ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.
Obama vows to veto Protect Life Act – critical vote scheduled for tomorrow
Kathleen Gilbert – LifeSiteNews
President Barack Obama has promised to veto a bill strongly backed by pro-life leaders as a last-ditch effort to dodge the potentially massive expansion of abortion under the new federal healthcare reform law.
Children & Family
The family holiday is facing extinction
Longer hours at the office and busy family lives are being blamed for almost 20 per cent of Queenslanders taking only one holiday per year and for less than one week, but could this actually be good news for domestic tourism? Tourism Research Australia reports the number of Australians taking more day and overnight trips is on the increase, showing a new trend of travellers looking for closer holiday destinations that will allow them to experience their ultimate holiday in a shorter amount of time.
Family First want new laws to protect South Australia’s senior citizens from cost of living increases and to ensure their access to safe aged care. Family First MP Robert Brokenshire said he would introduce legislation in coming weeks to create a Senior Citizens Act, an Australian first based on similar legislation in the United States.
Government introduces interim legislation for online games classification
Lisa Banks – Computerworld
The federal government has introduced new legislation to ensure access to online and mobile phone games will be maintained while a review of the National Classification Scheme in undertaken. Federal minister for home affairs and justice, Brendan O’Connor, said the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Mobile and Online Computer Games) Bill, takes into account technological developments.
Donor Conception & Surrogacy
Having a child ‘at the right time’ is easier said than done
Alison Cassar – SMH
As a 41-year-old woman who has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for more than a year, I have a simple thing to say to the medical profession – wanting to have children is about more than biology.
U.N. proposes euthanasia as right to health
Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow
The United Nations is debating injecting euthanasia into the right to health and is considering a new treaty on the rights of the elderly to end their own lives for the benefit of society.
Animal rights group stunned by Labor
Barry Nicholls – ABC
An animal rights group has condemned the federal Labor caucus for softening a motion on the mandatory stunning of cattle in overseas abattoirs. Yesterday, the caucus debated whether to make stunning mandatory in all abattoirs processing Australian cattle from 2013. But the motion, from backbencher Tony Zappia, was amended to make the practice of stunning simply ‘preferred’.
Indigenous education centre sets its targets high
Bridget Brennan – ABC
Charles Darwin University is hoping to attract Aboriginal students from around the nation to study at its new Indigenous education centre. The $30 million dollar Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education is being built at the Darwin campus in partnership with the Batchelor Institute. Students will begin studying there next year, with undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered.
Kenyon weighs in to same-sex debate
Labor frontbencher Tom Kenyon has given his view on Senator Penny Wong and her partner’s pregnancy in his opposition to same-sex marriage. Senator Wong is expecting a baby with her partner Sophie Allouache by Christmas. Mr Kenyon, a minister of the South Australian Government, says he opposes same-sex marriage, as marriages should be between a man and a woman because they can reproduce.
Comment: No, homosexual marriage isn’t conservative
Mike Judge – The Christian Institute
David Cameron said yesterday that homosexual marriage is Conservative, because it encourages strong bonds of commitment between two homosexuals. The text of his speech shows that he said “Conservative” with a big ‘C’, but it is clear that he also meant conservative with a little ‘c’ – socially conservative.
Twenty-one children destined to be sold for prostitution and sweatshop labour have been rescued in Thailand by members of a Brisbane-based organisation, its founder says. The Grey Man organisation claims to have now rescued 144 children from the child sex trade in South-East Asia over its seven-year history. The group’s founder, John Curtis, says 13 boys and eight girls aged between 12 and 16 were on Saturday pulled from a village in an area of northern Thailand that is controlled by drug lords.
It’s time to get serious about sex trafficking in Australia
Caroline Norma – SMH
Each week in Victoria, more than 60,000 men buy women in prostitution. Thanks to investigations like those carried out recently by The Age and Four Corners, we know that some of the women they buy have been trafficked. High growth has forced pimps to forge international supply routes to source their ”product”, which, in the case of the sex industry, is mostly women and children. Asian women in particular are a consumer favourite.
Not a single Christian church left in Afghanistan, says State Department
Edwin Mora – CNSNews
There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime. The last public Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in March 2010, according to the State Department’s latest International Religious Freedom Report.
Post-revolution, Christians under siege in Egypt
Maggie Michael – Associated Press
Egypt’s Coptic Christians have long felt like second-class citizens in their own country. Now many fear that the power vacuum left by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak is giving Muslim extremists free rein to torch churches and attack Coptic homes in the worst violence against the community in decades. An assault Sunday night on Christians protesting a church attack set off riots that drew in Muslims, Christians and the police. Of the 26 people killed in the melee, most were Copts.
Kadeer: Malaysia not to be trusted with asylum seekers
Jeff Waters – ABC
Rebiya Kadeer says Malaysia’s record with asylum seekers who have fled the Uighur homelands is far from humane.
Sexualisation of Society
Condom ad outside school pulled
Wenlei Ma – AdNews
A provocative Ansell condom ad placed outside a Catholic primary school in Brisbane has been pulled down following a complaint from the Australian Christian Lobby. The ad depicts a nude couple covered by body paint in a “sexualised” embrace. The ad is for Ansell’s Zero range. Wendy Francis from the Australian Christian Lobby spotted the ad on a bus shelter yesterday outside St. Ambrose, a Catholic primary school. She approached the school administration and was informed students used the shelter in the afternoon.