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

Dan Savage says 'abortion should be mandatory' to reduce the population. How liberal


Tim Stanley - The Telegraph





To those who don't know him, Dan Savage is an internationally respected "sexpert" who has made a living out of touring college campuses and telling students how to perform oral sex. In another age, he'd be regarded as a public nuisance. In 21st century America, he's a serious liberal icon who has appeared on CNN, HBO and MSNBC. He was also a guest presenter on Channel 4's Sex Box, in which two people had sex in a box and Savage then talked about it.








‘Abortion should be mandatory for 30 years’ for ‘population control’: Gay activist

Ben Johnson - Life Site News





Women should be forced to abort their children for the next 30 years as a part of global population control, homosexual activist Dan Savage told Australian television on Monday. Savage, whose anti-bullying program “It Gets Better” was heavily promoted by President Barack Obama, made the statement during a four-member panel during the “Festival of Dangerous Ideas.”














Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs, firearms and ammunition seized in Canberra raids


Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times





Police have seized drugs, firearms and a large amount of ammunition during two raids in Canberra's south on Thursday morning. Executing search warrants at two sites in Narrabundah and Fyshwick about 5am, officers seized seven firearms, three replica firearms, a large amount of ammunition and a quantity of drugs.
















Education

Queensland education to get $884m federal boost


Brisbane Times







Queensland will receive $884 million for education from the federal government, no strings attached. State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek met with his federal counterpart Christopher Pyne in Canberra on Thursday, where they cemented the pre-election promise. Mr Langbroek says the four-year funding deal offers certainty but means Queensland isn't tied to one-size-fits-all Gonski education reforms.












Environment

Coalition turns back on UN climate summit


Tom Arup - The Age





Australia will not be represented by a senior elected member of the Abbott government at next week's major round of international climate change negotiations starting Monday in Warsaw. It is also unclear whether the delegation of diplomats representing Australia at the talks has been given a final negotiating mandate for the meeting.








Greens target anti-wind farm lobby group Waubra Foundation over oil industry links

Jake Sturmer and Sam Clark - ABC



The Greens have launched a bid to muzzle one of Australia's most prominent anti-wind farm lobbies. The Waubra Foundation is named after the tiny north-western Victorian town of Waubra, which is home to more than 120 wind turbines and about 500 residents.










Euthanasia

Belgium: Proposed euthanasia of minors alarms religious leaders


Tova Dvorin - Artz Sheva





Legislation being pushed to allow minors as young as 12 to decide to end their lives; religious leaders of all faiths horrified.












Gambling

Australia’s next big gambling break


Michael Safi - The Global Mail







Campbell Newman’s recent announcement to offer up to three new casino licences in Queensland signals that Australia’s second great gambling boom has begun. The Queensland premier’s decision to offer the new licences, to kick-start what he called a “faded and jaded” state tourism industry, brings the total number of new casinos announced in Australia in 2013 to four – including James Packer’s bid for a second Sydney casino which was given the green light in July.










Health

NSW Cancer Council finds big jump in prostate diagnosis


Will Ockenden - ABC





A study from the Cancer Council in NSW has revealed a massive jump in the number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Researchers found a 250 per cent increase in the number of men testing positive for the condition over the last two decades.












Marriage

Scholars: Children benefit from having mom, dad


Abby Carr - Chrisma News





Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing respected scholars have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in defense of constitutional amendments protecting marriage in Utah and Virginia. “Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it. These scholars argue that the marriage laws in Utah and Virginia have a legitimate aim that should not be overturned by judicial fiat,” says Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Austin R. Nimocks. “The lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman is the foundation of every healthy, stable society. These states act constitutionally in recognizing that both men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to families.”








ACT same-sex marriage laws: First couples give notice to wed

Penny McLintock - ABC







Darlene Cox and her partner Liz Holcombe are making plans to be the first women to say 'I do' under the ACT's new same-sex marriage laws. From today same-sex couples can give notice of their intention to marry under the ACT Marriage Equality Same-Sex Bill passed last month.










Same sex marriage unfair to hookers and bigamists

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun





Marriage is fundamentally a tradition meant to gently bind parents to their responsibilities, especially to their children. But many same sex marriage advocates have redefined it into a mere symbol of recognition - to be allowed to marry is to be approved of. This is not at all what marriage is for, and there is no telling what absurdities this yammer will lead to. Well, actually there is. Now academic Annamarie Jagose claims that gay marriage is bad because it will just further oppress the already marginalise, who will be denied the esteem they deserve, too.






















Politics

How the Greens lost their way – and how they can find it again


Vincent Mahon - AFR







The surprise story of the September federal election was the voter backlash against the Green party. Against expectations, the Greens bled votes. Although the party retained its existing lower house seat, it achieved 342,000 fewer first preference votes in the lower house, a swing against it of 3.2 per cent. In the Senate, the national swing against it was 4.5 per cent – in the party’s homeland state, Tasmania, the Green vote fell by more than 8.5 per cent.








Refugees

Mid-ocean standoff as Australian customs vessel tries to turn back asylum seeker boat to Indonesia


Michael Bachelard - SMH









Australia and Indonesia were involved in a mid-ocean stand-off in the early hours of Friday morning as a customs vessel tried unsuccessfully to return a boatload of rescued asylum seekers to a reluctant Indonesia.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian youth leader murdered by machete in Tanzania


CBN News





A Christian youth leader has been murdered in Tanzania and two others seriously injured. World Watch Monitor reports machete-wielding assailants attacked the men during an all-night worship service at Gilgal Christian Worship Center, near Lake Victoria.












Other

Brothers for Life gang 'smashed' in overnight raids


Yoni Bashan - The Daily Telegraph





Four men have been charged in relation to last night's shooting at Bankstown which led police to make further arrests that have crippled the Brothers for Life crime gang. The men, all members of the gang, were arrested by the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and Tactical Operations Unit following the shooting outside the Chokolatta Cafe on West Terrace about 12.20am.