Press Roundup Friday 24 July 2009

By Press Office
July 24, 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

Wailing Wall to accept prayers on Twitter
The Jewish religion's holiest prayer site has entered the Twitter age.

Minority religions could gain right to their own police officers
Muslims, Jewish and Hindu crime victims could be given the right to request a police officer of their own religion under a scheme being trialled in the Sikh community.

Swine flu: Archbishops recommend suspension of chalice sharing
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have recommended the suspension of the sharing of the chalice at communion as the spread of swine flu continues.

Comment: Is the Church of England's 'hatch and match' plan a blessing or a curse?
This week the Church of England unveiled plans for a two-in-one 'hatch and match' wedding and baptism service for couples with children born out of wedlock - effectively giving its blessing to living in sin. Here, commentators say what they think...

Comment:A leap of faith for weddings
The Church of England's plan to offer a joint wedding and baptism service is practical - and could be taken further.

Comment: God omits to strike atheists dead in Alabama
Former pastors, the children of polygamists and assorted freethinkers gathered for an 'advance' in the name of nonbelief.

Letter: Sharia contradicts Islam’s sacred text
We must combat the crusade to legitimise Sharia law within the UK.

Race & Identity

Gaza invasion 'sparked UK anti-semitic attacks'
Israel's invasion of Gaza prompted a huge increase in anti-Semitic attacks and intimidation, Jewish groups said today.

Poland demands Britain protects its migrant workers from race attacks
Poland has called for the British Government to take urgent steps to tackle incidents of racist threats and attacks on its nationals living in Britain.

Letter: Ideological separatism
Social and cultural integration.

Ecology & Environment

Waste ‘loopholes’ inquiry as three held after toxic find in Brazil
Three men were arrested yesterday in connection with the alleged illegal export of 1,400 tonnes of hazardous household and clinical waste from Britain to Brazil.

Chinese researchers clone Tiny the mouse from skin cells
Mice have been cloned from adult mouse skin cells that have been reprogrammed to turn them into a versatile embryo-like state, marking an important advance in stem-cell research.

Comment:Blunt warning about greens under the bed
Once the lure of communism seduced the idealistic. Today’s environmental ideologues risk becoming just as dangerous.

Peace & War

Comment: We're letting down our injured servicemen
The country must bear the cost of a fair system, says John Major.

Comment:Donald Macintyre: Will Israel finally bend to America's pressure for peace?
The gamble is that Netanyahu will be driven by a desire for a place in history.

Comment: History used and abused in Israel
Banning the word 'nakba' from Arab textbooks signals a step backwards for the Middle East.

Community & Family

EU migrants 'good for UK economy'
The migrants who came from eastern Europe to live and work in Britain over the past five years have made a positive contribution to the public purse, research reveals.

Crime & Justice

Muslim woman in fear after friend 'loses tongue in acid honour attack'
Two men have appeared in court after the suspected lover of a married Muslim woman had acid thrown in his face and was stabbed twice in the back in a possible “honour attack”.

Globalisation & Development

Obama calls on UN to cancel Iraq's $25bn debt to Kuwait
President Obama yesterday vowed that the US would meet its scheduled goal of withdrawing all of its troops from Iraq by 2011.

People & Power

One million Britons take cocaine and 125,000 use ketamine
The number of working-age adults using cocaine is at its largest for 12 years, with nearly one million confirmed users, according to the British Crime Survey for 2008-09.

Life & Death

Letter: Seeing the end of life with peace of mind
The reality of most people’s experience at the end of their lives.

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