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

A renewed abortion war in the US and Australia


ABC Religion and Ethics Report

The Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan has introduced into parliament a private members bill to ban Medicare funding for abortions based on gender selection. Senator Madigan says the state should not pay to terminate pregnancies where couples don’t like the sex of their unborn child. Meanwhile, in Tasmania, Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne is attempting to change the law so abortion is regulated by health laws, not the criminal code. All this is occurring in the shadow of a gruesome case in the US, where an abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, has been found guilty on three counts of murder.


Doctor who did 1,200 abortions tells Congress to ban them

Steven Ertelt - Life News

Dr. Anthony Levatino is a pro-life physician from New Mexico but, before having a change of heart on the issue of abortion he was an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist who also performed abortions. Levatino did as many as 1,200 abortions — some of them after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Then, after his daughter died in a tragic automobile accident, he re-evaluated his position on abortion and stopped doing abortions. Today, Dr. Levatino told members of a Congressional committee that they should support a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks that would ban abortions nationwide aft 20 weeks of pregnancy.




Euthanasia

'You're all gutless': euthanasia bill defeated


SMH

NSW parliament has voted against a bill giving people with a terminal illness the right to end their own suffering by choosing the manner and timing of their death. "They will be screaming out in frustration," said Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, who introduced the bill to the NSW upper house last week. As if on cue, a man in a wheelchair yelled out from the public gallery: "You people have no right, you’re all gutless."


Gambling

Gambling bosses to seek live odds ban


Heath Aston - The Age

The online betting industry has caved in to public pressure and will push for a ban on the promotion of live odds in sports broadcasts. Gambling industry bosses will hold a crisis meeting with TV representatives on Friday to present an 11th-hour proposal to stop betting spruikers interrupting football coverage, Fairfax Media has learnt.




Pokie loss limit bill rejected


Ben McKay - The Examiner

Labor and the Liberals have combined to defeat a bill restricting losses on poker machines, earning condemnation from anti-pokies advocates. The bill, moved by Bass Greens MHA Kim Booth, sought to introduce a state-based $1 bet limit. ``This was a day where Tasmania could have succeeded where Ms Gillard and Mr Wilkie failed,'' Mr Booth said. Gaming Minister Scott Bacon defended the move, saying Tasmania was ahead of the curve.


Marriage

Ditch the switch: why Rudd is wrong on gay marriage


Michael Cook - ABC

Why did Kevin Rudd frame the same-sex marriage debate as a Christian issue? He is suggesting that whatever issues Christians support can not be secular. What nonsense, writes Michael Cook. In a blaze of carefully-scripted publicity, after long and deep reflection, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has endorsed same-sex marriage.


ACL's Lyle Shelton on Sky News

Sky News

Lyle Shelton chats with David Speers [ the first video under the ‘interviews’ tab ]


Politics

What Christian constituency? Which burnt bridges? Kevin Rudd, the ACL and same-sex marriage


Steph Judd - ABC Religion and Ethics

When Kevin Rudd wrote on his blog on Monday night that he had changed his mind over same-sex marriage, the Australian Twittersphere - or, at least, the community of political hacks that populate it - erupted into a cacophony of speculation. Some dismissed it as political posturing, a desperate bid for relevance, an attempt further to undermine the Labor party, a fickle pandering to public opinion, and on it went. But it was the response of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) on Tuesday morning that really caught the attention of the media and public alike.


Is gay marriage's promise illusory?

Mark Christensen - On Line Opinion

It's fabulous to see politicians wanting to philosophize, to grapple "with deep questions of life, sexuality and faith". Kevin Rudd is also to be commended for documenting his intellectual travails. The only downside was his thoroughgoing lack of logic. The shift by our former Prime Minister on same sex marriage was largely emotive, caused by recent contact with a gay, Christian political staffer who would one day "like to get married to another bloke", the growing tide of public opinion and a desire for his family's approval. Perhaps now, Thérèse will cease with her "there, there darling you'll get over it one day" looks from across the kitchen table.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan: 250 Christian families driven from their homes


Independent Catholic News

More than 250 Christian families have been threatened and thrown out from their homes in the village Chak 31 in Khanewal district, in southern Punjab. A report drawn up by two human rights groups said: "What happened in South Punjab reflects the increase of violence and abuses against religious minorities in Pakistan" and "recalls the serious episode of the attack on Joseph Colony, a Christian area of Lahore, which happened two months ago".


Other

Brekkie treat to celebrate chaplain's role


Cory Martin - The Examiner

The role of school chaplains is somewhat unknown throughout society despite half Tasmania's schools boasting one. This week is Chaplaincy Week and the main theme behind it is to generate awareness about the work the state's 100-plus Scripture Union Tasmania and private chaplains do.


The Woolwich killing: "We must fight them as they fight us."

Mark Durie Blog

Today in Woolwich, England, a man reported to be a British soldier was cut down by two Anglo-African Muslims wielding knives and a machete. Whether the views adopted by the killers are 'legitimate' interpretations of the Koran and Muhammad's teachings may be disputed. What cannot be disputed is the source where they found their inspiration.


Who is the angel of Woolwich? Brave woman who confronted killers and then sat praying over body of slaughtered soldier

Daily Mail

The bravery of three women stands out following yesterday's attack, including this woman who confronted to killers to allow her to pass to pray for the dead soldier. She is seen on video footage from the scene with her hand on his back as she sits next to him as the two alleged murderers strut around, spewing out hatred.


Senator gives away $50,000 pay increase

Judith Ireland - SMH

Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan will give away his parliamentary pay increase to provide training equipment to school students. The Victorian senator, who was elected to parliament in 2010, has said he was "gobsmacked" by a pay increase for federal MPs last year, which saw him earn an extra $50,000 per year. Senator Madigan told Fairfax Media on Thursday, people were "doing it tough out there".


A boy’s life with unisex scouts

Anthony Esolen - Mercator Net

The Boy Scouts of America will vote today on whether they will admit homosexual scouts. Will they become the Unisex Scouts, as they are in Canada, where the scouting movement has collapsed?


ABC Q&A Monday, 27 May

ABC

Panellists: Lawrence Krauss - Theoretical Physicist & Cosmologist; Gene Robinson - America’s First Openly Gay Bishop; Fred Nile - Conservative Morals Campaigner; Amanda Vanstone - Former Howard Government Minister; Susan Ryan - Age Discrimination Commissioner. [ ACL note: The 2013 Lawrence Krausss movie with Richard Dawkins: 'The Unbelivers' ]