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.



 



Classification

Bonds “BOOBS” Billboards a disgrace

Susie O’Brien - News Ltd









Have you seen the giant Bonds “BOOBS” billboards across the city? Bonds says its latest advertising campaign is all about helping women feel great about themselves and boost their confidence. But of course it’s really just a bid to sell more bras. Cashing in on women’s poor body image as a marketing tool is in pretty poor taste. This stunt seems like a backwards step at a time when we’re trying to get people to see women as more than just their body parts.
















Drugs & Alcohol

The sisters who are the first proof that Russian flesh-eating 'cannibal' drug Krokodil is in the U.S.


Will Payne - Daily Mail





These sisters are proof that the flesh-eating drug Krokodil is sweeping America and taking a terrible toll on addicts around the country, MailOnline can reveal today. Amber and Angie Neitzel, from Joliet, Illinois, say they have been abusing the toxic cocktail - which originated in Russia - for around a year and a half, which means it has been on the streets of the U.S. for much longer than originally feared. The doctor treating Angie, who is a drugs expert with 16 years experience, today told MailOnline that 'the effects from Krokodil are the worst I have ever seen.' Amber and Angie agreed to pose for photographs which show just how the drug has laid waste to their bodies'.














Synthetic drug ban to be widened in Vic

AAP



Victorian lawmakers are targeting readily available synthetic drugs to stop users from hitting a "legal high". Copycat synthetic drugs are designed to replicate the effects of ecstasy, cannabis or LSD and can be purchased online or from retail outlets including sex shops and tobacconists.












Education

'Hush money' payment: Teacher stood down for using student's log-in to access porn


ABC





A teacher who was found to have used a student's log-in to access pornographic images has been stood down by the Education Department in South Australia. The state Opposition says the teacher viewed hundreds of porn websites using the log-in of the then-year 10 student in 2004. The student was wrongly accused of accessing the images, and was suspended from school at the time of the incident.






Red flag on fifth Islamic school

Leo Shanahan - The Australian





A Muslim school in Sydney's southwest has been accused of serious financial mismanagement, becoming the fifth Islamic school in two years to potentially face a freeze in state funding.












Euthanasia

Tas euthanasia bill heads for defeat

David Beniuk - Yahoo News







Tasmania's bid to become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary euthanasia appears headed for defeat in its lower house. Debate on a private members bill co-sponsored by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim had thrown up few surprises as it continued on Wednesday night. A conscience vote was granted by all three parties but Liberal members had all opposed the bill, while several ALP MPs were also expected to vote against it.










Euthanasia: Dead can't lay complaints

Julia Kamo - Stuff





Legalising euthanasia in New Zealand would be a terrible idea for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is impossible to ensure it is kept within the legal parameters. Dead people can't lay complaints. We only have to look to the Netherlands and other European countries to see how awfully wrong things go when you open doors like this.












Gambling

Billionaire Clive Palmer rules out vying for a casino licence in Qld


ABC





Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer says he will not be competing for one of the three new casino licences issued by the State Government. The Government announced on Monday it will offer up to three new casino licences in the state - one being part of a redevelopment of government buildings in Brisbane's CBD.














Homelessness & Poverty

Prioritising homelessness


Cec Shevels - Eureka Street





Australia has been experiencing high levels of homelessness for more than a decade. Our country has also been experiencing a shortage of affordable housing during this period. There is an obvious connection between the two.










Ways of knowing people in poverty

Andrew Hamilton - Eureka Street





If we are fortunate in our circumstanes, Anti-Poverty Week invites us to look beyond, at another less advantaged world. It also invites us to reflect on our own attitudes. In writing on poverty there is often tension between a hard-edged realism and spiritual or romantic fascination. The tension suggests that neither attitude is sufficient.










Human Rights

Christians' job to re-establish Judeo-Christian basis America has lost, says theologian Norman Geisler


Norman Geisler - Christian Post





America no longer has a Judeo-Christian basis and it is up to Christians to help re-establish the nation's foundation before freedom is completely lost, said prolific author and theologian Dr. Norman Geisler. "We are losing our freedoms because we are losing our Judeo-Christian basis for the freedoms in America," Geisler said in a recent interview during the National Conference on Christian Apologetics hosted by the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. "The founding fathers all, without exception, showed an inseparable unity between integrity and liberty, between virtue and our freedoms. "Now that we no longer have a Judeo-Christian basis for our country we are realizing that we are losing all our freedoms along with it," he explained. "Our job is to speak to the culture and help re-establish our Judeo-Christian basis or our freedom is going to be swept away."
















Indigenous

Tony Abbott homes in on Top End land reform


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





In West Arnhem yesterday, on the border of the Kakadu National Park, traditional owners signed an agreement to negotiate a 99-year lease over their land, the first such deal under an Abbott government blitz of Top End communities that is aimed at boosting private home ownership.














Marriage

Interest high in marriage debates


Lisa Cox - The Canberra Times







The public gallery is expected to overflow when the ACT Legislative Assembly debates same-sex marriage legislation next week. Televisions will be brought in to allow members of the public to watch the historic debate. MLAs will debate the bill on Tuesday and it could pass as early as that day with the support of the eight Labor MLAs and Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.


















Overseas Aid

800 million are hungry, Christians reach out


Christian Telegraph





Tomorrow is World Food Day. A day recognized around the world to fight world hunger, reports MNN. According to the United Nations, there are 800 million people who are suffering from chronic undernourishment. That's approximately one in eight people worldwide. Most of them live in underdeveloped places around the globe like Africa or parts of Asia.














Politics

Shorten's Catholic background


Ray Cassin - Eureka Street





Anger at the fact that Tony Abbott’s cabinet includes only one woman has been displaced in media attention by the exclusion of senior Labor women such as Anna Burke and Jacinta Collins from leading roles in the Bill Shorten-led opposition. The gender balance, however, is not the only demographic change in the major parties. As Matt Wade reported in the Sydney Morning Herald last month, nearly half of the Abbott cabinet are 'of Catholic background'. That’s roughly double the proportion — 25 per cent — of respondents to the last census who identified themselves as Catholics.












Don Randall dodges questions over expense claims for trip to Cairns

Jonathan Swan, Lisa Visentin - SMH





A Liberal MP and member of the parliamentary committee that oversees MPs’ privileges and interests has spent more than $10,000 on questionable travel and billed taxpayers for about $2500 on books that bear no obvious relation to his job, Fairfax Media can reveal.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Historic graves smashed as Christian cemetery in Israel vandalized, Jewish 'extremists' questioned


Morgan Lee - Christian Post





Christian leaders in Israel are outraged after vandals entered a historic Protestant cemetery, knocking over stone crosses and breaking them into pieces this month. Home to graves from prominent Christians who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries, the attack is just the latest in a series if as many as 17 vandalism incidents targeting Christian sites in Israel over the past three years.














Sexualisation of Society

UK: The Sun's Page 3 pictures 'cause domestic violence'


Jane Merrick - The Independent





The Sun newspaper should be made to axe its pictures of topless models on Page 3 because it can lead to domestic violence, the minister responsible for women's rights worldwide tells The Independent on Sunday today. Lynne Featherstone, the international development minister, said she would sign a petition to ban Page 3 because it had a "deleterious effect" on women.












Other

How technology is changing Millennial faith


Barna Group





This digital world is the playground of Millennials, or those ages 18 to 29 in this current Barna study. Millennials certainly stand apart in their unsurpassed digital savvy. They’re also in a class of their own when it comes to faith experience and practice. Yet what happens when the unique spiritual characteristics and technological trends among Millennials collide? The latest study from Barna Group explores just that.








Mongols migrate to Australia bringing fears for violence


Alex Mann - ABC





One of the most feared US bikie gangs, the Mongols, has merged with a local gang adding to growing concerns about an escalation of violence and organised crime by outlaw motorcycle gangs in Australia.



Background : The Wikipedia entry for Mongols and the Australian website of the Mongols