Press Roundup Friday 18 June 2010

By Press Office
June 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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Religion & Society

Female US bishop forced to carry mitre in ‘snub’ by Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace is investigating the way the leader of the Episcopal Church was treated this week after Anglicans in the US complained that she was ordered to carry her mitre, rather than wear it, at Southwark Cathedral.

Pope must not be subjected to vuvuzelas
Vincent Nichols, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, wants no vuvuzelas near Benedict XVI.

Comment: Belief news roundup
Civil partnerships in places of worship; women bishops at Southwark and synod; the pope's visit; the Ten Commandments.

Comment: The MCB's Wonderland election
The vote for a new leader of the Muslim Council of Britain points up worrying fissures.

Community & Family

Paternity leave is measly, says Clegg as he vows to encourage shared parenting
Nick Clegg yesterday vowed to smash the 'outdated' attitude that means mothers take more time off work than fathers after the birth of a child.

Comment: After Shannon, what about the other 304,000?
It’s impossible to expect social workers alone to keep bad parents on the straight and narrow.

Education & Culture

Church in warning on academies
More than 2,000 Catholic schools were told by their Church yesterday that it would be "unwise" to seek academy status.

Private schools accused of being preserve of super-rich
Private schools were today accused of catering only for the super-rich after it emerged that their fees had risen almost three times faster than average income has over the past two decades.

Peace & War

400,000 displaced by Kyrgyz ethnic violence
As many as 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations announced yesterday, dramatically increasing the official estimate of the impact of a crisis that has left refugees without enough food and water in camps on the Uzbekistani border.

Israel's partial easing of Gaza blockade dismissed as inadequate
Israel's decision today to allow a partial easing of the blockade of Gaza was given a cool response by the international community, while Palestinians demanded the blockade be lifted completely. Aid agencies condemned it as inadequate.

Race & Identity

Dozens of CCTV cameras which 'targeted Muslims' mothballed after civil liberties complaints
Civil liberties campaigners claimed a major victory yesterday when a CCTV camera 'Ring of Steel' around a largely Muslim area was mothballed.

Comment: Refugees: a problem that won't go away
The right to asylum is enshrined in international law – but you wouldn't know it from the behaviour of many western nations.

Crime & Justice

70% rise in number of black and Asian people stopped and searched
The number of black and Asian people stopped and searched by the police has increased by more than 70% over the past five years, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

Ecology & Environment

End whaling ban to control killings, say conservationists
A coalition of leading conservation organisations has announced that the 26-year ban on commercial whaling should be lifted, given the whaling activities of Iceland, Norway and Japan.

Life & Death

Ronnie Lee Gardner executed by firing squad in Utah
Convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in Utah after his last ditch appeal for a stay was turned down.

People & Power

Aung San Suu Kyi's desperate plea to the world
As Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to celebrate her 65th birthday tomorrow, confined in the house in which she has spent most of the past two decades, a confidante of the Burmese opposition leader has made a simple but passionate appeal to those in the West to use their freedom to help his country achieve the same.

Sex & Gender

Comment: Selective gay rights from the coalition
Allowing civil partnerships in places of worship, and a few other measures, can't make up for a dubious record on gay rights.

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