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

But once you kill heathy babies near term, what’s the difference?


Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun





As I’ve noted already in this case: Where is the line to be drawn once ethicists seem to sanction murder? Once we accept the killing of healthy babies eight or nine months in the womb, what is to stop us from killing babies outside the womb? Indeed, pro-abortion “ethicists” here have argued there is no difference (which is true) and we should be allowed to kill babies after birth.












Gaming the political process just makes the public more cynical

Greg Donnelly - On Line Opinion





On 7th March the Tasmanian Health Minister announced that she was intending to introduce into parliament a bill that would remove abortion from the state's criminal code. What is interesting to note, but has received little attention, is that she plans to progress the matter via a private members' bill. "So what?", I hear you say! A bill is a bill is a bill. Well, in fact, that is not the case.












Bioethics

GlaxoSmithKline spent $2.5 million funding overseas trips, speaking fees and donations for doctors


Sue Dunlevy - News Limited Network





The world's second biggest drug company GlaxoSmithKline spent $2.5 million funding overseas trips, speaking fees and donations for doctors last year. The insight into the medical gravy train comes as the Australian Medical Association warns doctors reputations could be compromised if drug companies push ahead with plans to name the individual doctors who receive money from big pharma. Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton says while it is inevitable medicine companies will reveal the amount they pay individual doctors "it matters how we do it so reputations are not disturbed".
















Children & Family

UK: Family values still rule: A new survey of the nation's behaviour paints a positive picture of life in modern Britain


Katy Winter - Daily Mail





Reports about the loss of family values and increased selfish behaviours can be observed on a daily basis, however the overall picture is not as dire as an angry morning commute might suggest. New research has revealed that the nation’s values are far more positive and community centred than might be expected, and show that meaningful interpersonal relationships are still central in the lives of most Britons.














Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Time to end the subterfuge


Melinda Tankard Reist - Sunday Herald Sun





When Lauren Burns listened to the Prime Minister’s national apology to those who suffered forcible adoption, she wanted to ask: what about me? It wasn’t that the 29-year-old Melbourne woman didn’t find the speech moving. She believes the mothers and children so cruelly separated deserved the apology. But she, and so many like her, felt left out. Lauren is one of thousands of children (exact figures are not known — in the beginning records weren’t kept) born as the result of donor sperm or eggs, who believe they too have been denied an opportunity to know their biological parents.


















Drugs & Alcohol

Police Commissioner lays down law over drunken violence


James Robertson - SMH





The NSW Police Commissioner says that dealing with alcohol and its effects consumes about 70 per cent of a frontline police officer's time. ''That's dealing with an offender, a victim or a witness to a crime where alcohol was a factor,'' Andrew Scipione said. ''It's enormous.'' Estimates from the Police Association suggest that comes at a cost of more than $50 million in police salaries. Its contribution to assaults on police officers is equally significant.


















Gambling

No one wins when children play with gambling apps


Richard Noone - The Daily Telegraph





Casino-style social media gambling apps are grooming children under 13 with inflated odds that experts fear is nurturing the next generation of problem gamblers and skewing their expectations when it comes to real money. The situation is so dire Clubs Australia will form its own panel to tackle social media gambling after a government review found simulated poker, blackjack and poker machine games on Facebook and via downloadable apps were popular and "highly accessed" by young children.












Unholy fight over gaming as Bishop refuses money from clubs

Linda Silmalis - The Sunday Telegraph





A bishop has refused thousands of dollars from clubs to pay for more counsellors to help problem gamblers. Clubs around Tamworth and Armidale, in the state's north, want the local Anglicare counselling service to put on extra staff as demand grows across the region. After nearly two years of talks, the clubs have agreed to give a percentage of their takings - up to $30,000 a year - in return for access to additional counsellors. However, the talks unravelled last week after the Anglican Bishop of Armidale, Rick Lewers, canned the idea as he felt it would compromise his ability to speak out about gambling.












Trying to shackle the great persuader

Heath Aston - SMH





"With four generations of Waterhouse betting in my blood, I know what punters want.'' It's the cocksure statement that must be ringing in the ears of Tom Waterhouse. On one level, the 30-year-old bookmaker-about-town is correct: he knows what his gambling customers want. But on another level, Tom Waterhouse totally misunderstood the punters and what they want. He didn't see them coming for him when he bought his way into the inner-sanctum of the Channel Nine commentary team.














Health

Gay slurs take AIDS fighter by surprise

Heath Aston - SMH





A NSW government MP stunned colleagues at an inquiry into gay marriage when she accused the gay community of ''looking down'' on women and deliberately excluding them from efforts to combat AIDS. Catherine Cusack, a Liberal, asked the head of an AIDS-fighting agency whether gay men routinely referred to women as ''breeders'', ''beards'' and ''fag hags''. Nicolas Parkhill, the chief executive of ACON, a community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health organisation, said he was ''taken aback'' at the line of questioning at a hearing of Parliament's standing committee on social issues on March 15. Ms Cusack went on to question whether ACON was delivering HIV/AIDS programs to the 20 per cent of people who contract the disease every year who are heterosexual.




















Indigenous

Call to find cuts in Cape York welfare scheme


Michael Mckenna - The Australian





The head of the body driving the Cape York welfare trial has called for an examination of the costs of the program, saying the $100 million spent by state and federal governments had delivered a "Rolls-Royce" model in four indigenous communities since it was rolled out in 2008.












Marriage

Carey: Cameron gay marriage views 'alienate' Christians


Channel Four News





David Cameron is alienating Christians by promoting gay marriage, according to the former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey. In a strongly worded article, former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey said Cameron's plan to legalise gay unions hid an "aggressive secularist" approach that threatened the link between church and state. The comments echoed widespread concern about the policy among some Christians - and also highlighted the challenge facing Cameron whose efforts to modernise his Conservative party have antagonised some traditional party voters.














Majority of Supreme Court justices question constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act

Robert Barnes - Wahington Post





A majority of the Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to strike down a key section of a law that withholds federal benefits from gay married couples, as the justices concluded two days of hearings that showed them to be as divided as the rest of the nation over same-sex marriage.












Memo to conservatives: Accepting homosex "marriage" opens door to "unlimited statism"

Nancy Pearcey - Pearcy Report





While the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8 this week, apologists for homosexual "marriage" ask how such an arrangement poses any harm to society. In fact, very much is at stake, and negatively so, for the individual person and for society at large.
















Politics

Labor's glimmer: not a total disaster


Dennis Shanahan - The Australian





On a state-by-state basis. the Gillard government's fate doesn't look as bad as suggested by the latest national polls showing Labor's primary vote stuck at around 30 per cent. On a simple uniform national swing of about 8 percentage points against Labor, there would be a landslide loss involving up to 30 seats, including a clutch of ministers.
















Refugees

Government records show the changing face of asylum seekers attempting Australia's shores


Jessica Marszalek - The Daily Telegraph





Three Asian countries are appearing on people smugglers' manifests this year as the changing face of asylum seekers is revealed in new figures. More Vietnamese and Burmese people are making the perilous sea journey to Australia than ever before. Nearly 250 people have arrived from Bangladesh this year - the first time the country has appeared in official statistics. The change comes as Iranians become the main group of asylum seeker arrivals and the large numbers of Sri Lankan seen last year shrinks.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

A Christian catastrophe


Ralph Peters - New York Post





Islamist terrorists and fanatics are methodically exterminating the 2,000-year-old Christian civilization of the Middle East through oppression, threats, appropriations and deadly violence. Our media ignore the intensifying savagery against Christians in Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt. Unconfirmed reports assert that, last month, Muslim Brothers dragged Christian protesters to a mosque and tortured them — but our reporters won’t look into an Islamist Abu Ghraib. For a century and a half, the varied strands of Middle East Christianity have faced increasingly fierce pogroms and, for the Armenians, outright genocide. But with the rise of Wahhabi and Salafist terror, the long, slow-motion Holocaust accelerated.










Indonesians mark Easter outdoors after church closures

Jakarta Globe





More than 200 Indonesian Christians on Sunday held an Easter service in front of the presidential alace, demanding the government stop church closures in the world’s most populous Muslim country. Amid hooting cars and other traffic noise, men, women and toddlers sang hymns and said prayers in a two-hour service that also served as a protest against the lack of protection for religious minorities. The worshipers came from three areas on the outskirts of Jakarta where local government officials shut churches, citing community opposition or the lack of proper building permits.












Egypt’s Coptic Christians must be protected from sectarian violence

Amnesty International





It is high time for the authorities to take sectarian violence and threats seriously. Time and time again, President Morsi claimed to be President of all Egyptians. Now, he needs to take action to ensure that sectarian violence is prevented and when it occurs it is properly investigated, and those responsible face justice.


















Other

Does Ben Carson have a prayer?


Sally Quinn - Washington Post





Dr. Ben Carson seems to be the Republican new best hope. The renowned African American Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon is everywhere these days. In print interviews, TV, giving speeches, on HBO, in bookstores and recently as one of the most popular speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He is touted as a potential 2016 presidential candidate and though he is not so sure about running, he is sure of one thing: keeping Dr. Ben Carson in the spotlight. He’s very good at that. Just look at how he used the National Prayer Breakfast to attract attention to himself last month.










Halal Easter eggs and cat food: where big money meets religion

Paul Sheehan - Sydney Morning Herald





Cadbury will sell a mountain of chocolates this Easter, as it does every Easter. It has been careful to make sure that its products are certified as halal, even though it is not necessary. Hundreds of companies in Australia do the same. Halal certification has become a big business.