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

RU486 protocols changed following death


Michael Woodhead - 6minutes





The Department of Health and Ageing has released the treatment protocols used for the medical abortion drug mifepristone (RU486), and says the protocols have been updated following a death linked to use of the drug. In reply to a question asked at a recent Senate Estimates Committee, the department has released the protocol used by the authorised prescriber in relation to a patient who was reported in March 2012 to have died of sepsis.






















Drugs & Alcohol

New warning over alcohol


Mark Metherell - SMH





An alcohol industry group will launch a campaign today to warn against drinking during pregnancy, after it came under fire over the low visibility of health warnings on drink labels. DrinkWise Australia's new campaign is backed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and features a foetal medicine expert, Alec Welsh, who advises women that ''drinking no alcohol is the safest choice for your baby''.






Education

Put ideology to one side for a moment and look at the work chaplains do

David Hastie – SMH





Along with many other Australian Christians who believe in social gospel, I have almost voted Green for years. Almost. Old-growth logging, marine reserves, asylum seekers, indigenous rights: tick all the progressive boxes. But just as my stubby pencil hovers over the ballot, the Greens say something silly about religion, every time, and the substantial demographic of Australian Christian progressives stampedes away in a panic, back into the arms of conservative politics.














Environment

Tasmanian trade-off: jobs or trees


Jonathan Swan - SMH





These are good times for Tasmanian trees but less so for Tasmanians. Gunns, formerly the island state's biggest company, this week all but ended its eight-year battle to build a $2.3 billion pulp mill in northern Tasmania. With it goes potentially thousands of jobs. And tomorrow, state and federal ministers meet yet again to try to salvage a $276 million "peace deal" between loggers and conservationists to end three decades of the "forest wars."
















Homelessness

City's homeless highlight need for support


David McLennan - Canberra Times





For eight months, Charles spent his days and nights living rough in Civic. Most people just ignored him. ''It happened in 2010. I became homeless because of my mental illness … Just sleeping on the street. It was pretty hard,'' he said. The first few nights in particular were a bit scary, ''but I slowly got used to it''.
















Human Rights

ACT Greens pledge funding boost for human rights commission


Yahoo News





The ACT Greens have promised to boost funding for the cash-strapped Human Rights Commission if elected in October. The Commission has been forced to cut back on some services and abolish its regular newsletter, as it looks to make $71,000 in savings. Greens spokesman Shane Rattenbury says the party would provide $633,000 over four years to boost the Commission's capacity.












Indigenous

Facebook racial hate page 'taken down'


Andy Park - SBS





A Facebook page filled with racially abusive messages about Indigenous people has been taken down, after hundreds of people campaigned to have it removed. SBS reported yesterday on the Facebook page, which allows posts with racially abusive "memes" about Indigenous people. The page was temporarily removed, before re-appearing on the site with a tag noting that the content contained "controversial humour".












Marriage

Opposing gay marriage is not discrimination for Christians


David Beniuk - Herald Sun





Opposing same-sex marriage is not discrimination for Christians because it is based on the Bible's teachings, the Presbyterian church's Australian leader says. Hobart-based the Rev David Jones says comments that legalising gay marriage will finally end a form of discrimination are misguided. Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings announced she would introduce legislation for same-sex marriage at the ALP state conference on Saturday, reigniting the national debate on the issue.








NSW churches urge Premier to rule out gay marriage laws

Christian Today





The NSW Council of Churches has urged Premier Barry O’Farrell to assure voters that he will not introduce a same-sex marriage bill in the NSW Parliament. The Council also sought confirmation from the Premier that, should a same-sex marriage bill be introduced by a private member or another political party, the bill would not be given priority and Coalition members would not be given a conscience vote.














Belittled Chick-fil-A worker wants to meet her bully

Evann Gastaldo - Newser





The most remarkable part of the video of a former executive belittling a Chick-fil-A employee may have been the reaction of that employee, a 26-year-old named Rachel who kept her cool and even wished Adam Smith a nice day at the end of his rant. Now Rachel gives her first interview to Fox News, and says she'd like to meet with Smith. The exec, who was fired after posting the video of his stunt, followed up with another video apologizing to Rachel—but she says she'd like to see "if he was sincere and let him know why I handled it the way I did and not take legal action, which a lot of people told me I should do."












Over 60 Christian leaders tell Chick-fil-A: We're with you

Lillian Kwon - Christian Post





More than 60 leaders of Christian and pro-family organizations signed a letter extending their support for Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy and his biblical position on family. "We represent some of the largest policy and faith-based organizations in the country, and we are encouraging our members to 'eat mor chikin,'" the joint letter dated Aug. 6 states.














Politics

Joyce spots chink of light in bid for lower house


Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald





Barnaby Joyce's path to the House of Representatives - and possibly the deputy prime ministership - appears smoother after the Nationals MP he is seeking to replace refused to commit to recontest his seat. Senator Joyce has been keen to move to the lower house at the next election. For months he has has been eyeing the Queensland seat of Maranoa, held by Nationals MP Bruce Scott since 1990.














Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Queensland Attorney-General to try and overturn legal decision on sex worker's discriminatory ban from motel


Robyn Ironside - The Courier-Mail





The Queensland Government will try to overturn a legal decision in favour of a sex worker who claimed a ban on her operating out of a regional motel was discriminatory. The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found the operators of a Moranbah motel had breached the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a sex worker a room. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the government had concerns about the decision and had requested Crown Law advice.






Refugees

Record 211 on asylum boat


Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph





A dramatic rescue at sea of 211 asylum seekers on a stricken boat yesterday has set a new record in the federal government's border protection crisis. The boatload was the largest under Labor's five years in government and news of the arrival was released just after 9.30pm last night - hours after the morning rescue. Australia's Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a distress call from the vessel just after 3pm on Wednesday. Customs said the vessel was experiencing "intermittent engine problems".












Asylum demands breaking navy fleet as patrol boats crack up

Cameron Stewart - The Australian





Australia's navy patrol boats are literally cracking up under the strain of intercepting the surge in asylum-seeker vessels, with one boat now banned from operations and structural cracks discovered in at least two others. Defence has ordered an urgent investigation into its overworked 14-boat fleet amid concerns that the problem could threaten the navy's long-term ability to patrol Australia's northern approaches.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians flee from radical rebels in Syria


Ulrike Putz - Spiegel OnLine





Thousands of Syrians are fleeing into neighboring Lebanon -- not entirely due to fear of the Assad regime. The country's minority Christian population is suffering under attacks waged by rebel troops. In the Beqaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, Christian families are finding temporary refuge, but they are still terrified.














Other

Choose your Tweets (& words) carefully


Todd Brady - BPNews





The London games are proving that words are often more powerful than the strongest and most athletic of human beings. Long days of training, months of repetitive practice, and years of relentless discipline are simply not enough to outperform the sometimes devastating consequences of careless words spoken in the heat of thoughtless moments.