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

Father in Chinese forced abortion case wants charges filed


USA Today





A lawyer says the father of a forcibly aborted baby wants the Chinese officials responsible to face criminal prosecution. Zhang Kai says Deng Jiyuan, a villager from central China's Shaanxi province, also is seeking unspecified compensation.










Photoshopping a Fetus: Denying the Obvious

Eric Metaxas - Christian Post





It's hard not to blame the influence of technology for the seemingly inexorable spread of the culture of death. Accurate and safe prenatal testing has led to the destruction of an estimated 90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. Sonograms reveal that the sex of yet-to-be-born children has led to a "small-h" holocaust against girls in places such as China and India, where boys are often preferred.














Gambling

Investment fraud costs Australians millions


ABC





Investors are being warned after evidence thousands of Australians have lost millions of dollars to fraudsters in the last five years.














Human Rights

Push to protect mothers from old-fashioned bosses


Elissa Doherty - Herald Sun





Pregnant women and mums are being forced out of work, sidelined for promotions and even told their baby bump will offend customers, in a rising tide of discrimination. A Melbourne barmaid was axed by her boss who believed patrons did not want to be served by a pregnant woman.














Marriage

Spare me from the hegemony of gay missionaries


Brendan O'Neil - The Australian





As if the film version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert wasn't bad enough, with its arch sneering at the Australian outback and its backward inhabitants, now there is going to be a real-life re-enactment of it. In the 1994 fictional film, starring Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving, three drag queens travel through the outback on a bus called Priscilla, on their way to perform in Alice Springs.














Overseas Aid

Aid agencies get upper hand in west African famine


ABC





Aid workers say they've successfully staved off famine in parts of west Africa. The government in Niger has been praised by international aid agencies for taking early action in combatting malnutrition before the food shortage became a full-blown crisis.














Politics

Labor powers plotting all-out assault on Greens


Sid Maher - The Australian





Senior Labor strategists are pushing for a full-scale assault on the Greens' powerbase in the Senate by placing them last on voting tickets in key contests as part of a new tough line on the minor party aimed at shoring up the ALP's languishing primary vote.
















Forget TomKat; the split of the year might ALP-v-Greens

Tory Maguire - The Punch





So after months of tensions and simmering resentment, the ALP at the weekend indicated it needed some time apart to consider the future of its relationship with the Greens. In a battle between its head and its heart, Labor’s head started calling the shots, finally admitting what outsiders have been able to see for ages, that entanglement with the Greens is not good for Labor. It’s an emotionally abusive relationship where the Greens have exerted more influence than should have been allowed.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian pastor spends 1000th day in prison


Michael Carl - WND





Jailed Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is approaching his 1,000th day in an Iranian jail – where he faces additional charges and possible execution – all because he refused to allow his children to be taught Islam. Arrested in 2009, Iranian pastor Nadarkhani remains on death row and fighting a battle for his life. Middle East Concern is now reporting that he will face new charges in September.
















Refugees

Boat crisis puts pressure on PM's budget surplus after Tony Abbott refuses to participate in crisis committee


Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph



A resolution to the boat people impasse was dealt an almost fatal blow last night after Opposition Leader Tony Abbott formally refused to take part in Julia Gillard's independent committee to solve an asylum seeker crisis that could threaten Labor's promised budget surplus. The Greens' refusal to allow the government a return to offshore processing is putting next year's wafer-thin $1.5 billion budget surplus under pressure.














Sexualisation of Society

Violating women’s privacy – and proud of it


melindatankardreist





A woman face down on a bed, naked, sleeping and unknowing. A man, phone at the ready, takes her picture. She doesn’t know. She has not consented. Grinning and thumbs up, he then tweets it like some virtual swap card, with the hash tags #wakeupwitharandom, #awkwardsundays and #bedofshame.














Other

Cameras banned after broadcast of Parliamentary protest


Daniel Hurst - Brisbane Times





Independent television camera operators will be banned from the floor of Queensland Parliament until late August, after news bulletins broadcast footage of a protest over civil unions last month. Speaker Fiona Simpson today issued a ruling that suspends television camera access for the next nine parliamentary sitting days.
















Huge rise in family violence cases

Kate Jones - Herald Sun





Melbourne's top judge has called on the Baillieu Government to help the justice system cope with a ''relentless'' number of family violence cases. Chief Magistrate Ian Gray said the state's courts were struggling to deal with a 48 per cent increase in family violence and intervention order applications in the past five years.














Google launches gay rights campaign

Rob Quinn - Newser





Google has launched an ambitious campaign to boost gay rights all over the world. With its "Legalize Love" campaign, it plans to focus on countries like Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, and Poland, where same-sex couples have no legal recognition, CNN reports. Early reports described the campaign as a push for legalizing same-sex marriage, which Google has long supported, but the company says the focus is on human rights and employment discrimination.














Age rage as Dolly trades up to a new model

Andrew Hornery - SMH





A former editor of Dolly magazine has attacked the magazine's decision to restart a modelling competition won by a thirteen year-old girl.