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

Breast cancer related to abortion explodes in Asia; coverup continues in the West


Joel Brind - Life Site News

Some epidemic diseases are caused by bacteria, the smallest of living things. Some are caused by viruses: rogue bits of DNA or RNA; non-living, but nonetheless infectious bits of destructive information. We are all familiar now, of course, with computer viruses that act in the same way.


$50,000 for abortion access: health group

The Examiner

Tasmania's leading youth health organization spends more than $50,000 a year helping young women access abortions, a Legislative Council committee has heard. The Link youth health network vice president Kim Boyer said the unwillingness of Tasmanian public hospitals to provide or be involved in the provision of terminations means young women often don't have the resources to terminate their pregnancy.


Classification

Digital self-harm: teens tap out an online cry for help


Nina Funell - SMH

In recent weeks, media outlets around the world have reported on the tragic case of Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl from Leicestershire, England, who committed suicide after receiving cruel and harassing messages - including to ''drink bleach'' and ''die'' - on the social media site Ask.fm.


Environment

Environment lost in election zoo

Paul Sinclair - The Age

Australia's environment is being held captive in a viewing cage in the federal election zoo. The environment policy enclosure is located in a dilapidated, hard-to-find part of the zoo. The "economy" is the zoo's premiere exhibit. The economy spends all day pacing a little square of synthetic grass in a deep, concrete-lined enclosure.


Euthanasia

Election notes: euthanasia dark clouds


Paul Russell - On Line Opinion

You've got to give Dr Philip Nitschke some credit for telling it like it really is. Whilst Australia's state-based euthanasia lobby groups and their state-based MP supporters argue for limited legislation with so-called safeguards, Nitschke has consistently advocated for legalisation of euthanasia in a virtually unrestricted fashion - save only for the exclusion of minors and people with mental incapacity.


Culture of death: “Bioethicist” pushes self-starvation as a method of dying

Wesley Smith - Life News

The culture of death is like a cancer sapping the moral health of western society. And, like a cancer, it never stops spreading.


Marriage

Australian gay couple marry in NZ as same-sex marriage comes into force


ABC

Two Australian men were among the first gay couples to marry in New Zealand this morning as same-sex marriage came into force. Officials say 31 same-sex couples plan to tie the knot today, following the passing of gay marriage laws by the country's parliament in April.


Refugees

Federal Court challenge filed against Papua New Guinea asylum seeker deal


ABC

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says a Federal Court challenge has been filed against the Government's plan to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea. Mr Dreyfus says the application has been filed on behalf of someone already sent to PNG.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egyptian mobs turn rage on Christians


The Times

When a furious Muslim mob burst into the largely Christian area around his home in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo, Alexander Tawss, 60, a barber, grabbed his gun and fired in the air to try to scare them away. It proved a fatal error.


In Egyptian village, Christian shops marked ahead of church attack

Kristen Chick - Christian Science Monitor

Before the violence that shook this small village last week, there were warning signs. On June 30, when millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest against now ousted President Mohamed Morsi, residents of Al Nazla marked Christian homes and shops with red graffiti, vowing to protect Morsi's electoral legitimacy with “blood.”


Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches

AP

After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.


Sexualisation of Society

ADFA Skype sex accused pair on trial


Michael Inman - The Canberra Times

Two former Australian Defence Force Academy cadets have gone on trial after one of them allegedly had sex with a female cadet and broadcast the video over the internet. Daniel McDonald, 21, and Dylan Deblaquiere, 20, are before the ACT Supreme Court on charges of using a carriage service in an offensive manner.


Other

Philosopher warns of danger through Christianity collapse


Barney Zwartz - The Age

The United States will start the next world war to restructure the global economy and avoid repaying its debts, dragging Australia with it, predicts an Indian futurologist and social reformer.