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.



Why do abortion advocates hate ultrasound pictures?

Alan Sears - LifeNews

Recently, I was going through an old box and found a picture of my father. As I held it in my hands, I remembered his life, and it was amazing how many emotions the picture communicated. I continued through other boxes, finding more and more photographs, and was struck again by the fact that, in every instance, I was looking at pictures of life. Then it dawned on me—this is why the left hates ultrasounds, which are just another type of picture of life. They hate the emotion, the possibilities, and especially the metaphysical connection one life communicates to another, even in pictures.

US: Family Research Council President urges Romney to pick pro-life vice-president

Steven Ertelt - LifeNews

In a private meeting with Mitt Romney, a pro-life leader urged the Republican presidential candidate to select a vice-presidential running mate who shares his views against abortion. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins spent time with Romney yesterday in Louisiana, where Romney himself spent time with potential running mate and pro-lie Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. There, Perkins urged Romney to select a pro-life running mate to help him take on the pro-abortion ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.

Bioethics & Health

Stop young people entering nursing homes

Di Winkler and Libby Callaway - Online Opinion

When Ben Thompson was 22 years old he acquired a brain injury – the result of an unprovoked attack. Before his injury, Ben was social, an active sportsman and about to start a new job. After surgery and an initial stay in hospital, Ben’s mother was asked to find a nursing home for her son because there was nowhere else for him. Ben spent more than three years in the nursing home, where he had very few visits from friends and spent most of his time in his small room.

Children & Family

Church to expand foster care role

The Catholic Weekly

CatholicCare has welcomed the State Government’s overhaul of the foster care system with 38 non-government agencies taking over the former role of the De­partment of Community Services. “CatholicCare is therefore de­lighted to be able to expand its foster care programs and will continue to work closely with the NSW Government and Community Serv­ices and other agencies to ensure positive outcomes for children, youth and families,” said its chief executive officer Bernard Boerma.

Drugs & Alcohol

Shut the pubs earlier and curb the violence

Linda Scott - The Punch

Like many, I was shocked to hear of the death of Thomas Kelly enjoying his first night out in the city with friends. The vibrant nightlife is one of the many things I love about living in Sydney’s inner city. From performance venues and outdoor events to restaurants and bars (big and small), the city shines after dark. But unfortunately, stories of nights out being marred by booze related violence are all too common. Literature on alcohol related crime tells us that two of the most reliable predictors of alcohol related violence are the trading hours and the density of licensed premises. Put simply, the longer the opening hours and the more premises in an area serving alcohol, the more likely the violence.


Green philosophy

Roger Scruton - Mercator Net

Too often the debate about climate change, global warming or ecological concerns in general has descended into acrimony and opposing factions. Thus those on the Left, who insist that drastic, global measures must be enacted to save the planet, are attacked by those who query the scientific basis for such attitudes and who point out that “ecology” has become a fashionable new religious crusade to replace the conventional orthodoxies. For someone caught in between these two extremes, it is hard to know whom to believe or what to think.


Welfare agencies despair at program cutback

Reid Sexton - The Age

Leading welfare agencies have launched a scathing attack on the Baillieu government, saying budget cuts will increase homelessness across the state. Wesley Mission Victoria, HomeGround and the Rural Housing Network have slammed the decision to slash millions of dollars from the Social Housing Advocacy and Support Program as short-sighted and illogical. Wesley chief Rob Ward said he was concerned Housing Minister Wendy Lovell did not understand that any savings would be offset by the cost of dealing with more people sleeping rough.

Human Rights

Legal system faces trial by Twitter in age of social media

Geesche Jacobsen, Stephanie Gardiner - SMH

Laws designed to protect an accused person's right to a fair trial are out of touch and in need of reform, journalism lecturer Catharine Lumby said, referring to comments on social media after the arrest of the alleged killer of teenager Thomas Kelly yesterday. Within hours of the charging of Kieran Loveridge, Twitter and Facebook users had published his photo and prejudicial comments about him.

Such publication had a ''very high potential to interfere with the administration of justice'', warned media lawyer Mark Polden, as it could influence witnesses in their identification and might also impact on future jurors should the case go to trial.


To redefine marriage redefine family 1st

Drew Zahn - WND

Ice Age: Continental Drift is a story with two morals: one it teaches in the story, and the other it preaches while the credits roll. And thankfully – as in the real world – the power of story is much more moving than the power of rhetoric. The tale itself is primarily about the love Manny the mammoth demonstrates for his family in overcoming all obstacles to be reunited with them when a geological cataclysm separates the mammoth clan. No matter how long it takes, Manny calls out as he drifts on an iceberg away from his family, I will find you! Later he's confronted with the threat of death if he continues the quest, yet he insists, Nothing is going to stop me from getting to my family. Other positive messages pepper the film, such as, You don't leave a friend behind, and, I'm trying to protect you! That's what fathers do.

How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study

Mark Regnerus - Science Direct

The New Family Structures Study collected data from nearly 3000 adults. It compares young adults who grew up with a lesbian mother or gay father. Differences exist between children of parents who have had same-sex relationships and those with married parents. This probability study suggests considerable diversity among same-sex parents. The study concludes this way, "..the NFSS also clearly reveals that children appear most apt to succeed well as adults—on multiple counts and across a variety of domains—when they spend their entire childhood with their married mother and father, and especially when the parents remain married to the present day. Insofar as the share of intact, biological mother/father families continues to shrink in the United States, as it has, this portends growing challenges within families, but also heightened dependence on public health organizations, federal and state public assistance, psychotherapeutic resources, substance use programs, and the criminal justice system."

Chick fil-A boss: Yep, we're anti-gay

Mary Papenfuss - Newser Staff

If there was any doubt about the political stance of Chick fil-A's owners, the company president and COO hopes to put the flap to rest. Yes, Chick fil-A is absolutely opposed to gay marriage, Dan Cathy has announced. "We're guilty as charged" when it comes to supporting "traditional family values," said the smiling prez. The roasted chicken-pushing biz is "very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit," he explained to the Baptist Press. "We are a family-owned business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy stressed.

Overseas Aid

Why we lose the hunger game

Rebecca Barber - SMH

A year ago the world woke up to the devastating scale of the food crisis in East Africa – the worst food crisis anywhere in the world in decades. When the crisis reached its peak, in parts of Somalia almost a third of all children were acutely malnourished, and 750,000 people were at risk of starvation.


Melbourne's changing colours

Tom Arup - The Age

For months, Daniel Andrews had been checking in on Bronwyn Pike. Rumour had it the former Bracks and Brumby government minister was preparing to quit Parliament rather than remain for a full term in opposition. Sensing trouble, the Victorian Labor leader wanted her to stay and made that very clear. It was May, and by some miracle, Labor had managed to stay unified despite its shock loss in the 2010 state election. In the polls, Premier Ted Baillieu's personal popularity was sliding and rumblings about his leadership were emerging. The Coalition government had also just delivered a budget containing highly unpopular cuts, including those to TAFE.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Bombs do not discriminate


Learning of the terrorist attack in Bulgaria today, Pastor Steven Khoury of Bethlehem Ministry and David Nekrutman of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) expressed their heartfelt prayers to those who lost loved ones and wished for a speedy recovery for who those suffered injuries. A deadly explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at the Bulgarian airport killed at least six people injured 30 others. Khoury and Nekrutman are in the United States promoting their Mission of Peace in helping Christian families who are financially challenged in the Holy Land.

Sexualisation of Society

Federal police close net on child pornographers

The Age

More than 100 Australians have been arrested by federal police for child pornography offences in the past six months, as authorities tighten the screws on online sex offenders. The 101 arrests, drawing a total of 215 charges, demonstrate a dramatic leap in child pornography busts in recent years. The figure for the whole of 2010 was 130, while last year there were 170 arrests by the Australian Federal Police.


Catherine Branson departs with media doubts

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

Australian Human Rights Commission president Catherine Branson has expressed doubt about the media's ability to regulate itself, saying the right to free speech and freedom of the press should be tempered by the public's right to accurate information. In comments likely to embolden those who want to see the government step in to regulate the press, Ms Branson said self-regulation had "significant drawbacks" and irresponsible media outlets could distort the truth.