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.



Senate OKs Texas abortion bill

David Saleh Rauf - The Chronicle

Senate Republicans Friday pushed through strict new abortions laws, claiming victory in a contentious battle at the Legislature and making Texas one of the toughest states in which to have the procedure. The Senate voted 19-11 to pass the bill. They made good on a vow from the state's top two leaders to pass the bill after it was derailed by a filibuster and raucous protests in the gallery last month.


Store takes 'moral high ground' by shelving US sex abuse novel

Andrew Taylor - SMH

Surrounded by churches and schools, the Blues Point Bookshop in McMahons Point is often filled with parents and children browsing the bookshelves or sitting on lounges reading. But Tampa, Alissa Nutting's controversial novel about a female teacher who preys on teenage boys, is one title they won't be finding in Helen Baxter's bookshop.


Is there really only one rational side in the marriage debate?

Margaret Somerville - Mercator Net

Opponents of redefining marriage are being called discriminatory, bigots, homophobes and worse. Is this fair?

Rudd take on gay marriage pulls in voters

Dan Harrison, Chris Johnson - SMH

Kevin Rudd's support for same-sex marriage could significantly lift Labor's vote in the election, a new poll shows. A survey of 1000 people, conducted by Galaxy Research for Australian Marriage Equality, found 30 per cent of voters would be more likely to vote for Labor as a result of Mr Rudd's stance on the issue, while 19 per cent said they would be less likely to vote for Labor.

Rudd's sister wants Putin-style homosexuality ban

Kieran Campbell - News Limited Network

Kevin Rudd's sister wants Australia to introduce a Vladimir Putin-style ban on schoolchildren being taught about homosexuality. Loree Rudd - who says she is unlikely to help her brother on election day because she opposes his support for gay marriage - believes the maverick Russian leader's hardline view on homosexuality is more enlightened than Western leaders. "It's like he (Putin) can see the problem ahead," Ms Rudd, 62, who has just returned from a visit to Russia, said.


Rudd's pulling power puts poll on knife edge

Mark Kenny - SMH

Kevin Rudd has turbocharged Labor's vote, propelling it to equal favourite status for the election by eliminating virtually every advantage Tony Abbott had enjoyed over Julia Gillard. The recycled Prime Minister has single-handedly wiped out the Coalition's two-party preferred lead to be dead-level at 50-50, the monthly Fairfax-Nielsen poll has found.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sydney brothel owner guilty of prostituting teen


A Kings Cross brothel owner has been found guilty of prostituting a 14-year-old girl. Jennifer Ann Weatherstone had pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing a child to participate in an act of child prostitution at her brothel, Sparkling Chandeliers in July 2011. She is also charged with operating the premises where the alleged child prostitution took place.

Police raid illegal brothels in Canberra suburbs

Canberra Times

Police have raided two illegal brothels operating in Canberra's suburbs. ACT Policing said in a statement that it raided the homes in Holder and Lyons on Thursday after receiving information through the Crime Stoppers website.


Search called off for asylum seekers missing at sea


Authorities have suspended the search for survivors from an asylum seeker boat that sank near Christmas Island on Friday night. The Australian Maritime Search and Rescue Authority (AMSA) says the decision was based on the high probability that it was unlikely there would be any more survivors found.

Refugees and rebels set to dominate Rudd’s PNG visit

Jim Elmslie - The Conversation.

As Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd lands in Port Moresby to meet with his Papua New Guinean counterpart Peter O'Neill, several conundrums are set to tax his mind and diplomatic skills. Front and centre of the talks will be containing Australia’s escalating refugee crisis due to the currency this issue has with the Australian electorate. There’ll be other issues on the table as well, such as PNG’s health system and how Australia can help there.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslim extremists kill our priests, burn our churches and kidnap our women: How Egypt's Arab Spring dream descended into a nightmare of religious hatred

Angela Johnson - Daily Mail

The mob converging on a church on the outskirts of Cairo were armed only with sticks and stones. But their frenzied attack on a lone, elderly Coptic priest was merciless. Father Matthew Awad had refused to reveal the whereabouts of a Muslim woman who had converted to Christianity. For this offence, he was assaulted, suffered death threats and barely escaped with his life. Today, he is in hiding. His entire family fear for their safety. Matthew’s son, shop owner Marco Awad, cannot set foot in public after he was arrested and tortured by Egyptian police officers sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The slow erosion of religious freedom in Europe

Roger Trigg - Mercator Net

By failing to recognize the importance of religion as a support for human rights, European courts are slowly eroding religious liberty.

Three Christian women allegedly paraded naked in Pakistan, court orders probe

Press Trust of India

Over a month after a Muslim landlord allegedly paraded three Christian women naked in Pakistan's Punjab province, a court in Lahore has finally taken notice of the matter and directed a judge to investigate the incident. The Lahore High Court yesterday ordered the district and sessions judge, Kasur, to probe the matter and submit a report within two weeks.

Egyptian Christian found beheaded as Morsi supporters vent their fury

Hugh Tomlinson - The Times

Local tribesmen found the body soon after dawn. Magdi Nagib had been killed in the cemetery and his decapitated corpse dumped by the main road into town. His severed head was placed on his chest. The 59-year-old shopkeeper, a member of the Coptic Christian community in the town of Sheikh Zuweid in north Sinai, was the latest victim in a rising tide of attacks on Egyptian Christians.

Sexualisation of Society

The publicly visible spread of casual porn

Melinda Tankard Reist blog

Perhaps we should decide, as a society, whether we are happy to allow two groups – media moguls and the multi-billion dollar porn industry, to have all the ‘freedom’ and dictate that freedom to the rest of us.


Ads for Islam 'misquote Shaw from bogus book'

Rachel Baxendale - The Australian

Anti "Islamophobia" advertisements due to screen on major free-to-air channels from today rely on a fabricated quote from Irish playwright and avowed atheist George Bernard Shaw, from a book that does not exist, according to the International Shaw Society. The 30-second ads have been funded by the Sydney-based Mypeace organisation, which says it hopes to "build bridges" between Muslims and other Australians.

The ugly truth is rules are different for girls in sport

Melinda Tankard Reist - SMH

Women judged to not possess hot bodies, or who fail to exude sex appeal to the ogling masses, are unworthy of sporting pursuits. This is the verdict of many voyeuristic spectators who saw French player Marion Bartoli win the Wimbledon women's singles trophy last weekend. Her skill on the court was irrelevant. Bartoli didn't conform to the sexy sporting babe norm. How dare she even show up with a racquet?