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

Labor and Coalition refuse to state position on abortion legislation


Lenore Taylor - The Guardian





Despite fierce political war of words, neither party will commit to position on proposal before parliament.














U.S. House to vote next week on 20-week abortion ban

Kirsten Anderson - Life Site News





The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, is called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and is intended to ban abortions after the point when medical experts say developing babies can feel pain.














Kevin Rudd supporters question Gillard's reopening of abortion debate

Katharine Murphy - The Guardian





Caucus supporters of Labor backbencher Kevin Rudd have publicly questioned the prime minister’s judgment in re-opening a debate about whether Tony Abbott will change the abortion laws if he wins government in September. Labor backbencher Ed Husic used a television interview this morning to cut across Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s message that only a Labor government would protect women’s reproductive rights. “We are not comfortable with that issue re-entering the political frame,” Husic said of abortion.












Abortion vote delayed

Michelle Paine - Tasmania





Members of Tasmania's Upper House have delayed a vote on abortion -- probably by many months -- by referring the issue for further examination by a committee. Lobbying of MLCs continued all day, ending in a move last night to start a new process of taking submissions. The House of Assembly passed the legislation in April.




















Drugs & Alcohol

Pressure mounts for governments to toughen synthetic drug laws


Hayden Cooper - ABC





Federal and state governments are under pressure to toughen laws against synthetic drugs, but there are serious doubts that the growing industry can be kept in check. Synthetic drugs are sold legally in many tobacco and adult shops and provide an instant high like the substances they are designed to mimic.














Education

Gonski education reform: Colin Barnett says WA won't sign on despite $920m incentive from PM


ABC





WA Premier Colin Barnett has rebuffed $920 million in extra funding from the Federal Government as incentive to sign on to the Gonski education reforms. Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement in Perth today, saying the increase was due to a better understanding of the costs of education in the state.






NSW wary of WA schools offer

Justine Ferrari - The Australian





The O'Farrell government will examine the tripling in federal funding for West Australian schools under the Gonski reforms, to ensure the offer does not disadvantage NSW, which was first to sign up to Julia Gillard's school funding plan.












The battle for education control

Kevin Donnelly - ABC





Much of the debate surrounding the Commonwealth Government's Gonski-inspired school funding model centres on how much money will be allocated and whether states and territories will sign by the June 30 deadline. As important, especially for Catholic and independent schools, is the question of who should control education and whether Prime Minister Gillard's national crusade represents a threat to school autonomy.














Euthanasia

Child euthanasia is coming to Belgium


Wesley J Smith - Life Site News





Child euthanasia: It’s all over but the final voting in Belgium as the Parliament agrees across party lines that doctors should be able to euthanize children.








Quebec unveils euthanasia legislation

AAP





The government of Canada's mostly French-speaking Quebec province has unveiled legislation allowing terminally ill patients to kill themselves with a doctor's help.


















Human Rights

For Aleppo bishop, boy's brutal killing shows jihadist danger


Asia News





Muhammad al-Qatta, a 14-year-old coffee seller, was killed on Sunday by a group of Islamists, executed in public, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. For Bishop Jean Clement Jeanbart, a jihadist victory would mean that Christians could no longer practice their religion in Syria. In an appeal to all Catholics, he calls on them to pray for an end to the war and for the reconciliation of the Syrian people.
















Marriage

‘Don’t give up’ in same-sex fight, Church leaders urged


Jonathan Luxmoore - Catholic Weekly





A French Catholic campaigner has urged Church leaders not to give up opposition to same-sex marriage, despite the spread of laws allowing the practice across Europe. “The message from France is the campaign isn't over – these laws rely on a big lie, and no lie can survive,” said Antoine Renard, president of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe.


















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egyptian Christian teacher convicted of blasphemy, receives 14K fine


Katherine Weber - Christian Post





An Egyptian Christian teacher has been convicted of insulting Islam, receiving a large fine instead of being sentenced to jail time. Dimiana Abdel-Nour, a 24-year-old history and geography teacher of the Sheikh Sultan Primary School in Luxor, was not present in court on Tuesday to hear her verdict, which found her guilty of insulting Islam in an incident back in May and sentenced her to pay a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,000).










U.S. defends "Human Rights" of persecutors of Christians

Raymond Ibrahim - Gatesteone Institute





Sweden to send Iranian Christian asylum seekers back to Iran to be tortured and possibly executed for the crime of leaving Islam. Also, the Nigerian government recently did go on the offensive to try to contain the jihadis [of Boko Haram], only to be chastised by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying he was "concerned by credible allegations that the Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations" against the jihadi mass murderers.














Other

Russia will deport foreigners for homosexual propaganda; Duma passes bill 436-0


Life Site News





The Russian parliament today voted 436 to 0 to pass a total ban on homosexual propagandizing by foreign or domestic activists. The law will impose stiff fines or prison terms for spreading “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” It will effectively outlaw “gay pride” festivals and stop attempts by foreign homosexualist activist groups to normalize their lifestyles or campaign for same-sex legal recognition.














The Game of Thrones: Nobody wins, everybody dies

Adam Breeton - ABC





The Game of Thrones is the best example of a desacralised imagination: brutal, anxious, godless. It may be the first mass-popular moment when our imaginary worlds became as pessimistic as reality itself.