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


Alabama Supreme Court in landmark ruling: 'each person has a God-given right to life'


Ben Johnson - LifeSiteNews


In a landmark legal case that established the right of a mother to sue if her unborn child wrongfully dies before viability, today the Alabama State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that “each person has a God-given right to life.”








GAMBLING


An epic fight to preserve the spirit of a community


On Tuesday night, after a packed and emotion-charged meeting, the local Mount Alexander Shire authorised an appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal against a decision that would more than treble the number of poker machines in the town, about 120 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.


Bruce Guthrie - Sydney Morning Herald




 

Greens hedge their bets on poker machine legislation


Richard Willingham - Canberra Times


The Greens are refusing to guarantee support of the federal government's poker machine reform legislation because the plan to trial mandatory precommitment and introduce technology on all new machines is holding back meaningful changes.








INDIGENOUS


Indigenous suicide rate tackled


Russell Skelton - Sydney Morning Herald


IN A move to combat the high indigenous suicide rate, prevention programs will be strictly audited and required to be more transparent in the way they operate.  Counsellors hired by consultants will be also be urged to undergo cultural awareness training before they work in remote communities.  http://www.smh.com.au/national/indigenous-suicide-rate-tackled-20120217-1ter3.html






Indigenous children not to be part of ABS survey


Lisa Martin - Canberra Times


Indigenous children should be included in voluntary medical tests being conducted as part of a national health survey, a federal inquiry has heard. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/indigenous-children-not-to-be-part-of-abs-survey-20120217-1teyo.html






MARRIAGE


New Jersey governor vetoes gay marriage bill






BBC


The governor of the US state of New Jersey has vetoed a bill allowing same-sex marriage just a day after it was passed by the state Assembly.  Chris Christie - a rising star in the Republican party - renewed his call for a referendum to decide the issue  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17081970


 

Maryland House approves same-sex marriage


Tom McParland - Capital News Service


ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After a year of highly contested debate and political wrangling, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to become the third state legislature this month to approve same-sex marriage after the House of Delegates on Friday voted 72-67 to pass the Civil Marriage Protection Act.  ttp://news.bostonherald.com/news/national/south/view/20120218maryland_house_approves_same-sex_marriage/srvc=home&position=recent


 

POLITICS


Election needed to move beyond Gillard-Rudd war, says Opposition leader


AAP


LABOR'S internal war over the leadership has paralysed the federal government, made it totally dysfunctional and a fresh election is needed, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said today.  Mr Abbott seized on reports Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is preparing to challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-needed-to-move-beyond-gillard-rudd-war-says-opposition-leader/story-fn59niix-1226274539101


 

Bligh to call Qld state election


AAP


The Queensland Premier is today due to see Governor Penelope Wensley, to call an election for March 24, meaning parliament will be dissolved and Anna Bligh’s government will go into care-taker mode.  The opposition Liberal National Party needs only a swing of about 4.6 per cent to topple the government.   http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/state-election-2012/bligh-to-call-qld-state-election-20120219-1tgom.html


 

OTHER


When it's ethical to disclose your religious beliefs


Jennifer Wilson - Online Opinion


What I learned about being a Christian is that a follower is expected to live his or her faith. It isn't some abstract concept that is trotted out on Sundays. It's supposed to imbue every aspect of life, every action the believer takes is to be taken in God's light, and when a Christian encounters difficulties of any kind, a Christian prays to God for guidance and sustenance. No matter what one's profession, one is expected to perform it as a Christian, according to Christian values.  http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13262