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

Pope Francis: Aborted babies are victims of ‘throwaway culture’ that ‘embodies a practical atheism’


Patrick Craine - Life Site News





Unborn babies who fall prey to abortion are victims of a “throwaway culture” based on a vision that “embodies a practical atheism,” Pope Francis said Saturday. He made the comments during an audience with the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute, a think tank dedicated to promoting an authentic vision of human dignity in the public square.












Children & Family

Six 'at risk' children reported to DOCS 20 times died last year, government admits


Alica Wood - The Daily Telegraph





Six children known to community services died last year after they were reported more than 20 times. Community Services Minister Pru Goward released the annual Child Deaths report this morning, and said 83 children known to the department had died in 2012.














Classification

‘Jingle My Bells’ tee: Supre encourages sexual harassment of girls


Melinda Tankard Reist blog





Collective Shout has started a petition calling on Supre to withdraw slogan shirts such as “Jingle my bells” and “Big Booty “B*****s.” The petition rapidly accumulated thousands of signatures. Following a news article in Australian Women’s Weekly, Supre issued a statement saying that “Jingle my bells” would be pulled from the shelves.












Banned condom ad goes viral

The West Australian





A commercial banned by the Australian TV watchdog has gone viral on social media. The ad for Four Seasons Condoms is about a couple's quest for the perfect condom.
















Environment

Abbot Point coal terminal reef dredging project approved


Brisbane Times





A controversial dredging project near the Great Barrier Reef has been given the green light. However Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt says the dredging of three million cubic metres of seabed at the Port of Abbot Point will be subject to "some of the strictest conditions" in Australian history.










Gambling

Labor sells out on gambling: Wilkie says

Lisa Martin - AAP







The major parties have been accused of selling out problem gamblers after Labor agreed to help the federal government repeal the first national poker machine reform laws.






ALP backflip on gambling laws

Joe Kelly - The Australian





Labor is poised to support the Coalition's plan to scrap the gambling reforms introduced by the Gillard government in a move that would bury Andrew Wilkie's dream of mandatory poker-machine betting curbs.












Human Rights

Call for real action on human rights to 'wipe out' discrimination


Stephanie Anderson - The Canberra Times



Canberra must continue to be "as brave as we have been with same-sex marriage" in regards to human rights, former race discrimination commissioner Tom Calma says. Mr Calma, one of several speakers taking part in discussions at the National Library on human rights disparities across Australia, said the challenge for human rights advocates was to take real action on goals.










Indigenous

Young Indigenous Australians remain over-represented in detention: report


Simon Lauder - ABC





A new report shows Indigenous young people continue to be seriously over-represented within the juvenile detention system, despite a fall in the overall rates of youth sentenced.










Marriage

UK: Marriage tax break announced in Autumn Statement


The Christian institute





The Chancellor has announced a marriage tax break worth up to £200 a year in his Autumn Statement last week. The measure applies to married couples where both are basic rate tax payers, and where one spouse earns less than the personal tax allowance.












Ex-homosexual's marriage slammed by activists

WND





A former “gay rights” activist who declared six years ago he left homosexuality through the power of God is now celebrating his marriage to a woman, much to the chagrin of homosexual activists who are ridiculing him and his bride via the Web.










US show ‘spreading the gospel of polyamory’

The Christian Institute





Polyamory – intimate relationships between three or more people at the same time – “is quite normal already, it’s just not out of the closet yet”, said the stars of a US reality TV show. Michael McClure and Kamala Devi are starring in Polyamory: Married and Dating, and are currently living with McClure’s girlfriend Rachel.










Rick Warren speaks against redefinition of marriage

Religion Today





In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, megachurch pastor Rick Warren explained his position on homosexuality, tolerance and the redefinition of marriage, Christian Post reports. Warren is most concerned with attempts to redefine the term “marriage.” “I don’t think other groups get the opportunity to redefine a term…” Warren said.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Bishop: Sudan's Christians are 'on the cross' daily


Gary lane - CBN News





Bishop Macram Gassis says Christians and others in the Nubas are still suffering at the hands of the Islamist regime. Twenty-two years of war between North and South Sudan ended when southerners gained independence in July 2011.






Satanists demand statue to match Christian monument

NineMSN



A hotly debated monument to the Ten Commandments outside a state building in Oklahoma City could gain another layer of controversy if a group of Satanists get their way. The privately-funded Christian monument was placed outside the Oklahoma Statehouse in 2012, despite legal experts cautioning that it might violate provisions about the separation of church and state in the US Constitution.












Sexualisation of Society

UK: Teachers concern at child sexualisation


BPS



New research has revealed that many teachers are becoming increasingly concerned about the sexualisation of children, with a growing number of their pupils displaying behaviour that they view as inappropriate.












Other

Man remanded in custody over alleged assault of seven teenage girls at Sydney swimming pool


ABC







An asylum seeker accused of indecently assaulting seven teenage girls at a Sydney pool yesterday has been remanded in custody. Mohammed Nazari has been charged with five counts of indecently assaulting a person under 16 and two counts of assaulting with an act of indecency.








The Surgery Ship

Lucy Clark - The Hoopla

After a full year in and out of terrifying admissions to intensive care, of close calls and invasive procedures, the film director became close to a nurse who was a volunteer on the Africa Mercy – a floating hospital that sails up and down the coast of Africa, administering life-altering surgery to those with no access to medical care.