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

Cloning: The Blighted Science


David van Gend – Quadrant Online





The Australian Senate in 2006, by the narrowest possible margin, approved the manufacture of human embryos by cloning. This overturned the long-standing ban on creating embryos solely for research; a ban upheld unanimously by the Senate only four years earlier, but now abandoned in the face of overwhelming scientific hype.










Eugenics and the practice of transgendering children

Sheila Jeffreys – The Conversation





The practice of eugenics is returning to contemporary Australia in the treatment of transgendered children. With the cooperation of the Family Court, children as young as ten are being put on puberty delaying drugs after being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder” or “gender dysphoria”.










Classification

Gamers answer the Call Of Duty for Modern Warfare 3


Neil Keene – The Daily Telegraph





Parents, bid farewell to your teenage children - they're heading off to war. The bullets aren't real and the only thing the explosions will damage is a cheap set of TV speakers, but for legions of gaming fans this is one tour of duty that can't be missed. They'll be taking up arms in the digital realm thanks to today's launch of one of the most anticipated video games of all time - Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.










Your review: Mortal Kombat

Jason Hill – SMH





OK, I admit it. I may have done something illegal. I imported Mortal Kombat for the Xbox 360 from the UK despite it been refused classification here. Mortal Kombat has always been a decent fighter, but its big drawcard over other fighters was the graphical blood, gore and fatalities. And the new Mortal Kombat has these in spades. Blood is splashed around so much you could excuse someone from thinking that there is more blood in the characters body then could possibly fit, almost like the Tardis. This is all rendered beautifully with a great game engine.










Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs and chemicals worth $150,000 seized


NineMsn





Chemicals and drugs worth almost $150,000 have been seized in Sydney's southwest. Officers patrolling the Punchbowl area last week observed a number of alleged drug transactions in the vicinity of Arthur Street.










Schoolies warned on foreign fun

Judith Kerr – Bayside Bulletin





A Cleveland alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre is warning parents of the dangers of letting their kids celebrate Schoolies' Week in places such as Thailand. School leavers are ditching the Gold Coast to celebrate schoolies abroad in exotic spots such as Thailand, Bali, Fiji and Vanuatu.










Mobs, drugs drive severe assaults on police

Noel Towell – The Canberra Times





Canberra police are suffering assaults of greater severity and dealing with more hyper-aggressive suspects who are high on the drug ice, according to the Chief Police Officer, Roman Quaedvlieg. He told a Legislative Assembly committee yesterday that while the annual numbers of police assaults in the capital were holding steady, he believed that the severity of attacks was increasing and that ''mobbing assaults'' of police were becoming more common. Mr Quaedvlieg also said he was worried about an increased number of suspects who were high on methamphetamine [ice] confronting Canberra's frontline police.










Human Rights

How the High Court exposed suburbia to biker mayhem


David Penberthy – The Punch





At a guess you could probably assume that none of our seven High Court judges lives in Merrylands, in Sydney’s west, where the Nomads and Hells Angels are engaged in what the police reassuringly describe not as a bikie gang war but merely “tit for tat violence”. It is also unlikely that any of these eminent jurists lives in Northmead, where an innocent woman had her house strafed with bullets while she was sleeping last week in a zany address mix-up by a bikie who was having trouble reading his UBD.










Marriage

Clover Moore dares to be different on same-sex marriage

Vikki Campion – The Daily Telegraph





Sydney City Council wants gay marriage legalised, saying current laws are archaic and more than 150 years old. Lord Mayor Clover Moore yesterday moved a motion calling on the federal parliament to amend the Marriage Act. She called for Australia to recognise all same-sex marriages solemnised overseas. She said current laws were a result of a judge's decision in an 1866 polygamy case.










Overseas Aid

Australia's Budget surplus is in need of razor aid


Steve Lewis and Phil Jacob – The Daily Telegraph





A fast-growing $4.8 billion foreign aid program will come under close scrutiny today when Treasurer Wayne Swan and his razor gang meet to find budget cuts to try to deliver his promised surplus. Senior figures from Labor and the Coalition argue foreign aid, due to soar to $8.5 billion by 2015-16, should be "thrown into the mix" for cuts, with some ministers saying it was "out of control".










Politics

Jullia Gillard's standing improves: Newspoll


news.com





Prime Minister Julia Gillard's efforts to get Qantas planes back in the air and her performances at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the G20 summit in France have helped lift her ailing popularity. The latest Newspoll, published in The Australian today also suggests that Labor's portrayal of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as too negative has also worked in the government's favour.










Obama to draw quite a crowd

Peter Jean – The Canberra Times





There will be no convoys of trucks, but pro-drug and anti-carbon tax protesters will assemble on Federation Mall to greet Barack Obama when the US President arrives at Parliament House next week. And although he is a hero to much of the progressive left, cardboard ''drones'' and a giant bong will be used to protest against Mr Obama's prosecution of the war in Afghanistan and the war on drugs.










Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Prostitution bill now expected to pass


ABC





The WA State Government looks set to get its prostitution legislation through the parliament with Independent MP Janet Woollard watering down her opposition to the bill. Initially, Doctor Woollard said she would only support the bill if it included a provision to ban prostitution within 10 to 15 years.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

Somali Muslims cut, beat Christian unconscious in Kenya


Compass Direct News





A Somali Christian in Kenya is nursing injuries after young Muslim men from his country beat him with iron rods and wooden clubs last week, leaving him unconscious at a church entryway. “What happened to my son is the climax of the threats that I have been receiving from my Muslim neighbors,” she said. “They have now discovered that we are Christians. They have heard my small children sing Christian songs. In fact, there are rumors going round that I am the pastor of the group, but my strength is from God and my seven sons.”










Refugees

Refugees on the road to success


Justin Huntsdale – ABC





A Wollongong refugee support group has been recognised for their program that helps immigrants get their driver's licence. Imagine migrating to the Illawarra from a country where you don't speak English, you need to be able to drive, and you've never driven a car. That's the task ahead facing some of our local refugees.