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

Conservative Christians pleased with Republican Party chair's words on abortion, gay marriage positions

Michael Gryboski - Christian Post

Conservative Christians have expressed approval of Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus' recent remarks on abortion and gay marriage. In remarks released Sunday, Priebus expressed support for the GOP maintaining its conservative position on the social issues. Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, told The Christian Post that it was "gratifying to hear the chairman unequivocally reaffirm the party's commitment to natural marriage."


‘March on the Media’: Live Action organizing protests demanding unbiased reporting on abortion

Kirsten Andersen -Life Site News

Citing a dire need for honest reporting, pro-life powerhouse Live Action is launching a “March on the Media” campaign targeting ABC, CBS and NBC, the three largest American news networks.


Children & Family

Hands off: doctors take debate over smacking to legal lengths


Rachel Browne - SMH

A leading group of doctors from Australia and New Zealand is pushing to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children.


Drugs & Alcohol

Fake drug lobby says highs 'like wine'

Stephen Johnson - AAP

The lobby group for synthetic drug retailers says artificial highs are no stronger than two glasses of wine, despite user reports of panic attacks. The Eros Association's public relations campaign comes only weeks after Sydney teenager Henry Kwan jumped to his death from the third floor of his home under the effects of an LSD-like substance bought online by a high school friend.


10kg cannabis haul seized by police during NSW bush raid at Tamban, near Macksville

ABC

Police charged a man after seizing illegal weapons and 10kg of processed cannabis at a property on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.


Education

Catholic schools commit to funding

Paul Dobbyn - Catholic Leader

Catholic schools will now have greater clarity on Commonwealth funding in 2014 and will be able to plan accordingly. This follows the commitment of all state and territory Catholic education commissions to the Commonwealth Government's funding arrangements now known as the 'Better Schools Plan'.


Environment

Mining: Farmers want their rights protected

Peter Hill - Gippsland Times

Victoria's farmers are calling for their rights be protected during coal seam gas and other mining developments. VFF land management chair Gerald Leach wants the Victorian government to give farmers a right of veto over mining activities on their land. "We take coal seam gas and mining very seriously, and know it can be an intimidating issue for many farmers," Mr Leach said.


Gambling

Gambling bill now sure bet to pass South Australian Parliament

ABC

The South Australian Government and Opposition have reached a compromise on contentious gambling legislation. A special meeting was called between Attorney-General John Rau, members of the Opposition and crossbenchers to discuss their differences, including on maximum bet limits for poker machines.


Human Rights

Ban Ki-Moon UN chief says over 100,000 people killed in Syria


UN Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday raised the death toll in Syria's civil war to more than 100,000, up from nearly 93,000 just over a month ago. Ban called on the Syrian government and opposition to halt the violence in the 2 ½ year civil war, saying it is "imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible."


Indigenous

Indigenous affairs: where the parties stand

Anna Henderson - ABC

According to the latest census figures from 2011, there are 548,370 people in Australia who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. In the Northern Territory just under 27 per cent of the population identified as Indigenous.


Marriage

Same-sex marriage bill voted down in South Australian Parliament

ABC

A push by Labor backbencher Susan Close to legalise same-sex marriage in South Australia has been defeated in State Parliament. Labor MPs were given a conscience vote on the private member's bill, with Premier Jay Weatherill among its supporters.


Bid to legalise same-sex marriage in SA defeated

Nine MSN

A Labor backbencher's bid to legalise gay marriage in South Australia has been defeated in the state's lower house. Susan Close's bill was defeated on Thursday after Liberal MPs opposed it on party lines, while Labor members were given a conscience vote. Premier Jay Weatherill supported the legislation, having previously said he wants the state to be a trailblazer.


Number of children with same-sex parents soars

Jessica Wright - SMH

The latest snapshot of Australian society has revealed that same-sex couples are better educated than their traditional counterparts, well-employed and increasingly family oriented. The latest Australian Social Trends report was issued on Thursday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and examined the characteristics of same-sex couple families in Australia. It revealed 33,700 Australian couples were living together in a same-sex relationship, with 17,600 male couples and 16,100 female couples.


Politics

WikiLeaks unveils candidates in Melbourne

AAP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says one of his political party's first actions will be to demand the full details of the government's asylum seeker arrangement with Papua New Guinea to be made public.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Angry client sought over Vic sex murder

Steve Lillebuen - AAP

Melbourne's sex trade industry is on alert as police search for an aggressive client who was bothering street workers days before one of them was murdered. Detectives have yet to find who brutally killed one of St Kilda's street prostitutes on Sunday as they sift through CCTV footage near the parked van where she was killed.


Refugees

Tony Abbott to put three-star commander in charge of military-led border protection campaign

David Wroe - SMH

Tony Abbott would put a three-star commander in charge of a military-led border protection campaign in a bid to outgun Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the vexed issue of people-smuggling. Declaring the waves of asylum-seekers arriving by boat a ''national emergency'', the Opposition Leader announced on Thursday that ''Operation Sovereign Borders'' would bring together the 12 agencies involved in border protection under one command.


Swamped Christmas Island a holding pen

Paige Taylor - The Australian

The threat of automatic relocation to Papua New Guinea has failed to have any effect in stemming the tide of boats reaching Christmas Island, more than 800 asylum-seekers having arrived since Kevin Rudd announced the new plan a week ago.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan: Catholic nurse living in fear because she does not want to marry Muslim man

Gibran Kahn - Asia News

Ghulam Muhammad, an influential and feared Muslim businessman in Sanghar District, has threatened to abduct Nazia Masih and disfigured her with acid because she has refused to marry him.


US city looks to penalize Bible believes

Bob Unruh - WND

Think it’s hot in Texas these days? Just wait a few weeks, until the San Antonio City Council ends its summer hiatus and resumes work on a proposed change to its nondiscrimination ordinances that apparently will discriminate against all who take the Bible at its word and follow it. That’s because the change creates a penalty for those who ever exhibit a “bias,” which clearly could include adopting the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality, with a permanent ban on participation in city government, business or employment.


Violence is escalating in Iraq - Christians suffering

MNN

Iraqis thought when coalition forces left the country, peace would come to the nation. The sectarian violence has actually increased--so much so that many are saying a civil war is looming.




Other


NRL continues to tackle violence against women

NRL.com

Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, David Peachey and Mark O’Neill are among NRL stars who today added their voices to Rugby League’s ongoing commitment to tackling violence against women. On the eve of White Ribbon Night (July 26), the NRL today launched ‘Voice Against Violence’, a Federally-funded community program encouraging men from more than 1300 grassroots Rugby League Clubs across Australia to help break the silence around violence against women.