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.



The poisonous candy: Emergency contraception for kids

American Life League

A running controversy centers on the question of whether or not it is a good idea to provide pre-prescriptions of morning after pills to young people who have not yet reached the age of 17. This may not shock the vast majority of Americans who have come to assess sexual behavior in terms of safety from pregnancy rather than moral and mental health. But maybe it’s time for a reality check.

Children & Family

Scipione invitation to honour slain police officer Bryson Anderson

Mark Morri - The Daily Telegraph

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione personally asked the people of NSW to join him and fellow officers at the funeral of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson tomorrow. The invitation comes after the enormous public show of support following the death of the senior officer in Sydney last Thursday. "On behalf of the NSW Police family can I offer my thanks to the NSW community for the outpouring of sympathy and goodwill following the tragic death of our brave officer Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson," he said yesterday.

Drugs & Alcohol

King's Cross "Safe" Injecting Centre fails to reduce drug overdose deaths

Lucy Sullivan - Drug Advisory Council of Australia

The overwhelming conclusion to be drawn from the four official Reports on the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC)1, which together cover its operation from its opening in May 2001 to April 2007 (six years), is that the unavailability of heroin is of far greater significance in preventing drug overdose deaths than the availability of a "safe" injecting facility - in fact the latter shows no measurable effect at all. This outcome should be of considerable importance to the future of the Centre, and for any plans for replication elsewhere, in that preventing heroin deaths was a dominant political argument for its establishment, and the one that held most sway with the public. It is now clear that the Sydney MSIC was established on false premises.

Thirst for pre-drinks linked to violent nightlife

Melissa Davey - SMH

A culture of downing alcohol before going out is significantly contributing to violence and harm in pubs and clubs, Australia's largest study into alcohol-related nightlife crime has found. And the most effective way to deal with it is to increase the price of alcohol by introducing a levy on packaged drinks, Peter Miller, a Deakin University researcher and author of the study, says.

Passive smoking doubles risk of disease linked to meningitis in children

Health Canal

University of Nottingham researchers have been involved in a new study showing that exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as a mother’s smoking while pregnant, significantly increases the risk of invasive meningococcal disease in children. Researchers Dr Rachael Murray and Dr Jo Leonardi-Bee from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies at the University reviewed the results from 18 previous studies to examine the link between passive smoking and the risk of invasive meningococcal disease in children.


Earth Hour support is waning, says Liberal councillor Edward Mandla

Vikki Campion - The Daily Telegraph

Earth Hour has been attacked as "daggy", with calls for Sydney City Council to stop funding it. Liberal councillor Edward Mandla told Town Hall he was honoured to stand in council because he should be dead "wiped out from CFC's, famine, acid rain, SARS, ozone holes and Y2K".

Sceptics cool on climate studies

Lenore Taylor - SMH

The most prominent political climate sceptics see no reason to change their minds, despite the welter of studies over the past fortnight showing forecasts of global warming were correct or underestimates. Many of the climate sceptics, influential in elevating Tony Abbott to Coalition leader, say they see nothing to convince them that human activity is causing the climate to change.


American Nurses Association should not support assisted suicide

Marianne Linane -

The National Association of Pro-life Nurses (NAPN) has responded to ANA’s call for public comments on their proposed document “Active Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.” As an organization dedicated to the preservation of ethical standards in the nursing profession, NAPN finds the document an unnecessary change from the current position. While the document makes several good statements regarding respect for the patient, any accommodation to the legalization of assisted suicide/euthanasia has no place in the medical profession. Nurses are healers, not killers, and legalization of the practice will not make it ethical.

Human Rights

Ian Thorpe wins human rights award


Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has won this year's Australian Human Rights Medal for his charity work with Indigenous children. The Australian Human Rights Commission says Thorpe has been a "passionate advocate for Indigenous people" for over a decade. Thorpe's charity, Fountain For Youth, works with Indigenous children in the Northern Territory across 20 communities, with a focus on health and education.


What Is Marriage?

Shawn Murphy - Mercator Net

So a robust intellectual defence of the traditional view of marriage by a group of authors which includes Princeton law professor Robert P George is a welcome addition to the debate. Labelled by the New York Times as “America’s most influential conservative Christian thinker”, George, a convert from the ranks of the Democrats, is responsible for the interdenominational manifesto The Manhattan Declarationsigned by a number of Christian leaders in support of traditional marriage, sanctity of life and religious liberty.

Supreme Court to rule on California's Prop. 8 ban on gay marriage

LA Times

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will rule for the first time on same-sex marriage by deciding the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, the voter initiative that limited marriage to a man and a woman. The justices also said they would decide whether legally married gay couples have a right to equal benefits under federal law.

National Organization for Marriage praises U.S. Supreme Court for reviewing Proposition 8 case. Group predicts that Prop 8 will be upheld

National Forum for Marriage

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised the U.S. Supreme Court for agreeing to grant certiorari in the case determining the validity of Proposition 8: "We believe that it is significant that the Supreme Court has taken the Prop 8 case," said John Eastman, NOM's chairman and former Dean (and current professor) at Chapman University School of Law. "We believe it is a strong signal that the Court will reverse the lower courts and uphold Proposition 8. That is the right outcome based on the law and based on the principle that voters hold the ultimate power over basic policy judgments and their decisions are entitled to respect."


Labor ends year behind as run stalls: Newspoll

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Voter support for Labor and Julia Gillard has fallen after the final week of parliament, ending the government's recent momentum and allowing Tony Abbott to edge closer as the nation's preferred prime minister. After recovering and holding voter support in recent weeks, Labor's primary vote has slipped back to its level at the start of the year, and the Prime Minister's lead over the Opposition Leader is now the narrowest since September.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute

These reports of the persecution of Christians by Muslims around the world during the month of October include (but are not limited to) the following accounts, listed by form of persecution, and by country, in alphabetical order—not according to severity.


What to do when your kid asks what gay means

Mia Freedman - Herald Sun

The Gay Talk is the new Sex Talk. At some point, everyone with kids in their lives will have to sit down and explain what these words mean while trying not to giggle, squirm or look awkward. Except you probably won't be sitting down when either subject comes up. You'll be standing in a supermarket queue surrounded by people straining to hear your answer to the question: "What does gay mean?"

A colourful message, just in time for the Mardi Gras

Nicole Hasham - SMH

Somewhere over the rainbow, the traffic will come to a stop on Oxford Street where the roads will be painted purple … and blue, green, yellow, orange and red. The City of Sydney plans to spend $75,000 painting the Gay Pride colours across two busy Oxford Street intersections to recognise the precinct's cultural status.

Rediscovering prudence

Clara Geoghegan - Online Opinion

'Do good, avoid evil', seems to have degenerated into 'follow your impulse and blame someone else for the fallout'. Prudence used to be a virtue. Exercising it kept us out of trouble. It might be time to rediscover the relationship between actions and consequences. The cost of ignoring that relationship may become even more costly for our society.

'They cannot cope': nurse's family need support like DJs, says MP

Karen Kissane - SMH

Ms Saldanha's brother, Naveen, told MailOnline that his devoutly Catholic sister was a “proper and righteous person” and would have been “devastated” by her unwitting role in the breach of medical confidentiality: “She would have felt much shame about the incident.” The two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have apologised and said they were “gutted and heartbroken” by the tragedy.