ACL in the news

No outcry for persecuted Christians


Lyle Shelton - The Australian



In Paris, Islam’s prophet Mohammed was avenged by two brothers killing in cold blood. In Pakistan, the prophet is to be avenged by the government-sanctioned hanging of a mother of five. Asia Bibi’s crime was to be a Christian drinking a bowl of water from a village well, thus making it unclean. She then allegedly made derogatory comments about Mohammed, something she denies.




Abortion

Alan Sears: We're at a 'Tipping Point' on Pro-Life issues


Diane Montagna - Aleteia



As president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Alan Sears has long been on the front lines in fighting for religious freedom — and no less so now as it comes under increasing assault from legislators.




Anniversary of "Roe vs. Wade"

Bernard Byrne - Voices for the Unborn



To paraphrase, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt speech, the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, "January 22, 1973" is without any doubt , "A day that will live in Infamy" in the hearts and minds, of more and more of our Country's Citizens, each passing year. The opposition to this horrific law ,is what grows, rather than it's acceptance.




Man who didn't want a child stomped on his pregnant wife, a court is told

Adam Cooper - The Age



A man stomped on his pregnant wife and also forced her to have sex against her will in attempts to have their baby aborted, a court has heard. The man, 40, was on Monday refused bail when a magistrate heard that police had serious concerns for the safety of the woman, who was so frightened of her husband that she refused to enter the courtroom when his case was called.




Children & Family

Don’t judge me for being a stay at home mum


Siobhan Rennie - Mamamia



In a shop the other day, the male shop assistant asked what I did for a living. It was 10am on a weekday and I was pushing a pram. When I said ‘I’m a stay at home mum’ – he looked at me like I was an alien. Then frowned. And mumbled “Mmm what else do you do?” It took all of my strength not to a) swear at him or b) punch him.




Legalising adoption for same-sex couples at the top of new Victorian minister's agenda

John Robertson - Christian Today



Martin Foley has been appointed as Victoria's Equality Minister after the new Victorian Labor government, led by Premier Daniel Andrews, was officially signed in on Thursday morning. Mr Foley, who is the country's first-ever Minister for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues, announced that his two foremost priorities will be in relation to the state's adoption laws.




Drugs & Alcohol

Caring for the children left behind: Australian of the Year Awards 2015


SBS



The Mirabel Foundation, which Jane Rowe started, actively helps more than 1400 children whose parents died from drugs or alcohol. What started as an after-work commitment to help children whose parents had died from drugs and alcohol has grown to a full time job. The Mirabel Foundation has helped more than 2000 children since its inception.




Euthanasia

Euthanasia campaigner and suspended doctor Philip Nitschke tries his hand at comedy


Jill Poulsen - Herald Sun



Voluntary euthanasia campaigner and suspended doctor Philip Nitschke has announced his career is about to take a comedic turn. Dr Nitschke will make his stand-up comedy debut in ­August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.




Gambling

ACT government allows $50 note for poker machines


Kirsten Lawson - The Canberra Times



Anti-gambling campaigners have blasted a decision by ACT Gaming and Racing Minister Joy Burch to scrap the $20 note limit for poker machines, allowing gamblers to use $50 notes.




Human Rights

Charlie Hebdo attack prompts renewed calls for race-hate law changes in Australia


Latika Bourke - The Age



The deadly terror attack waged on the Paris headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has prompted renewed calls to revive abandoned plans to change Australia's race-hate laws. The former NSW Solicitor-General Michael Sexton says those advocating free speech in the wake of last week's Paris attacks should also support the right of media organisations like Charlie Hebdo to print material which can insult or offend.




Marriage

Northern Ireland council calls for quango to drop Christian bakery case


The Christian Institute



A local council in Northern Ireland is calling for a taxpayer-funded equality quango to drop its legal case against a Christian-run bakery. Members of Craigavon Borough Council voted 13 to 8 in support of Ashers Baking Company, which is facing court action for declining to make a pro-gay marriage campaign cake last year.




Refugees

Iranian asylum seeker resumes hunger strike in Darwin, in hospital with infected foot


Sarah Whyte - SMH



An asylum seeker from Tehran who staged a hunger strike for 53 days last year has resumed his protest, saying he is now acting on behalf of 35 other Iranian migrants who are being forced to return home by the Immigration Department or face indefinite detention, his lawyers say.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2014


Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute



Both in the Islamic world and the Western world, Muslims continued to attack and slaughter Christians.




Sexualisation of Society

The pornographication of fitness needs to stop immediately


Tosca Reno - Mamamia



What has become of fitness? Where is it going? When every image displayed in fitness magazines has become one suggesting women are dressed and posed for the bedroom and not the gym, one might wonder exactly where the future of fitness is going.




Other

It is Islam, not 'Islamism'


Babette Francis - On Line Opinion



While the massacre of journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris may have led to some introspective thinking on the part of liberal editors and media in the democratic West, they still do not seem to understand that the basic problem is not "Islamism" or "extremism" or some fringe group of "Islamists" but Islam itself.




Does the Uniting Church in Australia have a future

Martin Johnson - Assist News



The Uniting Church's social welfare work is worth more than most of the corporations listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, yet the church may not have a future.