ACL editor and former Compassion CEO Paul O’Rourke paints a grim and sobering picture of the crisis affecting Australia’s children in a provocative new book, Why Satan Hates Our Kids.

Endorsed by ACL, church leaders and child advocates including Darlene Zschech, who wrote the foreword, the journalist and long-time child advocate lifts the lid on the spiritual and physical attacks on our children, and exhorts the Church to wake up, stand up and act in the best interests of children.

“Australian children are not doing so well . . . record numbers of abortions, children in out-of-home care and reports of abuse and neglect reflect the crisis affecting children of the ‘lucky country’,’’ he said.

“Recent high profile stories on abused children, including a father dropping his terrified four-year-old daughter from the top of Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge, and a seven-year-old girl starving to death in a seaside town north of Newcastle are shocking, but not uncommon in 21st century Australia.

“In March this year, police broke the world’s largest internet paedophile ring, arresting hundreds of people, including Australians, and rescuing the child victims of this sickening trade.

“And yet child abuse rated 13th in Australian Childhood Foundation surveys of Australians, behind petrol prices, interest rates and road tolls.’’

Paul outlines the theology of children, details the ways children are under attack, and lists the major political parties’ policies on children and family, together with specific action individuals and churches can take in defending the voiceless.

“It’s time for the Church to recognise the scale of the disaster affecting our children and take action, individually and corporately,’’ Paul said.

“Abortion, poverty, abuse and neglect, the sexualisation of society and family breakdown have a disastrous impact on children, many of whom rate family conflict as their greatest concern, and the cause of their growing self-hatred and depression.

“We are increasingly hypocritical and contradictory in our attitudes to children. We marvel at life-saving surgery performed on babies in the womb, and our ability to save premature babies, but also demand the right to abort children any time from conception to full term.

“We have reduced children to a commodity that can be discarded or made-to-order for artificial family constructs where children will be raised without access to their biological parents.’’

Why Satan Hates Our Kids is available through ACL for $26 (GST and postage inclusive) per copy. Each sale supports the work of ACL. To purchase your copy please contact the ACL National Office on (02) 6259 0431.

About the author
Paul O’Rourke was CEO of child development and child advocacy ministry Compassion Australia for nine years until June 2010 when he left to pursue advocacy for Australian children, including writing Why Satan Hates Our Kids, and project managing ACL’s Best Interests of the Child campaign.

Paul also edits ACL’s public policy magazine Viewpoint.

While at Compassion, Paul completed a Master’s Degree in Holistic Child Development developed by Compassion and taught through Malaysian Baptist Theological Seminary. He also completed theological studies through his home church, C3 Church Victory, School of Ministry.

Before Compassion, Paul spent 17 years in print journalism as a reporter, editor and managing editor, including as editor-in-chief of the Newcastle Herald.

He is married to Janine, his best friend and wife of 29 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Paul is on the governing board of C3 Victory in Newcastle and writes and speaks widely on children's issues.