Press Roundup Wednesday 22 July 2009

By Press Office
July 22, 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

Second child abuse uproar engulfs Catholic Church in Ireland
A report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of 450 children by Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin was handed to the Irish Government yesterday.

Swine flu may force Muslims to abandon Haj pilgrimage to Mecca
The annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca could be under threat because of swine flu.

Protests as Isle of Lewis ferry starts its first Sabbath service
There were torrential downpours of Biblical proportions and an unexpected mechanical failure but, in the end, what some claimed to be divine intervention proved no match for capitalism and convenience.

Churches stop offering communion wine to halt spread of swine flu
Communion wine is not being offered in some churches amid fears over swine flu.

Letter: Hardline Islamic penal sanctions
Draconian punishment is an ineffective deterrent to truly violent criminals.

Peace & War

Public blames casualties in Afghanistan on poor equipment, poll shows
The Government is losing the public debate over Afghanistan because two thirds of voters think that British soldiers have been killed or injured as a direct result of being poorly equipped, according to a poll.

Burma suspected of forming nuclear link with North Korea
Hillary Clinton today expressed concern over military links between North Korea and Burma, after evidence emerged that the Burmese junta may be trying to acquire nuclear technology from Pyongyang.

Israel to demolish 23 illegal settlements in one day
Israel is planning to remove 23 "illegal outposts" from the West Bank in the course of a single day in response to mounting US demands that it halt all settlement activity, it was reported today.

Economy & Politics

Trevor Phillips faces further resignations at equality commission
Trevor Phillips is braced for further board-level resignations at the troubled Equality and Human Rights Commission this week.

Comment: Heard the one about a rabbi, an imam and a priest, who walk into a bank?
A rare alliance of faith leaders today will deliver an overdue message to the City, reviving an idea as old as money itself.

Comment: A Hybrid Contraption with Bad Ideas
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is in a mess, owing to its failure to heed the principled objections of its chairman to multiculturalist orthodoxy.

Globalisation & Development

UN short nearly $5bn for aid projects as global recession hits donations
Half-yearly report says members countries have less funds to spare while poverty is on the increase in developing world.

India makes education compulsory and free under landmark law
The Indian parliament has passed a bill to provide universal, free and compulsory education for all children aged between six and 14.

Community & Family

Top professions 'operate closed shop to exclude the poor'
Law, medicine and other professions have become more exclusive in the past 30 years, drawing recruits from better off, middle-class families, a government report has found.

Crime & Justice

BNP supporters 'beat man who clashed with Griffin'
Supporters of the British National Party were accused last night of operating like "a private army" after they set upon a man who poured a drink on the group's leader.

Ecology & Environment

Water-saving measures could cut household emissions by 30%, report finds
Energy Saving Trust and Environment Agency report estimates simple water-saving measures could save a typical household £225 per year.

Education & Culture

Comment: Sex education must not be statutory
As the government's consultation on making sex education compulsory draws to a close, Norman Wells, the director of the Family Education Trust, argues that the move would seriously undermine the role of parents.

Race & Identity

Black people in justice system 'blatantly disproportionate'
The number of black people in the criminal justice system is still "blatantly disproportionate", a committee of MPs has warned.

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