Press Roundup Wednesday 15 July 2009

By Press Office
July 15, 2009

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

Comment: Why the BBC should scrap Thought For The Day (and I'm a believer)

After years in the wilderness, atheists are to have their soap box alongside Britain's religious bigwigs on Radio 4's Thought For The Day.

Comment: Spare a thought for listeners, Today

We don't need God, and we certainly don't need anyone pontificating on the radio at 7.50am about him or anything else.

Comment: The Americans know this will end in schism

Support by US Episcopalians for homosexual clergy is contrary to Anglican faith and tradition. They are leaving the family.

Comment: General synod: the tightrope walk continues

Synod failed to resolve any of the thorny issues that beset the relationship between conservatives and liberals in the church.

Not so immoral after all: Vatican gives the latest Harry Potter absolution. But as for The Da Vinci Code...

Once condemned by the Pope for undermining the soul of Christianity, Harry Potter has been forgiven.

Ecology & Environment

Miliband promises more green jobs but Vestas wind turbine plant is closing

One of Britain’s biggest employers in the green energy industry is to cease production within hours of a government announcement today pledging as many as 400,000 green jobs by 2015.

ExxonMobil joins Craig Venter in drive to produce petrol from algae

After years of sneering and dragging its feet, the world’s biggest oil company has declared its love for renewable energy: ExxonMobil is teaming up with Craig Venter, the biotech entrepreneur, to develop new road fuels using photosynthetic algae.

Life & Death

‘Together forever’ couple, Sir Edward and Joan Downes, raise new suicide fears

The death of a leading British conductor and his wife at a Swiss suicide clinic has raised fears that couples will be encouraged to die together even when one of them is not terminally ill.

Comment: The law on suicide is there for a good reason

Telegraph View: With each assisted suicide, the taboo that surrounds the taking of one's own life is further weakened.

Comment: Dignity and death

As the quality of life becomes a greater factor in medical ethics, the issue of assisted suicide must not be left to one small clinic in Switzerland.

Comment: Don’t fear death. Enjoy the setting sun

Old age is far less frightening for us than for any previous generation. So why all the despair?

Peace & War

Geoff Hoon could be called to inquiry on abuse of Iraqi detainees

Geoff Hoon, the former Defence Secretary, could be called to give evidence at a public inquiry into illegal techniques used by British forces in Iraq to prepare detainees for interrogation.

Israeli soldiers reveal the brutal truth of Gaza attack

Troops' testimonies disclose loose rules of engagement and use of civilians as human shields. Palestinian houses were systematically destroyed by "insane artillery firepower".

Israeli tourism posters banned by watchdog over controversial map

ASA censures adverts for misleadingly implying that West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights were part of the state of Israel.

Gordon Brown aims to give states access to atomic power

PM to publish plans to help non-nuclear states get access to civil nuclear power without stoking an arms race.

Crime & Justice

Germany charges Nazi guard with 28,000 Jewish deaths

German prosecutors today charged suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk with helping to kill about 28,000 Jews in World War Two, in what will be one of Germany's last big Nazi-era war crimes cases.

Liberian ex-leader Charles Taylor hits out at 'lies and misinformation' at war crimes trial

The former Liberian president Charles Taylor dismissed charges of murder and crimes against humanity today as he launched his own defence at a war crimes trial by professing his "love for humanity".

Economy & Politics

MEP refuses to sit next to BNP duo at opening of European Parliament

As the strains of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy faded, the British National Party arrived on the international stage yesterday when its two MEPs took their seats in the European Parliament.

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