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

Jesus would not approve of abortion, says Jimmy Carter


Paul Stanley - Christian Post





Former President Jimmy Carter told The Christian Post that he believes Jesus would not approve of abortion with the exception of a few cases. He also criticized the Democratic Party for taking such a strong stance on supporting abortion for all women and encouraged them to soften their language in the party's platform. "I never found any incompatibilities though between my religious faith and my duties as a politician except in the case of abortion,"' Carter told CP in an interview. "I don't believe that Jesus would approve abortion except in the case of incest, rape or the mother's life in danger."














Children & Family

PBS slashes prices of major drugs in major win for families

Samantha Maiden - The Sunday Telegraph





The biggest price cuts in the history of the nation's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will hit chemist shelves today, delivering big savings to families. Prices will be slashed on 1000 brands of 60 popular prescription medicines by up to $14 per script. Some of the most widely used medications, including scores of antibiotics, painkillers, antidepressants, cholesterol controllers, laxatives, blood pressure and heart drugs, will fall in price, thanks to a Gillard government move which brings drug costs into line with the market price.
















Environment

Tim Flannery's like the weather: unreliable


Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph





A quarter of Australians say Tim Flannery is an unreliable source of information about climate change, a new survey reveals. A Galaxy poll for the Institute of Public Affairs found 18 per cent of people regard the country's official climate change spokesman as "somewhat unreliable", while 7 per cent consider him "very unreliable". Less than a third, 31 per cent, found him somewhat or very reliable.














Homelessness

UCB raises awareness of global housing shortage


Christian Today





United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes with poor communities around the world. ‘The House that UCB built’ project launches on 1 April and will see the two organisations collaborate throughout the year to raise awareness of the 1.6 billion people in the world struggling as a result of a lack of housing. UCB will help to increase support Habitat for Humanity's work in 80 countries by featuring the charity's projects on its radio and television channels.














Human Rights

Rights advocates cautious as Burma votes


Lindsay Murdoch - SMH





Human rights groups say the almost certain election of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Burma's military-dominated parliament today is not a serious test of the government's commitment to reform. ''The real test is whether the new parliament can reform repressive laws and civilians can assert authority over the military, which continues to commit abuses in ethnic areas,'' said Elaine Pearson, deputy director at Human Rights Watch Asia.


















Indigenous

Aboriginal education gets $580m boost in NT


Dan Harrison - SMH





The Gillard government will announce more than half a billion dollars in education funding today as part of the next phase of the federal intervention in the Northern Territory. The $583 million over the next 10 years will pay the wages of 200 teachers and for the building of up to 100 teacher houses in remote communities.
















Marriage

Lyle Shelton on Channel 10

Channel Ten





This morning ACL’s Lyle Shelton spoke on Channel Ten’s breakfast program about why marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman.














Politics

ALP support slumps to near record lows


SMH





Support for federal Labor has fallen back to near-record lows after the Queensland election, according to a poll which also shows the Coalition ahead as preferred economic manager only a month before the budget. But Labor's plans to cut company tax using proceeds from the mining tax enjoys clear public support, even among Coalition voters whose party opposes the tradeoff. The latest Herald/Nielsen poll shows that while Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott continue to rival each other in the personal unpopularity stakes, the hard-fought gains Labor has made during past few months have gone.
















Wanted: Local champions for Queensland Labor

Laurie Oakes - The Punch





The photographs and the TV images should have brought home to those running the Labor Party the seriousness of the situation they face. Seven dejected people sitting around what looked like a kitchen table. This was Labor’s new caucus in the Queensland Parliament. It is also the future of the party across the nation unless it is very careful. Yet, particularly at the federal level, there seems to be no sense of urgency, no recognition that the party is facing a moment of truth.










Earth to Gillard: Watch Bob Brown

Chris Kenny - The Australian





Bob Brown's kooky speech to his "fellow Earthians" deserves greater scrutiny. Apart from providing an insight into the Greens plan for a universal world government, it makes clear the dilemma confronting the Gillard government. With fewer than three in every 10 people now identifying Labor as their political party of first choice, Julia Gillard has two options: she can continue chasing the votes of her fellow Earthians to the left, or she can rejoin the contest for the mainstream Australia.














Mark Latham's lament on 'liar' PM Julia Gillard

Staff Writer - The Daily Telegraph





Labor can't go to an election with Julia Gillard as leader and needs to install a "non-liar" into the post, former leader Mark Latham said yesterday. Raising talk of leadership change only weeks after Ms Gillard beat a challenge from Kevin Rudd, Mr Latham believes there is no way the party would stick with Ms Gillard.




Hayden fears Labor's time has passed

Jamie Walker - The Australian





Bill Hayden was the last man standing when Labor crashed in Queensland at the 1975 federal election. Now the former ALP leader and governor-general has declared that Australia's oldest political party may have "had its time". The message was rammed home to him this week when he climbed into a taxi and the driver spat out his disgust with the ALP over its shattering defeat at last Saturday's state election.














Anti-gay MP to be Speaker

Star Observer





Controversial anti-gay Sunshine Coast MP Fiona Simpson has been announced as the new Speaker of Queensland’s parliament. She will be the state’s first ever female Parliamentary Speaker. An advocate of so-called ‘reparative therapy’ for homosexuals, the Liberal National Party MP famously told the state’s legislative assembly that homosexuals could “grow into heterosexuality over time”.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Faith under occupation. The plight of indigenous Christians in the Holy Land


Ludwig Watzal - International





In the West, the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict is viewed as only a Muslim-Jewish one. Totally forgotten are the Christians in Palestine who constitute the cradle of Christianity. This report does not only aim to expose the grim realities of life under Israeli military occupation, and the impacts that it has on the Palestinian people in general, but it also aims to shed some light on the fact that Palestinian Christians are indigenous to the Holy Land. This report also disapproves of the unfounded Israeli and Christian Zionist propaganda that Palestinian Christians are depopulating due to Muslim fundamentalism in Palestinian society. Even more repelling is the fact that this report shows how Christian Zionist support for Israel’s brutal military occupation of Palestine is threatening the existence of Palestinian Christians.












Christian workers in Gulf countries warned about Saudi cleric’s call to ‘destroy churches’

Patrick Goodenough - CNS News





A call by Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority for a demolition of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula has prompted an organization representing Filipino workers in the region to advise caution and discretion. More than two million Filipinos live and work in the Middle East – around 1.2 million in Saudi Arabia alone – and a majority of them are Christians, predominantly Roman Catholics.














Tennessee mother faces possible jail

CBS Charlotte





A Shelby County mother is facing contempt-of-court charges and possible jail time for baptizing her two children without the knowledge or consent of her ex-husband. This week the Tennessee Court of Appeals said Lauren Jarrell must face a criminal contempt hearing for violating a court order that said major decisions regarding the religious upbringing of her two children should be made jointly with her-ex-husband. The mother and her ex-husband, Blake Jarrell, are both Christian — he’s a Methodist and she’s a Presbyterian.














Sexualisation of Society

The end of women


Mercatornet





The legacy of the sexual revolution is more subversive than its champions admit. The death of the American feminist poet Adrienne Rich this week has brought many accolades on account of her literary gifts and contribution to the feminist movement over the past 50 years. In her transformation from conventionally married mother of three sons in the 1950s, to lesbian partner and apologist in the 1970s, she became not only the voice but a living example of the revolutionary character of second wave feminism.
















Other

Paid to live the high life - the man who spent $243,702 of your money


Linda Silmalis - The Sunday Telegraph





One of the nation's highest-paid bureaucrats - who earns more than double the PM's salary - has racked up a huge corporate credit card bill, including more than $21,000 at one Canberra restaurant. The federal-government appointed head of a national aviation body uses the card - effectively funded by airline passengers - for stays at upmarket hotels around the world, fine dining and the upkeep of a luxury Audi.