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.

 

Abortion
Are there more abortion doctors like Kermit Gosnell? And do we want to know?

Melinda Henneberger – Washington Post

An antiabortion activist appears to have videotaped a counselor at a Bronx clinic laughingly advising her not to trouble herself with the particulars of the late-term abortion that the woman, who was 23 weeks pregnant, said she wanted. What if it the baby were born alive at home once the process was set in motion? “If it comes out, then it comes out; flush it,’’ a counselor at the Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center answered the undercover activist on the tape. She’d been working at the clinic for nearly 11 years, she said — since she was only 16.

Children & Family
Couples in second marriages are ‘less likely to get divorced’ because they benefit from experience of the first

Fiona McRae – Daily Mail

Love really is lovelier the second time around. Couples on their second marriage are happier and less likely to get divorced, a report claims. According to the Marriage Foundation, 45 per cent of marriages between first-timers are destined for the divorce courts. But just 31 per cent of second weddings will end in failure. And husbands who are tying the knot for the second time are more likely to find happiness.

Classification
The boy who saw too much

SMH

When her 11-year-old son was exposed to a violent porn video online, Lizi Patch was left to explain adult concepts to a confused child. The other week, my son told me he had watched something horrible online. Something sexual, in which the young women involved seemed coerced into an act that was brutal and disgusting, not just to an uninitiated 11-year-old, prone to anxiety, but to anyone with a shred of humanity. Something that was instantly viewable at the touch of a smartphone button. Something I now know many have already seen.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy
UK mother forced daughter, 14, to get pregnant using sperm donor

SMH

A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge says. In a ruling reported for the first time on Monday, High Court judge Peter Jackson said the mother had behaved in “a wicked and selfish way” that almost defied belief.

Education
The ugly face of student activism

Peter Wertheim – The Australian

When the University of NSW surveyed staff and students about which new stores they wanted on campus, a Max Brenner chocolate shop was the equal second most popular choice. This has not deterred the anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine UNSW from seeking to impose its own preferences on the rest of the campus community. They accuse UNSW, and presumably staff and students who voted for Max Brenner, of supporting “Israeli war crimes” and “apartheid”.

Euthanasia
Europe’s decline: Involuntary euthanasia and organ harvesting

Wesley J. Smith – LifeNews

I have a long article out in the current (May 2013) First Things magazine detailing the never-ending expansion of euthanasia in Europe, to the point that there are few medicalized killings that are not allowed. I get into Belgian organ harvesting after euthansia, the growth of psychiatric euthanasia in the Netherlands, and suicide tourism in Switzerland–far too much to detail here. And I come to some conclusions.

Homelessness
Shortage of places for families who are homeless
Rachel Browne – SMH

Families comprise an increasing proportion of the nation’s homeless but there is a dire shortage of suitable accommodation for them, says a new report. The Wesley Mission’s research found that families make up one-third of those seeking help for homelessness.

Human Rights
Islamic council backs uni gender response
Rachel Baxendale – The Australian

The Islamic Council of Victoria has expressed its appreciation for the “mature response” from the University of Melbourne to The Australian’s report that public events held by Islamic organisations at the university had been segregated on the basis of gender. The council said yesterday there was “no basis for condemning seating arrangements at a privately organised event, which are within the confines of both domestic law and international human rights”.

Indigenous
Libs keep faith with ALP indigenous campaign chief

Patricia Karvelas – The Australian

An Abbott government would keep former ALP national secretary Tim Gartrell as head of the campaign to recognise indigenous Australians in the Constitution. Opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Nigel Scullion told The Australian that YouMeUnity, now known as Recognise, was strongly supported by Tony Abbott, who had met Mr Gartrell and his deputy Tanya Hosch regularly. “The Coalition supports this campaign and the work it has done. We have no plans to change this campaign and are keen to ensure it continues to build community consensus necessary to ensure a referendum succeeds,” Senator Scullion said.

Marriage
Christian groups welcome gay marriage referendum

Heath Aston and Dan Harrison – SMH

Christian groups want a referendum on gay marriage, saying Australians will reject any change to the status quo if the question posed was a ”black and white” choice on whether to allow ”homosexuals to marry”. As divisions emerged among the Greens and same-sex marriage advocates over a referendum, Reverend Fred Nile joined the Australian Christian lobby in calling for the matter to be decided on election day. ”But the question has to be clear. A question like ‘are you in favour of marriage equality?’ will confuse some people. I’m in favour of marriage equality – between a husband and a wife. ”The question has to be black and white: Do you agree that homosexuals should be legally married?

Why a referendum on gay marriage is a bad idea
Rodney Croome – SMH

I understand why some supporters of marriage equality support independent MP Tony Windsor’s idea of a referendum on the issue. With public opinion striding ahead of our politicians and other countries leaving Australia behind, a referendum seems like a circuit breaker. But I urge people to reflect for a moment.

Marriage vote will complicate poll: Abbott
Adam Bennett – AAP

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the federal election shouldn’t be muddied by a referendum on same-sex marriage. Key independent Tony Windsor on Monday reignited the same-sex marriage debate after backing the idea of a plebiscite on September 14. Mr Windsor said it could be an opportunity to resolve the issue, but he wouldn’t be leading a push for a vote later in the year.

See what public thinks on same-sex marriage
Gerard Henderson – SMH

The media in Australia is obsessed with same-sex marriage. It is far from clear, however, that this is a priority for many Australians living in the suburbs and regional centres – far away from the inner city where journalists tend to be domiciled.

Politics
Militant union underpins ALP
John Ferguson – The Australian

Australia’s most militant union has been quietly underpinning the Labor Party’s finances, donating more than $9.1 million since the start of the Cole royal commission, placing intense pressure on the Gillard government over the future of industrial relations policy. Analysis of political donations shows the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has been the biggest donor to the ALP national office since the turn of the century as well as one of the core contributors to the party’s state branches.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking
Egypt’s porn law only further endangers women

Salama Abdellatif – M Media

The stench of dire poverty rises above the Hawamidiyya villages along the Nile, some 30 kilometers south of Cairo. It is not strange to see fancy cars, most of which have license plates bearing the words ‘customs’ or ‘tourism,’ parked along the lively corners of derelict streets. There is nothing at all to indicate that these cars belong to the inhabitants of Hawamidiyya; this phenomenon is linked to ‘tourism marriage’ brokers. Rich Gulf nationals go to Hawamidiyya, especially during the summer, to contract marriages for a definite period of time in return for a meager amount of money, some of which goes to the broker. The rest goes to the family of a young woman, often a virgin under 18 years of age, so that a rich man about the same age as her father can have sex with her while on vacation in Egypt.

Refugees
Doctor says Manus Island a ‘disaster’ for children

Deb Whitmont – ABC Four Corners

A doctor who worked at the immigration centre on Manus Island says he informed authorities that the facility was inappropriate for children well before they were sent there, but nothing was done about it. ABC1′s Four Corners program has gained significant access to the centre and spoken with a number of staff, among them Dr John Vallentine, who worked at the centre between November and December last year.

Religious Freedom & Persecution
The death of churches in the Islam world

Raymond Ibrahim - Human Events

Christians throughout the Islamic world are under attack. Unlike Muslim attacks on Christians, which are regularly confused with a myriad of social factors, the ongoing attacks on Christian churches in the Muslim world are perhaps the most visible expression of Christian persecution under Islam. In churches, Christians throughout the Islamic world are simply being Christians—peacefully and apolitically worshipping their God. And yet modern day Muslim governments try to prevent them, Muslim mobs attack them, and Muslim jihadis massacre them.

Islamists driving Christians out of Iraq
Mission Network

Iraq’s Christian heritage can be compared to its wetland marshes. Christ followers in Iraq date back to the first century A.D., making it one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. But today, Christianity in Iraq is under serious threat. Similarly, the wetland marshes, once teeming with flora and fauna, were drained to desert over a decade ago.

Other
Bishops admit ‘tragic mistake’ over pedophile

Stuart Rintoul – The Australia

Moving one of the worst pedophiles in Australian history to new parishes for years after he was identified as an abuser was “a tragic mistake”, Catholic bishops have admitted.