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

Late-term abortions are Okay but animal cruelty isn’t?


Judy Trehan - Life News





The same day that voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico refused to limit abortions to 20 weeks of pregnancy unless a mother’s life was in danger, a woman and her son in Bernalilo County, New Mexico,were arrested and are facing charges for extreme animal cruelty for putting their puppy in a plastic bag in order to photograph the size of the puppy.












Woman gives birth to healthy child after doctors advised abortion

Christian Concern

When Liane Stooke was told her daughter would be born “severely brain damaged” she faced the agonising decision of whether to act on the advice of doctors to terminate.









What Did C.S. Lewis think about abortion?

Murray Vassar - Life News





This Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, arguably the most influential Christian thinker of the 20th century. Lewis, a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, was a Cambridge professor, an Oxford don, and the author of such beloved classics as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces, The Abolition of Man, and Mere Christianity. Decades after his death, his works continue to inspire and challenge millions around the globe.














Children & Family

Sustainable development - without the family?


Ignacio Socias - Mercator Net





Will the 2014 UN Year of the Family bring recognition to the basic building block of society?












When government bans therapy for teens

Robert Carle - Mercator Net





Two US states have laws violating the rights of parents and children to seek counseling for same-sex attraction.
















Drugs & Alcohol

Father warns schoolies over Bali methanol poisoning as daughter recovers


ABC





The father of a New South Wales teenager who suffered methanol poisoning in Bali last week has issued a warning to other school leavers. Jasmine Baker, 17, was discharged from Royal Darwin Hospital today after being transferred there from Bali on Friday.












Education

National schools funding plan back on: PM


News Ltd





The federal government has secured an in-principle agreement for a national schools funding system, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. The agreement includes the $1.2 billion set aside by the former Labor government for the non-signatory states of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.












Environment

Millionaires Graeme Wood, Jan Cameron to turn former Gunns woodchip mill into tourist attraction


Michael Atkin - ABC







Two Australian millionaires will transform a key Tasmanian woodchip mill into a major tourist attraction, in a blow to the State Government and the forestry industry.












Gambling

A win on gambling for NSW families


Christian Today





The NSW Council of Churches has written to Premier Barry O’Farrell congratulating his Government for its support of an inquiry into the social impact of gambling.














Homelessness & Poverty

Salvation Army says domestic violence, lack of affordable housing drives homelessness


ABC





More than half of the women seeking accommodation from the Salvation Army are facing domestic or family violence according to a new report.














Marriage

ACT same-sex marriage laws: High Court challenge begins


Elizabeth Byrne - ABC









The future of the ACT's same-sex marriage laws hang in the balance today as the High Court prepares to hear a Commonwealth challenge to the legislation.




Same-sex marriage ruling may be finalised this week

Lisa Cox - The Canberra Times







Same-sex couples could know by the end of this week if they are able to marry under the ACT's marriage equality law. A two-day hearing of the federal government's challenge to the ACT government's law will begin in the High Court on Tuesday.














Same-sex marriage and the High Court: previewing the arguments

Anne Twomey - The Conversation





This week, the High Court will begin hearing the Commonwealth’s challenge to the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013. But don’t expect lofty rhetoric about equality; the case is really about the inconsistency of laws, not human rights.








Nile praises ‘grassroots’ efforts in marriage fight

Daily Advertiser





For Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Fred Nile MLC, traditional marriage may only have been defined by politicians recently, but it has existed for thousands of years. “Marriage brings together man and woman for pro-creation,” he said.
















UK: Tories losing support over issues like gay marriage

The Christian Institute





A “key reason” for the Tories losing support to UKIP is the Conservatives’ “modernising agenda” on issues like gay marriage, The Sunday Telegraph has said. The paper highlighted research carried out earlier this year that showed 51 per cent of ‘switchers’ from the Conservatives to UKIP don’t support same-sex marriage.










UK: Evangelicals criticise MSPs over hasty gay marriage vote

The Christian Institute





Evangelical group – Forward Together – has criticised the Scottish Parliament’s decision to back same-sex marriage saying they are unconvinced that Holyrood can protect those who have conscientious objections to the redefinition.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Citizens first: Christians and Muslims in the Middle East


Maria Laura Conte - Mercator Net





Christians do not ask for tolerance but for recognition that they live in their own country.




North Sumatra: Hundreds of Islamists attack Protestant community during prayer service

Mathias Hariyadi - AsiaNews









A group of extremists belonging to the Islamic Defenders Front attacked and disrupted the Sunday services of the Tandemn Huria Kristen Batak Protestant community in the city of Binjai in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Hundreds of faithful of the local Christian community had to abandon their church - official and recognized - and close traditional weekend services early because of the threats made by the fundamentalists. The faithful returned to their homes, escorted by police in riot gear.









Central African Republic: Muslim fighters to Catholic missionaries: Leave or die

TH OnLine

About a dozen Muslim armed fighters rolled up to the Catholic mission in a pickup truck and delivered an ominous message to the hundreds seeking refuge on church grounds: Leave the premises by morning or face death.












Sexualisation of Society

Family ties, not condoms, protect teens’ health


Michelle A. Cretella - Mercator Net





Some paediatricians do not agree with dishing out condoms to teen patients.














Other

A Papal Manifesto: Francis's Ode to the Joy of the Gospel


Austen Ivereigh - ABC Religion and Ethics





The first teaching document mainly authored by Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, is a bold and thrilling bid to send the Catholic Church worldwide on mission. Energetic, direct, lyrical, its language and style model the evangelization to which the Pope is calling Catholics. In sharp critiques and passionate prose, it polarises the choices faced both by the Church and the world, gently but insistently inviting people to opt for mission - and to a journey of transformation and reform.






Inquest into death of bullied apprentice

The New Daily





A teenage apprentice was set alight, feared being raped and had a chart of his mistakes publicly displayed in his workplace, an inquest into his death has heard.






UK: Pilling report statement from general synod member Christian Concern CEO Andrea Williams

Christian Concern







In light of the release of the Church of England’s publication of the Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality, Christian Concern CEO and General Synod member Andrea Williams has issued the following statement: "The Pilling Report does not recommend any change to the Church’s official teaching and we welcome that. However, that conclusion is largely undermined by the proposal that local clergy should be able to consider blessing same sex partnerships. This double speak is as destructive as it is deceitful. It promotes yet greater division and acrimony within the Church of England rather than offering the courageous leadership that was required".