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

The tide is turning, pro-life movement is now winning


John A. Leies - LifeNews





Every year for the past 38 we have been commemorating the sad day of January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States. That decision was the culmination of years of lobbying by liberal feminists and pro-choice radicals, and the outcome of secular thinking of the 1960s. With a few exceptions, the states of our union before 1973 forbade the killing of infants in the womb; but the right to continue to make such protective laws was denied the individual states by seven Supreme Court judges. American citizens were given a license to kill by Roe v. Wade.














Classification

Explicit or art? Campaigners angered by x-rated play 'That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play'


Chris Hook - The Daily Telegraph





It's an age-old question being tested by a new play: At what point does art cross the line into pornography? This is not a picture taken in a seedy Kings Cross bar, but of a scene in new play called That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play which opens at Darlinghurst's TAP Gallery theatre tonight. Apparently, this is art.














Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Very modern custody battle: Gay father in court battle with lesbians over access to boy of two


Rebecca Evans - Daily Mail





It is a very modern custody battle. A gay man who donated sperm to his lesbian ex-wife is demanding overnight and holiday contact with her two-year-old son. She and her female partner are fighting his demands, saying he has ‘betrayed’ a ‘pact’ made before the child was conceived under which the father would have only ‘limited’ parental rights.


















Drugs & Alcohol

Drug labs on massive 'Mokbel' scale, court told after Maribyrnong raid


Amelia Harris - Herald Sun





A drug operation described as being on a similar scale to those run by Carl Williams and Tony Mokbel has been busted in a series of raids across Melbourne. Police arrested four men after raids today which uncovered a drug operation believed to be worth up to $15 million, along with weapons and cash. Four men appeared in an out-of-sessions court hearing late this afternoon on drug charges.










Time for govt to focus on alcohol: AMA

Julian Drape - SMH





The Gillard government is being urged to crack down on junk food and alcohol advertising now that it has taken on big tobacco by legislating for plain packaging of cigarettes. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) says it should be easier for Australians to make healthy choices about their lives.














Indigenous

Indigenous jailing rate to worsen: lawyers


Lisa Martin - SMH





High indigenous incarceration rates will get worse if the federal government proceeds with its controversial plan for a second phase of the Northern Territory intervention, a lawyers' alliance warns. It is expected that members of the House of Representatives will debate the federal government's Stronger Futures legislation this week. The legislation aims to extend measures brought in under the former Howard coalition government's NT intervention policy that targeted Aboriginal communities.
















Marriage

Same-sex marriage to be legal soon - Greens


AAP





The Greens believe same-sex marriage will be legal across the country by the end of the year. The Greens today will move to refer their 2010 bill supporting same-sex marriage to a Senate committee for investigation. "I am absolutely optimistic that we have a very good chance by the end of this year to be able to look back and say, 'We did it'," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young told reporters in Canberra.










MP's conscience vote on same-sex marriage postponed

Milandra Rout - The Australian





Labor and Coalition MPs have been given a few months' breathing space on a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, with it now unlikely until the findings of a Senate committee inquiry are released mid-year. The Greens yesterday announced they had the numbers to send their same-sex bill to the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee for an inquiry, enabling the public to have their say.








Union of sameness versus union of difference

David Palmer - OnLine Opinion





If a recent report in the Sydney Morning Herald is to be believed, the intensive lobbying of coalition MPs over the Summer months by same-sex marriage advocates has failed to secure their support for a conscience vote on the issue.










Christian leader calls for Starbucks boycott

The Inquisitr





No stranger to controversy, Starbucks Coffee is facing calls for a boycott of the coffeehouse giant. Evangelical pastor Steven Andrew, President of the USA Christian Ministries in California is calling on his followers to stay away from Starbucks for their support of legalized gay marriage in Washington State.










Politics

Christianity and the LNP


Daniel Hurst - Brisbane Times





Queensland's Liberal National Party is sometimes accused of being beholden to the religious right, but Wendy Francis for one scoffs at the suggestion. “I think all you've got to do is to talk to Campbell Newman to realise that is not the case,” says the state director of the Australian Christian Lobby.










Don't give Gillard any free kicks, says Abbott

Phillip Coorey - SMH





Tony Abbott has told his MPs that only Coalition ill-discipline can save Labor and Julia Gillard, urging his side to avoid unnecessary fights over principle. Addressing his party room as Parliament resumed for the year, Mr Abbott cited internal divisions over the Murray-Darling Basin and subsidies for the automotive industry as examples.




















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt’s Christians, post-Mubarak


Aline Sara - Now Lebanon





“We don’t feel as safe as before,” said Georges Nader, an Egyptian Copt who lives in Cairo. A year after the revolution that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Nader said that the number of Egyptians Copts fleeing the country was on the rise. “Half of my family is in Canada or the US, and they are trying to get us out of the country too. We are just waiting for the right opportunity,” the 25-year-old told NOW Lebanon. Last fall, the Egyptian Coptic Church’s lawyer Naguib Gibrael estimated that some 100,000 Christian families had left the country in the preceding months, and that since Mubarak’s ouster, sectarian strife has escalated in the country.














Christian missionaries face security challenges after murders

Worthy News





Christian missionaries in Mexico, including foreigners, face more security challenges after a married couple who had served for nearly three decades as Baptist church missionaries were killed, Worthy News learned. Americans John Casias, 76, and Wanda Casias, 67, were found strangled Tuesday, January 31, with electrical cords when one or more intruders broke into their house in Santiago, Nuevo Leon.












World watch list

Open Doors





The World Watch List is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. Each year, extensive research is completed, using questionnaires, news reports, interviews and country visits, and a point value is given to each country according to the findings. The research covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in the entire country, and the focus is on persecution for their faith, not for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.












Refugees

Detention centre 'should be shut immediately'


ABC





Amnesty International says a remote detention centre in far north Western Australia needs to be closed immediately. A four-person delegation from Amnesty spent Sunday and Monday inspecting Curtin detention centre, 40 kilometres from Derby, and meeting with some of the 860 men currently housed there.


















Sexualisation of Society

Child porn use out of control


Dan Oakes - SMH





Child pornography use has reached epidemic proportions in Australia, as paedophiles increasingly record themselves molesting children before swapping the images with other abusers, federal police have warned. With the rise of file-swapping, the images and videos are used as ''currency'' by abusers to buy their way into transnational groups that trade the material. In some cases, police have found terabytes of material, too much to store on most personal computers.














WA taxi driver watched passenger being raped

Ninemsn





A Perth cabbie who stood by as his colleague raped a female passenger claims his reputation has been unfairly damaged. Prabhjit Gill was found not guilty of sexual assault in court yesterday but it was revealed he watched the woman be raped by fellow taxi driver Amrit Pal in a North Lake car park last year.












Other

Open letter from the Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson APM


Link Zone





I couldn’t understand why he had no shoes. He was wearing a dark suit and socks but no shoes. He was about 80 years of age. He was dead. It was dark and he had been crossing the road when he was hit by a car and thrown onto the footpath. Later we would find out that he had been visiting his wife. She was in hospital. It was the first time they had been apart in their married life of over 50 years.