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.







 

 





Bioethics

Woman may one day make their own sperm from skin cells


Brigid O'Connell - Sunday Herald Sun





Australian IVF researchers may for the first time be able to investigate developing artificial gametes, opening the door for a woman to produce a baby by creating her own sperm from skin cells. A Federal Government-appointed panel has recommended the use of the controversial "in vitro-derived gametes" in its final report to the review of national cloning and embryo research laws. The technology - if proven - could allow same-sex couples, or those who cannot produce their own eggs or sperm, to have genetically related children from both parents.










Children & Family

Child brides for old men


Padraic Murphy - The Daily Telegraph





Hundreds of 17-year-old girls have been brought to Australia to get married under a government visa program. Figures show more than 200 17-year-old girls were granted prospective spouse visas over the past five years - a figure child safety campaigners branded as shocking. Hundreds more 18, 19, and 20 year-old women also received the visas after being sponsored by older men. The majority of the teenagers were from the Middle East or South-East Asian countries.










The homecoming every soldier's family dreads

Paddy Hintz - Herald Sun





Under sultry skies the bodies of the three Australian soldiers killed by a rogue Afghan National Army soldier last month were returned to their families in a moving ceremony at Amberley Air Force Base, west of Brisbane, yesterday. Chief of Army Lt-Gen David Morrison described the deaths of Captain Bryce Duffy, 26, Corporal Ashley Birt, 22, and Lance-Corporal Luke Gavin, 29, as a terrible tragedy.










Couples sign on dotted line

Dinah Arndt – The Examiner





Straight couples are flocking to lodge their relationship on the first register set up in Australia to recognise gay and lesbian unions.










Classification

New adult category for games


Computer Daily News





Federal Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor has put on the table proposed guidelines for introduction of Australia's new adult category for computer games. The latest Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games amend a draft which was released in May for public comment.










Education

Vicious little thugs in class of chaos as principals and teachers are abused, threatened or bashed in NSW


Bruce McDougall - The Daily Telegraph





Principals and teachers are abused, threatened or bashed daily in schools by violent students, angry parents or intruders with a grudge. Almost 460 serious incidents including 130 violent acts against school staff were logged during term one and term two this year in reports to the Department of Education and Communities. The reports, obtained under freedom of information laws, show educators receive death threats, are forced to disarm weapon-wielding students and sometimes are injured and hospitalised in attacks.










Environment

Being green is God's work, says Costello


Deborah Snow - SMH





All Bible-reading Christians should be ''greenies'' because ''creation carries the imprint of the maker'', says the head of World Vision Australia , the Reverend Tim Costello. Speaking at the start of a national day of prayer on climate change yesterday, Mr Costello said it was incumbent on Christians to take the problem of global warming seriously, and to battle cynicism and despair.










Gambling

Churches back proposed pokie overhaul


Tom Bowden - The Advertiser





Australian church leaders have thrown their support behind the Government's proposed poker machine reform. The Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce met in Canberra last week and taskforce member and Baptist Care Australia director Paul Scully said the churches supported mandatory pre-commitment. He said the needs of problem gamblers and their families should be considered, not those of the poker machine industry.










Marriage

MPs won't support gay marriage in conscience vote - Turnbull


The Daily Telegraph





Gay marriage is unlikely to become law if federal MPs are given a conscience vote, Opposition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull says. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is likely to defy a push by Labor's left faction for the party to take a formal position on the issue and, instead, give MPs a conscience vote, News Ltd reports. But Mr Turnbull said today a majority of MPs would still be unlikely to back gay marriage.










The emperor's new clothes

Chuck Colson - Breakpoint





Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” researchers Rob Willer, Ko Kuwabara and Michael Macy devised a set of ingenious experiments that showed how distressingly easy it is to make people go against what they believe to be true.










Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

How God lifted me out of the sex-trade ‘rat hole’


Joshua Maule - Eternity





A former prostitute who has run a shelter for recovering sex workers in Western Australia for more than a decade, is looking to relocate to a farmhouse. Linda Watson and the Perth Catholic Archdiocese recently sold Linda’s House of Hope, a Christian outreach which has operated since 1999. As Watson searches for a new location, she continues to run an adjoining assessment centre in Perth.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

Scores killed in attack on Nigeria churches


Stefan J. Bos - BosNewsLife Africa Service





Islamic militants shouting "Allahu Akbar", or 'Allah is great', carried out coordinated gun and bomb attacks on churches and police stations in northern Nigeria, killing at least 67 people and injuring some 100 others, aid workers and witnesses confirmed Saturday, November 5. Militant group Boko Haram, or 'Western education is a sin', claimed responsibility for the attacks Saturday, November 4, while frightened mourners tried to leave their homes to begin burying their dead.










The vanishing little star of Bethlehem

Daniel M. Zucker - Human Events





News coming out of the Middle-East in the last few months has focused on two principal areas: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the so-called “Arab Spring”. If covered at all, are stories of the on-going destruction and persecution of millennia-old Christian communities within the cradle of Christianity: the Middle-East. The phenomenon is not exactly new. Five nations that demonstrate the ongoing obliteration of Christianity in the region will serve to illustrate the point: Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iran.