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

40 Days for Life London: changing the culture of death in Britain


Hilary White - Life Site News





The organiser of 40 Days for Life London has great hopes of the twice-annual campaign making significant changes to the social and political scene in the UK. Robert Colquhoun told LifeSiteNews.com today that while he does not necessarily directly credit last year’s prayer vigils for the end of early-term abortions at the British Pregnancy Advisory Services facility in tony Bedford Square, “I think the prayers undoubtedly had a big effect there.”














Drugs & Alcohol

Essendon's drugs 'purchased overseas'


Sky News





Fairfax Newspapers are reporting Essendon players were injected with a mystery drug purchased in Mexico, by a man suffering from a muscular disease. But officials at the club have been unable to tell ASADA or the players, exactly what the substance was.






Classification

Is Instagram a sewer? A leap down the dark side of the internet


Daniel Piotrowski - news.com.au





We know Instagram has been revolutionary. It's easily one of the largest repositories of sunny selfies, date night gelato pics and self-affirming quotes in the world.














Euthanasia

Greens launch bid for 'right to die' laws


AAP





The Greens will introduce laws in the next federal parliament that would give people the right to die. Greens Senator Richard Di Natale and senate hopeful Cate Faehrmann announced the plan in Sydney on Thursday.














Gambling

$10m betting plunge on September 7 election - but O'Farrell government plays a losing hand


John Lehmann - The Daily Telegraph





More than $10 million is expected to be wagered on the federal election - but NSW taxpayers are missing out on their share of the take.














Marriage

Joe Hockey targeted by gay marriage campaign


Kirsty Needham - SMH





The Coalition's shadow treasurer Joe Hockey is being targeted by same-sex marriage lobbyists in his North Sydney electorate and will face 80,000 leaflets being sent to constituents from this Saturday criticising him for being out of step with the community. The Coalition's deputy leader Julie Bishop will also be targeted in Western Australia, and Labor's Kelvin Thomson in Victoria.
















Politics

Labor to lose by 22 seats: new analysis


Jason Murphy and Edmund Tadros - SMH





Labor won't have to stay up late on the evening of September 7 for the bad news of the electoral result, according to a new analysis of betting market odds. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's party will lose the election by 22 seats, collecting 63 seats to the oppositions's 85, according to analysis done for The Australian Financial Review by statisticians Kaighin McColl and Leng Lee.












Greens, ALP battle for Melbourne

Melissa Iaria - AAP





Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt is perhaps facing his biggest political challenge yet - holding onto the seat of Melbourne. Mr Bandt retains the inner city seat by a six per cent margin after his victory at the 2010 poll, ending more than a century of Labor dominance.












Preferences set up hard slog in Senate

Mark Coultan - The Australian





The decision of the Liberals to preference Labor ahead of the Greens not only all but destroys their chances of winning any more lower house seats, but will make it significantly harder for them to win Senate positions. Last night, a spokesman for Tony Abbott confirmed the lower house decision also applied to the the Senate.














Refugees

Residency for refugees ruled out


Bianca Hall - SMH





The Coalition will ramp up its hardline stance on refugees on Friday, announcing that almost 32,000 asylum seekers who have already arrived in Australia by boat will never get permanent settlement as well as stripping them of the right to appeal to the courts. The Coalition would also introduce indefinite work-for-the-dole obligations for those found to be refugees.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt's churches are burning, but Christianity will not be extinguished


Archbishop Cranmer Blog





Egypt's military junta have cracked down on the Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi: some 327 are reported to have been killed; almost 3000 injured. A month-long state of emergency has been declared and curfews imposed in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. The carnage has been condemned by the UN Secretary General, along with the world's presidents, prime ministers, secretaries of state and the EU's Cathy Ashton.
















Other

California considers punishing youth groups against homosexuality as ‘Bathroom Bill’ becomes law


Garrett Haley - Christian News





On the same day that the governor of California signed a bill into law mandating that boys who identify as girls be allowed to use girls’ bathrooms and vice versa, a California committee approved legislation which would cause any non-profit organizations that do not embrace homosexuals to lose tax-exempt status.