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

US: Poll: 77% support laws banning sex-selection abortions


Steven Ertelt - LifeNews





The case of Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng has drawn international attention to the plight of women and baby girls under China’s One Child Policy. Prior to Chen’s very public struggle with the Chinese government, many Americans were unaware of the forced abortions and sex selection abortions taking place on a daily basis in China. Unfortunately, targeting baby girls for abortion is not just limited to China. Efforts to ban abortions done exclusively on the basis of the unborn child’s gender are making headway in the United States and polling shows Americans strongly oppose such abortions.














Classification

Pornography threatening 'downfall' of church


Anugrah Kumar - Christian Post





Apologist and author Josh McDowell launched Just1ClickAway.org, a new website to raise awareness about online pornography which he says is a problem big enough to cause the downfall of the church. "The downfall of the church will not come from a lack of apologetic teaching; it will come from disintegration of the families in the church," says a video posted on the website, launched in time for summer vacation when students' media consumption significantly increases.










Are Facebook, Apple and Google censoring Christian speech?

Jennifer Leclaire - Charisma News





Social media and smartphones are changing the way people communicate—and consume—information. And there’s a clear bias against Christian speech. That’s why the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is wading into a unique and volatile communications freedom issue—the collision course between free speech on the Internet and the free market power of new media companies like Apple, Google and Facebook to block viewpoints they don’t agree with.














Environment

Professor Tim Flannery's climate fix is now like pulling teeth


Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph





Tooth fillings that Professor Tim Flannery wants pulled from dead people using $2 sets of pliers have a fraction of the amount of mercury contained in energy-saving street lights. The Climate Commissioner told the Australian Medical Association fillings should be yanked before cremation to stop mercury getting into the ocean. But energy-efficient street lights contain up to 1000mg of mercury compared with 325mg in the average amalgam tooth filling, the Australian Dental Association said.
















Euthanasia

Oregon doctors not evaluating for depression before assisted suicide


Gene Tarne - LifeNews





As required by law, the Public Health Department of the Oregon Health Authority has released its annual report for 2011 on physician-assisted suicides under that state’s Death with Dignity Act. The 1997 law required physicians involved in an assisted suicide to file a number of standardized forms, providing information on such particulars as sex, age, race and marital status of the patient; type of drug prescribed; reason why the patient was seeking assisted suicide; time between ingestion of drug and death, etc.














Indigenous

Aboriginal referendum 'not wise' in this climate


Sarah Martin - The Australian





The timing of the referendum to recognise indigenous Australians in the Constitution may not be "achievable or wise" and its success could be jeopardised by the federal political climate, says the co-chairman of Reconciliation Australia. Tom Calma, a former social justice commissioner and chairman of Close the Gap, said the Gillard government's $10 million public awareness program for constitutional recognition risked being overwhelmed by the political heat of the next election, due late next year.
















Marriage

UK: Ditch plans for same-sex marriage, voters tell MPs


Patrick Hennessy - Telegraph





The survey of MPs from across the political spectrum by ComRes also shows that only one in 25 parliamentarians believes that allowing gay unions is a main priority for voters. The poll comes in the wake of a growing number of Conservative heavyweights declaring that they do not support moves to allow same-sex marriage by law by the time of the next election, May 2015. Last week Downing Street backed down by signalling that there would a “free vote” on the issue in parliament - as is traditional with matters of conscience - in what has become a divisive issue for the coalition.












US: Gay marriage polls...something doesn't add up

David Crary - Associated Press





There's a great deal of skepticism among conservatives over recent polling which seems to indicate more Americans approve of gay marriage. The skepticism stems from the fact that whenever the people of a state get a chance to actually vote on the issue, the pro-biblical marriage side always wins. The latest case in point was North Carolina which voted overwhelmingly this month to stand behind traditional marriage. And 31 other states representing more than 60-percent of the American population have done the same thing.












Teens gay marriage video banned by YouTube

Breitbart





Sixteen-year-old Madeleine McAulay recently made a video wherein she politely discussed her thoughts on same sex marriage from the perspective of her Christian faith. The video received over 22,000 hits and landed her on Fox and Friends one morning last week due to the threats she received as a result of posting it. Progressives continued to attack her, called her video "hate speech," and Youtube finally pulled it.








Sweet reward of open loving - but polyamory is no free-for-all

Niko Antalffy – The Australian





Non-monogamy has been the flavour of the year. No wonder -- there is a near-universal desire to be with someone other than your monogamous partner. Or at least to get close to others in ways monogamy tends not to allow: to touch, to feel, to connect.








An insight into a particularly tricky relationship

Marc Glasby – The Punch





Until the poly relationship I am now involved in, I was completely faithful to my wife for the 30 years that we have been together. I know that if we had not met her sister and if the unique set of circumstances that we found had not been present, then I would have continued to be a happy, faithful, monogamous husband, until the day I died.














Overseas Aid

Foreign aid: moral imperative and national interest


James Dryburgh - Online Opinion





The federal budget announcement brought to boil a long-simmering epiphany: if we rely on governments to redistribute wealth internationally, it will never happen. It also raised questions of whether foreign aid is actually what most Australians think it is. Perhaps, if we wish for a culture that gives 0.5 per cent of its gross national income (GNI) to alleviate poverty, we must create it ourselves. The Federal government had committed to increase foreign aid from 0.35 per cent to 0.5 by 2015-16. The recent budget included the postponement of this commitment for a further year.












Politics

Labor, Gillard get poll boost


The Australian





Support for the Federal Government has crept to its highest level in three months and Prime Minister Julia Gillard is back on top as the nation's preferred leader. The latest Newspoll shows Labor's primary vote is up two points over the past fortnight to 32 per cent. It follows a three-point bounce after the May 8 Budget.














Bowen casts doubt on PM's story

Judith Ireland - SMH





Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Prime Minister Julia Gillard appear to be at odds over when she learnt about the deal that will supply foreign workers to Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project. Ms Gillard reportedly told union bosses last week that she only learned of the deal - set to provide visas to 1700 foreign workers for the $9.5 billion iron ore project - on Wednesday, after she returned from Chicago. Today, she again told the House of Representatives in question time that she was ''briefed'' on the deal on Wednesday last week. But Mr Bowen has a different take on the events of last week.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians in Egypt: A storm eithin the storm


Assyrian International News Agency





With fluffy beige pillows propped behind her still recovering back, Evon Mossad takes a deep breath and reclines on a velvet couch in her apartment in a middle class suburb of Cairo. The 53-year-old Coptic Christian woman reflected on what has happened just seven months after an evening of violence which became a defining moment for many in Egypt's Coptic Christian minority. "What happened after? Nothing," says Mossad, who emerged from the incident badly bruised and became an activist and community organizer. "Nothing has changed, except there's more fear and anxiety."










Refugees

Navy intercepts asylum seeker boat


NineMsn





The navy has intercepted a suspected asylum seeker boat carrying 88 people off Australia's northwest coast. Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said HMAS Ararat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted the boat northwest of Christmas Island on Monday.


















Sexualisation of Society

'The Demise of Guys': How video games and porn are ruining a generation


Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan - CNN





Is the overuse of video games and pervasiveness of online porn causing the demise of guys? Increasingly, researchers say yes, as young men become hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz. Every compulsive gambler, alcoholic or drug addict will tell you that they want increasingly more of a game or drink or drug in order to get the same quality of buzz.














Other

Christian counsellor struck off over ‘gay cure’ case


Christian Today





A Christian counsellor has been struck off from her professional body after an undercover journalist posed as a Christian wanting help with unwanted same-sex attractions. Lesley Pilkington was informed of the decision by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy this week following a lengthy appeal.












US: For a better life, move to...Australia

Evann Gastaldo - Newser





Want a "better life"? Head to Australia. That country ranks highest on the annual Better Life Index, a well-being survey that measures everything from income to air pollution in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 34 member countries plus Russia and Brazil. The OECD doesn't explicitly offer up a No. 1, but Australia's cumulative score puts it at the top, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among its pros: near-full employment and a historically high currency. The big con? A high cost of living.












The screens that are stealing childhood

Andrew Stevenson - SMH





Take a look around you and, in cars, shopping centres and restaurants, chances are you'll find young children engrossed, not in the world around them, but in their new digital reality. But it is not only adults who are on the iWay to permanent connection. As parents readily testify, many children don't just use the devices, they are consumed by them.