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

Death may spark backlash against abortion drug


Samantha Donovan - ABC





The revelation that Australia has recorded it first death related to use of the abortion pill RU486 has prompted a warning from the gynaecologist who supported the drug's legalisation in Australia. Caroline de Costa, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University in Cairns, was a prominent advocate for the introduction of medical abortion to Australia.
















Children & Family

Australians spending more time on family and less on their careers


Carleen Frost - The Daily Telegraph





Live to work or work to live? For Australians, it's a no-brainer. Signaling the end of late nights at the office and breakfast meetings, a new study has found people are now less career-minded and more family focused. According to research by CommSec, the proportion of full-time employees working more than 60 hours a week has dropped to a 23-year low of 10.2 per cent.
















Classification

R18+ games bill passes lower house


SMH





Computer game ratings for adults-only are a step closer after the lower house passed legislation on Monday. The laws fulfil the commonwealth's part of a deal with states and territories to include an R18+ rating in the games classification system. At ppresent the highest rating for computer games has been MA15+, which means games only for sale to adults overseas are usually banned or given the lower classification so children can still obtain them here.
















Drugs & Alcohol

Meth addict turned to paedophilia


Sean Fewster - AdelaideNow





A drug addict who turned to pedophilia when amphetamines left him "sexually disinhibited" will serve at least three years' jail. The man, who cannot be named, appeared in the District Court today. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, five counts of indecent assault and child pornography offences.
















Gambling

Uncertainty over pokies trial start


Lisa Martin - NineMSN





The starting date for a trial of pre-commitment technology for poker machines in the ACT is uncertain, despite the federal government confirming its February 2013 deadline. Clubs ACT chief Jeff House on Monday described the February 2013 trial date as "ambitious" and said it could be pushed back. "The government has acknowledged that if it takes longer ... then so be it," he told AAP on Monday.










Bishops speak out on Gambling Reform

Anglican Church League





This past week the Australian Anglican Bishops met in Melbourne for the annual National Bishops’ Meeting. One important item on our agenda was Gambling Reform.














Marriage

UK: Church of England opposes gay marriage plans in Britain


Christian Today





In its initial response to the Government consultation on same-sex marriage launched this week, the Church of England said it was "committed to the traditional understanding of the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman". It expressed its support for civil partnerships but said that opening marriage up to same-sex couples "would confer few if any new legal rights" on their union. “The issue of whether marriage should be redefined to include those of the same-sex is a more complicated picture than has been painted," the Church said.










UK: Gay marriage consultation 'makes a mockery of democracy' says Evangelicals

Christian Today





Church leaders have criticised the Government's pledge to change the laws on marriage. The Evangelical Alliance has slammed the Government's consultation on gay marriage launched today. The organisation accused the Government of ignoring widespread public opinion in favour of the current definition as a union between a man and a woman. The consultation paper states: "This consultation is about how we best remove the ban on same-sex couples having a civil marriage, not on whether this should or should not happen.










SA wooed by gay reformers

NineMSN





Gay marriage reformers are wooing four South Australian MPs in the hope of changing same-sex marriage laws. Australian Marriage Equality (AME) is courting four undecided ALP federal lower house members Kate Ellis, Nick Champion, Amanda Rishworth and Tony Zappia. AME national convener Alex Greenwich says all four MPs are well respected so their support for same sex marriage could win others over to his cause. AME is also seeking support from undecided SA Senators Nick Xenophon (Independent), Mary Jo Fisher (Liberal) and Sean Edwards (Liberal).














Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex tough sell


The Mercury





Sex and its supply and demand in the market place will be back on the agenda in the next few months as the debate about whether to legalise prostitution returns to State Parliament. The deadline for public comment on the future of Tasmania's sex laws expires on Friday and it will be up to Attorney-General Brian Wightman to steer legislative change through the public arena and both Houses of Parliament. The Australian Christian Lobby has also raised concerns about the link between legalised brothels and sex trafficking.














Jesus loves porn stars

Craig Gross - ABC





Today, XXXchurch.com is the largest website of its kind. More than 70 million visitors have logged on since its inception. XXXchurch.com averages a 200k-400k visitors a month. We have 1 million people using our free Internet Accountability software called X3watch. For the person who is addicted to viewing porn, XXXchurch offers some answers. For the person who is performing, it offers some alternatives. Regardless, XXXchurch is articulating a voice of hope. I want to connect with people who are in the industry and those messed up by the industry.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Nuns traumatized after school attack in Egypt


Jeremy Reynalds - ASSIST News Service





Two nuns in Upper Egypt faced “unimaginable fear” – with one later hospitalized over emotional trauma. That was when 1,500 Muslim villagers wielding swords and knives trapped them inside a guesthouse last week and threatened to burn them out. According to a story by Compass Direct News, the next day the atackers frightened children at the school. Attendance has since dropped by more than a third.










Iran claims Pastor Nadarkhani won’t be executed

Michael Ireland - ASSIST News Service





An Iranian official has refuted claims of plans to execute imprisoned pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned for almost three years on accusations of apostasy, a crime where one disaffiliates themselves from a religion, according to Huffington post. The website says the refutation came after human rights investigator Ahmed Shaheed delivered a recent report to the United Nations.














Refugees

Sudanese refugees find unlikely home in rural Australia


AFP





A rural Australian gold mining and farming town famous as the birthplace of "Waltzing Matilda" poet Banjo Paterson seems an unlikely home for refugees fleeing decades of conflict in Sudan. But what started with a single pioneering family has become a thriving community of more than 300 people from the strife-torn north African nation who call pastoral Orange home. "Maybe its best town in the world, especially the weather," explained Sudanese refugee Fathi Shouma in broken English.












Refugees find league has no borders

Paul Crawley - The Daily Telegraph





Going to your first footy game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any kid. So just imagine how lucky this lot felt yesterday as they sat in the stands for their first NRL game to cheer on the Roosters and Raiders. Their trip to the footy was more than just a long, hot car drive on a Sunday afternoon. They are part of a six-week multicultural integration program and arrived at Moore Park from as far away as Sudan, Serbia, Russia and Iraq, and a whole host of other nations.












Sexualisation of Society

Protect our kids from sexualised images


Wendy Tuohy - Herald Sun





Girls my daughter's age are exposed to more sexualised imagery via everything from toys and children's clothing to billboards on the school run and music videos shown in kid-TV time, than any generation before them. And whatever your stance on freedom of expression, I agree with bodies such as the Australian Psychological Society - and the French and English governments - which have all warned this can be extremely damaging.














Other

Atheist Foundation returns to advertising with Woody Allen quote: ‘If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse’


Mumbrella





The Atheist Foundation of Australia has returned to advertising with a bus-side campaign that is running in Melbourne. The non-believing group has quoted Woody Allen in the ad, which reads ‘If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse’. The campaign has been timed for the run up to the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, which is being marketed as “A celebration of reason”.














Hillsong Church defeats Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore's site ban to redevelop warehouse in Alexandria

Amy Dale - The Daily Telegraph





The Hillsong Church has scored a win over Lord Mayor Clover Moore with a court ruling it can start a $1 million development of a warehouse to hold more than 1000 weekend worshippers. The Land and Environment Court on Friday upheld an appeal by Hillsong against City of Sydney Council and approved its application to transform an Alexandria warehouse into an auditorium-style church.












Libyan police too scared to arrest cemetery vandals despite capturing three who desecrated graves

Mail on Sunday





Police in Libya captured three members of an armed mob that desecrated British war graves in Benghazi – but released them after a few hours because they were ‘too dangerous’. The extremists, who admitted smashing the gravestones with sledgehammers, belong to an Islamist militia with links to Al Qaeda. During questioning, police were so nervous they made the men wear blindfolds so they would not be able to identify their interrogators.