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

Vancouver Science World’s banned racy ads for sex exhibition are just tip of iceberg

Peter Baklinski - Life Site News

Ads for a sex exhibition at Vancouver’s Science World, directed towards 12-year-old children, were banned from the city’s transit system after they were deemed too racy last week. But a look at The Science of Sexuality exhibition itself reveals that the ads are just the tip of the iceberg.


Drugs & Alcohol

More than 150 drink drivers have been caught cheating the alcohol ignition interlock program

Kay Dibben - The Courier-Mail

More than 150 of the state's worst drink drivers have been caught cheating while on the alcohol ignition interlock program, which requires them to drive with zero alcohol.


Environment

Super trawler ban fails to win support


Ben McKay - The Examiner

Despite an industry and conservation push, both major parties have failed to back an outright ban on super trawlers operating in Australian waters. Environment Tasmania and the Tuna Club of Tasmania combined yesterday to ask Labor and the coalition to consider banning super trawlers.


Euthanasia

Euthanasia as a finance policy


Bio Edge

Australia goes to the polls in two weeks time. Election night is always one of the highlights of the year for me, but this time I’ll be following closely the fortunes of a new party which is fielding candidates in New South Wales, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the nation’s capital. This is the Voluntary Euthanasia Party, headed by activist Dr Philip Nitschke.


Gambling

Brisbane residents opposed to second city casino and more pokie machines


Steve Wardill - The Courier Mail

Some may like to call it Brisvegas. Yet it seems the last thing residents of Brisbane want in their city's centre is a gambling alley along George Street reminiscent of Las Vegas. New polling, conducted by JWS Research, has revealed significant opposition towards a second city-based casino and even greater resistance to the proliferation of more pokie machines.


Human Rights

Aid group backs gas attack claims


Ben Hubbard - SMH

An international aid group has confirmed that medical centres it supported near the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus had received more than 3000 patients showing symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic nerve agents on the morning of the reported attack. Of those, 355 died, according to the group, Medecins Sans Frontieres.


Indigenous

Health costs mount for Indigenous Australians in remote areas


The Guardian

Health expenditure on potentially preventable hospital treatment of Indigenous Australians is more than double the expenditure on non-Indigenous Australians, a new report shows – but the cause is unclear.


Remote polling booths seek to raise indigenous voter participation

Amos Aikman - The Australian

Indigemous voter participation is the target of a series of new initiatives begin trialled at remote polling locations this election, after participation rates in remote communities averaged about 50 per cent during the 2010 election.


Marriage

Secular UK is losing the plot: Chief Rabbi warns society is 'breaking down through loss of faith'


Jason Groves - Daily Mail

Britain is ‘losing the plot’ as it becomes more secular and less trusting, the Chief Rabbi has warned. Lord Sacks, who retires on Sunday, said society was failing to protect institutions such as marriage – with grave consequences.


Kevin Rudd says he won't force his same-sex marriage views on the public with a referendum

Samantha Landy - Herald Sun

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has declared he is not going to "ram" his views on same-sex marriage "down the throats" of others by allowing a referendum on the matter if he is re-elected. When asked on triple J's Hack tonight why he would not promise a binding vote if he was "really serious" about marriage equality, Mr Rudd said he would not force his views on "questions such as this" on people who don't share them.






Politics

Rudd battles to save key MPs as reality hits Labor with 12 seats lost


Dennis Shanahan & Sid Maher - The Australian





Labor has redirected its campaign resources to save embattled MPs in NSW and Queensland amid expectations the party will lose at least 12 seats to leave Tony Abbott with a comfortable parliamentary majority of 20.








Refugees

Loophole leaves Nauru cops short of asylum powers


Paul Maley - The Australian





Nauru's refugee processing centre is operating in a state of legal limbo, with local police lacking basic powers of arrest, leaving them unable to lawfully enforce rules for about 500 asylum-seekers.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

An unholy war in the Guides and why we must ALL fight the secular bigots

Melanie Phillips - Daily Mail

Like a poorly knotted woggle, the attempt by the Girl Guides to rope in the new generation is now steadily unravelling. In June, the Guides announced they were changing the historic promise made by all Guides and Brownies from ‘to love my God’ to ‘be true to myself and develop my beliefs’. They would also drop the pledge to serve ‘my country’, which was to be replaced by ‘my community’.


Egypt’s Copts in hiding after churches are burnt

Bel Trew Fayoum - The Times

Dozens of churches, homes and businesses have been set alight and looted in Egypt, forcing millions of Christians into hiding amid the worst bout of sectarian violence in the country’s modern history. Some Coptic Christian communities are being made to pay bribes as local Islamists exploit the turmoil by seeking to revive a seventh-century tax, called jizya, levied on non-Muslims.


Sexualisation of Society

‘I don’t sleep around’: Porn industry halts all production following AIDS outbreak

Kirsten Andersen - LifeSiteNews

A pornographic actress’s HIV diagnosis has brought all production in the Los Angeles pornography industry to a temporary halt and forced industry execs to retrace their steps to figure out who was paid to sleep with whom during the past few months. Actress Cameron Bay, 28, was diagnosed with HIV this week after a second test confirmed an earlier screening that had come back positive for the disease.


Other

All these women might still be alive if their killers had not been paroled

Melinda tankard Reist blog

When murderer John Coombes was convicted for a second murder, what did the Adult Parole Board do? Let him out of prison in 2007 to murder his friend, foster mother Raechel Betts, and throw her body parts into the sea.


US child porn creator gets 25 years' jail after Melbourne tip-off

Dan Oakes - The Age

A woman arrested after Victorian police traced child pornography found at a Melbourne home to the United States has been jailed for at least 25 years. Laura Shauger had pleaded guilty to creating and possessing child pornography and faced a mandatory minimum of 15 years. Her boyfriend, Patrick Mergen, was also sentenced in April to a minimum of 25 years.


Dictionaries redefine 'Marriage' in wake of British gay marriage legislation

Jeff Schapiro - Christian Post

Several English dictionaries have changed their definition of "marriage" to include same-sex couples following the passage of legislation that allows gay couples to wed in England and Wales.


Bradley Manning is not a woman: Pronouns and delusions do not trump biology

Kevin D. Williamson - National Review

Dennis Avner was not a tiger, and Bradley Manning is not a woman. Mr. Manning, who upon his sentencing for his role in the WikiLeaks case announced that he desires to live out his days as a woman called Chelsea, is what he is, and no amount of pronoun play, psychotherapeutic doublespeak, or wishful thinking can make it otherwise. That is even true in California.