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

Five-month pregnant woman Cao Ruyi faces forced abortion in Hunan, China


News Ltd





The United States voiced opposition to China's one-child-only policy after activists reported that a five-month-pregnant woman faces an imminent forced abortion. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the United States has asked China about the case of Cao Ruyi, who according to US campaigners will be forced to abort on Saturday unless she pays a hefty fine in Hunan province.














NSW Right to Life concerned as GetUp! using its power to try to silence free speech at Sydney University

Christian Today





NSW Right to Life has lambasted a report in The Australian (6 June) newspaper that a University of Sydney Union group, Life Choices Sydney (LCS) is claimed by some to be an “affront” to women and that GetUp! through their website “Your Community” is trying to silence free speech by sponsoring an online petition . Executive Officer of NSW Right to Life, Adrian Middeldorp reiterated claims the newspaper’s Higher Education section also said moves are afoot to ban the LCS and future prolife groups, effectively silencing free speech.














Classification

Channel Seven’s ‘Good Christian Bitches’ promo breaches TV code


Family Voice Australia > Christian Today





The Australian Communications and Media Authority reported that Channel Seven’s advertisement of its program “Good Christian Bitches” to be a breach of the TV Code of Practice. The promo was screened across the nation last November during the X Factor grand final, mostly before 8.30 pm when many children were watching. It sparked immediate protests and at least two online petitions with signatures totalling over 8000. “Australian families will welcome the finding by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that Channel Seven’s offensive promotion for its proposed Good Christian Bitches program has breached part of the TV Code of Practice,” FamilyVoice Australia national research officer Ros Phillips said today.
















Environment

$46m carbon tax bill for hospitals, schools


Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph





The average Sydney hospital will be hit with a $120,000 annual carbon bill after the $23-a-tonne tax kicks in on July 1. Local public schools will also be forced to come up with an extra $9000 a year on their power bills to pay their carbon liability. Revised analysis from NSW Treasury dated May 4, 2012, reveals that NSW hospitals and schools would have the highest carbon tax liabilities of any government agency.














Gambling

Clubs can't be forced into pre-commitment trial


Chris Uhlmann - ABC





The Federal Government's proposed trial on pre-commitment technology for poker machines in the ACT may never go ahead because the clubs are not legally forced to participate. ACT clubs gave in-principle agreement to take part in a trial, which is an agreement between independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Government, but so far there has been no talk of how the trial will work.












Marriage

Love isn't all about marriage, says PM Julia Gillard as she defends her same-sex marriage stance


AAP





Prime Minister Julia Gillard has drawn on her own relationship to defend her opposition to same-sex marriage. Ms Gillard is not married to long-term partner Tim Mathieson but says that doesn't mean they aren't in a committed relationship. "I think you can have a relationship of love and commitment and trust and understanding that doesn't need a marriage certificate associated with it," Ms Gillard told ABC TV.












UK: Gay marriage: poll suggests doubts in gay community

John Bingham - Telegraph





The first poll of its kind in Britain also found that only a minority of gay people believe redefining marriage should be a “priority” and only half said that having the opportunity to marry was important to them personally. By contrast a similar proportion of homosexual people thought that David Cameron is only planning to change the law “to make his party look more compassionate” rather than out of conviction.










Nationalising the churches for the same-sex marriage agenda

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun





The criminalisation of conscience and faith is despicable and sinister.












Archbishop speaks on Marriage Bill

Greek Orthodox Church





The Head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Archbishop Stylianos, has authorised the release of a webpage opposing the suggested change to legislation which, if accepted by Parliament, will legalise the marriage of same sex couples. "Marriage is regarded above all as a sacrament that has been instituted by God who created man and woman in His own image and likeness. There is a strong biblical basis for this view, and the position of the Orthodox Church worldwide (not only in Australia) can never depart from the teaching of Holy Scripture".














Overseas Aid

We are one family


Christian Post





As you’ve probably seen mentioned in this blog previously, reports estimate that there are more than 150 million orphans around the world. That’s a difficult number to wrap one’s head around and, more importantly, can’t be ignored. Many of the world’s vulnerable children live in crisis as a result of having lost one or both parents to war, AIDS, disease, abandonment, poverty or natural disaster. Unfortunately, the majority live in developing countries where resources are limited and alternatives to institutional care don’t exist presently.
















Politics

ALP paid $350,000 for Thomson legal costs


Phillip Coorey, Kate McClymont - SMH





The NSW Labor Party paid almost $350,000 in legal costs for Craig Thomson before the troubled MP was suspended from the party in May. More than two-thirds of the amount - $240,000 - was paid to Fairfax Media, the publisher of the Herald, under a settlement reached a year ago when Mr Thomson withdrew defamation action he instituted in 2009. Another $108,366.87 was to cover Mr Thomson's other legal expenses and some of Labor's own bills related to the case, taking the total the ALP paid to $348,366.87.


















Religious Freedom & Persecution

US: 'A shrinking of religious liberty'


Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow





One attorney says a New Mexico couple will stand on their faith, regardless of losing the latest court ruling concerning their refusal to photograph a lesbian couple's "commitment ceremony" six years ago. As reported earlier on OneNewsNow, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling from the New Mexico Human Rights Commission that Elaine and Jon Huguenin of Elane Photography were guilty of "sexual orientation" discrimination against a lesbian pair who wanted their commitment ceremony photographed in 2006. That ruling was based on the state's anti-discrimination laws.










Syria’s ultimatum to Christians: “Leave Qusayr"

Vatican Insider





An exodus of Christians is taking place in Western Syria: the Christian population has fled the city of Qusayr, near Homs, following an ultimatum issued by the military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba. This is what local sources told Vatican news agency Fides, pointing out that since the conflict broke out, only a thousand of the city’s ten thousand faithful, were left and they are now being forced to flee immediately. Some of the city’s mosques have issued the message again, announcing from the minarets: “Christians must leave Qusayr within six days, ending Friday.










Iranian authorities shut church in Tehran

Compass Direct News





Authorities in Iran this week ordered the closure of a church in the capital, Tehran, amid a government campaign to crack down on the few recognized churches offering Farsi-speaking services, according to a human rights group. The order came from Iran's Revolutionary Guard's Intelligence branch on Tuesday (June 5). The Revolutionary Guard, also known as Sepah, is known for its military aggression.














Refugees

Two boats intercepted off Christmas Is


AAP





Two boats suspected to be carrying asylum seekers have been intercepted near Christmas Island, 2750 kilometres west of Darwin. One vessel had 38 passengers and two crews and while the other had 110 people on board. Both were intercepted by HMAS Ararat on Sunday and Monday, respectively, after being spotted by patrol plane.
















Sexualisation of Society

Qantas suspends 10 over porn


Jim O'Rourke - SMH





At least 10 Qantas employees have been suspended indefinitely for allegedly looking at, sending or receiving pornographic pictures and other inappropriate images on computers at Sydney Airport. The employees, all staff who work in and around the tarmac area helping with operations, are also being investigated for sharing ''dirty'' jokes through internal office email, a source said. Qantas confirmed it was conducting an internal inquiry and the workers could possibly lose their jobs if it was found they breached strict workplace policies on the viewing and sharing of illicit material.
















Other

How do I stop my children swearing?


Lisa Power - The Daily Telegraph





It's enough to make parents blush - and many have no one to blame but themselves. Nearly 60 per cent of children swear and 42 per cent pick up bad language by age three, a Daily Telegraph poll has revealed. And by kindergarten, more than 90 per cent of children have said a rude word.Even though the overwhelming majority of parents - 78.4 per cent - actively discourage swearing, more than half admit their children heard their first curse word at home. The next most common places for children to pick up obscenities are in the playground (48.2 per cent) and TV (31 per cent).