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.



 



Children & Family

Tasmanian upper house passes gay adoption bill


ABC

Tasmania's Upper House has passed a Government bill to allow same-sex couples to adopt children. It means couples who have a significant relationship registered under the Relationships Act can adopt children not known to them.. The Government's only Upper House MP Craig Farrell says the new law brings Tasmania into line with New South Wales and Western Australia. He told Parliament the change removes unfair discrimination against gay parents.


Homelessness & Poverty

On being homeless


Alison Croggon - Overland

I have been homeless twice, both times with small children. Both times I had nowhere to live for more than a month, and was offered a roof by friends. Because I had somewhere to go, it didn’t occur to me to think of myself as one of the ‘homeless’. I was just me, in trouble.


Human Rights

More than 100,000 killed in Syria uprising, NGO says


MM Media

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the country's uprising in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said in a new toll on Wednesday. The Observatory said the toll now stands at 100,191 people, with at least 36,661 civilians killed, including more than 3,000 women and more than 5,000 children under the age of 16.


Marriage

Rudd's elevation gives hope on same-sex marriage


Vince Chadwick - SMH

Advocates of same-sex marriage say Kevin Rudd's return as prime minister will increase pressure on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue, regardless of who wins the election this year. Mr Rudd's 57-45 vote victory over Julia Gillard at a caucus meeting on Wednesday makes him the first sitting Australian prime minister to support same-sex marriage.


Supremes open marriage to homosexuals

WND

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as a violation of the constitutional provision for equal protection. It was one of two major marriage decisions. The court dismissed the second case, California’s Proposition 8, deciding that the citizens who appealed the California Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the law protecting traditional marriage did not have “standing.” The DOMA dispute was triggered by a lesbian whose same-sex partner died and left her an estate. The lesbian sued because she was assessed taxes on her inheritance while the survivor of a married spouse would be exempt.


“Waiting for the other shoe” — The Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage

Albert Mohler blog

On the last day of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today on two same-sex marriage cases. Both are important cases, and both will go far in redefining the most basic institution of human civilization. The Court knew it was making history. A majority of the justices clearly intended to make history, and future generations will indeed remember this day. But for what?


Politics

It’s time for Christians to come back to the public square: Jensen


Kaley Payne - Eternity Newspaper

Peter Jensen, outgoing Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, has been one of Australia’s most public Christians since taking up the post in 2001. And he thinks there should be many more ‘public Christians’, as he told his audience at a Centre for Christian Living event last night. At one of his last public speeches as Archbishop, Jensen said he believes Christians in Australia have become “lazy and complacent … We’ve thought it was impossible that the basic Christian ideology could be threatened. We’ve allowed other ideologies to sweep in and take the field.”


The new Rudd order

Michael Gordon, Mark Kenny - SMH

Kevin Rudd called on his fellow politicians to ''be a little kinder and gentler with each other'' as he took the floor of the Parliament for the first time as Prime Minister after the brutal coup against his predecessor Julia Gillard. As he prepares for a cabinet reshuffle to cover seven departures after Ms Gillard's defeat in a caucus ballot on Wednesday, the Prime Minister also announced he would abandon Ms Gillard's proposed September 14 election date.


The resurrection of Kevin Rudd: What will he do with his second lease on political life?

Scott Stephens - ABC

I've been highly critical of Rudd's tendency to bend certain moral causes into the service of his own political vanity: from Christianity to climate change, from the National Apology to asylum seeker policy. Nevertheless, there was a kind of moral intelligibility about what Rudd was trying to do, even if the intention and execution were compromised. He was at least able to weave a coherent narrative about our common life and international obligations, drawing on the moral stores contained in the Christian and social democratic traditions.


Refugees

Carr flags tougher boat policy under Rudd


Ehssan Veiszadeh - AAP

Australia's asylum-seeker policies could be toughened under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, after one of his key backers said a more "hard-edged" assessment process was needed. Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who switched his support from Julia Gillard to Mr Rudd in Wednesday night's leadership ballot, said the nature of the asylum seeker boat arrival issue had changed.


Border Protection Command intercepts vessels

Minister for Home Affairs

HMAS Larrakia, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, has intercepted three suspected irregular entry vessels near Christmas Island on 27 June 2013.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Report: Syria militants behead two Christians


Syria Report

Two Christians, one of them a priest, have been beheaded by militants because they were suspected of cooperating with the Syrian military, according to an Al-Alam report.


Sexualisation of Society

Men to stand trial over ADFA 'Skype scandal'


Michael Inman - The Canberra Times

The two young men at the centre of the Australian Defence Force Academy's ''Skype scandal'' have lost a bid to have the case against them abandoned. Justice Richard Refshauge’s decision means Dylan Deblaquiere and Daniel McDonald will stand trial before the ACT Supreme Court in August on charges of using a carriage service in an offensive manner.


Other

Six lessons from the collapse of Exodus International


Michael Brown - Charisma Magazine

While the secular media is celebrating the demise of Exodus International and gay activists are hoping this will be the nail in the coffin of ex-gay ministries, Jesus continues to save, transform and liberate homosexual men and women all around the world. Still, there are some important lessons we can learn from the closing of Exodus.


Coles and Woolies take on pharmacies

Tim McArthur - Nine MSN

The Australian Financial Review has reported on comments by the outgoing head of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Mr Kos Sclavos. Mr Sclavos singled out Coles, owned by diversified conglomerate Wesfarmers, and Woolworths for expanding their general medicines, vitamins and beauty product range which has put them into competition with pharmacies.


Now is the time to pray for America

Family Research Council

The decisions issued Wednesday by our nation's highest court only magnify the need for God's people in America: individuals, families and churches, to heed His remarkable appeal found in 2nd Chronicles 7:14.