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

Finding common ground on Canadian abortion law


Margaret Somerville - Mercator Net





After years of debate, Canada has no law on abortion. Is is possible to find an acceptable compromise to rein it in? A recent editorial, “The abortion debate is over, so shut up” in the Vancouver newspaper, The Province, very bluntly expresses pro-choice wishful thinking on their part. This debate is not going away. It’s gaining strength.
















Environment

The environmentalists have lost


Nick Feik - The Monthly





If the civil rights movement had been as ineffective as the environmental movement, Rosa Parks’ granddaughter would still be sitting in the back of a segregated bus. She might be secure in the knowledge that a global consensus had formed against racial discrimination, but she would still be siting there.










Tassie's forests: deal or no deal?

Mark Poynter - On line Opinion





By now, anyone with an interest in Tasmania's forests will be aware that a so-called 'historic peace deal' (the Tasmanian Forests Agreement) has been agreed upon by representatives of the state's timber industry and its largest environment groups (ENGOs) after two-years of often fraught negotiations. Ostensibly, the deal allows a smaller timber industry to operate free from environmental activism in return for over 500,000 hectares of new national parks. Already the associated Tasmanian Forests Agreement 2012 Bill has been rushed through the Tasmanian Parliament's Lower House in which the Labor-Green Minority Government has the numbers. The Independents and Liberals -dominated Upper House is due to consider the TFA next week.














Euthanasia

Wide support for euthanasia


Natasha Egan - Australia Ageing





More than four in five Australian adults support reform of voluntary euthanasia laws and almost a quarter of would change their vote if their usual election candidate opposed reform, according to a poll commissioned by advocacy organization YourLastRight.com The Newspoll run survey, which questioned over 2500 adults across Australia, also found that legalising voluntary euthanasia ranked third in importance among national policy issues.














Gambling

If only the pokie venues were as committed as Wilkie


Cassie Byrnes - The Punch





It’s all well and good to have debated the pre-commitment poker machine legislation back and forth for the last two years, but none of it matters unless gambling venues commit to upholding the responsible conduct of gambling code. And clubs aren’t doing that. Or not in my experience anyway.












Health

California’s gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban challenged


Timothy Jones - The Conversation





A law banning therapists in California from attempting to change the sexual orientation of same-sex attracted youths was tested in the courts this week. At issue were the rights to professional free speech, and the protection of minors from unproven and unethical treatment. Californian governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, signed the bill into law in September. California was the first state in the United States to pass such a law.
















Homelessness & Poverty

Protective services officers target disabled, homeless with fines


Henrietta Cook - The Age





Protective services officers are handing out hundreds of fines to disabled, mentally ill and homeless people for minor infringements. In one case, protective service officers fined a teenager with a severe intellectual disability 13 times in two months for riding his bike on a platform, failing to wear a helmet, failing to have a bike light and for obstructing a pathway by sitting on steps. Some of the fines were issued 20 minutes apart.
















Indigenous

Indigenous carer a vital link to culture


Emma Sykes and Terri Begley - ABC





More indigenous carers are needed to accommodate the high percentage of indigenous children in the care system in Queensland. The need for Indigenous kinship carers in Queensland is desperate according to Anita and John Evans. They say the disparity between the percentages of Indigenous kids with carers is only going to grow unless more Indigenous families put their hand.
















Marriage

Judge: Gay victories one reason Nevada can ban same-sex marriage


Melissa Steffan - Christian Today





As the U.S. Supreme Court remains silent on whether or not it will hear cases relating to same-sex marriage, a federal judge in Nevada has ruled in favor of the state's existing ban. Specifically, the court ruled that Nevada's decision to recognize same-sex civil unions but not same-sex marriages does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
















Politics

Sheikh wins ACT preselection after internal Greens stoush


Chris Johnson - Canberra Times





The Australian Greens have pre-selected former GetUp! director Simon Sheikh as their ACT Senate candidate. Greens leader Christine Milne was about to officially announce Mr Sheikh's candidacy, but Fairfax Media understands the high-profile lobbyist won the three-way contest with an overwhelming majority.
















Refugees

Out of detention - government releases 522 refugees into the community


Carleen Frost and Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph





Two hundred jubilant asylum seekers landed in Sydney last night to begin their new lives. Proudly clutching their bridging visas, many of those aboard the Qantas 747 flight from Darwin were greeted by teary-eyed family and friends. The group were among 522 Iraqi, Pakistani, Iranian, Burmese and Afghan asylum seekers released into the community, while they wait for their refugee claims to be processed.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

American theologian calls out Richard Dawkins on atheistic campaign targeting kids


Jacob Stevens - Charisma News





The American Humanist Association has launched an advertising campaign targeted at kids who do not believe in God. This, despite a new Gallup poll released Wednesday citing that 69 percent of Americans are either “very religious” or “moderately religious.” Dr. William Lane Craig, a leading American theologian and philosopher, says the ad campaign fails to provide any substantive reasons for their claims.










Pakistan: Christian missionary attacked

Saman Ataurehman - Gatestone Institute





An unidentified gunman shot a Swedish missionary and charity worker in Lahore, Pakistan, on December 3, 2012. Seventy year-old Sister Bargeeta Almeby was attacked outside her residence at Model Town while coming back from her office, and rushed to the Jinnan hospital. According to Liaquat Qaiser, principal of FGA Bible College, after doctors operated on her, she was transferred, still unconscious, to the intensive care unit.












Sexualisation of Society

At last – anti rape ads that put the responsibility on the rapist


Melinda Tankard Reist blog





In I think every anti-rape campaign I’ve seen, the responsibility is on women and girls not to get raped. Do this, don’t do that, don’t go home with a stranger, don’t drink too much, don’t travel on your own, you can use your keys as a weapon, etc. And if women don’t do these things and something bad happens? Well, they just weren’t careful enough.












Gen XXX: Teens addicted in a world awash in porn

Paul Strand - CBN





When it comes to pornography, no one is immune. It affects men and women of all ages. Today, teenagers are bombarded with these images like never before through the Internet. They're growing up in a world awash in X-rated material. It's a $97 billion business every year, making more than top tech companies Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, eBay, Google, and Yahoo combined.












Final from Frisco keep your clothes on except when . . .

Michael F. Haverluck - OneNewsNow





Naked protesters storm final vote banning "nudity" in public areas, but public events, topless women OK? If you're caught on city streets, sidewalks, plazas or a number of other public areas without your clothes on in the streets of San Francisco, you can expect a $100 fine, starting February 1, 2013. Pro-family advocates consider this a step in the right direction, but they acknowledge that there is still a long way to go to restore decency to a city that has been infamous for decades as a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. Numerous exceptions to the prohibition continue to exist, such as street fairs, parades and other permitted public events -- all of which are still open game to exhibitionists.














Other

New group to help inquiry over abuse


Catholic Weekly





A new group appointed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will “work as effectively as possible” with the proposed royal commission into child sexual abuse, the bishops said this week. But reports that Australia’s senior clerics will take a back seat on the Church’s response to the royal commission are “quite wrong”, said conference president Archbishop Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne.