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 politics of abortion: America does not have a pro-life party
Michael Stafford - ABC
More than 39 years after Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement has reached a nadir. Despite the fact that over half the United States self-identifies as "pro-life," little tangible progress has been made in the fight against abortion. This is due to both the pro-life movement's failure to be a consistent defender of human dignity across a broader range of issues and to its increasingly close association with the Republican Party.
Ann Romney tells 'The View' she is pro-life
Paul Stanley - Christian Post
If Mitt Romney wins the presidency he would be the first Mormon president in America and Ann Romney would be the first pro-life First Lady in three decades. Ann Romney discussed abortion and other issues with celebrity hosts on one of the nation's most popular female talk shows while also defending her husband's lack of military service.
.XXX was just the beginning — get ready for 1934 new top level domains
John Koetsier - Venture Beat
Microsoft wants .docs, .windows, and .xbox. Amazon — and 12 other applicants — wants .app. Seven different companies want .love. These companies, and plenty more, are asking ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, for no less than 1934 different top level domains … a huge expansion of the 280 currently in use, which mainly consist of the familiar .com, .net, .org, and the various country domains.
Donor Conception & Surrogacy
Commercial surrogacy grows in India
Stephanie M. Lee - SFGate
Commercial surrogacy became legal in India a decade ago in an effort to stimulate medical tourism, the emerging practice of travel across international borders to obtain cheaper health care. The Confederation of Indian Industry estimates the market will generate $2.3 billion this year. Surrogacy is rapidly growing in popularity, as couples from the United States and other countries, desperate to have a child, turn to India. No national registry exists, but conservative estimates suggest that the annual number of surrogate births there has surged to more than 1,000, half of them to non-Indian clients, in the past five years.
Drugs & Alcohol
Drug addiction treatment divides opinions
Adam Harvey - ABC
Deaths and complications are contrasted with personal stories of success as debate surrounds the use of naltrexone implants in treating drug addiction.
UCI agrees to strip Armstrong of titles
Forget the seven Tour de France victories. Forget the yellow jersey celebrations on the Champs Elysees. Forget the name that dominated the sport of cycling for so many years. As far as cycling’s governing body is concerned, Lance Armstrong is out of the record books. Once considered the greatest rider in Tour history, the American was cast out on Monday by his sport, formally stripped of his seven titles and banned for life for his involvement in what US sports authorities describe as a massive doping program that tainted all of his greatest triumphs.
'Euthanasia is just a bridge too far'
Josephine Tovey - The Land
After spending years as a paediatrician in south-west Sydney, the state opposition spokesman on health, Andrew McDonald, has been closer to illness and suffering than most politicians. But the experience has confirmed his views against voluntary euthanasia. ''I would certainly be reluctant to do it myself,'' he said. ''I'm comfortable providing palliative care, which involves adequate analgesics … I think euthanasia is just a bridge too far.''
Suicide: Longing for a consistent approach
Paul Russell - On Line Opinion
Recently I was discussing suicide with a person I’d just met. He was surprisingly open about his views that, as it happened, largely coincided with my own. The conversation then turned to assisted suicide, I proffered the opinion that, if someone was, say, standing on a precipice and about to leap to their death, that I had an obligation to try to stop them. My acquaintance agreed but offered the caveat about someone who, in his example, was a quadriplegic and who had ‘no quality of life’, suggesting that they should be allowed to kill themselves (how exactly we did not discuss).
Alcohol management splits NT community
Tony Eastley - ABC
In the Northern Territory it's up to the Commonwealth Government to tick off on alcohol management plans, which restrict access to alcohol, developed with individual Indigenous communities. Ngukurr, a community in south-east Arnhem Land, is split on how it should deal with the scourge of alcohol.
We mustn’t be too quick to run from marriage
Kevin Andrews - The Punch
There has been a significant retreat from marriage over the past few decades. Marriages rates are down, divorce rates are up, one-third of children are born out-of-wedlock, and a significant number of children lose all contact with one parent. These trends have had many negative consequences for children. Hundreds of social science studies report problematic outcomes for the health, education and well-being of the young people affected by the changes. Where children experience more than one family transition, the risks compound.
Maybe I do - a review
Bill Muehlenberg - On Line Opinion
It is rather odd to have to pen a lengthy tome defending marriage and family; but then again, we live in rather odd times. The historical and universal institutions were always assumed, enjoyed and celebrated. But of late they have come under unprecedented attack, so a defence is needed, and Kevin Andrews does that admirably here. Anyone following the social science data of the past half century knows the tremendous value marriage has on couples, on societies, and on children. There is such a mountain of research now on the tremendous goods of heterosexual marriage that it is a full-time job just to keep up with it all. But that is just what Andrews has done here.
More couples tying the knot at sea
Angela Saurine - News Limited Network
Cruise ship weddings are booming in popularity as brides and grooms increasingly opt for affordable, hassle free nuptials at sea. But the idea may not be everyone's cup of tea, with the wedding guests then joining the happy couple on their honeymoon.
Swan unveils $1.1b surplus
Phillip Coorey and Judith Ireland - Brisbane Times
The government needed to repace $4 billion in lost tax revenue this financial year, and $21 billion over four years through savings and increases in charges. The savings include cutting the baby bonus from $5000 to $3000 for the second and each subsequent child, and reducing the level of rebate the government will provide for private health insurance. Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace said the change would act as a disincentive to have children.
Swan unveils $1.1b surplus
Phillip Coorey and Judith Ireland - SMH
The federal government has targeted company tax, the baby bonus and private health insurance as part of a new round of spending cuts which will deliver it a forecast surplus of $1.1 billion this financial year, $400 million less than forecast at the May budget. The government needed to repace $4 billion in lost tax revenue this financial year, and $21 billion over four years through savings and increases in charges.
Prostitution & Sex Trafficking
Sex Slaves: A prison with chains we can’t see
Karen Farris - Christian Post
I didn’t recognize the email address but I could tell it wasn’t spam. Several paragraphs quickly explained the unusual request. She’d gotten my contact info from a friend of a friend. Isn’t that how it works? Just enough of a connection that I was compelled to respond. But her words had already shattered my shallow world.
Religious Freedom & Persecution
Syria: car bomb kills 10 in Christian quarter of Damascus
Ruth Sherlock - Telegraph
Up to 10 people were killed and 15 wounded as the charge detonated at the historical gate of Bab Touma, a busy pick up point for taxis and buses. “The bomb exploded as people were moving to go to Churches for Sunday mass. It exploded just outside the police station. There was a bus stop right beside it,” said a resident calling himself George who works in a hotel just a few streets away from the explosion.
Nigeria militants attack church and other targets; dozens killed
Paul Jongas - BosNewsLife
At least hundreds of residents began fleeing northeastern Nigeria Sunday, October 21, after three days of Islamic attacks against churches and other targets left dozens dead. Among the churches hit by suspected fighters of the militant Boko Haram group since Thursday, October 18, was an evangelical congregation in Nigeria's troubled Borno State.
Scout movement targeted by suspicious Afghan extremists
Ben Farmer - SMH
A revival of the Scouting movement in Afghanistan has provoked fierce local hostility as extremists suspect the recruits are working as police or even spreading a form of Christianity. Mohammad Tamim Hamkar, a scout leader in Kabul, said even a recent campfire sing-song had caused suspicion. ''Last year we had a campfire and we had a big problem with some local mullahs who thought it was some kind of Christian worship,'' he said.
Almost 1000 people have died trying to enter Australia, study finds, including 27 in detention centres
Peter Mickelburough - Adelaide Now
Almost 1000 people have died trying to enter Australia in the past decade - 27 of them while in Australian detention centres. But none of the deaths in detention centres are recorded in the Australian Government's deaths in custody records, sparking calls for greater transparency.
Define disingenuous, please
Peter Saunders - Mercator Net
Does being a Christian disqualify a public figure from participating in debates about government policy? Matthew Parris is a former Conservative MP and one of Britain’s most loved political journalists who regularly writes for the Times. He has an es ablished reputation as an iconoclast and, as an openly gay atheist, has surprised people by writing in defence of Christian missionaries and in support of the idea that homosexuality is in part a conscious choice.