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.



 





Drugs & Alcohol

84 arrested at western Sydney rave


AAP





Police have made 84 mainly drug-related arrests at a rave in western Sydney. Dance music festival IQON ran most of Saturday at the Sydney International Dragway at Eastern Creek. Officers attached to Operation Charthouse arrested 84 partiers for offences including goods in custody, assault police and breach of bail.










Incidents on Adelaide buses largely linked to alcohol, have dropped after guards introduced on Transfield routes

Steve Rice - Adelaide Now





Drunk passengers and those drinking alcohol were responsible for almost half the incidents on buses travelling along two of Adelaide's busiest routes in the past 10 months. Transfield Services statistics show 432 incidents have been logged since two Wilson Security guards were hired in May to monitor bus interchanges, known hot spots and troubled services between Thursday and Sunday nights.












Education

PM defies premiers on schools


Judith Ireland - SMH





Prime Minister Julia Gillard will bypass the state premiers and write to the principal of every Australian school in a bid to get support for her school funding reforms. After Friday's Council of Australian Governments meeting ended without a state or territory agreeing to her funding package, Ms Gillard will explain to the school principals how the reforms will work.
















Marriage

Homosexual activist admits true purpose of battle is to destroy marriage


Micah Clark - Illinois Family





Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements, doesn’t lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen. On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying about their radical political agenda. She says that they don’t want to access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and eventually eliminate it.










Nile may desert NSW govt over gay marriage

AAP





Christian Democrat Leader Fred Nile says he's considering pulling his support from the NSW government after Premier Barry O'Farrell gave his backing to gay marriage. Mr O'Farrell has declared his support for a change to the Marriage Act for the first time, in the wake of New Zealand parliament's vote to legalise same-sex marriage.










Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus backs new push for same sex marriage

Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph





Prime Minister Julia Gillard is under pressure to allow a vote on gay marriage before the election after her Attorney-General backed a renewed push in parliament. [ FYC: Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus defends Sheik Feiz Mohammed ]






















Politics

Referendum likely with September 14 federal poll


Sid Maher & Dennis Shanahan - The Australian





Australians look set to vote in a referendum on whether the Constitution should formally recognise local government as the Gillard government forges ahead with plans to put the question at the September 14 federal election. The Australian understands an approach has been made to Tony Abbott on behalf of the government on the issue and the Opposition Leader has indicated he would support the referendum.












A decade of deficits forecast

Peter Martin - SMH





Australia faces a decade of budget deficits with the annual total set to pass $60 billion in 2023 unless governments take tough action to "share the pain", an expert panel has warned. The Grattan Institute's assessment comes as Treasurer Wayne Swan confirms the budget has taken a $7.5 billion hit since the midyear update in October.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan President urged to release jailed Christians


Stefan J. Bos - Bos News Life





An advocacy group urged Pakistan's president Wednesday, April 17, to release Christians accused of defaming Islam and halt "the misuse of blasphemy laws" after court proceedings against a man whose alleged "derogatory remarks" about Islam's Prophet Mohammad sparked riots in Lahore city. "We are profoundly concerned over the growing religious intolerance and extremism in Pakistan," said Sheraz Khan, the chief executive of the Glasgow-based Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), which also supports Pakistan's minority Christians.










Islamist ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, leave, or die

AINA





Syria's Christians fear an Islamist takeover should the current government be overthrown. During the ongoing civil war there has been a well-documented rise in the number of salafi-jihadist groups operating in Syria that pose a direct threat to Syria's Christian community.1 These militant opposition forces espouse an Islamist ideology, which incorporates elements of Wahhabism2 and Salafism3 and whose stated goals and objectives are by definition hostile towards Christians. Firsthand accounts from Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon reported by award winning investigative journalist Nuri Kino detail the horror in which they described kidnappings, rapes, harassment, theft and other violent reprisals at the hands of Islamist groups.










Somalia Christian convert feared dead after Islamic kidnapping

BosNewsLife Africa





A Christian convert who was captured and reportedly tortured by Islamic militants in Somalia remained missing Friday, April 19, and there were fears he may have died. Four fighters of militant group al-Shabab abducted Hassan Gulled, 25, on March 23, after monitoring him for several weeks, local Christians said. He was thought to be held at an al-Shabab base in Bulo Marer, Somalia.


















Sexualisation of Society

Hold the sauce, Cleo's gone prudish


Rachel Browne - SMH





More than 40 years after shaking up women's magazines with its racy mix of centrefolds and sealed sections, Cleo magazine is starting another revolution by dropping sex from the cover. When its relaunch issue with Miranda Kerr on the cover hits the newsstands on Monday, readers will not see a word about orgasms or oral sex. New editor Sharri Markson believes it is the first time since the magazine was launched in 1972 that sex has not been used as a selling point. The shift is driven by the attitudes of the magazine's generation Y readers, most of whom live at home with their families and show a surprisingly conservative streak.














Other

Boy Scouts proposal: let in gay youth, keep out gay adults


Reuters





The Boy Scouts of America on Friday proposed lifting a ban on gay scouts but maintaining a prohibition on gay adults from leading troops, a compromise that attempts to end a fight that has split the century-old American institution into bitter factions. Reaction from scouting supporters ranged from outrage to limited approval. The biggest organization in scouts, the Mormon Church, said it was studying the proposal, leaving uncertain the outcome of a May vote by scout leaders that will set policy. Gay rights groups said continuing to bar gay adults was unacceptable, but they welcomed the change for youths.












Stand with Scouts Sunday

Family Research Council





"Stand with Scouts Sunday," on Sunday, May 5, 2013, you will learn what you can do to preserve Scouting as its founders envisioned it - as a resource for young men to develop in morally, mentally, and physically healthy ways, free to be boys and teens without the invasion of cultural controversies.












Reverend believes disgruntled youth behind fire at Holy Trinity Church

Yoni Bashan - The Daily Telegraph





The rector of an Anglican church gutted by fire in Sydney's inner west yesterday believes he knows who started the blaze and has given a suspect "shortlist" to police. Reverend Dave Smith said he believed a disgruntled youth was likely to be behind the fire which destroyed a celebrated parish hall adjoining his Holy Trinity Church in Herbert St, Dulwich Hill.












100-year-old church burns down in Sydney

ABC





A 100-year-old church in Sydney's inner-west is still smouldering after it burnt down early this morning. Firefighters were called to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Dulwich Hill just before 4.00am (AEST). Inspector Chris Sedgewick says the old architecture made it especially hard to fight the fire. He says the nearly 100-year old building could not be saved.












Newly formed Atheist SA group wants 'balanced' debate

Thomas Conlin - Adelaide Now





The influence of religion on social policy continues to provoke debate but a new organisation is trying to counter the religious viewpoint. Atheism SA is the first active atheism group in South Australia in 40 years and will campaign for secular views to be heard on issues such as euthanasia, marriage equality, contraception and the teaching of ethics in schools, says the group's president, Brian Morris.