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.







 



 



 



EDUCATION






Facing persecution, Swedish homeschoolers seek American help






Baptist Press






Swedish homeschoolers are seeking help from their American counterparts as they face persecution including harassment, fines and separation of families for not sending their children to government-sanctioned schools.








GAMBLING






Pokies foes want a chat






Daniel Flitton - Brisbane Times






ANTI-poker machine campaigners want to speak to Kevin Rudd over claims he would kill off bet limits on winning back the top job.








MARRIAGE






State by state same-sex marriage marches across America






Curtis Tate


With supporters of same-sex marriage racking up victories in state legislatures and federal courts, the long battle over the contentious issue may settle in their favour. However, opponents of gay marriage vow to take the matter directly to voters wherever they can - an arena in which they have never lost.












POLITICS

We prefer defeat to Rudd: MPs


Melissa Schubert, Stephanie Peatling - The Age






LABOR'S most marginal seat holders would rather risk an electoral wipeout than back Kevin Rudd as leader, despite his popularity with voters.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/we-prefer-defeat-to-rudd-mps-20120225-1tvfn.html


Cabinet splits as supporters of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard






Ben Packham - The Australian






CABINET Minister Peter Garrett today declared he would not serve as a minister under Kevin Rudd if he took the Labor leadership tomorrow.








RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION






Michael Youssef: Christians More Persecuted Today Than at Any Time






Luiza Oleszczuk - Christian Post


The bad economy should not stop evangelical Christians from sharing the Gospel and also humanitarian aid in nations with high Christian persecution.




Back to First Principles on Religious Freedom






Dorothy Samuels - New York Times






But the real departure from the Constitution is their specious claim to a right to impose their religious views on millions of Americans who do not share them.