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

Debate continues over Texas abortion laws


Stephanie Smail - ABC





Texas Senator Wendy Davis made international headlines last week with her 11-hour filibuster against proposed abortion laws. The marathon speech defeated the bill that night but the Republican governor Rick Perry has called a second special sitting in an attempt to pass it. Thousands of protesters rallied outside the Texas Capitol before the sitting started.














Bioethics

Meet mama, papa and mama: how three-parent IVF works


Justin St. John - The Conversation



The UK government has announced its intention to draft proposals allowing carriers of mitochondrial disease to have babies using a controversial IVF treatment that’s currently prohibited. The procedure is controversial because the babies will inherit DNA from three genetic parents.
















Drugs & Alcohol

Hamzy describes police as 'ruthless'


Sky News





High risk killer Bassam Hamzy has branded the police who eavesdropped on him running a drug ring and ordering kidnappings from his prison cell ruthless and politically driven. As a result of being caught, the notorious maximum security inmate will spend an extra 12 years behind bars.












Education

Rudd steps up school plan lobbying


AAP





Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has telephoned the state and territory leaders, and met with schools chiefs, to secure a national school funding plan. The federal government has dismissed suggestions the Better Schools plan could be pushed back to 2015, as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke with state leaders and school bosses to finalise deals.












Gonski school funding reforms can be fixed in time: Catholics

Ben Packham - The Australian





The Catholic education sector believes Kevin Rudd can address its problems with Labor's school funding reforms in time for the coming school year. The National Catholic Education Commission raised its key objections with the Gonski reforms directly with the Prime Minister and his new schools education minister yesterday.


















Environment

Greens want salmon inquiry


Alex Druce - The Examiner





The Greens have urged the government to investigate media reports claiming that native marine wildlife is dying due to Tasmanian salmon farming practices. Figures obtained by The Weekend Australian under right to information laws showed Tasmanian ocean salmon and trout farming was responsible for the death of 144 protected seals over the past four years, as well as a number of dolphins and several hundred seabirds.


















Gambling

Bookmakers back James Packer's Crown Ltd to beat Echo Entertainment's The Star in Barangaroo battle


John Lehmann - The Daily Telegraph





If you follow the so-called "smart money" then James Packer will today achieve what eluded his father - a Sydney casino licence. Bookmakers are betting on Mr Packer's Crown Ltd winning its battle against Echo Entertainment's The Star when Premier Barry O'Farrell declares his hand this afternoon.
















Human Rights

Egypt: Epidemic of sexual violence


Human Rights Watch





Egyptian officials and political leaders across the spectrum should condemn and take immediate steps to address the horrific levels of sexual violence against women in Tahrir Square. Egyptian anti-sexual harassment groups confirmed that mobs sexually assaulted and in some cases raped at least 91 women in Tahrir Square, over four days of protests beginning on June 30, 2013, amid a climate of impunity.


















Marriage

Ruling on same-sex marriage may help resolve status of divorce


Erica Goode - The New York Times





Adam Cardinal’s wedded life began happily in New Hampshire, where same-sex marriages are legal. It went sour three years later in Florida, where they are not. Mr. Cardinal, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, separated from his husband several months ago. But the couple cannot get a divorce because, in the eyes of Florida officials, their marriage does not exist.
















Politics

Christian vote may punish Kevin Rudd over gay marriage


Jessica Marszalek - News Ltd





Kevin Rudd has betrayed voters over his new stance on gay marriage and should be prepared for a backlash from the powerful "Christian vote", churches say. Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians, as well as Catholics, say they have been deeply disappointed in the Prime Minister's new stance, after he successfully courted them at the 2007 poll. The Australian Christian Lobby believes its followers played a part in delivering the Lodge to Mr Rudd in his last bid and have been betrayed as he turned on his values "on the whims of pop culture".












NSW Labor placed under administration

AAP





The NSW Labor Party has been placed under the administration of the ALP national executive in a bid to end corruption and limit union influence. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and NSW Labor boss Sam Dastyari secured the agreement, aimed at improving the party's image after damning revelations about former MPs' conduct came to light during hearings at the state's corruption watchdog.










Rudd warned against spree

Peter Hartcher, Peter Martin - SMH





In spite of Kevin Rudd's rhetoric about "massive" problems with the end of the China boom, his Treasurer has laid down a strict rule - the government will not be doing any net new spending. As the new cabinet considers a range of policy changes that could cost billions, the Prime Minister has suggested the government might need to spend extra to protect the economy from a downturn. But Treasurer Chris Bowen has said any new spending will have to be offset by savings elsewhere in the budget.










Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Police arrest 'brothel syndicate' members in raids across city


Dan Oakes - The Age





Members of a syndicate alleged to be illegally managing more than 100 sex workers at brothels across Melbourne have been arrested in raids by federal and Victorian police. Police swooped on addresses across the city on Tuesday, arresting five people and charging them with living off the proceeds of crime. It is alleged the syndicate made more than $500,000 in the past five months.










Police charge a third man over the murder of 'vampire' male prostitute Shane Chartres Abbott

ABC





Police have charged a third man over the murder of self-described vampire and male prostitute Shane Chartres Abbott in Melbourne a decade ago. Officers arrested Mark Adrian Perry, 45, at a factory in the Perth suburb of Morley last night. He has been charged with one count of murder.














Refugees

Refugee claims reopen as Labor admits mistakes


Paul Maley - The Australian





Immigration officials have begun assessing asylum-seekers' refugee claims for the first time since processing was suspended almost 12 months ago, a move that created a backlog of more than 22,000 cases.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt president Mohamed Morsi overthrown by army


News.com





Crowds cheer and celebrate in the streets after the head of Egypt's army announced President Mohamed Morsi had been overthrown after a week of bloodshed that killed nearly 50 people. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the UN nuclear watchdog chief, and the heads of the Coptic Church and Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, sat alongside the armed forces chief as he announced Mr Morsi's ouster on state television.












Christians and other religious minorities under fire in Syria

Christian Today





There were around 1.2 million Christians in Syria before the start of the war. Christians are being threatened into supporting the opposition and churches are being desecrated in civil war-ravaged Syria, a US congressional hearing has heard. Congressman Chris Smith warned that religious minorities in Syria were being killed or persecuted at an alarming rate. Smith, chairman of the House congressional panel overseeing global human rights issues, said peaceful coexistence among Syria's religious communities had disappeared after the start of the war.














Sexualisation of Society

Teens arrested over explicit photos


Caroline Zielinski - The Age





Four teenagers have been arrested and three others are being questioned over the sharing of sexually explicit images at schools in Melbourne's western suburbs. Police said three cases of 'sexting' had been identified at secondary schools in the area, where explicit photos of a 16-year-old girl and two 14-year-olds had been distributed among students and friends via social media.












Other

In God they trust?


Roy Williams - On Line Opinion





Since Federation, excluding "stop gap" appointees, Australia has had 23 prime ministers. Almost all of them thought long and hard about God. In general, they were much more spiritually-minded than the people they led.












Suspended Health staff facing fraud, misconduct and porn charges pocket fortune at taxpayer expense

Alison Sandy - Courier Mail





A midwife who surfed the internet for child porn pocketed $114,392 while suspended on full pay for more than two years before eventually being sacked by Queensland Health. The worker was paid the massive sum at taxpayers' expense for effectively doing nothing for 788 days from February 2011 to April this year.