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

The right to life and Canada’s democracy


Mercator Net





Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312, in the Canadian Parliament, to set up a committee to examine the definition of when a child becomes a human being within the homicide provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code (as the law stands at present, a child only becomes a human being after it has fully exited from the body of its mother), has been debated in Parliament and will be put to a vote today.
















Children & Family

Family Court judge declines to adjourn custody dispute hearing involving four Italian sisters


Jasmin lill - The Courier-Mail





One of the four sisters at the centre of an international custody dispute spoke about ending her life if she had to return to Italy, a court has heard today. A social worker prepared a report for the court after she interviewed the four sisters separately.












Classification

Jahaziel gets behind campaign against online porn


Christian Today





Jahaziel has recorded a track in support of a campaign to block internet pornography. The song, "Theft of my Innocence", has been written specially for the Safetynet campaign calling for internet service providers to implement opt-in filters that will allow parents to stop adult material coming into their homes.














Drugs & Alcohol

Soccer prevents drugs and crime


Tony Jones - ABC





An Australian-run soccer program is keeping kids off drugs and away from crime in Bangkok's most notorious slum.












Alcohol-fuelled violence causes serious head injuries, it must stop now

Brian Owler - The Advertiser





Neurosurgeons know all too well that serious head injuries are too often the a result of alcohol-fuelled violence. When the skull hits the pavement it makes a sickeningly loud cracking sound. If it is the result of a "king hit" the victim is usually already unconscious and so cannot protect themselves as they are falling.














We need to respond to the recent rise in violent crimes

Staff Writers - The Advertiser





Man, woman, young, elderly none of us should feel unsafe walking around any city in Australia. But every day we read about senseless street violence, sex attacks and attempted abductions that threaten to turn our nation from one of the world's safest into one where residents worry about going out after dark.












Education

Universities should adjust to challenges or be left behind


Julie Hare - The Australian





Universities need to rethink their business models -- and quickly -- or risk becoming irrelevant, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy told a higher education conference yesterday.
















Marriage

Gay marriage bill hits legal wall


Andrew Darby - SMH





The first attempt nationally at pioneering state-based gay marriage has been defeated after doubts grew over its future legality. Already struggling for numbers in the Tasmanian Parliament's upper house, the same-sex marriage bill was lost yesterday after key undeclared MPs raised constitutional doubts. Up to eight of the 15 MLCs signalled their intention to vote against the bill, though a final vote was delayed last night.
















Tasmanian MLCs defend their position

The Examiner





Legislative councillors have rejected accusations they are bigots or cowards as they voted down a bill to legalise gay marriage. The upper house yesterday rejected the Australian-first legislation, eight votes to six, as was expected.














Atheist Gillard says no to same-sex marriage

Ben-Peter Terpstra - Online Opinion





Last week, two same-sex marriage bills were firmly rejected. As a result, campaigning journalists feel confused, even wounded. Or at least they’re pretending to be upset right now. Why isn’t their atheist prime minister on their side?










Church must decide on whether it can remain silent

Jim Wallace - Eternity Newspaper





The successful defence of marriage in the Federal Parliament has been blamed by same-sex activists on a host of reasons with no more substance than their arguments for marriage. Of course the fact that the Coalition didn’t allow a conscience vote is prime among these, when even in a free vote it would have failed in the Lower House. But the hypocrisy of this claim runs much deeper.










Here comes incest, just as predicted

Michael Brown - Chrisma News





If all human beings should have the right to marry (or simply be with) the one they love, as proponents of same-sex “marriage” constantly tell us, then why shouldn’t adult, incestuous couples enjoy that same “right”? Hollywood director Nick Cassavetes is the latest to say, “Why not?”, and I for one am not the least bit surprised. Simply stated, with the public endorsement of same-sex relationships, the endorsement (or at least acceptance) of consensual, adult, incestuous relationships is inevitable.










Australian traditional marriage win praised by World Council of Families

Myles Collier - Christian Post





The World Council of Families has praised the decision by the Australian parliament to vote against same sex marriage, thus reinforcing the importance of traditional marriage and its indispensable place as the foundation for society.














Overseas Aid

UN bid redirecting our foreign aid: Abbott


AAP





Opposition Leader Tony Abbott continues to attack the prime minister over her campaign to secure a place on the United Nations Security Council, saying it's distorting Australia's foreign policy priorities.
















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex workers want anti-sex trade laws scrapped


The Korea Herald





Workers in the sex industry called Wednesday for the scrapping or revision of anti-sex trafficking laws, saying it restricts their right of sexual autonomy. South Korea has banned the sex trade since two pertinent laws went into effect in 2004, dealing a serious blow to the industry.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

Blasphemy law doesn't apply to Muslims


Anne Flahvin - The Australian





Speaking from New York, Bob Carr said Australia rejected calls for a global ban on blasphemy on the ground that it was incompatible with Western traditions. But what many probably don't know is that we do have a law of blasphemy. It just doesn't apply to Muslims.
















Other

McClelland replaces Gillard at ACL conference


Tony Jones - Australian Broadcasting Corporation





The former Federal Attorney-General and Kevin Rudd supporter Robert McClelland has replaced Julia Gillard as a keynote speaker at the Australian Christian Lobby's national conference.












Burlesque duo threatened over Brisbane Festival Last Supper parody

Marissa Calligeros - Brisbane Times





Brisbane Festival audiences were screened with metal detectors this week after threats were made against a New York burlesque duo. Organisers of the Brisbane Festival confirmed extra security measures were put in place for the performance by the Wau Wau Sisters at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, in Fortitude Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, after threats were made against the acrobatic performers.










Vatican paper says 'Jesus' wife' scrap fake

Nicole Winfield - Associated Press





The Vatican newspaper has added to the doubts surrounding Harvard University's claim that a 4th century Coptic papyrus fragment showed that some early Christians believed that Jesus was married, declaring it a "fake."