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

Sex-selective abortion being encouraged in the U.S. seen on undercover video


Alex Murashko - Christian Post





"The search-and-destroy targeting of baby girls through prenatal testing and abortion is a pandemic that is spreading across the globe," said Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, in a statement. "Research proves that sex-selective abortion has now come to America. The abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, is a willing participant." Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, responded immediately, calling the video manipulative and a hoax.
















Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Hundreds pay for overseas surrogacy


Anna Whitelaw - The Age





Australian couples are paying huge amounts to overseas surrogates to fulfil their dreams of having a family, some risking jail in doing so, fuelling calls for surrogacy laws in Australia to be overhauled. New figures indicate the number of Australian couples travelling overseas - to India, the United States, Thailand and Canada - to have children through surrogacy has tripled in three years. Most of the couples enter commercial surrogacy deals - typically worth between $50,000 and $150,000 - that would be illegal in Australia.












Alcohol a bigger problem than drugs for young

Farah Farouque - The Age





The Children's Court has sounded the alarm about the intensity of underage drinking in the community, saying that alcohol consumption - rather than drug use - is the ''big catalyst'' for youth offending in the state. Judge Paul Grant, president of the court, said he and magistrates who heard criminal cases felt there was a ''worrying'' link between a trend towards more violent offending and drinking more heavily at an earlier age.












Drugs & Alcohol

When doctors become addicts


Kate Hagan - The Age





It was a ruse that had been used by anaesthetists before him to get their hands on restricted drugs. Nurses at the Croydon abortion clinic at which James Latham Peters allegedly infected 56 women with hepatitis C between 2008 and 2009 suspected he was drawing up saline into syringes. In theatre they saw him shuffling in his pockets and fiddling at a bench. The clinic's director of nursing, Carol Richards, whose job included laying out syringes of drugs needed for the day and carefully accounting for their use in a logbook, remembered Peters dropping more syringes in theatre than other anaesthetists.






Education

Parents need some help with their navigation

Kim Arlington - SMH





As technology blurs the boundaries between the classroom and the home, parents have a vital role to play in their children's online education - but not all of them feel up to the task. A survey has found that 87 per cent of Australian parents say their children use the internet at least weekly for homework, research or educational games, but 45 per cent have not been able to help their children resolve problems using the internet.














Euthanasia

Who are ‘the vulnerable’ in the euthanasia debate?


Paul Russell - Online





I was chatting semi-aimlessly with a lawyer friend the other day when the issue of medical power of attorneys and medical directions came up. My friend, often one to blurt out profundities without notice, said that he objects to patients being asked about whether or not they would want to be resuscitated should something go wrong at the time of being admitted to hospital for surgery. He argued that an imminent surgery and the understandable patient anxiety prior to the operation would make anyone vulnerable to making a poor decision or to being lead to a decision that they might not otherwise make.
















Gambling

Casinos against depression: Jeff’s hot new business idea


David Penberthy - The Punch





It is a good thing Jeff Kennett hasn’t decided to help stamp out smoking. If so he could have sought a board position with a major tobacco company so he could change the business from within. Alternatively the former Victorian premier could have been working towards world peace by sitting on the board of British Aerospace or Lockheed Martin, helping to sell intercontinental ballistic missiles. Instead, Jeff Kennett has decided to do his bit to end the nexus between mental illness and gambling by running a casino.
















Marriage

Gay marriage, polygamy and the social order


Peter Saunders - The Centre for Indepenant Studies





Gay marriage will not bring the bourgeois social order crashing down, but it is one more step in Antonio Gramsci’s call in the 1930s for a revolutionary ‘march through the institutions.’ Gramsci, an Italian Marxist, realised that Western capitalism would not be destroyed by economic class struggle, for it is good at meeting people’s material needs. What was needed, therefore, was a long-term campaign against the core institutions through which bourgeois culture is transmitted to each generation. Break the hold of the churches, take over the media, subvert the schools and universities, and chip away at the heart of the citadel, the bourgeois family, and eventually, the whole system will fall. Gay marriage. Drip. Drip. Drip.














Politics

Appeal to the six moral virtues will win every time in the battle for the voters' hearts and minds


Nick Cater - The Australian





American psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his new book, The Righteous Mind explores the intersection between morality and politics and, if he is right, Labor, like the US Democrats, is losing touch with human nature, and divisive class-war tactics will only make matters worse. Haidt concludes we are born to be righteous and that political and moral choices are closely linked. The progressive Left's failure is that it has not learnt what it needs to be righteous about, or how to appeal to the righteous instinct. As Labor is discovering as it struggles to contain the damage from Craig Thomson's indiscretions, virtue is not an optional extra in politics and vice is not easily forgiven.












Prime Minister Julia Gillard faces a carbon revolt from the backbench

Samantha Maiden - The Sunday Telegraph





Julia Gillard faces growing backbench unrest over the carbon tax with sceptics quietly planning to push for changes to the incoming tax - or the leadership. Labor MPs have voiced concerns about the level of the July 1 fixed carbon price -- $23 a tonne -- and the timetable to transition to an emissions trading scheme in 2015.










Unions target cabinet over foreign workers

David Crowe and Debbie Guest - The Australian





Union leaders are threatening to take on more Gillard government ministers in the fight over foreign workers as they defy calls to abandon the protest over jobs at Gina Rinehart's $9.5 billion Roy Hill mine. Cabinet ministers, including Anthony Albanese, Bill Shorten and Stephen Smith, rebuked the unions yesterday for launching a campaign against Special Minister of State Gary Gray over his part in migration deals aimed at helping to build major resource projects.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Indonesian Christians’ plight escalates


Frank Crimi Bio - FrontPageMag





Bags of urine hurled by a mob of 600 Muslims at Christians attempting to attend church service is the latest in a series of disgusting acts of degradation and violence perpetrated by Indonesia’s growing Islamist movement. The Muslim mob was led by members of Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a militant Islamist group that has been directly involved in 34 of the 54 documented acts of violence and destruction against Christians and Church property since 2012.














Refugees

UN predicts rise in number of displaced people and refugees over next decade


Herald Sun





A report by the UN refugee agency predicts the number of people fleeing their homes and becoming refugees or displaced in their own countries will increase in the next 10 years. The report says the increase will be caused by a host of intertwined factors, ranging from conflict and climate change to population growth and food shortages.


















Sexualisation of Society

Josh McDowell launches website to fight porn, 'Church's No. 1 threat'


Anugrah Kumar - Christian Post





Apologist and author Josh McDowell launched Just1ClickAway.org, a new website to raise awareness about online pornography which he says is a problem big enough to cause the downfall of the church. "The downfall of the church will not come from a lack of apologetic teaching; it will come from disintegration of the families in the church," says a video posted on the website, which was launched this week, just in time for summer vacation when students' media consumption significantly increases.










Defence is sitting on 1000 sex abuse allegations

Deborah Snow - SMH





Details of more than 1000 ''plausible'' allegations of abuse by military and defence personnel collected by an inquiry set up by the Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, are under wraps while senior ministers decide how to handle them. The complaints came flooding in to Mr Smith's office and the Defence Department after the Skype sex scandal of April last year, when a cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra was alleged to have secretly broadcast himself having sex with a fellow cadet via Skype.














Other

Threatening behaviour on rise in courts


Chris Vedelago - The Age





Security threats at Victoria's courts are soaring, with incidents of intimidation, abusive behaviour and bomb hoaxes now occurring almost daily. Documents obtained by The Sunday Age under freedom of information reveal that 149 ''personal safety incidents'' involving threats were recorded in the court system in 2011, jumping 48 per cent in a single year.












Wineries blast Coles, Woolies

Cameron Houston - SMH





Coles and Woolworths have been accused of blacklisting local suppliers who publicly criticise the campaign by big grocery retailers to expand their home-brand ranges. The departing chief executive of the Winemakers' Federation of Australia, Stephen Strachan, said the supermarket giants had created a culture of fear and intimidation among local wine producers. ''If you're an individual company that speaks out against them or says anything publicly that criticises their tactics, they would have no hesitation in giving you a holiday from their shelves and that is what's creating a culture of fear and compliance in the industry,'' Mr Strachan said.












First person: His, hers ... hens? The push to make kids gender neutral

Mary Kassian - Baptist Press





Forget "his" and "hers." Sweden has introduced a new, gender-neutral pronoun: "hen." Newspaper columnists, TV announcers, feminist bloggers and Swedish gender-neutral educators could not be more pleased. The Nordic country has always promoted gender equality. It has the highest proportion of working women in the world, and females earn about two-thirds of all college degrees, Slate.com reported. But now, activists want to push the matter to its natural and logical conclusion. They want to abolish gender altogether, and construct a utopian, gender neutral society. They're intent on raising up a new generation of children who've been freed from the limitations of stereotyped gender roles.





Tweets, clergy and faithful forming a new holy trinity

Amy O'Leary - SMH





Why are some tweets more popular than others? When a Twitter staff member set out to answer that question 10 months ago, he thought the answer would emerge among posts from basketball players, politicians or actors. Instead, he found a mystery: a set of messages that were ricocheting around Twitter, being forwarded and responded to at a rate that was off the charts.