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

Down with stifling groupthink, says Irish minister


Lucinda Creighton - Mercator Net





An extraordinary speech against her government's abortion bill could get a rising star expelled from her party.










Medical experts confirm unborn children feel pain during abortion

Elizabeth Graham - Life News





Three medical specialists discuss the science of preborn children experiencing pain during an abortion procedure. House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1, currently considered in the Special Session of the Legislature, establish the state’s interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain. Dr. Paul Liu, Dr. Ingrid Skop, and Dr. Greg Bonnen all speak to the behavioral and physiological evidence confirming that preborn children feel pain.














Children & Family

44,899 children unchecked


Anna Patty - SMH





Almost three-quarters of children deemed at risk of significant harm in NSW will not see a caseworker to undergo safety checks, according to government figures. Figures obtained by Fairfax Media under freedom of information laws show 61,308 children and young people were reported as being at risk between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Only 16,409 were interviewed by a caseworker and given a safety check.










Classification

Drunk, naked, naughty and bad


Neil Genzlinger - SMH





Might television, struggling for viewers, be about to flood us with the adjectives of sin and scandal?




















Education

Tasmania signs up to schools funding deal


Daniel Hurst - SMH





Tasmania is signing up to the federal government's school funding overhaul, making it the first state to do so after the Labor leadership change disrupted negotiations. Tasmania becomes the fourth jurisdiction to get on board after NSW, the ACT and South Australia signed up to the so-called Gonski reforms championed by then prime minister Julia Gillard.
















Environment

Australia starts wrapping up whaling case at International Court of Justice


Barbara Miller - ABC





Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus strongly criticised Japan's defence of its whaling program as he wrapped up Australia's case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
















Euthanasia

Eight reasons why doctors should oppose euthanasia, assisted suicide


Peter Saunders - Life News





The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is conducting a consultation about the College’s collective position on ‘assisted dying’. The College’s current position on the issue is that, with good palliative care, a change in legislation is not required.












Gambling

Crown will keep holidays in-house


Nicole Hasham - SMH





Cashed-up Chinese gamblers will be flown to the snowfields to dabble in winter sports as James Packer casts his hotel-casino package as an unforgettable tourism experience. It follows plans by Crown to develop new tourist attractions at Barangaroo and fly guests to a ''luxury day retreat'' at the Packer Hunter Valley estate, prompting claims the casino's economic benefits will be trapped inside the family empire.


















Human Rights

No information about Christian converts, continued pressure on members of evangelical churches


Iran Human Rights





One month after the arrest of three Christian converts in Isfahan, their conditions remain unknown and there is no news about their fate. According to reports from the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s sources, since the May 29 arrests of Mohammad Reza Farid, Saeed Safi, and Hamid Reza Ghadiri, their families have been unable to obtain any information about their conditions, and the judicial and police authorities have not provided them with any information about the reasons for their arrests, their detention conditions, or their charges.














Marriage

Ministers take aim at religious extremists: we accept equality


Matt Young - The Australian





Christian ministers have spoken out in support of same-sex marriage in stark contrast to comments from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) claiming Kevin Rudd has lost the support of the Church. Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians, along with Catholics, expressed anger at Mr Rudd last week, telling News Limited they would turn their backs on him at the next election for his pro-stance on gay marriage.








Same sex marriage on the agenda again

Frank Brennan – Eureka Street





The US Supreme Court and our newly installed Prime Minister have put their weight behind legal recognition of same sex marriage. Kevin Rudd before resuming the prime ministership wrote that he had 'come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage. I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage. I also believe that this change should legally exempt religious institutions from any requirement to change their historic position and practice that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.'














Politics

Kevin's bounce


John Warhurst - Eureka Street





No one knows whether Kevin Rudd's positive impact on Labor's vote will last. While the potential bounce was long predicted by the opinion polls they could never tell us why. But then again he has always been an enigma. His immediate record of popularity after becoming Opposition Leader in 2006 was equally astounding.














Greens face federal election with lingering tensions

Conor Duffy - ABC





Criticism of Greens leader Christine Milne by the party's lead lower house candidate in New South Wales highlights some old tensions that linger beneath the surface for the party.
















Refugees

Detention budget stretched by $1bn


Gemma Jones - News Ltd





A billion dollar blowout in the detention centre budget was filed the day Kevin Rudd was sworn back in as prime minister. Almost 1300 people have reached Australia since he seized his old job, taking the Christmas Island population to a record of 3544 people. The influx comes as the government revealed on a contracts website on June 27 that managing Australia's detention centres will now cost almost $2.5 billion, almost $1 billion more than expected last year.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslim Brotherhood out, Killing Christians in


Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute





"In scattered locations across Egypt, mobs of hard-line Muslims," according to Morning Star News, "enraged over the deposing of the country's Islamist president [Muhammad Morsi] this week attacked Christian homes, business[es] and church buildings and were suspected in the shooting death of a priest."












Christian minorities a casualty of the Arab Spring

Joseph Wakim - ABC





Christian minorities are facing unprecedented fear and exodus in the Middle East. Churches and clergy are being attacked as they become casualties of the Arab Spring and anti-Western sentiment.












Sexualisation of Society

Refused ride for 'offensive' shirt


Megan Palin - NT News





A man has accused a bus driver of discrimination after he was kicked off a bus for wearing an "offensive" singlet in Darwin. NSW lifeguard Daniel Willis, 22, said that he was denied entry on the BusLink vehicle heading inbound on the Stuart Highway opposite McDonald's about 12.10pm yesterday afternoon. The shirt is from Hawthorn Football Club star Buddy Franklin's signature range Nena & Pasadena.






Child sex fiend facing prison again after paying $20 for webcam evil

Herald Sun





A former barrister imprisoned for recruiting child prostitutes is likely to return to jail after admitting he paid to watch young girls perform in online sex shows. Dominic Patrick Hickey, 49, paid less than $20 to watch Filipino girls as young as seven take part in violent sex acts with males, ordered by him, via webcam.