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

About half of Americans think abortion is morally wrong: Pew Research poll


Anthony Rivas - Medical Daily

During a time when abortion providers are being forced to close down more than ever before, a new poll finds that more Americans feel abortion is morally wrong, and very few feel it's acceptable. As the abortion debate continues to rage on, with both pro-life and pro-choice activists passionately fighting for their sides, a new poll from Pew Research Center finds that very few Americans find abortion morally acceptable, with almost half of a nationally representative sample finding it to be morally wrong.


54 abortion clinics closed since 2010; A result of stricter Republican legislations

Anthony Rivas - Medical Daily

�More women are losing their access to abortions as new legislation forces clinics to shut down. The seemingly endless debate on abortion has resulted in a political tug of war pro-choicers are winning during one time period, and pro-lifers are pushing back during the next. Ever since the 1973 landmark abortion case, Roe vs. Wade, abortion has become more commonplace in the U.S., and even a little less stigmatized. Topping off around 1980, abortion rates have been falling ever since.


Drugs & Alcohol

Rebels president Dean Martin pleads guilty to liquor offences


Steve Butcher - Brisbane Times

The pole dancing kept flowing at the Rebels outlaw motorcycle clubhouse, but there was nothing left to drown the members' sorrows after police drained its bars and fridges of booze in a raid last year.


Education

Dirty work in the cleaning industry


Clay Lucas - The Age

A comprehensive investigation of conditions for international students who clean Melbourne's office towers has found them subject to exploitation, extreme job insecurity and abuse. A Dirty Business, to be released on Thursday by union United Voice, finds international students have become an ''invisible mainstay'' of Melbourne's cleaning industry.


Tony Abbott talks values at a school that describes homosexuality as an abomination

Peter Munro - Canberra Times

Tony Abbott has refused to criticise a Christian school for describing homosexuality as an abomination and a ‘‘perversion of the natural order’’. The Opposition Leader announced his education policy at the Penrith Christian School, in western Sydney, on Thursday morning, despite the school’s strong stance against homosexuality.


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Homosexuality is no longer an abomination, says Penrith Christian School

Josephine Tovey - SMH

The pentecostal Christian school chosen by Tony Abbott as the site of his education policy launch has decided to review its policy declaring homosexuality an abomination just hours after the Coalition visit.




Gambling

A dicey future for gambling reform


Charles Livingstone - ABC

Whichever way the electoral dice rolls on September 7, it is unlikely that Australians will see the federal reforms necessary to tackle problem gambling. The gambling policies of the ALP, LNP and Greens are probably unlikely to sway the ballots of many voters on September 7. Yet they reveal something of the way politics works in Australia in 2013, and the way the parties imagine Australia.


Marriage

WA Nats support marriage vote


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The West Australian Nationals have embraced a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, informing the gay marriage movement that, unlike the Nationals federally, they will push for a free vote on the issue if any of them are elected in a week.


Overseas Aid

Thousands to gather at Manly Beach for Halve Poverty rally


Charis Chang - Manly Daily

The largest gathering of ­advocates for eliminating global poverty looks likely to take place at Manly Beach on Saturday. Seaforth Baptist Church pastor and rally organiser Vikki Howorth said she was expecting about 4000 people to attend Halve Poverty, ­potentially making it the largest gathering of its kind in Australia.


Politics

Economists cut down Coalition's plan to boost growth


The Australian

The Coalition has been accused of overselling its economic plan by promising a "stimulus" next year from pension increases and tax cuts, as economists warn that it would take much bigger reforms to lift economic growth.


Churches should pay tax, Sex Party says

AAP

The Australian Sex Party, which is running 29 candidates in Victoria alone, says churches should pay tax and the sale of marijuana should be regulated. Party president and Victorian Senate candidate Fiona Patten says churches are the biggest land owners in the country yet they pay no tax, costing taxpayers about $20 billion a year.


Kevin Rudd's high speed rail, parental leave cost comparison is unsound

ABC

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says building a high speed rail project from Brisbane to Melbourne would cost less than the Coalition's paid parental leave scheme. "If we were to build this entire 1,750km high speed rail project from Brisbane to Melbourne by 2035, it would cost less than Mr Abbott's unaffordable, unfair paid parental leave scheme for the same period of time."


Gay Liberal candidate prefers Reverend Fred Nile’s party for Sydney

Serkan Ozturk - Star Observer

Liberal candidate for Sydney Sean O’Connor has come under fire from sections of the local LGBTI community after the openly-gay aspiring politician decided to preference the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) highly on his How To Vote card, with Labor and Greens last, ahead of next month’s federal election.


"Make It Count" 2013 election webcast

My Sunshine Coast

Sick of the election spin and fed up that important issues are being used as political playthings? A comprehensive webinar is being aired throughout venues across Australia at 730pm on Monday 2nd September, ahead of the election many are citing as the most important in a generation. Both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition will deliver an address, in what will be one of their last pitches to the nation before the election blackout.


Refugees

Asylum seekers in Australia anxious over election


Naomi Selvaratnam - World News Australia Radio

With Labor and the Coalition trying to outdo each other with tougher policies on asylum seekers, those already in Australia - or in Australian detention - are sweating it out. They're wondering whether their already uncertain futures are about to become even more uncertain.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt: schools, churches and orphanages burnt to erase all traces of a Christian presence


AsiaNews

With at least 20 attacks against churches, Christian schools and orphanages, Minya Governorate is the part of Egypt where Islamists struck with greatest violence and brutality. "The Islamists", one resident said, "burnt and destroyed everything. Their goal was to erase all the traces of a Christian presence; even the orphanages were looted and destroyed."


Sexualisation of Society

Personalized pornography: the explosive growth of ‘sexting’ among teens


Unmasking Choice

The embarrassing political troubles of the unfortunately but aptly named former Congressman Anthony Weiner has catapulted the term “sexting” into cultural consciousness once again, prompting a sudden discussion on what, exactly, “sexting” is—and whether we should be worried about it.