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

‘Flush it’ down the toilet


Judie Brown - American Life League





How does humanity get to the point where a person can actually feel comfortable telling another human being to flush her baby down the toilet? This sickening remark, and the mentality behind it, are permeating our society. As we see more and more houses of horror, we realize just how unconcerned most people are about human life, and we have to wonder how bad it will get. The title of this article actually comes from a quote from an abortion facility employee in Bronx, New York. The live report came out thanks to the heroic efforts of the LIVE ACTION team of undercover investigators.












Shocking photos show inside of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic

Bill Saunders and Veronika Johannsen - LifeNews





Several staff members of Americans United for Life traveled to Philadelphia on April 28th to remember the tens of thousands of children who were butchered within the blood-red brick walls of the “Women’s Medical Society”, aka Kermit Gosnell’s infamous “House of Horrors”, and to attend the closing arguments of the trial of Dr. Gosnell the following day.










Big Abortion exposed

Sheila Liaugminas - Mercator Net





Revelations about the abortion industry are coming out at a new pace now and in greater detail than ever. It’s forcing a very public confrontation with the truth about abortion and getting people talking as some never have before. The cover-ups are getting uncovered, and Big Abortion is getting unprecedented exposure.


















Children & Family

Happy families = a healthy economy


Babette Francis - OnLine Opinion





One of the problems which has bedeviled the conservative or "right wing" side of politics is the split between social conservatives, i.e. pro-life and pro-family activists, and the fiscal conservatives who are dedicated to the free market and small government. It has been the vision of Mary-Louise Fowler of the Australian Family Association to bring the two sides together and she is doing this as Chair of the local organising committee of the World Congress of Families which will be held in Sydney from 15 - 18 May.


















Drugs & Alcohol

Men jailed over cocaine conversion plot


Steve Butcher - The Age





Two men who possessed 1.7 kilograms of pure cocaine "marinated" in towels and clothing have each been jailed for a maximum of more than five years. Dritan Mehmeti, 42, and Adem Hiseni, 41, were arrested at a house outside Melbourne in March 2011 where police found extraction equipment and six tubs containing a cocaine mixture with a fan above each. The County Court heard earlier the pair's possession of the cocaine, worth up to about $800,000, involved the conversion of the drug saturated in the items into a form for distribution.




















Environment

Extinction: just how bad is it and why should we care?


Euan Ritchie - The Conversation





“Dad, the world is missing amazing animals. I wish extinction wasn’t forever”. Despite my wife and I working as biologists, our five-year-old son came to make this statement independently. He is highlighting what I and many others consider to be society’s biggest challenge, and arguably failure: the continuing loss of species from Earth. The massive impact we are having on the planet has firmly entrenched us in a period of our history commonly called the Anthropocene.


















Health

Coalition support for levy just a step along the road to an NDIS


Hal Swerissen - The Conversation





Today’s announcement that opposition leader Tony Abbott will support a 0.5% increase in the Medicare Levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme takes the politics out of about half the additional funding needed for the scheme – for a while, at least. Prime Minister Julia Gillard will introduce legislation to pass the levy through parliament before the federal election. But the NDIS isn’t on the straight and narrow just yet. The remaining A$3.5 billion will still need to be found from other sources.
















Myer in social media storm over NDIS comments

Ilya Gridneff - SMH





Myer CEO Bernie Brookes has apologised "to those who may have been offended or hurt" by his comments on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but reiterated his concerns that a levy would be bad for business. Myer, Australia's largest department store chain, has been weathering a storm of social media criticism after Mr Brookes told a Macquarie Investment seminar on Wednesday that the estimated average of $350 a year that people will pay for the Medicare levy "is something they would have spent with us".




















Marriage

Marriage: You've got questions, We've got answers


Alliance Defending Freedom





Have you ever heard these questions: “Why are you against equality?” “The institution of marriage is already in disarray—will allowing same-sex couples to marry really make it worse?” “Shouldn’t the government just get out of the marriage business altogether?” “Is my belief that marriage is between a man and a woman a lost cause—am I on the wrong side of history?” If you have, you are not alone. Are you unsure of how to answer? Perhaps you’ve even wondered, “How do I defend something as basic to me as breathing?” It’s one thing to believe in something. It’s another to defend it. Don’t lose heart. We have answers to ensure you are able to make a simultaneously compassionate and persuasive case for marriage—no matter what the question may be.










Should Australia have a referendum on same-sex marriage?

Blaise Joseph - Mercator Net





In spite of all the rhetoric about “inevitability” and “overwhelming” public support for redefining marriage in Australia, it appears that the push to have a referendum on the issue will not succeed. Independent MP Tony Windsor has come out this week pushing for a referendum on same-sex marriage, saying we should take the issue “out of the hands of politicians.” But the same-sex marriage lobby is strongly opposed to any such move.












Libs warm to Abbott conscience vote

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





A growing group of Liberal MPs has seized on Tony Abbott's change of language on gay marriage and believe they will have the support in the partyroom to win a conscience vote on the issue after the September election. Recent comments by the Opposition Leader that left the door open to Coalition MPs having a conscience vote have sparked a shift in the partyroom, with many backbenchers and frontbenchers - even those opposed to gay marriage - now backing a "free" vote.


















Politics

Federal woes trashing state Labor's brand


Josh Gordon - The Age





The eerie thing, according to ALP stalwarts who helped campaign in the recent byelection for the state electorate of Lyndhurst, was the lack of overt anger. Voters in the south-eastern metropolitan seat - which forms part of Labor's manufacturing and mortgage-belt heartland - weren't so much fuming as shaking their heads about the party. The big question causing considerable angst within state Labor ranks is the extent to which the ALP's federal woes have infected the state Labor ''brand''.














Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Strip club fire: man arrested after Kings Cross blaze


Ilya Gridneff - SMH





Kings Cross police have arrested a 25-year-old man who allegedly set fire to the Love Machine club after a dispute with a stripper. At about 3:15am on Friday police and firefighters were called to the club on Darlinghurst Road following reports of a fire.
















Refugees

Asylum seeker dies soon after arriving on Christmas Island


Bianca Hall - The Age





A 35-year-old Sri Lankan man died suddenly just hours after arriving at Christmas Island's asylum seeker processing centre on Wednesday night. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship said the man had been transferred to the island on Wednesday and was taken to the Phosphate Hill processing centre. He was transferred to the Christmas Island Public Hospital after telling staff he was unwell, but died soon after.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pentagon may move to court-martial Christian soldiers who share faith


Ken klukowski - Charisma News





The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. ... Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis." The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.










Iran's American prisoner

Raymond Ibrahim - Human Events





In January, an American Christian was sentenced to an eight-year prison sentence on charges of "endangering national security" in Iran. A 32-year-old married father of two from Boise, Idaho, Pastor Saeed Abedini traveled to his country of origin last year to visit family and help build an orphanage, only to be arrested and sent to Tehran's brutal Evin prison.


















Other

Paul Barry to return as Media Watch host


Michael Lallo - The Age





Former Media Watch host Paul Barry will return to the chair in July, replacing outgoing presenter Jonathan Holmes. ABC confirmed the appointment this afternoon. The news comes after conservative News Ltd columnist and Channel Ten host Andrew Bolt wrote an open letter to ABC managing director Mark Scott, offering himself as host.










Moderate Muslims are the problem, not the solution

Peter Smith - Quadrant Online





I visited an interstate friend of mine a few years ago. He is an academic who I had known well at a university, at a time when I didn’t attend church or identify myself as Christian. I think he was surprised therefore when he found that I regularly attended an Anglican church. An unbeliever, he poked good-natured fun at my “naivety” for believing in the various miracles of Jesus, including the physical resurrection. I took it in good spirit and we moved on to the political and economic sphere where we tended on most matters to agree with each other. His work, at one stage, had brought him into contact with the Islamic banking world. I mention this only to pose a question. If I had identified myself as a mosque-attending Muslim, would he have poked fun at the Muslim faith? I tend to doubt it. Of course, I am guessing.












Reverend Fred Nile to wed again at 78

< m>Alicia Wood - The Daily Telegraph





The Reverend Fred Nile will tie the knot for the second time after announcing his engagement to girlfriend Silvana Nero. The Christian Democrat upper house MP has been dating Ms Nero - an Italian teacher from the northern beaches - since last year.