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

Janet Morana recalls abortion's painful impact


Bryan Kemper - LifeSite News

Bryan Kemper of Stand True Ministries and Priests for Life recently interviewed Janet Morana about her new book, Recall Abortion. Q: In your book, you note that the statistics and facts regarding the dangers of abortion are often covered up or even faked by pro-choice organizations. How can we encourage the secular media to expose these lies about abortion? Q: Your book is unique in that it focuses primarily on the damage that abortion does to women. What prompted you to take this approach? Q: Recall Abortion features many heartbreaking testimonies by women who have been hurt by abortion. However, it also contains moving stories of healing and hope. Can you briefly relate one of your favorite hopeful testimonies that you have come across while working on your book?


Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs, crime gangs linked to Australian professional sport: report


AAP

A year-long government investigation has concluded that drug use is widespread in Australian sport, along with links to organised crime which may have led to match-fixing. The Australian Crime Commission probe identified widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs in professional sport. It said it had identified criminal networks involved in the distribution of illegal substances, and the links may have resulted in match-fixing and fraudulent manipulation of betting markets.


$1.5 million of cocaine and guns seized

AAP

More than $1.5 million worth of cocaine and three firearms have been seized during two raids in Sydney, police say. Investigators found four blocks of cocaine weighing 5.2kg, with an estimated value of $1.3 million, at a residence in Breakfast Point in Sydney's west on Wednesday. They also seized a large amount of anabolic steroids and cash.


Gambling

Big sports betting pools draw police interest


ABC

Australian police are on alert for match-fixing in Australia as a result of identifying large betting pools in Australia. On Thursday Victorian police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton said there has been no evidence of match-fixing in Victoria but that he believes some sports are at risk given the large betting pools they are attracting. The Victorian Police were responding to the announcement by the Australian Crime Commission on widespread illegal drug use in Australian sport.


Suspend sports betting: Nick Xenophon

Milanda Rout - The Australian

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has called for an immediate suspension of sports betting in the wake of a year-long investigation which found widespread doping in sport and links to organised crime. The Australian Crime Commission has uncovered the use of banned drugs, a number of them untested for human use, by “multiple athletes across a number of codes”. It also found organised crime networks were involved in the distribution of banned drugs to elite players, exposing players to the risk of being co-opted into match fixing.


Strong growth in “mobile” betting: Tabcorp

Trevor Chappell - AAP

Wagering and keno operator Tabcorp is experiencing strong growth in its digital business as more and more punters place bets via their mobile phones. Tabcorp on Thursday reported a net profit of $72.9 million for the first six months of the 2012/13 financial year, down 61.5 per cent on the prior corresponding period.


Indigenous

Now there is another gap, between the city and the bush


Andrew Laming - The Punch

Yesterday’s Prime Ministerial address to the nation on Closing the Gap with Aboriginal Australia showed just how complex this historic undertaking will be. Now in its fifth year, the simple measures like service access are promising, but evidence of utilisation and outcomes remains elusive.


Marriage

National Marriage Week USA


Sheila Weber - National Marriage Week

US: From February 7th to 14th every year— is a collaborative effort to encourage many diverse groups to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children. Together we can make more impact than working alone. Please join with others to host special events, launch a marriage class or home group, or place local advertising or news stories during National Marriage Week USA.


Same-sex marriage will put Catholics under ‘intolerable moral pressures’, says bishop

Madeleine Teahan - Catholic Herald

The legalisation of gay marriage will place Catholic professionals under “intolerable moral pressures”, the Bishop of Portsmouth has said. Following the vote on Tuesday night, where a majority of 225 MPs voted in favour of the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Bishop Philip Egan said: “Just as the Church has been forced to abandon its adoption services, so too Catholics who work in the medical profession and in social services are going to find themselves under intolerable moral pressures. These pressures will also arguably be felt throughout our Catholic schools, by teachers, staff and parents.”


Sales sells the “marriage equality” line

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

7.30 host Leigh Sales tonight referred to Britain approving “marriage equality”. That is framing the issue in terms of equality, rather than as a redefinition of traditional marriage - which for many makes the issue not of equality but of the efficacy of an institution in the socialisation of children. Consider it like this: gays are equally free to marry someone of the opposite sex. That equality already exists. What is wanted is something different - a wider choice of partners. The ABC should insist presenters use the generally accepted descriptor “same sex marriage” or “gay marriage”. It is not for Sales to borrow the activist lexicon to side with that side of the debate.


Politics

ICAC exposes bribery allegations in Obeid corruption case


Amy Dale and Andrew Clennell - The Daily Telegraph

Explosive handwritten notes have exposed allegations former Minister Ian Macdonald took bribes from deals connected to his portfolio, including $4 million from a coal deal linked to the Obeids. The Independent Commission against Corruption has shown the notes during the evidence of Greg Jones, a former close friend of Mr Macdonald's.


Barry O'Farrell in bid for Obeids' windfall

Imre Salusinszky - The Australian

The family of Eddie Obeid and a mining company it lured into a joint venture to explore for coal could be stripped of as much as $500 million after a dramatic twist at a corruption inquiry in Sydney yesterday. NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has written to the Independent Commission Against Corruption asking whether the state government should amend the mining act so that it can suspend the licences granted to Cascade Coal over the Bylong Valley, about 150km west of Newcastle.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Anti-Christian hostility heats up amid unrest in Egypt


Morning Star News

Among files on arrested converts from Islam, kidnapped Christian girls and beaten monks piling up on the desk of a noted lawyer in Egypt, on top is the case of two boys about to be tried for allegedly showing contempt of Islam. Attorney Karam Gabriel said anti-Christian hostilities in the restive country are getting worse as the two boys are to be tried in a court in Beni Suef – the same city where a mother and her seven children were convicted last month for reconverting to Christianity – for showing “contempt to Islamic religion and insulting the Koran.”


Sexualisation of Society

Residents launch petition in final bid against strip club


The Chronicle

Hundreds of Toowoomba residents opposed to the recently approved LA Showgirls strip club have met tonight to launch a new petition in a final attempt to halt the club being opened. The meeting, held at the Salvation Army on West St, was also a chance for people to get a better understanding of the objection process as explained by Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts. Mr Watts, as well as Member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh, answered questions from the crowd, as a clear theme of giving power back to local councils to control approval processes for premises such as the strip club became apparent.


Other

Family Research Council encouraged by Boy Scouts' delay, urges board to reaffirm current standards


Family Research Council

Family Research Council (FRC) today said that it was encouraged to see the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) not take the action that was anticipated last week of changing its national policy against having openly homosexual leaders and Scouts. FRC President Tony Perkins made the following remarks: "The leaders of the Boy Scouts were wise not to abandon their longstanding national membership standards, as they were reportedly on the brink of doing. We thank the Scout parents and members of the public who responded to these reports with an overwhelming outpouring of support for maintaining the Scouts' timeless values that have served the Scouts and the nation well for 103 years. However, it is not enough that they postpone a decision".


Chick-Fil-A-toting gunman pleads guilty

John Johnson - Newser

A Virginia man who shot and wounded a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council has pleaded guilty to three felony charges—including committing an act of terrorism, reports CNN. Floyd Corkins, 28, still faces up to 45 years in jail for the assault in DC last August. If it rings a bell, it's because Corkins was carrying more than a dozen bags of sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A, whose president had made headlines around the same time for anti-gay statements.