Press Roundup Monday 20 July 2009

By Press Office
July 20, 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

Doctor faces sack for refusing to back gay adoptions
A Christian doctor has been told she will be sacked from a council's adoption panel after refusing to recommend cases involving gay couples.

Comment: Here’s a thought: let’s play devil’s advocate
Why stop at allowing atheists to occupy the God-slot?

Comment: Thought for the Day may be doomed
Unless it can muster some top-class theological thinking, the slot which I used to edit will likely wither away.

Comment: The philosopher's God
There is no cabal seeking to pull the wool over peoples' eyes. Many philosophers believe in God, and many more think the issue is not easily solved.

Comment: Measure not your politician by their Christianity
Christianity is being used by British Tory politicians as a platform for campaigning. We must resist it becoming a political tool.

Comment: Pagan PC: I don't want tree worshippers standing between me and chaos
Melissa Kite is worried about the prospect of the boys in blue going Awol on a mission of spiritual discovery.

Economy & Politics

If you can't beat 'em … Europe's new tactics in the battle against the far right
Ruling parties forced into ever-closer allegiances to contain rise of extremists.

Comment: Constitutional reform: Retreat not radicalism
The next 48 hours threaten sensory overload for constitutional reformers.

Peers line up to block House of Lords reforms
Only 9 per cent would support plan for fully elected second chamber.

Comment: Our Government lacks the constitution for serious reform
Of primary concern is the decentralising of power to the British people.

Comment: Charities are being hijacked and turned into pawns in Labour's class war
The Government's 'social mobility czar', Alan Milburn, is due to tell us all this week how class barriers can finally be broken down.

Peace & War

Taliban parade frightened soldier Pfc Bowe R Bergdahl on film
The Taliban have released a video of a US soldier captured in Afghanistan last month in which he pleads for American troops to leave the country.

Gambling with peace: how US bingo dollars are funding Israeli settlements
For the winning punters chancing their luck at Hawaiian Gardens' charity bingo hall in the heart of one of California's poorest towns, the big prize is $500. The losers walk away with little more than an assurance that their dollars are destined for a good cause.

Archbishop of Canterbury: 'My desperate concern for troops in Afghanistan'
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of his "desperate concern" for the welfare of British troops in Afghanistan.

Crime & Justice

Sexually abused children in postcode lottery for therapy
Children who suffer traumatic sexual abuse are not being given the chance to recover because of a shortage of therapy services, a charity says.

Human rights group pulls out of Chechnya
Activist's murder highlights the chaos, corruption and crime infesting Russia's North Caucasus region.

Ecology & Environment

Britain to take back 1,400 tonnes of toxic waste dumped in Brazil
Britain is preparing to take back more than 1,400 tonnes of toxic waste said to have been exported illegally to Brazil for recycling.

Bill Gates in bid to tame hurricanes
The world’s richest man has joined the battle against the world’s most destructive weather. Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is backing inventors and climate scientists who claim to have devised a technique for diminishing the power of hurricanes.

Globalisation & Development

Delhi vows to rid streets of beggars before 2010 Commonwealth Games
Delhi already has a posse of urban cowboys patrolling its streets to round up cattle — one of several measures imposed to sanitise the city before next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Comment: Gerd Nonneman: Delicate relationship where national interests and morality often conflict
The relationship between Britain and Saudi Arabia – or, more accurately, the ruling Al Saud family – dates back just over a century to when the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Saud, aiming to obtain counterweight to Ottoman attempts at control, looked to Britain as the regional hegemon.

Community & Family

Met Police clamp down on sex trade in five Olympic boroughs
A team of police officers is moving into the five Olympic boroughs to tackle the expected surge in sex trafficking in the run-up to the 2012 games.

Education & Culture

Five year-old students to 'get compulsory sex education'
Compulsory sex education for children as young as five will mean parents have no say in what their youngsters learn, according to a new study.

Life & Death

Clampdown on Dignitas suicide clinic
Dignitas, the Swiss suicide clinic where more than 100 Britons have taken their own lives, faces tough new restrictions amid a mounting backlash against its controversial activities.

Sex & Gender

Comment: More wallets, less willies
Despite the church's obsession with sexuality, the Bible says more about the morality of wealth.

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