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.



 





Children & Family

Should Australia ban smacking?

Carolyn Moynihan - Mercator Net











Of all the things that might improve the lot of children today – and being brought into the world by a married mum and dad is high on the list – outlawing the parental smack has proved popular with governments. Passing a law against something that is already on the decline is so much easier than turning back the tide of sexual liberalism that creates so many fragile families and abused children.








Bioethics

Ethical minefield of parents in control

Neil McMahon - SMH





Designer babies - their gender, personality traits and skin colour chosen by genetic testing - are a looming reality. But are we ready to confront this minefield of ethics?














Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Surrogacy for cash on rise


Amy Corderoy - Canberra Times



Heterosexual couples appear to have overtaken gay men as the biggest users of overseas commercial surrogacy, a groundbreaking study of Australian families has found. Advocacy group Surrogacy Australia says increasing awareness means more couples who have suffered through repeated unsuccessful IVF rounds are turning to surrogacy.










Environment

Is there room for science in the Tasmanian World Heritage dispute?


Mark Poynter - On Line Opinion



Tasmania has over 1.4 million hectares of World Heritage-listed lands and forests. Last June, this area was expanded by a further 170,000 hectares when the United Nation's World Heritage Committee accepted a nomination by the then Federal Labor Government for a 'minor boundary modification'.




Euthanasia

Jail inevitable for addict in assisted suicide of young mother

Michael Inman - The Canberra Times









A Canberra drug addict who helped his girlfriend overdose in a suicide pact has admitted to using heroin throughout his trial. An ACT Supreme Court jury in July found John Christopher Walmsley, 36, guilty of aiding and abetting the suicide of the young mother.










Gambling

Education seen as the key to keeping players out of bookmakers? greedy clutches


Tom Smithies - Herald Sun







All Australian sports will have to pour resources into educating players right down to grassroots about the dangers of becoming involved with bookmakers, the head of Asia?s players? unions has warned in the wake of the alleged Victorian Premier League match-fixing scandal.










Health

Tattoo removal scarring the nation as unregulated laser machines take aim


Sue Dunlevy - News Limited Network





Tattoo removal gone wrong has left tens of thousands of Australians scarred and infected by unregulated laser machines used by untrained beauticians. The Society of Cosmetic Physicians says cleaning up the problem is costing Medicare a fortune and leaving clients scarred for life. And because beauticians have no indemnity insurance their unhappy clients can't get compensation.






Marriage

ACT resurrects its same sex marriage legislation


ABC







The ACT will attempt to ressurect it's marriage equality legislation by introducing a same sex marriage bill into Parliament this week. The Territory Government says it's ready to fend off any challenge from the Federal Government or in the High Court.






ACT same-sex marriages might be annulled: Libs

Peter Jean - The Canberra Times







Same-sex couples who wed under ACT laws could quickly find their marriages annulled if a High Court challenge was mounted, the ACT opposition has warned. The ACT government will introduce a bill to the Legislative Assembly to allow same-sex marriages in the territory.














Politics

Tony Abbott says his new ministry has 'enormous stability', but admits there are too few women

Ben Packham - The Australian





TONY Abbott says his new frontbench is a "strong and stable" team, but he admits he is disappointed to have only one woman in his cabinet.
















Australian election report - 2013 Election review

Australian Development Strategies





The detailed religion charts show the big group of agnostics who supported Gillard in 2010 swung back to the Liberals, while Catholics and Anglicans stuck with Labor and the Liberal National Party respectively. The more activist Protestant faiths such as Pentecostals swung back to Rudd, but not to the same degree as they had in 2007. The many middle-class rural Presbyterians and Uniting Church followers also had supported Rudd in 2007, but not this year.










Julian Assange falls somewhat short

Hal G.P. Colebatch - Quadrant









Percentage of Victorian voters who actually cast their ballots for Assange's ticket : 1.14%.






Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

One of the bravest women I have ever met

Melinda Tankard Reist blog



Last month I posted a piece by a woman named Carrie, a survivor of child trafficking. She wrote about our amazing reunion 14 years after I was involved in attempts to secure asylum for her and her unborn child.






Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslims murder Christians for refusing to pay ‘Jizya’ tax


AINA







Two Coptic Christians government employees were shot dead yesterday for refusing to pay Jizya, the Muslim poll tax on Christians. Emad Damian, 50, and his cousin Medhat Damian, 37, from the village of Sahel Selim in Assuit Province, were contacted two days before their murder by the leader of a Muslim gang, who was identified by Watany Coptic Newspaper as Ashraf Ahmed Mohammed Khalajah, a registered criminal from the village.




The Christian Exodus

Reza Aslan - Foreign Affairs









As I write, the city of Maaloula in Syria has become a ghost town after being briefly occupied by members of the al Qaeda–linked jihadist group al-Nusra Front. Conflicting reports claim that al-Nusra fighters have desecrated churches and statues in what may be one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, a place where residents still speak Aramaic, the language presumably spoken by Jesus.




The Coptic Church in peril: The Islamization of Egypt and the end of Egyptian Christianity

Tariq Ramadan - ABC







Coptic history has been a story of decline, but it is also one of survival, endurance in the face of persecution, triumph amid despair, and the blood of martyrs sowing the seeds of the church.












Other

Dawkins says atheists are winning the war against religion


Mark Caplin - AP







God Delusion author Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed atheists are winning the war against religion. Speaking to The Times, he said it was possible to go to a dinner party and assume no one was religious.










Tony Abbott urged to tackle the cyber bullies

Chris Griffith - The Australian







The incoming Coalition government is being urged to reduce the incidence of suicides induced by cyber-bullying by fulfilling its election promise to demand that Facebook and Twitter be part of a government-sponsored complaints program. The Australian Christian Lobby yesterday urged the new government to proceed with the plan despite reservations among some social media providers. Managing director Lyle Shelton said self-regulation of complaints by social media "was not enough", and social media sites had been "lax" in dealing with complaints.