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.



Baby, it's a crying shame

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

Deng Jiyuan has shamed the tyrants of Beijing. But don't cheer just yet - because he shames us here as well. Two weeks ago Deng, a 29-year-old farmer from China's backblocks posted on the internet a ghastly picture of his wife Feng Jianmei in hospital. Feng had been seven months' pregnant with the couple's second child, but family planning officials told them they'd violated China's one-child policy.


Bio-banking – a promising health research tool that needs ethical boundaries


What would society be like if we were identified by our genes and plotted into a biometric database? If you think it’s a science fiction plot, then you’re right – the story is the starting point for the 1997 film Gattaca, where the citizens of a dystopian state can be classified by any cell from any part of their body. How, asks the trailer, can you hide, when you shed 500 million cells a day? Science fiction is often prophetic, and Gattaca was no exception. Fifteen years since the film was released, the dilemmas it presents are becoming reality. But where it focused on the debate around reproductive technology, today’s ethical concerns are much wider.

Charities & NFP

Raising funds for kids' charities

The Australian

Media companies have pledged more than $260,000 worth of goods and services for the annual charity auction run by the Golden Stave Foundation, which raises funds for NSW children's charities. Sponsors include the Australian Radio Network, Fairfax Radio and Southern Cross Austero, the Seven, Nine, WIN and NBN TV networks, Fairfax Media and News Limited. This year's event will be held on June 29 at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. Last year's lunch raised more than $520,000.

Children & Family

26,000 people flock to hear Tim Tebow speak about his dad


More than 26,000 people flocked to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium to hear New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speak about his relationship with his dad, Bob, at a grand Father's Day event on Sunday. The Christian athlete, who was the special guest for a ceremony titled, "Father's Day 2012: Encouraging Men To Live, Love & Lead," in San Diego, Calif., stressed the need for role models for the next generation, and shared how his dad was one for him.


Canadian prelate laments euthanasia ruling

Catholic Culture

Archdiocese J. Michael Miller of Vancouver has decried a British Columbia Supreme Court decision striking down the western Canadian province’s law against euthanasia. “True liberty means the freedom to live one’s life secure in the knowledge that those who care for us are in dedicated to the service of life, not the taking of life,” said Archbishop Miller. “We have been down this road many times around the world, and all the safeguards initially put in place wind up either disregarded or eventually dispensed with,” he added. “I strongly urge the government to appeal this extremely flawed and dangerous ruling.”


Crown casino patron Anthony Dunning ‘thrown down like a bull'

Paul Anderson - Herald Sun

Methods used to tackle and restrain a man at Crown casino - who later died in hospital - were contrary to security training methods, a court has been told today. In his opening during the committal hearing for five Crown security guards and a supervisor, Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, said the victim who died, Anthony Dunning, was restrained with an arm or arms around his neck while a bouncer straddled his back. One witness said Mr Dunning, 40, was "thrown down like a bull".


Teens sleep in boxes to help homeless

Sandra Siagian - SMH

Teenagers from the eastern suburbs swapped their warm beds for a cardboard box overnight to sleep out at Bondi Beach to get a feel of what it was like for the homeless. More than 50 high school students braved the cold and wet weather conditions to spend the night at Bondi Pavilion for the Students on the Streets sleep-out.


Gay marriage backlash by Labor's Right

Matthew Franklin & Milanda Rout – The Australian

Labor’s powerful right faction has moved to crush proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriage, warning that consideration of the reform is damaging the party, and demanding an immediate ballot to sink the controversial bill.Right-wing MPs met last night to attack the marriage equality campaign, as the head of a parliamentary committee into the issue predicted the House of Representatives would reject the bill, and after its proponent, Greens MP Adam Bandt, said he wanted to delay a vote for several months to allow more time for lobbying.

Gay marriage vote unlikely for months

Simon Cullen - ABC

Federal MPs are debating the merits of same-sex marriage legislation, but it appears unlikely to go to a vote until later in the year. Labor MPs have been given a conscience vote on the legislation, but Coalition MPs are expected to follow the party's position on the issue, which does not allow for any change to marriage laws.

MPs to delay gay marriage vote

Lisa Martin - SMH

The Australian Christian Lobby said the report confirmed that there was no substantive discrimination against homosexual couples. "This just confirms that the retention of the definition of marriage is rightly a matter of biology and there is no discrimination that justifies it being changed," spokesman Jim Wallace said.

Same-sex marriage vote heads for defeat

Phillip Coorey - SMH

Supporters of same-sex marriage are delaying a final vote in federal parliament hoping to shore up their numbers. Advocates of same-sex marriage accept Parliament will defeat two bills later this year calling to legalise gay marriage but believe public pressure will ultimately prevail. The Finance Minister, Penny Wong, one of the strongest proponents for a change to the Marriage Act, said yesterday that change would come. A seven-member parliamentary committee split 4-2 against same-sex marriage yesterday with one abstention as it handed down a report which contained no recommendations, only information for all politicians to use to inform their final decision.

Ending marriage In U.S. would begin push for polygamy

Ken Blackwell - CNS News

Vice President Joe Biden is almost casual about ending marriage. It’s “inevitable,” he says. He thinks it’s not such a big deal. But it is a big deal. Recognizing same-sex couplings as marriages will mean the end of marriage. That’s because saying yes to two men or two women marrying opens the door to polygamy. Those who have delved into the issue know this. George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley believes that conferring legal status on same-sex couples will lead to polygamy—and he says he’s for that.

Overseas Aid

Planning failures derail aid project

Philip Heijmans - Hume Weekly

An Australian-funded rail project in Cambodia has been marred by poor construction, botched surveys leading to the evictions of families, infighting between contractors, delays and cost overruns, a leaked official report shows. It also reveals that workers on the project endure unsafe working conditions without proper accommodation, clean water or hygienic toilets. The disruption is exposed in a report by the international consortium funding the $143 million project - Australia's international aid agency AusAID and the Asian Development Bank.


Labor worse under Gillard than Rudd

Sky News

A majority of voters believe Prime Minister Julia Gillard has failed to deliver on three key promises, a new Galaxy poll has found. A new Galaxy poll, published by News Ltd on Monday, also shows that voters believe Ms Gillard has failed to deliver on climate change, border protection and sharing the wealth of the mining boom. Ms Gillard's broken promise not to introduce a carbon tax means 59 per cent of voters believe she has failed on climate change.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

UK doctor punished for sharing gospel with suicidal patient

Stoyan Zaimov - Christian Post

Dr. Richard Scott, 51, who resides in Margate, Kent in the U.K. revealed that he has been officially reprimanded for the statements, which he denies making. "I think the judgment had been made in advance, whatever happened. The GMC was determined that I was to get a warning," the doctor said. "This has effectively been a four-day charade." The warning reportedly will remain on Scott's record for five years.

21 killed in attacks on churches in Nigeria

Goodwin Attah - Associated Press

Suicide bombers killed 21 people in attacks on three churches in Nigeria during Sunday services, exacerbating religious tensions in a West African nation that is almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. Authorities arrested one of the bombers who survived, said Kaduna State police chief Mohammed Abubakar Jinjiri, but he declined to say who police suspect was responsible for the bombings.


Refugee's detention challenged in High Court


The High Court has been told the Migration Act does not authorise the removal of a person to whom Australia owes protection under the refugee convention. The High Court has been hearing a challenge to the indefinite detention of a Sri Lankan man who has been deemed a refugee but denied a protection visa because of an adverse security assessment.

Sexualisation of Society

'Mummy porn' Fifty Shades Of Grey outstrips Harry Potter to become fastest selling paperback of all time

Paul Bentley - Daily Mail

She describes her books as ‘romantic fantasy’ stories, which offer women a ‘holiday from their husbands’. And it seems millions are taking EL James at her word – with her explicit novel Fifty Shades of Grey now the fastest selling paperback since records began. The novel, the first instalment of an X-rated trilogy, has beaten JK Rowling and Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown to the UK record.


Testosterone and trauma

Paul Middleton - Online Opinion

National Men’s Health Week kicked off on Monday last week to draw attention to the role of our environment on men’s health. With so many men and boys engaging in risky behaviour, there are some very good reasons for young men to stop and think about the way their behaviour impacts t eir future lives. Australia ranks sixth in the world for life expectancy, with men reaching an average age of 78.9 and women 83.6. Yet, buried within this positive sounding statistic are valuable lessons about men, risk, youth and the way lives can be shattered by the combination of all three.