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

Making the wrong moves on the rights of the unborn


Tory Shepherd - The Punch





A man, enraged, kicks his pregnant partner in the stomach until she miscarries. A baby he didn’t want. Later, she dies. It’s a horrific image, a terrible crime. But should it be a double homicide? The debate about the rights of the unborn is set to rev up – again – as South Australian Family First MP Robert Brokenshire prepares a Bill that declares it a crime to “destroy the life of” or do “grievous bodily harm to” a foetus. Laws around foetuses vary from state to state. Queensland has recently expanded its laws, while a NSW review dismissed the need to. At one stage the Tasmanian Greens looked at whether a mother who smoked or drank to excess could be charged with child abuse.












Lawyers critical of foetal homicide laws

Rebecca Brice - ABC





Lawyers say they are opposed to the introduction of foetal homicide laws in South Australia except in cases where pregnant mothers are assaulted. Family First MP Robert Brokenshire is drafting a bill that would see criminal charges apply to people who cause the deaths of unborn babies in circumstances including assaults, domestic violence and car accidents where drivers are found to be at fault. Debate about the issue has been prompted by a recent crash in which an unborn baby and her pregnant mother were killed.


















Classification

Twitter urged to sign up to cyber-bullying guidelines


Judith Ireland - SMH





Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called on social media giant Twitter to sign up to new guidelines for dealing with complaints on social networking sites. On Wednesday, Ms Gillard announced that companies such as Facebook, Google (YouTube), Yahoo! and Microsoft had signed up to a new federal government protocol that commits them to ''robust'' processes for looking at and acting on complaints, clear guidelines for users about acceptable behaviour online and education and awareness campaigns.












Julia Gillard closing cyber troll net

Melissa Matheson - The Daily Telegraph





When hate-filled cyber bullies drove TV identity Charlotte Dawson to the edge of despair we declared "enough is enough". Calling for zero tolerance for anonymous abusers, The Daily Telegraph launched the "Stop the Trolls" campaign and the support was overwhelming. Prime Minister Julia Gillard was among those who believed cyber users needed protection and on the back of our call for change, the government introduced harsh guidelines to stop online trolling.
















Gambling

Crown linked to Taiwan gambling funds probe


Colin Kruger and Philip Wen - SMH





James Packer’s casino operator Crown Ltd has been linked to an investigation by Taiwanese authorities into the alleged channelling of $US180 million ($170.4 million) in illicit gambling funds from Taiwan to the Chinese gambling enclave Macau. It is understood that the investigation relates to fund transfers on behalf of high rollers looking to gamble at Crown's Macau joint venture, Melco Crown Entertainment.


















Human Rights

Christian lobby rejects push to remove religious exemptions


Simon Cullen - ABC





The Australian Christian Lobby has rejected a push by gay advocates to remove certain religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws. The Government is in the process of overhauling anti-discrimination legislation in an effort to simplify the definition of what behaviour is unacceptable. However it has made clear that existing exemptions will continue to apply to religious organisations, except aged care providers that receive Commonwealth funding.














Why can't the government take on the religious lobby?

Tom Elliott - 3aw





For the benefit of broader society, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is in the middle of preparing a new anti-discrimination Act. Amongst other things, this Act might make it illegal to offend people based on their race, religion, nationality or political beliefs. Frankly I think that if passed, this will restrict the precious right to freedom of speech, but that’s an argument for another time.












Racial hatred bill offers open slather to obnoxious

Paul Sheehan - Sydney Morning Herald





It should also alarm the parliamentary inquiry but it never seems to occur to the members of the political class - politicians, staffers, lobbyists, bureaucrats and lawyers - that the extension of the government power via micro-management, regulation and compulsion has been cumulatively unceasing for more than a century to the point of social, legal and moral sclerosis.


















Indigenous

Indigenous education cuts "disastrous"


Vicki Kerrigan - ABC





Education is the key to reducing Indigenous disadvantage; it's a commonly held belief. But despite the Closing the Gap rhetoric, the federal government has cut funding to indigenous education. Now one of the biggest providers of Indigenous education in the NT is preparing to close one of its boarding houses. Kormilda College has been providing education and boarding facilities in Darwin since the 1980's.










Justice system is weighted against indigenous: bishop

Damir Govorcin - Catholic Weekly





The system is so weighted against indigenous people it’s little wonder they endure the highest rates of incarceration of any group in society, says Bishop Christopher Saunders, chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. “It’s discrimination against people who are poor. Indigenous people are on the lowest rung and have always been,” he said. “They endure the highest rates of unemployment; they endure the lowest rates of education, the lowest rates of school attendance, and extremely poor rates in health and welfare.
















Marriage

Censorship of speech


Erik Stanley - Alliance Defending Freedom





For years we have been warning that same-sex “marriage” is not the end goal of the radical homosexual legal agenda. Instead, the end goal of that movement is the silencing of all dissent. Numerous examples abound in other countries where we see the inevitable consequence of approving same-sex “marriage.” In his latest column on Townhall.com, Alliance Defending Freedom President and General Counsel Alan Sears tells how France is now seeking to censor speech in opposition to efforts to redefine marriage or gender.
















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

From overseas to Mississippi State University, battling sex trafficking, one child at a time


LaReeca Rucker - Clarion Ledger





Alli Mellon is working in Cambodia to fight human trafficking with an organization she directs called The Hard Places Community. Its mission is to see 'justice prevail, pain redeemed, hope reborn, and life restored in the hearts of those the world deems to be the most broken.' In 2006, while working in an impoverished area in the South African country of Swaziland, Clinton native Alli Mellon met a little girl who had been sold for sex. “I was working in a slum area where young children and their mothers sold their bodies for something so small as a loaf of bread,” she said. “I held a 5-year-old girl on my lap, who regularly was sent by her mother to have sex with a grown man. The little girl would be sent to one abandoned car in the city dump, while the mother went to another car or behind a pile of trash with another man.”
















Refugees

Baby born into immigration limbo


Jeff Waters - ABC





A baby born on Tuesday night will remain in Sydney's immigration complex indefinitely, in spite of him being an Australian citizen and his mother having been deemed a genuine refugee. The child was named Paartheepan, which means "lighting of the world" in his parents' Tamil language.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslims demolish church building in Egypt


AINA





Hundreds of Muslims came out of mosques today with hammers and destroyed a social services building belonging to the Coptic Church while chanting Islamic slogans. Security forces arrived after the building was completely razed. The 100 square meters social services building in the village of Fanous, Tamia district in Fayoum province, 130 KM south west of Cairo, had all the necessary government permits; it had a reception hall on the first floor and a kindergarten on the second. But the Muslims insisted that it would become a church.
















Christians' rights trampled on by 'obsessive political correctness', say dissenting European judges

UK Telegraph





Christians’ rights of conscience are being sacrificed on the altar of “obsessive political correctness” contrary to the values of a democratic society, two European human rights judges have claimed. They likened the treatment of a London marriage registrar, who asked not to carry out civil partnerships because of her beliefs on homosexuality, to conscientious objectors of the past who suffered “at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition or a Nazi firing squad”. The claims were contained a vocal dissenting judgment by two of the seven European Court of Human Rights judges who sat in a landmark case on religious freedom in Britain. In an eagerly anticipated ruling, the court in Strasbourg upheld the right of workers to wear crosses as a visible manifestation of faith – as long it does not fall foul of health and safety policies.