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

Politics and abortion trump women’s health in California

Teresa Ackley - Mercator Net





Safety concerns about a new law are dismissed because pro-lifers happened to voice them.




Authorities warn of STD epidemic after unsafe schoolies ditch condoms for morning-after pill

News Ltd





Health officials have warned of an STD epidemic among schoolies as sales of the morning-after pill spike following the first weekend of celebrations. While high-rise balcony high jinks, alcohol-fuelled violence and drug abuse are regular concerns, the rising threat of STDs has emerged as yet another risk.












Abortion need not be doctor's dilemma too

Benjamin Veness - SMH





Doctor or not, how would you answer this multiple-choice question? A pregnant woman goes to see her doctor, wanting an abortion. There is no emergency. Her doctor tells her that s/he has a conscientious objection to abortion and therefore can't help.






China is preparing to 'fine-tune' its one-child policy

Dexter Roberts - Business Week







Among the many reform hopes bandied about in the runup to China’s Third Plenum, one was that Beijing would move decisively toward abandoning its long-outdated one-child policy. There’s a growing consensus that the policy itself is putting a heavy strain on China’s economic development. More specifically, it has saddled the country with a host of unintended problems, including an aging population, a shrinking workforce, a skewed sex ratio, and an often disgruntled populace that doesn’t like paying stiff penalties for additional children.














Children & Family

Case of wishful thinking as reality of family life is lost amid political and economic imagery


Angela Shanahan - The Australian





Families are experiencing a period of upheaval, but the truth of the matter is often clouded During the past 10 years there has been a radical change in the image of the Australian family, but a much more subtle change in the reality.








Retreat from 7-day trading

Alana Schetzer - The Age







There's no such thing as a day of rest in Carlton any more, but in the midst of bustling numbers of people walking along Elgin Street on Sunday, Campos Coffee is closed; lights off, door shut and outdoor furniture neatly stacked inside. It operates regular hours Monday to Friday and restricted hours on Saturdays.














Classification

UK : Blocks on internet porn to begin in new year: 20million families will have to make a Yes or No choice on access to filth

James Chapman - Daily Mail



All 20million families with internet connections are to be forced within months to say whether they want access to online pornography. Hundreds of thousands are already signing up to have it blocked. A scheme to combat the tide of web sleaze that is corroding childhood has been dramatically accelerated, David Cameron told the Daily Mail last night.














Environment

Brazil says Amazon deforestation rose 28% in a year


BBC





Brazil says the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 28% between August 2012 and last July, after years of decline. The provisional statistics from August 2012 to last July suggest that the area suffering deforestation was 5,843 sq km (2,255 sq miles), compared to 4,571 sq km (1,765 sq miles) in the previous 12 months.








Huge crowd attends city rally on climate change

Bridie Smith - The Age







Up to 30,000 Melburnians gathered in Treasury Gardens on Sunday to call for stronger action on climate change. The rally was one of 130 gatherings nationally, which organiser Get Up! estimates was attended by about 60,000 people.
















Gambling

Hindmarsh speaks on gambling dangers


Michael McGowan - Newcastle Herald







Parramatta Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh estimates he lost as much as $300,000 as a result of an out-of-control gambling addiction spanning most of his NRL career, a Clubs NSW event in Newcastle heard yesterday.












Human Rights

$haria Law


Peter Kurti - Quadrant





If sukuk bonds go mainstream, as is poised to happen in Britain with David Cameron's blessing, the way will be open for the wider introduction of Islamic principles. Is the likely erosion of Common Law worth that short-term gain?














Indigenous

App aims to tackle indigenous suicide


News Ltd





Medical experts are launching an app they hope will lower Australia's shockingly high indigenous suicide rate, which remains up to six times that found among the non-indigenous population. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are far more likely to deliberately kill themselves compared with people of other ages and backgrounds, according to a 10-year Bureau of Statistics study published in 2012.












Marriage

Contrasting views to clash in dual marriage rally


Daily Advertiser







Same-sex marriage advocates will stage their own peaceful rally to counter one organised by a non-denominational community group supporting traditional marriage. Outspoken leader of the Christian Democratic Party and member of the NSW Legislative Council, Reverend Fred Nile, will be one of the speakers at the rally later this month.












Politics

Bill Glasson will stand for LNP in Kevin Rudd's seat of Griffith


Natalie Bochenski - Brisbane Times







The man who came close to beating Kevin Rudd in the 2013 federal election will stand again for the federal seat of Griffith. Bill Glasson was joined by his wife Claire at Bulimba on Sunday afternoon to confirm he would attempt to further capitalise on the 5.5 per cent swing against Labor he helped achieve in September.










Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Online brothel reviews 'cross ethical line'


Eamonn Duff - The Age





One critic bemoans the surrounding space for being ''too small'' and with its 1950s decor, ''slightly tacky''. But with ''first-rate'' service received, he pledges to become a regular and advises others to do likewise. Welcome to the XXX Australian Reviews website, where members post restaurant-style reviews of brothels in Melbourne and other cities, and rate sex workers on a scale of one to 10.












Refugees

The dream boat


Luke Mogelson - New York Times







More than a thousand refugees have died trying to reach Christmas Island. But faced with unbearable conditions at home, they keep coming.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

Religious persecution means Christianity is in danger of extinction, says Baroness Warsi


Sarah Ann Harris - The Express



Countries such as Syria and Iraq, where the religion first flourished, are now dangerous for Christians, she said. The Foreign Minister, who is a Muslim, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm concerned that the birthplace of Christianity, the parts of the world where Christianity first spread, is now seeing large sections of the Christian community leaving and those that are remaining feeling persecuted."








Sexualisation of Society

Lingerie-clad players of Legends Football League win unfair coverage


Lee Gaskin - The Canberra Times





Just when women's sport is on the verge of taking a positive step in this country, along comes the Seven Network to deliver a blow where it hurts the most.












Other

Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia conference hears 'this country at war' with radical Islam

Matthew Benns - The Daily Telegraph







A hardline Islamic group has warned Muslims that the government was trying to "brainwash" their children and that they should resist any attempts to water down their strict view of Islam. "The government is playing a dirty, dirty game," Wassim Doureihi told the 600-strong audience at the Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia conference in Lidcombe yesterday.










Uproar over plan to rent out graves

Alica Wood - The Daily Telegraph





A grave might no longer be your final resting place after a controversial law to offer graves on 10-year to 99-year leases passed its first hurdle in the NSW parliament.






The hits and misses of journalism’s New Daily

Tim Dwyer - The Conversation





From more than one perspective the New Daily, Australia’s latest online news provider, couldn’t have a better chance of survival.








Transgender bathroom laws an assault on freedom, expert says

Kirsten Andersen - Life Site News







A Los Angeles-area gym is under fire for a transsexual’s claim that he was asked to stop using the women’s locker room after revealing his past life as a man to his personal trainer.