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

The ten dumbest things said in defense of abortion


Cassy Fiano - LIfe Site News





The past few years haven’t been great for abortion. More and more people are calling themselves pro-life, including more young Americans than ever before. Pro-life laws are being passed in record numbers each year. While it would be foolish to say that pro-lifers are winning the war on abortion, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that we’re making progress — and that has the pro-aborts panicking.






I deeply regret my abortion and will be a voice for my baby now

Hannah Rose Allen - Life News





It deeply saddens me when I receive unloving comments, from those who claim to be pro-life, about the abortion I had as a teenager. The way our society often causes post-abortive women to feel grieves my heart.














Children & Family

'Freeze' on NSW child caseworkers: Burney


AAP





Child protection caseworkers are not being replaced when they leave because of NSW government budget cuts, the state opposition says.












Classification

Classification system for billboards uneccesary, says industry


Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times





No sex please. We're Queenslanders. At least that is the impression from the overwhelming majority of submissions to a parliamentary inquiry into sexually explicit outdoor advertising – and whether the state needs a classification system. “Can we not sit on the train or bus and enjoy some nice scenery instead of having these billboards in your face?” questions Helen Dowling, who suggests people having issues in the bedroom visit their GP.












Drugs & Alcohol

Australian drinkers defying health guidelines, Centre for Alcohol Research finds


Sue Dunlevy - News Limited Network





Half of Australia's drinkers consume alcohol in excess of the nation's health guidelines putting themselves at risk of violence and health problems. New analysis of a government survey of the drinking habits of 20,000 Australians shows one in six of us guzzle more than 11 drinks in a sitting on a monthly basis.














Is Australia's most dangerous gangster Bassam Hamzy still in control?

Candace Sutton - news.com.au





He is Australia's most powerful gangster and he has operated the crime syndicate Brothers 4 Life from behind bars. With the arrest of two members of the gang he founded - one man on 40 drug and gang-related charges - there is speculation whether convicted murderer Bassam Hamzy is still pulling the strings from inside prison.
















Euthanasia

Euthanasia debate prompts calls for greater ACT powers

Lisa Mosley, ABC





ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury says the Territory should be allowed to legislate for euthanasia. Labor MLA Mary Porter has moved a motion in the Legislative Assembly calling for a community discussion on end-of-life-issues.














Human Rights

Syria burns: Christians driven out of Qusayr


Deccan Chronicle





Ilyas was, he told me, the very last Christian to flee Qusayr. He had been one of just a handful in the town to join the revolution — an odd thing for a Christian to do because the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were and are mostly Sunnis, and the Christians mostly sided with Assad. Still, it didn’t save him. One day he heard banging on the door and saw men with Kalashnikovs standing there. There were familiar faces, some he had known for years. He said: “They told me, ‘You’re a Christian — you’re not welcome here.’”














Marriage

Gillard's maths still add up on the marriage push


Graham Young - The Australian





The road-to-Damascus conversion of Kevin Rudd to support for gay marriage, and his evangelising for it during the leaders debate, demonstrates a significant change in political tactics for the government. Why was Julia Gillard opposed to gay marriage? It seemed counter to her history, ideology and social group, so I have always assumed it was pragmatic politics.






SBS Insight – the art of seeking & finding offence

Australian Marriage





Two ‘day after’ reports on the SBS gay marriage forum deserve mention, for their first-hand account of the studious way in which gay activists will find offence where fair-minded people would find none.










Gay marriage turns off tradies: expert

Stephen Johnson - AAP





Kevin Rudd's support for gay marriage is annoying tradies in the outer suburbs, with the issue more likely to play badly in areas with higher unemployment, a social researcher says. About one in 12 voters, or 1.7 million people, live in a marginal seat held by less than two per cent. Of those 18 electorates, 14 are in the middle and outer suburbs of a state capital. Sydney's west, Melbourne's east and outer Brisbane are the key battlegrounds.










Politics

Labor has a choice to woo back the Christian constituency


Katherine Spackman - International News





The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Labor Party to be on a unity ticket with the Coalition in not giving preferences to the Greens.




Rudd's honeymoon just a sugar hit, after all

Mark Kenny - SMH





After a burst of popularity, the ALP's inner chaos is proving too much for voters. Those hatreds go too deep for comfort.










Kevin Rudd says he won't agree to any deals with independents or minor parties

Ben Pakham - The Australian





Kevin Rudd has ruled out any formal minority government deal with the Greens or independents. The Prime Minister made the surprise announcement after being challenged by Tony Abbott today to refuse to allocate preferences to the Greens.












Libs make it not easy being Green

Paul Osborne - AAP





The Australian Greens were already on track for a drop in their vote, but the Liberals have just made things worse. If the published opinion polls are correct, the Greens' national support is hovering around 9.5 per cent. This is a 3.5 per cent drop on its Senate result and two point fall on its house vote at the 2010 election.














Bandt faces battle after Libs' decision

SBS





The Liberal Party's decision to preference the Greens last means Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt faces a big battle to retain Melbourne. The Liberal Party's move to preference the Greens last casts doubt over the minor party's hold on the seat of Melbourne, but incumbent Adam Bandt believes he can win.






The power of Liberal preferences: how will it impact on the Greens?

Narelle Miragliotta - The Conversation

Today’s announcement by the Liberal Party that they will preference against the Greens at this year’s federal election should hardly come as a surprise. There has been endless speculation that the Liberals would adopt this strategy, particularly in Victoria, and especially against Adam Bandt in the seat of Melbourne.












Refugees

PNG won't work if Torres Strait is open


Katvina Curtis - AAP





Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has backed the Queensland government's call for a plan regarding border security in the Torres Strait with Papua New Guinea.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian girl, 10, shot dead in Egypt after Bible class


SMH





A 10-year-old Christian girl has been shot dead in the street amid rising tensions with Islamists. Egypt's Christian community gathered in a church in Cairo on Tuesday to mourn Jessi Boulus, who was shot as she walked home from Bible class at the Ahmed Esmat Street Evangelical Church where her uncle serves as the pastor.
















Wedding venue gets threats fears shut-down after refusing gay couples nuptials

Billy Hallowell - The Blaze





Another business is facing retribution for declining service to a same-sex couple. Betty and Dick Odgaard, owners of Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, are catching the ire of gay rights advocates after they declined offering their venue to Lee Stafford and his fiance Jared. Now the owners, who are Christians, are receiving vicious and threatening emails and phone calls — and they fear that their business could shut down because of the fierce reaction.




Morsi supporters torch three churches in Egypt, reports say

M Media



Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched three churches in central Egypt on Wednesday in reprisal attacks as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, reports said.