Press Roundup Thursday 23 July 2009

By Press Office
July 23, 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

Children to be baptised as their parents are married
The Church of England unveils a two-in-one wedding and baptism liturgy today as it seeks to make peace with families “living in sin”.

Traditionalists scorn two-in-one christening and wedding services
The Church of England has provoked scorn from traditionalists by proposing to celebrate birth outside marriage with combined wedding and baptism ceremonies.

Gallery’s invitation to deface the Bible brings obscene response
A publicly funded exhibition is encouraging people to deface the Bible in the name of art — and visitors have responded with abuse and obscenity.

Comment: Irish Catholics want accountability
Continued revelations of abuse by priests in Ireland has left many Catholics in despair at the slow pace of reform.

Comment: Western hostility to Islam is stoked by double standards and distortion
The political and media bias is clear. But we Arabs and Muslims too must combat false, retrograde ideas around our religion.

Peace & War

Israeli textbooks say no 1948 catastrophe
The Israeli government will remove references to what Palestinians call the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation from textbooks for Arab schoolchildren, the education minister said on Wednesday.

British businesses accused of funding Congo war
British businesses were accused on Tuesday of helping to fund the world's deadliest ongoing war by trading in conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Globalisation & Development

Dairy Milk Fairtrade switch aids Ghanaian farmers
Consumer efforts to improve poor farmers' earnings will be helped from Wednesday as one of Britain's most popular chocolate bars becomes fully "fair trade".

Ecology & Environment

India leads demands for £120bn climate change fund paid for by the West
India has demanded that the West pay developing countries £120 billion a year in exchange for their help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Education & Culture

Christian right aims to change history lessons in Texas schools
State's education board to consider adding Christianity's role in American history to curriculum.

Life & Death

Comment: Pressure Iran to stop executions
President Ahmadinejad is intensifying his repression of the Baluch minority, with 19 campaigners executed since last month.

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