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

ProLifeCon: The premier gathering of online pro-life activists


Family Research Council

Pro-life internet activists will gather at Family Research Council headquarters on January 23rd, 2012 for ProLifeCon, the premier conference for the online pro-life community. The event will be webcast live, and will feature experts and legislators to inform you about the cutting edge of the pro-life movement and give you ways to make a difference on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the rest of the online world.


Boehner to address abortion opponents at Washington DC march

The Associated Press

Abortion opponents are gathering in Washington for their annual rally and march to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to address the crowd Monday at the "March for Life." The first march was held in 1974, a year after the landmark Supreme Court ruling. In recent years it has attracted hundreds of thousands of participants.


Charities & NFP

Scrutiny proposals alarm charities


Matthew Franklin - The Australian

Australia's biggest not-for-profit health provider has accused the Gillard government of planning laws that could allow it to take over charities critical of government policy. Catholic Health Australia has warned that legislation creating the proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission would allow the government to "shame" critics without proving claims of wrongdoing.


Gambling

Poker machine doublespeak


Malcolm Farnswoth - ABC

It was a day for doublespeak yesterday as Gillard Government functionaries came out in force to promote their leader's "problem gambling policy". They all denied Andrew Wilkie had been stabbed in the back. "We don't have the numbers to deliver the package he has asked for," said Health Minister Plibersek, overlooking the inconvenient truth that Gillard signed up to the policy in exchange for Wilkie backing her into government.


Gamblers relieved bets are off with poker machine reforms

Kylie Simmonds - ABC

Well in the Parliament all bets are off for Andrew Wilkie but some of those whose welfare he said he was fighting for say mandatory pre-commitment would never have worked.


Marriage

Hatred stuns tennis great Margaret Court


Aaron Langmaid - Herald Sun

Margaret Court says she felt victimised and became the target of a relentless hate campaign for airing her views on gay marriage. The former champion has admitted being stunned by the backlash after her controversial comments made headlines around the world.


The new outlaws: how same-sex marriage suffocates freedom

Bryce J. Christensen - Mercator Net

Those advocating the radical social innovation, which they label “same-sex or gay marriage,” typically claim that they are fighting for freedom, championing a basic liberty. “Freedom to Marry” is indeed the name of a national organization devoted to the advocacy of same-sex marriage. Established in 2003 by civil-rights advocate Evan Wolfson and headquartered in New York City, this group takes “We All Deserve the Freedom to Marry” as its slogan.


Would you say yes to an open relationship?

Samantha Brett - SMH

Monogamy is unnatural! Our species is too obsessed with sex! We are not designed to have sex with the same person over and over again for an entire lifetime! Sounds plausible ... or ludicrous? Either way, these revelations are all from psychologist Christopher Ryan, the author of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, whose New York Times bestselling book shook things up when it was released in 2010.


Politics

Labor’s policy changes should be put to the people, ACL says


Australian Conservative

If the Gillard Government wants to break key commitments it made to secure office, it should put the new policies to a general election, the Australian Christian Lobby says in a media release today: Perhaps never before in the nation’s history have so many key promises to secure Government been made and broken in such quick succession, the Australian Christian Lobby said today. “Labor is just half way through its second term and it has broken four key promises following its reneging yesterday of its promise to implement poker machine reform by May,” ACL’s managing director Jim Wallace said.


Craig Thomson key to Tony Abbott's plotting

Dennis Shanahan - The Australia

Within 48 hours of Andrew Wilkie withdrawing crucial support from the Gillard government, Tony Abbott has started building the argument to move a no-confidence motion against Labor on the grounds of maladministration and integrity. On the issue of a lack of government integrity and trust, Abbott has been given the golden opportunity of Wilkie's sense of betrayal and a swath of public questioning of Julia Gillard's sincerity, ranging from GetUp! to the Australian Christian Lobby.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Plan to rid St Kilda of kerb-crawlers


Aleks Devic - Herald Sun

Police have created a blueprint to rid hooker hot spot St Kilda of street workers within two years. State Parliament is also taking action, passing special legislation allowing police to ban seedy customers from Victoria's infamous sex centre for 72 hours. About 370 kerb crawlers have been banished from the area in one year and been charged with soliciting sex.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pope warns America of ‘grave threat’ to religious freedom


Jim Hoft - GateWay Pundit

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan lashed out at the Obama Administration for forcing religious organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. The new rules are so strict that most Catholic institutions will not qualify for an exemption. Pope Benedict warned of the “grave threat” to religious freedom in United States before the Obama Administration’s decision this week.


Police beat, arrest evangelist in Sudan

Compass Direct

Police this week beat and arrested a church leader in Khartoum, sources told Compass. Evangelist James Kat of the Evangelical Church of Sudan was arrested on Tuesday morning, with officers beating him as they took him to a North Division police station, the sources said. He was released on bail the same day. Police detained Kat, who lives at the church site, apparently because he was using the place as his home.


Refugees

Indonesians unhappy with Abbott plan


Sky News

Indonesian police are the latest to voice concerns about the coalition's plan to turn asylum seeker boats around at sea but Opposition Leader Tony Abbott isn't backing down.Mr Abbott has long promised that a coalition government would turn the boats back to Indonesia when it's safe to do so. But with offshore processing now in legal doubt he is putting fresh emphasis on the plan, calling it a 'core policy'.


Sexualisation of Society

Tankard Reist explain yourself


Kate Gleeson - SMH

Is the anti-porn activist guilty by association with Brian Harradine? Many feminists are suspicious of Melinda Tankard Reist. This is not just because she identifies as a pro-life feminist, a rare species in Australia. It is because of her work for then senator Brian Harradine when he was at his most powerful. It would be naive to suggest anything less.