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

George Orwell and after-birth abortions


Barry Bowen - Christian Post





Author George Orwell was born on this day in history: June 25, 1903. Orwell is remembered for the best selling novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four. Orwell's ideas sometimes mirror biblical teaching. Orwell popularized the idea of doublespeak. In 2011 the Journal of Medical Ethics published the paper After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? by college professors Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. This paper advances the idea of killing babies after they are born.










Wendy's 13-hour filibuster: lawmaker's mammoth bid to block abortion bill

SMH





A Texas lawmaker who was a single mother at the age of 19 pursued what would have to be a nearly 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday to block a bill that would close almost every abortion clinic in the nation's second most populous state. To reach the midnight goal, Democratic state senator Wendy Davis, 50, cannot sit, lean on her desk or take any breaks, including to eat meals or to use the bathroom. Her chair was removed. She remained unfazed when a male protester stood and shouted, "Abortion is genocide!" Security removed him.














Classification

Bonds' bouncing bottom cleared by watchdog


Amy Kellow - AdNews





The ad watchdog has dismissed a case against apparel brand Bonds after several complaints it had objectified young women, with one complainant arguing the ad was a "pervert's delight and totally inappropriate". The campaign which featured 19-year-old ambassador and local actress Isabelle Cornish showed her skipping outside in a singlet and briefs. The colour of the underpants changed every time she skipped, aiming to demonstrate its new 'Collectables' range. It ended with a close-up shot of her bottom.


















Drugs & Alcohol

New designer drugs multiplying, testing authorities


AFP





New drugs marketed as "legal highs" and "designer drugs" are emerging fast and in great numbers, and authorities are struggling to keep up, a new UN report warned Wednesday. So-called new psychoactive substances (NPS), often sold under harmless names like spice, bath salts or herbal incense, posed a serious health risk although they were legal, the UN office on drugs and crimes (UNODC) said in its annual World Drug Report.
















Environment

Australia censures Japan for 'dangerous' scientific whaling


Andrew Darby - Fairfax Media





Australia has warned Japan's "scientific" whaling is a dangerous precedent with potentially catastrophic effects, as the case to end the hunt opened at the International Court of Justice. Australian Government counsel Bill Campbell, QC, told the court that according to Japan's interpretation of the global whaling treaty, any member country would be free to decide its own scientific kill.




















Human Rights

Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue


Melinda Tankard Reist blog





For the past few weeks I’ve been addressing female and male students around the country on the issue of the representation of women and girls in media and popular culture. I’ve been urging the boys to reject cultural messaging that socialises them into a calloused and brutalised version of masculinity.














Marriage

US Supreme Court rulings boost gay marriage


Jess Bravin - WSJ





The Supreme Court dramatically advanced the struggle for gay rights Wednesday, ending the federal government's discrimination against same-sex spouses and authorizing the resumption of gay marriages in the nation's most populous state. In a pair of 5-4 decisions announced on the final day of the court's annual term, the justices struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which had denied federal benefits to gay couples married under state law, and let stand a district-court ruling that Proposition 8, a 2008 voter initiative that ended same-sex marriages in California, is unconstitutional.














US Supreme Court issues two illegitimate decisions on same-sex marriage

Brian S. Brown - Fox News





Wednesday, the Supreme Court did what many of us hoped would never happen – the justices have invalidated Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and refused to consider the lower court decision invalidating Proposition 8. I’m furious. We at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and tens of millions of other Americans will never accept it. It’s wrong, plain and simple. There’s a stench to these decisions that has stained the Supreme Court.














Memo to Lady Gaga: “born this way” doesn’t mean “act this way”

Daniel Kuebler - Mercator Net





It remains unclear whether sexual orientation is genetically determined. Even if it is, that doesn’t justify advocacy for same-sex marriage.
















Politics

Prime Minister Rudd to bring poll forward after returning to office


Phillip Hudson - Herald Sun





Kevin Rudd is set to bring forward the federal election after he sensationally replaced Julia Gillard as Prime Minister. Three years and three days after he was dumped by his party on the eve of an election, Labor has returned to Mr Rudd on the eve of another election. Mr Rudd won the leadership ballot 57 votes to 45.












The Rudd resurrection as Julia Gillard to leave politics and her backers to exit frontbench

Sid Maher - The Australian





Kevin Rudd's return as Labor leader has triggered the prospect of an August election, a wholesale clean-out of the cabinet and a dramatic rewrite of key policies, including the Gonski school reforms, the crackdown on 457 visas and the fixed carbon price. After a dramatic day of political brinkmanship, Mr Rudd won back the leadership almost exactly three years after he was toppled as prime minister, securing 57 votes in the Labor caucus to Julia Gillard's 45.














Labor strikes compromise 457 visa crackdown deal with crossbench MPs

Emma Griffiths - ABC





The Federal Government has struck a compromise deal with crucial crossbench MPs for its crackdown on the 457 foreign worker visa scheme. The Immigration Minister secured the vote of Independent Tony Windsor by making changes to the labour market testing rules.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

US Supreme Court opens door for intolerance against Christians

Samuel Rodriguez - Charisma News





Hispanic Christians are both in support of biblical marriage and against homophobia. Today’s ruling opens the door for inevitable intolerance toward people of faith who repudiate bigotry, defend the image of God in all human beings and also believe that marriage is a sacred union defined by Him.








Sexualisation of Society

Online porn, self-harm growing issues for teen girls


Margaret Burin - ABC





The accessibility of online pornography is driving a culture where teenage girls feel pressured to shave their pubic hair, give oral sex and act like porn stars. Adolescent counsellor Amie Dreyer says there's also an epidemic of self-harm among the young women she works with.














Other

Christian lobby calls for block on gender law change


ABC





The Australian Christian Lobby is worried about a plan to toughen Tasmania's anti-discrimination laws. Under a change before the Upper House, discrimination on the basis of gender identity would be illegal. Gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome says that would put Tasmania ahead of other states and territories and would promote tolerance of sexual minorities.










Top female porn star finds Jesus

Mark Ellis - Assist News Service





In 2010, Maxim Magazine named her one of the top female porn stars in the world. Little did they know, she was already on a rocky road to sanctification as a new creature in Christ. Brittni, who used the professional name Jenna Presley, started dancing to earn extra money as a freshman at Santa Barbara City College in 2005. Two men approached her after one of her performances and asked if she would like to make “romance movies.”












Why Exodus didn't work

Daniel K Norris - Charisma News





Last week Exodus International announced that after more than three decades of standing at the front lines of outreach to the homosexual community, it would be closing its doors, seeking an “exodus” of its own. The organization said it reached the decision “after a year of dialogue and prayer about [its] place in a changing culture.”