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.



Fourth Reich: Abortion Holocaust

Matt Barber - Christian Post

I recently finished reading "Bonhoeffer" by Eric Metaxas. The book, a nearly 600-page biography of German pastor and influential theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was simply life-changing. Throughout his page-turning treatise, Metaxas brilliantly illustrates how Bonhoeffer lived and died by Christ's admonition, "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). Although Bonhoeffer penned a number of widely read books on theology and Christian apologetics, he is chiefly remembered for his key role in one of several German conspiracies to assassinate Adolf Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime. For this he was captured and hanged just weeks before the end of World War II.


Family Christian stores releases its own tablet


Capitalizing on the booming e-book market, Family Christian Stores (FCS) has released its own tablet. Edifi is comparable, but a bit smaller—although same screen size—than Barnes & Noble's Nook Color and Nook Tablet and Amazon's Kindle Fire. Available through FCS' website and its nearly 300 stores nationwide, edifi is pre-installed with family-friendly features and free apps, including Safe Search Wi-Fi Web browsing, 27 Bible translations and Christian Internet radio. With the e-reader, users can check email, access social online networks, watch movies, display photos and download e-books with the FCS Reader app—which comes with edifi.

Drugs & Alcohol

Graphic warnings to fight alcohol abuse

Cortlan Bennett - AAP

"Demon drink" is the new health battleground, with higher taxes, drinking ages and graphic warnings similar to those on tobacco products touted as ways to fight alcohol-related birth defects and other issues. Giving evidence at a federal hearing into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Perth on Tuesday, Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies communications officer Deanne Ferris noted an alarming rise in alcohol-related treatment across the state.


Education takes a dramatic new course

Bianca Hall - SMH

For the first time, all Australian students will study dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts until year 10, under a draft new national curriculum released yesterday. A spokesman for the national curriculum reporting authority, ACARA, said all schools would be required to offer those subjects to students, but schools would have some discretion as to how they taught them. The Education Minister, Peter Garrett, said making the arts a key part of the new national curriculum would have ''huge'' positive impacts for students.


Resources boom and environment protection can co-exist: federal govt


The man responsible for the tourism and mining industries insists they can co-exist, despite mounting international concern about Australia's environmental management. Federal Resources, Energy and Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson played down the impact of the resources boom on Australia's natural landscape, including the Great Barrier Reef, during an industry breakfast in Brisbane. His comments come a day after an international coral reef symposium in Cairns was told the world-heritage-listed icon has suffered significant losses of coral.


2012 Churchill Fellows announced

Australian Aging

A total of 35 medical researchers have received around $20,000 each to travel overseas, investigate key health concerns and return to Australia to implement their research findings, in this year’s round of Churchill Fellowships. The 2012 Churchill Fellowship's recipient list, announced yesterday, includes five Australians who have been funded to conduct research into a specific ageing-related area of medicine. Thanks to the fellowship, Dr Linda Sheahan from Glebe, NSW, will now explore the interface between palliative care and physician assisted suicide/voluntary euthanasia in the USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Human Rights

The right to know those who gave us life


Children’s rights are in danger of being overlooked in the increasingly bizarre permutations of reproductive technology. When reproductive technology was new on the scene and being described as “science fiction becoming science fact”, the New Yorker magazine published a cartoon. It showed a line of adults (sketched in that magazine’s typically pear-shaped format – tiny heads with increasingly large bodies towards the legs) facing the reader, each holding a martini.


Preston Mosque in strife over telling wives to share their husbands with other women

Padraic Murphy - Herald Sun

Victoria's largest mosque has been forced into an embarrassing back-down after women were told they must "fulfil the rights" of their husbands and share him with other women. In a move that has outraged local Muslim women, at least one Preston Mosque committee member authorised a post on its official Facebook page instructing women that polygamy was a better alternative to divorce and husbands were "someone you share".

Archbishop defends CofE’s gay marriage stance

Christian Today

The Archbishop of Canterbury last night defended the Church of England’s position on legalising gay marriage. In its official response to the Government’s consultation on same-sex marriage, the Church of England upholds the traditional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Google: ‘Legalize Love’ campaign isn’t about gay marriage

Matt DeLong - Bloomberg

The Internet has been buzzing this weekend over a reported announcement by Google that it is launching a worldwide push to legalize same-sex marriage. However, the tech giant says its new “Legalize Love” campaign isn’t about gay marriage at all, but rather supporting workers in countries that criminalize homosexuality. "'Legalize Love' is a campaign to promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books," said a Google spokesperson in a statement.


Greens caught recruiting youth on refugee issue

Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph

The Greens have been caught trying to promote the asylum seeker crisis as political bait to attract new members to its youth wing. Secret minutes of a meeting on June 30 also revealed that the leadership of the Australian Young Greens party wanted to push for a public debate on polyamorous marriage, which allows people to have several wives or husbands.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian man fined sentenced over Arizona home Bible studies allegedly told to report to jail this morning

Billy Hallowell - The Blaze

On Friday, we told you about Michael Salman, the Christian man who has been fined and sentenced to 60 days in jail over his home Bible studies in Phoenix, Arizona. Initially, reports claimed that Salman would potentially be jailed within the next week. Today, a Facebook message posted to his personal profile says that he must report to the jailhouse by 10 a.m.

China bishop isolated after quitting

Christopher Bodeen - AAP

A newly ordained Chinese bishop has been placed in isolation after announcing he's quitting his government posts in a challenge to Beijing's control over the Catholic clergy, a Hong Kong church activist and Catholic websites said. Shanghai's auxiliary Bishop Ma Daqin was taken away shortly after announcing his resignation toward the end of his ordination Mass on Saturday, Holy Spirit Study Centre researcher Anthony Lam said.


Abbott turn-back directive could be ignored by Australian Navy officers

Ian McPhedran and Jessica Marszalek - The Daily Telegraph

Navy officers say they will disobey orders to force asylum seeker boats back to Indonesia. Navy ships were last night on their way to yet another boat that called for help. Two Australian ships and a Customs plane were yesterday mobilised after a passenger aboard a boat carrying about 85 people phoned Australia's maritime rescue centre several times.

Sexualisation of Society

Former Vic cop had child porn, court told

Daniel Fogarty and Carl Dickens - AAP

A former Victorian policeman facing dozens of sex charges, including an accusation that he'd held a gun to the head of a girl while he had sex with her, has been granted bail. The 62-year-old is facing 39 charges including rape, carnal knowledge and buggery relating to nine children aged between five and 14.