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
Video facts and logic becoming abortionists' nightmare

WDN
The new movie "180," with its "power of truth" is turning out to be an abortionist's worst nightmare. The intensely stunning new production from author, evangelist and street preacher Ray Comfort has drawn more than 600,000 views in just a few days, and hundreds more are purchasing a copy for their home. And the reactions have been flooding in.

The world doesn't have a right to abortion
Nicholas Windsor – The Telegraph
If I were to imagine the voice of a rather sensible relative, or just a concerned bystander, addressing me on the subject of abortion, the words I hear them using go something like the following: "Why on earth get yourself mixed up in/wade into a matter like this?" (Aside) "And isn't it rather distasteful?"

Bioethics
The science of eggsploitation

Richard Egan - MercatorNet
In an article published in Nature on 6 October 2011, Scott Noggle and his colleagues at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory report on their experiments in which they have derived stem cells from human embryos created by adding the nucleus of a somatic cell to a human egg. The fact that the stem cells were useless made no difference to the amount of publicity this latest human cloning experiment received, but the reports did draw attention again to the supply of human eggs for the research and the ethics of paying women to undergo risky superovulation.

Fertility fears as health experts warn gonorrhoea may soon become incurable
Claire Bates - Daily Mail
Health experts are warning of the 'very real threat' that gonorrhoea could become incurable. The sexually transmitted infection (STI) - the second most common in the UK - has developed resistance to a type of antibiotic that has only been used to treat it for the last five years.

Children & Family
Rise in children's rights complaints

Natasha Rudra - The Canberra Times
Complaints to the ACT's children's rights commissioner have nearly doubled in the past year and the office has warned it cannot keep up with the increase. In addition, red tape and corporate work takes up 35 per cent of the commissioner's workload, making it harder to focus on its statutory functions. The complaints dealt with issues such as bullying, a lack of services for children and young people, and delays in getting help.

Classification
Most complained about theme in ads this winter: sex

Mumbrella
The most complained about theme in ads between June and August this year was sex, according to figures from the Ad Standards Bureau. The portrayal of sex, sexuality and nudity received just under half of all complaints in the three month period this winter.

Pornography to be blocked by internet service providers unless users opt in
Ben Quinn - The Guardian
Subscribers to four of the UK's biggest internet service providers will have to "opt in" if they want to view sexually explicit websites, as part of government-sponsored curbs on online pornography. The measures will be unveiled on Tuesday as David Cameron hosts No 10 meeting with the Mothers' Union, which earlier this year produced a raft of proposals to shield children from sexualised imagery.

Environment
 Warning of protracted disputes over Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Mary Goode - ABC
An expert on politics in the Murray-Darling Basin says there's a danger of deadlock in negotiations over the Basin Plan. Environmental and irrigator groups have both raised concerns over a Murray-Darling Basin Authority proposal to return 2,800 gigalitres of water to the envrionment.

Euthanasia
The terminal spin of ‘assisted dying’

Mail Online – Melanie Phillip
Professor Raymond Tallis is a distinguished emeritus professor of geriatric medicine, philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic. He is also a patron of the pressure group Dignity in Dying, previously known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. He is additionally chairman of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying (HPAD) which aims to change the law, medical culture and medical practice ‘so that needless suffering at the end of life becomes a thing of the past’.

Homelessness
Tassie children put at risk
Zara Dawtrey – The Mercury
Children as young as 13 are being dumped by child-protection services in Tasmania's homeless shelters alongside criminals and drug addicts.

Human Rights
Lashes for 'slur' fail to silence Iranian activist

The Times
An Iranian student activist described yesterday how he was chained to a prison wall in Tehran on Sunday and lashed 74 times with a leather whip for "insulting" President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Burma announces amnesty for 6,300 prisoners
Associated Press
Burmese state radio and television has announced that the country's president has granted amnesty to more than 6,300 prisoners in what appears to be the biggest step so far in a series of reform actions undertaken by the government.

Indigenous issues
Indigenous group wins economic development gong

ABC
Western Australia's Indigenous Landholder Service has won a national award for Aboriginal economic development. The service is part of the Department of Agriculture and Food and aims to help Indigenous farm and station owners manage their properties more efficiently in the Kimberley, Pilbara, mid-west and Great Southern.

Overseas Aid
Understanding Somalia
Ioan M Lewis - MercatorNet
Behind the devastating famine is a profoundly decentralised society with no effective national government. A majority of Somalis are traditionally semi-nomadic herders in a frequently arid environment, depending for survival essentially on the dairy produce of their camels, cattle, sheep and goats.

Prostitution
Slavery in Australia goes beyond the sex trade

Frances Simone – The Punch
The kneejerk response to stories about sex trafficking is to ramp up criminal laws and crackdown on the sex industry. We need a more nuanced approach.

Religious Persecution
Egypt sets up inquiry into Coptic deaths

Eleanor Hall - ABC
Egypt's military rulers have ordered an investigation into clashes that killed at least 25 people, mostly Coptic Christians. Cairo's main Coptic cathedral was packed with mourners who gathered for the funerals of those killed when military vehicles drove through crowds of protestors on Sunday. There's been fierce condemnation from Europe and the United States, and calls for Egypt's rulers to protect people of all faiths. There are also growing fears of wider sectarian unrest.

Copts fear Arab Spring is a Christian winter
Analysis William Dalrymple – National Times
The latest violence in Cairo marks an ominous development in the story of Egypt's unfinished revolution. It is very bad news for several reasons.

Govt to consider Egypt visa extensions’
Adam Gartrell – Ninemsn
The federal government is to consider visa extensions for Egyptians affected by a fresh outbreak of violence targeting Coptic Christians in their homeland.

Sexualisation of Society
Fresh controversy over bus stop condom ads

Katherine Feeney - SMH
A naked couple provocatively entwined next to a packet of condoms under the headline “zero or nothing” are at the centre of another Brisbane bus shelter condom-poster controversy, this time thanks to the ad's proximity to a Catholic primary school. Australian Christian Lobby's Wendy Francis said she was prompted to contact outdoor advertisers AdShel after driving past St Ambrose's on Kelvin Grove Road, Newmarket and seeing the poster this morning.

Further
The tale of two pastors - Terry Jones and Yousef Nadarkhani
Phillip Jensen - ABC
In the last year, two pastors have caused sufficient international concern that the White House has spoken about them. But only one has been mentioned in the Australian media. Both pastors profess to lead Bible-believing churches. Both have come into conflict with Islam. Both have been criticised by their own governments.

Executives asked to take stock on salaries
Michael Janda - ABC
An investment group is calling for Australian businesses to greatly increase the link between company performance and executive pay. The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors says the increase in pay for executives is greatly outstripping company performance.