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Wendy Francis on the giant pink condom on Hyde Park Obelisk


News Corp Australia



A giant pink condom lowered onto a monument in Sydney’s Hyde Park has sparked debate among locals, with Christian activists slamming the stunt. The 18m fluoro covering was slipped onto the Hyde Park Obelisk overnight as part of an advertising campaign commissioned by an agency for HIV prevention among gay men.




People are freaking out over a giant pink condom on a Sydney CBD sewer vent

Simon Thomsen - Business Insider



An 18-metre-high giant condom over the heritage-listed Hyde Park Obelisk in Sydney’s CBD is meant to be a safe sex message, but it’s getting plenty of people upset.




Abortion

9 successful people with Down syndrome who prove life is worth living


Nancy Flanders - Live Action News



Ninety percent of people diagnosed with Down syndrome are never allowed to be born. This is a staggering statistic that we hear quite often. Lives struck down before they ever have a chance to fulfill their missions, succeed at their dreams, or even flash a smile at their parents.




Drugs & Alcohol

No ‘recreation’ in tragic drug deaths


Editorial - The Daily telegraph



The phrase “recreational drug use” is one of modern life’s most repellent tautologies. There is nothing “recreational” about any form of hard drug use. As countless horrific cases have demonstrated, drug use is not a form of recreation but a gateway to misery and death. Today, with deep sadness, the Daily Telegraph reports the heartbreaking case of Georgina Bartter, who died at just 19 years of age after taking some “party drugs” (another repellent tautology) at the Harbourlife festival on Saturday.




Education

Faith-based schools will lose right to employ on religion: Victoria A-G


Chris Merritt - The Australian



The Victorian government has warned that if Labor wins the state election, religious schools and other faith-based organisations will face a threat to their freedom to employ staff based on their religious principles.




Canberra home schooled numbers soar

Matthew Raggatt - The Canberra Times



The number of Canberra children being educated at home has increased by more than 50 per cent in two years. Parents' groups have said children being pulled out of school was a major factor in the surge. Home schooling is often assumed to be a choice made largely on religious grounds but a number of parents have described how their children's troubles at school led them to take the unexpected step of becoming home teachers.




Gambling

Sport betting risks targeted


Manika Dadson - The Examiner



A $34,000 campaign to highlight the risks associated with sports betting is just one of the state government’s plans to tackle the growing issue. A research report released by the University of Tasmania earlier this year found that young men of higher socio-economic status and employed full-time, as well as children and adolescents, were the most likely to be attracted to sports betting.




Indigenous

A nation shamed when child sees suicide as the solution


Natasha Robinson - The Australian



Remote Australia is in the grip of a suicide epidemic that is taking the lives of children as young as eight years old, with Aboriginal towns in the Kimberley now suffering the highest rates of suicide in the world.




Marriage

Gay marriage cake: First Minister Peter Robinson stirs the Bert and Ernie furore by calling it 'bonkers'


Joanne Sweeney - Belfast Telegraph



The family business which refused to make the cake in support of gay marriage is being taken to court by the Equality Commission. Court papers were served on the owners of Ashers Bakery Company Ltd on Thursday - despite the public furore from Christians and faith-based groups over the news of the impending legal action.




Overseas Aid

How to protest, Brisbane style: G20 activists dress in suits and recline in deckchairs


Daily Mail



The activists, part of an anti-poverty group labelled Micah Challenge, dressed as business accountants and drunk cocktails, in a quirky protest against tax-dodging.




Politics

‘Pope’ Bob Carr raises party ire on Israel apartheid claim


Jared Owens - The Australian



Labor MPs have criticised Bob Carr’s claim of creeping “apartheid” by Israel, with one describing the former foreign minister and NSW premier as the self-­appointed “Pope of Social Democracy”.




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex in the city: Darlinghurst sees 460 per cent increase in prostitution charges


Lia Harris - Daily Telegraph



It's become a depressing and horrifying daily sight for residents of inner city Darlinghurst — prostitutes performing sex acts, using drugs and becoming violent outside their homes.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians "losing everything" to Islam


Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute



Over 200 Christian girls in Nigeria were captured by Boko Haram. "I abducted your girls, said its leader, Abubakar Shekau in May; "By Allah I will sell them in the marketplace" as slaves.




Pakistani Christians burned alive were attacked by 1,200 people

NBC News



A mob accused of burning alive a Christian couple in an industrial kiln in Pakistan allegedly wrapped a pregnant mother in cotton so she would catch fire more easily, according to family members who witnessed the attack.




Sexualisation of Society

Sydney man fighting charges for allegedly owning a child-sized sex doll


Brenden Hillscourt - Daily Telegraph



Alleged paedophiles are importing lifelike silicon sex dolls in the shape of children as young as 12 and labelling them as movie props in an attempt to fool authorities.




Other

Fresh approach to faith draws thousands in NYC


Jericka Duncan - CBS News



While nearly 80 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians, only 37 percent say they regularly go to church services. Falling attendance is often blamed on discord over social issues like same-sex marriage, but one wildly popular megachurch from Australia is bucking that trend and making its mark in the U.S. without shying away from tough questions.