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.



Prenatal testing: A double-edged sword leading to abortion

Steven Ertelt - LifeNews

Peering into the womb and glimpsing the developing new life within is an exhilarating experience made possible through ultrasound technology. Yet the marvels of ultrasound are meant for more than allowing parents to lovingly gaze upon their unborn child. This is a powerful, non-invasive tool for diagnosing numerous medical conditions, some of which can be corrected prior to birth.

Children & Family

Study direct link between what kids watch, do

Bob Unruh - WND

Parents are being warned, again, to beware of what their children see, because adolescent behavior follows what they view on the silver screen, i.e., the more sex they see the more they’ll act out. The word comes in a report from the Association of Psychological Science, which cites a Dartmouth study on the behavior of children.

Fix 'broken' disability system now: church leader

Daniel Hurst - Brisbanetimes

Premier Campbell Newman should find the money to fund a National Disability Insurance Scheme trial in Queensland, a key Anglican leader says. The Chair of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane Social Responsibilities Committee, the Very Reverend Peter Catt, said the current disability support system was “broken” and 82,000 Queenslanders with a disability should not have to wait years for the NDIS to be rolled out.

Drugs & Alcohol

Melbourne woman facing death in Malaysia

Zoe Daniel - ABC

Malaysian police have confirmed an Australian woman being held in Kuala Lumpur will be charged with drug trafficking and will face the death penalty if convicted. The 34-year-old woman from Melbourne was arrested on July 17, but charges are only just being finalised.

Hundreds at Splendour found with drugs

Bruce MacKenzie - ABC

Police say they're disappointed by the drug culture associated with music events like Splendour in the Grass. More than 400 people were caught with drugs during the three-day festival which wrapped up in Byron Bay on Sunday night. Almost 200 court-attendance notices were issued, along with more than 150 cannabis cautions. Superintendent Stuart Wilkins says police seized amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD.


Malek Fahd Islamic school to repay $9m in public funds

Leo Shanahan - The Australian

Australia's biggest Islamic school has been ordered to pay back $9 million in public funds to the NSW government after it found millions in taxpayers' money had been diverted to the country's peak Muslim body. Malek Fahd, which has more than 2000 students at its Greenacre campus in Sydney's southwest, receives almost 75 per cent of its funds from state and commonwealth governments.


Labor embraces voters' warmer view of carbon tax

Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald

Senior federal ministers have seized on yesterday's Herald/Nielsen poll to back their claims that Tony Abbott's scare campaign over the price on carbon has begun to unravel. But not everyone in the ALP was buoyed by the results. Those who think Julia Gillard's leadership is terminal pointed out that Labor's primary vote remains disastrously low, despite attitudes to the carbon tax softening.


Rise in minors trying to sneak into Adelaide Casino points to increase in youth gambling

Miles Kemp - The Advertiser

The number of minors caught trying to enter Adelaide Casino has almost doubled in two years, and experts fear it is evidence of a sharp rise in youth gambling. Adelaide Casino voluntarily notifies the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner about the number of youths under the age of 18 it bans. Unpublished figures show an increase from 6162 turned away in 2009-10, to 8420 in 2010-11 and 10,692 last financial year.


Marriage, religious liberty, and the “grand bargain”

Robert P. George - Mercator Net

In the name of “marriage equality” and “non-discrimination,” liberty—especially religious liberty and the liberty of conscience—and genuine equality are undermined. It was only yesterday, was it not, that we were being assured that the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex partnerships would have no impact on persons and institutions that hold to the traditional view of marriage as a conjugal union? Such persons and institutions would simply be untouched by the change. It won’t affect your marriage or your life, we were told, if the law recognizes Henry and Herman or Sally and Sheila as “married.”

Transgender marriage up next?

Alex Newman - WND

A crucial case on marriage and family set to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights offers the increasingly controversial institution a chance to undo an error committed a decade ago and stop what Malta’s high court called “social engineering,” according to the European Center for Law and Justice. Experts say even the U.S., embroiled in its own battle over same-sex marriage, could be affected by the ruling.


Former Labor leader Kim Beazley told US Labor is doomed

Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph

Australia's Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley has told American political figures Labor could be left with just 30 seats after the next federal election. The former Labor leader is reported to have delivered a "deeply pessimistic" view of the Gillard government's "challenges" during a series of high-powered meetings two weeks ago in Washington.

Voters shrug off the great big new tax

Editorisal - SMH

The results of the Herald/Nielsen poll published yesterday offer tepid comfort to the Gillard government, and to the Prime Minister in particular. Labor's vote is up, but not by more than the poll's margin of error, so the change may mean nothing. The Coalition still has a thumping lead over Labor - 56 per cent to 44 in two party-preferred terms. Voters find neither leader particularly to their taste but Tony Abbott still leads Julia Gillard as preferred prime minister by 48 per cent to 43.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Fact:there are more slaves today than ever before in history. What should Christians do?

Charlene Winkel - Christian Today

If people on the street were asked if slavery still existed, most would look stupefied and say that slavery ended a long time ago. The sad truth is that there are more human slaves today than there has ever been in history. According to the United Nations, the trafficking of people has become the second largest type of organised crime in the world. Each year, it generates around $31.6bn, with the majority of that amount - $27.8bn - generated from sexual trafficking. Most of the victims are women and children.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

US hits out over religious freedoms

Jo Biddle - AAP

The United States has warned the world is sliding backwards on religious freedoms, criticising violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt and citing European laws banning Muslim veils. As the State Department unveiled its first full report on religious freedoms since the start of the Arab Spring, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it was a "signal to the worst offenders" that the world was watching.

Worrying situation of detained Iranian Christian couple’s children

Michael Ireland - ASSIST News

Two Iranian Christian children, whose parents are being held in prison for their faith in Christ, are having to work to pay for their living expenses and then send half of their earnings for their parents in prison. The children are experiencing difficult days alone and apart from their parents and family. According to the Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, Helma and Nima are the children of Fariba Nazemian and Homayoun Shokouhi who converted to Christianity.


Julia Gillard in asylum 'deadlock' says Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison

Lauren Wilson - The Australian

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has seized on the record number of boat arrivals to call on Julia Gillard to abandon her expert panel's "deadlock discussions". So far this year 98 boats carrying 6765 people have made the perilous journey to Australia. As reported by The Australian last week, the spate of people risking their lives at sea in the hope of being granted protection in Australia has skyrocketed. Less than seven months into the year, the previous yearly record for boat arrivals - 6535 asylum seekers in 2010 - has been eclipsed.


Ratepayers shell out for welcome to country ceremonies

John Masanauskas - Herald Sun

Councils are spending tens of thousands of dollars on Aboriginal welcome-to-country ceremonies amid claims by a tribal elder that some costs are extravagant. It costs up to $850 for an elder to perform a 20-minute welcome and smoking ceremony.

Cardinal Pell condemns sex abuse

Catholic News

Cardinal George Pell has issued a statement condemning child sex abuse, following the apparent suicide of a 45-year-old man who was repeatedly abused as a teenager by a priest, reports The Australian. Police on Friday discovered John Pirona's remains in his car at Tomago, outside Newcastle, five days after he left a note for his wife, Tracey, and disappeared.

Police investigate sex claims against Slipper's accuser

Nicky Phillips, Phillip Coorey - SMH

James Ashby, the former staffer of the Speaker, Peter Slipper, is reported to be under investigation by Queensland police over allegations he had sex with underage boys. Last night the ABC's 7.30 reported the account of a Queensland man in his mid-20s who claimed he began a relationship with Mr Ashby when he was 15 years old. The man emailed Mr Slipper of their relationship after he saw media reports of Mr Ashby's sexual harassment case against the Speaker, who has stood aside while the matter is being investigated by the courts.