Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Pope condemns Bible 'vandalism' exhibition
The Pope has condemned as "disgusting" a Scottish art exhibition which invites visitors to deface a copy of the Bible.
Aislinn Simpson, Telegraph, 28 July 2009

When self-love is out of control
The 'because I'm worth it' generation put themselves first and the rest nowhere. No wonder more boys are calling ChildLine
Anne Perkins, Guardian, 27 July 2009

Rise in teen girl bullies hits Ireland
Experts say equal society and ladette culture may be to blame for confusing role models
Sarah McInerney, The Times, 26 July 2009

Huge public support for change in law to allow the right to die
Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of people want doctors to be allowed to help terminally ill patients to end their lives. Support is particularly strong among those aged 55 to 64.
Rosemary Bennett, The Times, 25 July 2009

Shanghai urges 'two-child policy'
Officials in Shanghai are urging parents to have a second child, the first time in decades the government has pushed for more babies.
BBC News, BBC News, 24 July 2009

Manchester United refuse to join rivals' transfer spree
David Gill, the Manchester United chief executive, launched an impassioned defence of the club’s transfer policy last night, suggesting that other clubs’ fortunes depend on the whims of their fabulously wealthy owners.
Russell Kempson, The Times, 24 July 2009

Are some children's classics unsuitable for kids?
When 'savages' and 'heathens' start appearing, reading the greats my daughter becomes very uncomfortable
Kavitha Rao, Guardian Books blog, 23 July 2009

Teenage Pregnancy: The Making and Unmaking of a Problem
In the last decades of the 20th century, successive British Governments have regarded adolescent pregnancy and childbearing as a significant public health and social problem. Youthful pregnancy was once tackled by attacking young, single mothers but New Labour, through its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, linked early pregnancy to social exclusion rather than personal morality and aimed, instead, to reduce teenage pregnancy and increase young mothers' participation in education and employment. However, the problematisation of early pregnancy has been contested, and it has been suggested that teenage mothers have been made scapegoats for wider, often unsettling, social and demographic changes.

Lisa Arai, Policy Press; First Edition edition, 22 July 2009

Sex education must not be statutory
As the government's consultation on making sex education compulsory draws to a close, the director of the Family Education Trust, argues that the move would seriously undermine the role of parents.
Norman Wells, Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2009

Bloodlust: What Women Want
Forbidden love and the vampire takeover.
Sophie Chen, Psychology Today, 20 July 2009

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