclear stockpile
The American government will disclose for the first time the exact size of the US nuclear stockpile at a major United Nations nuclear disarmament summit, according to officials.

Comment: Barack Obama faces tough task to repair cracks in nuclear dam
Threat of new nuclear nations, slow pace of arms reduction and spectre of terrorism have shaken faith in non-proliferation.

Race & Identity

Britain will get 1m more migrants by 2015
Britain's migrant population will swell by more than one million over the next five years thanks to Gordon Brown’s open door policy on immigration, a study has warned.

Comment: We must not punish the children
Quakers oppose detention of migrants' children, and so should a new government.

Sex & Gender

Just 17pc of election candidates support action on gender equality, survey shows
Fewer than a fifth of election candidates have supported detailed moves to improve gender equality, according to a survey.

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