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.



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Abortion

Former abortion clinic worker: I counted hands and feet to make sure the baby was dead


Sarah Terzo - Life News

This article is the second in a series I’m going to be writing highlighting testimonies from clinic workers and abortion doctors that have appeared in various publications.


Children & Family

PM Abbott to streamline adoption


SMH

Overseas adoption could become easier after Prime Minister Tony Abbott set in train a review to report in early 2014. State and territory governments are in charge of processing inter-country adoptions, but eligibility requirements widely differ in relation to partner relationship status, age, citizenship and health.


Classification

South Park game censored in Australia


David Swan - IT Wire

Any hope that the new R18+ rating for games in Australia would mean no more censorship has been dashed - upcoming game South Park: The Stick of Truth has been censored for release down under.


Drugs & Alcohol

Doctors despair at drunken 'idiots' clogging hospital emergency beds


Julia Medew - The Age

Emergency doctors have slammed the increasing number of drunk ''bloody idiots'' filling Australian hospitals after a study found up to one in three emergency department patients last Saturday was there because of booze.


Hospital emergency units tell how alcohol-related cases disrupt treatment of others

Lucy Carroll - SMH

Emergency patients are having treatment disrupted and delayed because hospitals are overwhelmed by alcohol-fuelled incidents, doctors have warned. A survey of 92 emergency departments across Australia has revealed that up to one in three patients attending hospital at 2am last Saturday was as a result of alcohol abuse.


Education

Trinity Catholic College Auburn above state average in 97 per cent of courses


Bruce McDougall - The Daily Telegraph

A non-selective co-educational high school in one of Sydney's most disadvantaged suburbs has spectacularly defied the theory that students from poor areas do not perform as well in the HSC as children from wealthier suburbs.


Euthanasia

The arbitrary nature of euthanasia 'safeguards'


Paul Russell - On Line Opinion

It is a simple statement of fact that, in terms of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation, so-called safeguards never live up to their hype nor promise. Some have wryly observed that no law ever stops people from breaking said law, no matter what the subject matter. True enough; but few laws deal with the finality of death. This is effectively an admission that safeguards are never safe – abuse will happen.


France is slowly but surely moving towards assisted suicide

Jeanne Smits - Life Site News

France is slowly but surely moving towards an “assisted suicide” law, including provision for “exceptional euthanasia,” with the publication Monday of a report by a public panel of 18 “representative” citizens.


Gambling

Warilla agent feeds $10.1m into pokies


The Examiner

A Warilla real estate agent has confessed to fleecing cash from her company’s trust funds to subsidise a multimillion-dollar gambling habit. Megan Harrod admitted to stealing from her company Harrods Real Estate between 2010 and 2012, pouring the cash into poker machines at Wests Illawarra and the Shellharbour Club.


Indigenous

Indigenous Territorians take lead in 2013


Neda Vanovac - NT News

We've come a long way from 1967. Almost half a century after indigenous Australians were given full voting rights, the country has seen this year the promotion of two Northern Territorians as the first Aboriginal head of government and as the first female Aboriginal member of federal parliament.


Marriage

Moral mayhem multiplied—now, it’s polygamy’s turn


Albert Mohler blog

As most Americans were thinking thoughts of Christmas cheer, a federal judge in Utah dropped a bomb on the institution of marriage, striking down the most crucial sections of the Utah statute outlawing polygamy. Last Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups of the United States District Court in Utah ruled that Utah’s anti-polygamy law is unconstitutional, violating the free exercise clause of the First Amendment as well as the guarantee of due process.


Christian photographer who refused to shoot gay wedding finds widespread support

Elizabeth Sanchez - Charisma News

Prominent libertarian supporters of redefining marriage are among the parties that filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in support of a New Mexico photographer who declined to use her artistic expression to communicate the story of a same-sex ceremony. Also supporting the photographer in the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) case are 18 other professionals in her industry and attorneys general from eight states.


“Tolerance” now means government-coerced celebration

Dennis Prager blog

Jack Phillips owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., about 10 miles from downtown Denver. In July 2012, two gay men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, asked Phillips to provide the cake for their wedding celebration. Though same-sex marriage is not allowed in Colorado — the Colorado Constitution states that “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state” — the two men had been married in Massachusetts. As acknowledged by all parties, Phillips told the men, “I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies and brownies, I just don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.”


Overseas Aid

Australia to contribute $37m to Vanuatu roads


ABC

Australia is set to announce a $37 million aid package to help Vanuatu improve its roads. The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in Vanuatu as part of a three-day trip to Pacific countries. She says the money will go towards funding the second phase of major upgrades to about 350km of roads.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Italian high court finds ‘romance’ in 60-year-old man’s sex with 11-year-old, overturns sentence


Hilary White - Life Site News

An Italian high court has dismissed the sentence in a case of pedophilia on the grounds that there was “romance” involved between the 60 year-old social services worker and the 11 year-old girl in his care.


Refugees

Central African Republic rebellion creates refugee crisis


CBN News

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in the Capitol of the Central African Republic in two weeks. The country descended into chaos after Muslim rebels overthrew the Christian-led government back in March. Just this month, over 500 people have been killed as the violence continues.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians persecuted by Islamists, says Prince Charles


John McManus - BBC

Christians in parts of the Middle East are being deliberately targeted by Islamist militants in a campaign of persecution, Prince Charles has said. The Prince of Wales made his comments after visiting the British branches of churches based in the region. The prince heard accounts of Christians being murdered and families forced from their homes.


Guides who want to keep promise to ‘love God’ face axe

The Christian Institute

A Girl Guides group who wants to continue using the longstanding promise to ‘love God’ are facing expulsion from the national association. Under new Guide rules, girls can only promise to “be true to myself and develop my beliefs”, rather than “to love my God”.


Iran secret police “assault” wife of jailed Pastor Irani

Stefan J. Bos - Bos News Life

Iran's feared secret police "assaulted" the wife and children of jailed evangelical Pastor Behnam Irani after they raided their home, a family supporter told BosNewsLife late Sunday, December 15.


Sexualisation of Society

Campaigners blast Beyoncé’s new ‘explicit’ music videos


Christian Institute

Campaigners and parents have hit out against pop star Beyoncé’s latest “explicit” music videos, which include sexual dance moves and X-rated lyrics.