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

Why are Americans outraged by Sandy Hook, apathetic about abortion?


Rolley Haggard - LifeNews

Just a few weeks ago we all saw an example of what is arguably one of mankind’s greatest problems. You can probably guess the event I’m alluding to: the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. You are unlikely, though, to guess why I cite it. Contrary to what you might assume, I don’t cite it because of the raw display of murderous rage that drove Adam Lanza to gun down more than two dozen innocent people. Nor do I cite it because of the sad circumstances of Adam’s life that resulted in his carrying out these horrific acts.


Clinic considers quitting state over abortion regulations

Calla Wahlquist - The Examiner

Tasmanian women could be forced to travel interstate to get an abortion if new regulations governing medical clinics cause doctors to abandon their practices in the state or increase their fees. Abortions are notoriously difficult to obtain in Tasmania. Two Victorian doctors who fly in one day a week carry the surgical load for the state.


Classification

Gillard vows to fight 'malicious' cyber attacks

Simon Cullen - ABC

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned of a decades-long war against the growing risk of malicious cyber attacks and promised to set up a new national centre to combat the threat. Releasing the Government's National Security Strategy, Ms Gillard spoke of the cyber threat to governments, businesses and individuals, and highlighted the need to strengthen Australia's ability to respond.


Drugs & Alcohol

'Booby-trapped' cannabis crops found in bushland


ABC

Police have found booby-trapped cannabis plantations growing in remote bushland on the New South Wales south coast, in the area where a bushfire has been burning for two weeks. The first two plantations were found on Monday in the Jerrawangala National Park by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and the Nowra police drug unit.


Drug use on rise for AFL players

Jon Pierik - The Age

Andrew Demetriou said on Wednesday he expected there to be an increase in the number of positive drugs tests this year. AT a drug summit next week, league bosses will discuss the best way to help players lead more of a rounded life outside of their football commitments, which appear to be increasing annually. Six players tested positive to illicit drugs in 2011 – last year's results have yet to be revealed – but Demetriou said he expected there to be an increase.


Environment

Green split forest activists attack Wilderness Society


ABC

Environmental groups outside the forestry peace deal are attacking the credibility of the Wilderness Society. Fringe groups are angry about the society's comments during an Upper House inquiry into the peace deal legislation. The society's Vica Bayley revealed he will travel overseas, asking customers of a timber veneer company to be patient while an end to the forest wars is being finalised.


Factory ship test for Burke

Nick Clarke - The Mercury

Environmental Minister Tony Burke is seeking advice about a plan by Seafish Tasmania to use its controversial supertrawler Abel Tasman as a floating freezer to collect fish from smaller vessels. Seafish Tasmania managing director Joe Pirrello outlined the plan yesterday, saying it was not aimed at circumventing a Federal Government decision in September to ban the supertrawler from fishing.


Marriage

“We will never surrender”


Jennifer Roback Morse - Mercator Net

Almost two years ago, I came to this place to plead with you not to remove the gender requirement from marriage.[1] I predicted that children would have three legal parents[2] and that custody disputes would involve three or more adults.[3] I predicted greater attacks on religious liberty for those who resist your war against the gendered nature of the human body.[4] I predicted the systematic removal of gendered language from the law. No more husbands and wives, only spouses. No more mother and father. Only Parent 1 and Parent 2.[5] All of these things have come to pass in other places.


Politics

Dunne's church service shunned by majority


Lisa Cox - The Canberra Times

Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury says he will not be attending a religious commencement service organised by Canberra Liberals Speaker Vicki Dunne for the start of the new Legislative Assembly year. The Canberra Times understands a majority of the Assembly's 17 MLAs have now said they will not be participating in the church service, which has not previously been a tradition for the start of an ACT political year. ACT Labor's eight MLAs and balance of power MLA Mr Rattenbury, who was speaker in the previous Assembly, will all refuse to attend the ceremony at St Paul's Anglican Church in Manuka on February 11.


Julia Gillard's push for Nova Peris sets off week of brawls

Sid Maher- The Australian

Labor faces a week-long brawl over Julia Gillard's "captain's pick" of Nova Peris as a Senate candidate, amid a torrent of outrage from the Northern Territory over the dumping of incumbent Trish Crossin and anger in key elements of the party's Left faction. As the party's national executive unanimously endorsed the Prime Minister's request to make Ms Peris a member of the party and accept her nomination for preselection for the Territory Senate candidacy next week, Senator Crossin said she would also nominate and there was speculation indigenous politician Marion Scrymgour might also enter the race.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Religious freedom should be protected


Brian Lucas – Canberra Times





Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. Its existence and importance is acknowledged in the constitution and in international covenants to which Australia is a signatory. It is a freedom that cannot be ignored but it is a freedom questioned by many who want churches to abandon their beliefs in the public square.










Christian girl in Pakistan allegedly forced to convert, marry

Morning Star News

A powerful Pakistani official’s aide who is allegedly running a prostitution ring here has taken a Christian girl from her home and forced her to convert to Islam and marry him, according to the girl’s family. Khursheed Bibi, a midwife and mother of 15-year-old Asma Masih, told Morning Star News that Ghaji Khan, a close aide of Sindh Provincial Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani, abducted her daughter from their house in Karachi on Dec. 10.


Sexualisation of Society

'Hypersexualised' culture damaging women and children


Christian Today

Women and girls are being degraded by a "striptease" culture in Britain, the shadow health minister Diane Abbott will warn in a speech today. She believes a "revolution in sex education" is needed to curb the premature sexualisation of children and young people. In her speech to the Fabian Society's women network, she is expected to condemn sexualised advertising and music videos, "hypermasculinised" song lyrics, and the "sexualised figures of women in films that is now commonplace".


Other

Church 'centuries out of date'

Stuart Rintoul – The Australian

A group of Catholics pressing for reform within the church has told an abuse inquiry the church is a "private and conflicted organisation" with a 17th century system of governance. The group, Catholics for Renewal, said the church was "self-protective" on the issue of pedophile priests and must be made to report abuse allegations to police.


Child sex abuse link to celibacy

Barney Zwartz – Sydney Morning Herald

Many Catholic priests take a flexible approach to celibacy, tolerated by church leaders, and some believe sex with children or men does not count, a former Melbourne priest said on Wednesday.  ''An enormous number of priests struggle with celibacy,'' Philip O'Donnell told the state inquiry into how the churches handle child sex abuse.