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

Why do abortion supporters (and the law) care more for baby animals than baby humans?


Kristi Burton Brown - LifeSiteNews

Currently the law provides far more protection to the turtle egg than the unborn human being. Ok, here’s something I’ve never quite figured out (maybe you can help me). Why is it that so many people who support abortion also support the right of baby animals to live? I personally believe that people are created in the Image of God and, therefore, their lives are the most important to protect. (I also believe we shouldn’t needlessly kill animals.) However, I get how people who believe in evolution and think that we are all animals could equate killing an animal baby to killing a human baby. But what I don’t understand is how one can be so wrong and the other so right.


Focus on the Family ad features Tebow's Bible verse

Deb Stanley - The Denver Channel

Focus on the Family unveiled a new commercial during the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots football game on Saturday night. The Christian ministry garnered worldwide attention two years ago when it aired an anti-abortion commercial during the Super Bowl that featured Tim Tebow and his mother. In the commercial, Pam Tebow shared her personal story of how she refused doctors' recommendations that she abort Tim because of a serious illness she had contracted. The new commercial features children reciting Tim Tebow's favorite Bible verse, John 3:16.


[ACL note : This story has been obviously deleted from Newser page http://www.newser.com/story/137570/playoff-anti-abort-ad-features-tebow-verse.html   refer here ]



Canada urged to conceal fetal sex over abortion fears

Yahoo News

An editorial in a major Canadian medical journal Monday urges doctors to conceal the gender of a fetus from all pregnant women until 30 weeks to prevent sex-selective abortion by Asian immigrants. A separate article in the same issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal warns that Canada has become "a haven for parents who would terminate female fetuses in favor of having sons" due to advanced prenatal testing and easy access to abortion.


Children & Family

Staff hard to come by as childcare centres struggle with reforms


Jessica Wright - SMH

A regional NSW childcare centre risks losing its accreditation after a fruitless two-year search to fill a single vacancy for a university qualified teacher and carer. The owner of the Willows Preschool and Early Learning Centre in Orange, Cathy Carroll, runs an operation which, from next week, will cater for 90 infants, toddlers and preschoolers and says her centre had been accredited each year by NSW authorities with a rating of ''excellent''.


Classification

Movie morality is plummeting


MercatorNet

A time traveller from the 20th Century would very likely be shocked by how standards have plummeted in the film industry in a little over a decade – particularly with movies aimed at the teen market. Even parents from the swinging ’60s and ’70s would have thought twice about the explicit films now routinely sanctioned by censors for viewing by teenagers.


iPhone bomb app Action Movie FX blasted by psychologist

News.com

An iPhone app that lets users simulate blowing up buildings, dropping cars on crowds and even launching carpet bombs on their neighbourhood has been branded insensitive by an Australian psychologist. Launched on the Australian App Store just before Christmas the app also allows users to buy extra effects, including chopper crashes and armed assailants opening fire on the video subject. But the free inclusion of a car flipping and rolling at the camera touted as "Look like an action star as you evade a massive CAR CRASH!" was yesterday panned as insensitive to victims of road trauma.


Drugs & Alcohol

Qld Health employee hit with drugs charges


Christine Flatley - SMH

A man accused of fleecing Queensland Health will face extra charges and the amount of money involved has increased to more than $16 million, Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Monday. Hohepa Morehu-Barlow appeared via video-link from Arthur Gorrie prison to hear his initial fraud charge upgraded from $11 million to $16.613 million. He was also charged with a second count of fraud involving $56,402. Other new charges include falsifying records, drug possession and misconduct as a public official.


Education

Million bucks for top-notch schools


Wes Hosking, Susie O'Brien - Herald Sun

The cost for a Victorian family to send two children to a private school is about to hit almost $1 million. A survey tips private school expenses will rise up to 25 per cent over the next five years, but warns parents face financial pain no matter what school system they choose. A government education will come with a $140,000 price tag for two children, while a Catholic school upbringing will cost $400,000.


Gambling

Labor is gambling on politics not principles


Tom Cummings - SMH

It's been 16 months since that handshake, and eight months since the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee handed down their first report into designing and implementing a mandatory pre-commitment system. And still there is no sign of the pokies reform.


Gillard government defiant on poker machine pre-commitment scheme

Lani Vasek and James Massola - The Australian

The Gillard government is refusing to drop its doomed mandatory poker machine pre-commitment scheme amid accusations it wants the reform to fail in the parliament. As key independent Andrew Wilkie heads to Adelaide today to brief fellow anti-pokies campaigner Nick Xenophon on weekend talks with Julia Gillard, Labor said it had no plans to drop its plan to force poker machine gamblers to pre-set their loss limits.


Indigenous

Indigenous focus at universities raises 'culture war' worry


Andrew Trounson - The Australian

Universities should embed Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives across all undergraduate programs under new guidelines released by Universities Australia. But embedding indigenous perspectives in the curriculum has sparked concern that knowledge of a discipline risked being crowded out and curriculum development politicised by "culture wars". So far only the University of South Australia has fully embedded indigenous content in its undergraduate curricula, though Charles Sturt University will have followed suit by 2015. Three other universities are developing similar strategies.


Marriage

US bishops join same-sex religious protest


Catholic News

A letter signed by more than three dozen US religious leaders, including New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan, has voiced concern that religious groups will be forced to treat same-sex unions "as if they were marriage", said the National Catholic Reporter. "Altering the civil definition of 'marriage' does not change one law, but hundreds, even thousands, at once," said the letter, "Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together," released on January 12.


Liberal MP hits out at ‘rainbow fascists’

Star Observer

Victorian Liberal MP Bernie Finn has accused the gay community of “rainbow fascism” in response to comments made by Australian tennis legend Margaret Court’s on homosexuality. Speaking to radio host David Oldfield on 2UE today, the Upper House MP labelled those calling for Court’s name to be removed from Melbourne Park’s tennis show court, “extreamists”.


Celebrities get behind same-sex marriage push

Dan Harrison - SMH

The actor Hugh Jackman, film critic David Stratton and Oscar-winning costume designer Lizzy Gardiner have thrown their celebrity clout behind the push to legalise same-sex marriage. The Australian Christian Lobby managing director, Jim Wallace, said while the endorsements were ''smart marketing,'' few Australians had any passion for change. ''Celebrities don't represent the opinion of the majority of Australians,'' he said.


Politics

PM must assert herself this year


Canberra Times

The strength of the political marriage between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Greens leader Bob Brown will be keenly scrutinised as this year unfolds. How can the Prime Minister exert her influence without fatally damaging the union? In the lead-up to next year's election, she must forge a strong path of decision-making. She cannot afford to look like a lame duck beholden to the Greens. In addition, there are other tensions at play, with the Prime Minister forced to keep the Independents in the House happy.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan: Authorities order bulldozing of Caritas centre


Eva–Maria Kolmann - ACN News

In the north-eastern Pakistani Archdiocese of Lahore, a centre of the Church-affiliated charitable organisation Caritas was illegally demolished on the order of the Punjab Province government. The building complex, which housed several social service institutions – including a retirement home – was demolished under the supervision of the highest official of the local government, under police protection and using heavy machinery. Caritas as the legal owner was not informed in advance of this action. Although the operators of the institutions were able to present proof of ownership on site and without delay, they were told by the officials that the building complex had become the property of the government of Punjab Province.


Other

US : Abortion, gay marriage take centre stage


Philip Rucker - SMH

The conservative bedrock issues of abortion, gay marriage and faith that have long shaped Republican campaigns in the South moved towards centre stage of the presidential contest as candidates fought for the support of evangelical voters. In a boost for Rick Santorum on Saturday a coalition of prominent Christian conservative leaders voted to back his candidacy, in a last-ditch effort to consolidate social conservative voters and stop, or at least slow, Mitt Romney's march to the Republican nomination.