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

Parents glad they didn’t abort girl with rare brain condition


The Christian Institute

A baby girl called Faith who was born with part of her brain outside her head is now home and well after her parents refused an abortion.


Their baby has one body and two faces. What would you do?

Mamamia Team

Renee Young is 19 weeks pregnant. Like any expectant parents, Young and her husband Simon Howie are both excited and nervous about what’s to come. But unlike other soon-to-be parents, they will face an extra obstacle when their twin baby girls are delivered in July. Four weeks ago, a routine ultrasound revealed that Young and Howie’s baby had two legs, two arms and one heart just like any other baby. But the scan also revealed that their baby also had two faces and two brains.


Classification

Violent video games leave teens 'morally immature'

Sean Coughlan - BBC

Playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers, according to a study in Canada. In-depth research into the behaviour of about 100 13- and 14-year-olds found over-exposure to violent games weakened empathy for others. More than half were found to play video games every single day, with violent games the most common. Researchers warned of adolescents losing a sense of "right and wrong".


Drugs & Alcohol

Hells Angels members arrested, properties raided


Nino Bucci and Rania Spooner - The Age

A military-grade firearm, suspicious vehicles and signs of marijuana cultivation have been found at a "make shift" clubhouse linked to the Hells Angels in Melbourne.


Education

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard leads crusade to educate children worldwide


Tory Shepherd - The Advertser

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken to Prime Minister Tony Abbott about her new role, spearheading a campaign to raise billions of dollars to help educate almost 60 million children.


Gambling

Casino firms split over legalisation of online gambling in US


Associated Press

Many experts believe online wagering is the future of gambling, but the casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue.


Homelessness & Poverty

The End of Charity: How Christians are (not) to 'Remember the Poor'


Stanley Hauerwas - ABC

"They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do" (Galatians 2: 10). I begin with Paul's report of what he was asked to do by the church in Jerusalem as a reminder that to be asked to remember the poor is an ongoing Christian obligation.


Marriage

Imam charged with solemnising underage marriage


Emma Partridge, Leesha McKenny - The Age

Police have arrested and charged an imam accused of conducting the marriage of a 12-year-old girl in the Hunter Valley this year.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Northern Ireland: Ex-prostitute urges Stormont to make purchasing sex illegal

The Christian Institute

A former prostitute has urged Northern Ireland MLAs to pass a proposed law which would make the purchase of sex illegal in the province. Mia De Faoite told Stormont’s Justice Committee to make a “wise choice” and support the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill because prostitution has no place in a humane society. She spoke of her experiences as a prostitute on the streets of Dublin for six years, when she was repeatedly raped and abused.


Sexualisation of Society

UK: Schoolchildren having sexually explicit conversations in class and 'sexting' in the playground after being exposed to online pornography


Harriet Arkell - Mail Online

Pupils are watching X-rated material on their mobiles in break times and their language is becoming more explicit as a result, worried teachers said today. School staff say children are having more sexually indecent conversations with each other than ever before, sending each other sexual text messages ('sexting'), and pressuring those who don't take part into doing so. A poll, conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, revealed that increasing levels of exposure to X-rated content was also encouraging youngsters into promiscuous behaviour.