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.AbortionDawkins, Down Syndrome and the Bankrupt Logic of Utilitarianism Barney Zwartz - ABC Religion & Ethics
Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous atheist, loves a headline. He got plenty recently when he tweeted that it is immoral not to abort a baby with Down Syndrome if you have the choice.Children & FamilyVulnerable children abuse continues to rise, new report revealsHenrietta Cook - The Age
At least 64 vulnerable children were abused in out-of-home care last year, as reports to authorities about at-risk children reached a record high.Donor Conception & SurrogacySurrogacy the new slavery, says top judge John PascoeNicola Berkovic - The Australian
Drugs & AlcoholStudy finds increase in HIV linked to 'ice' Tammy Mills - The Age
International commercial surrogacy is the new frontline in the trafficking of women and newborn babies and should be stamped out, says Federal Circuit Court chief judge John Pascoe.
'Safe drinking' campaign prompts calls for sober rethink of alcohol-related advertising during football gamesAmy Corderoy - SMH
Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use, with a ground-breaking study finding a "convincing significant association" between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.
Families who sit down to watch the AFL preliminary final on Friday night will probably be swamped byalcohol advertising throughout the game, experts say.IndigenousIndigenous child removal in Victoria 'highest since white settlement' Melissa Davey - The Guardian
Indigenous Australian children in Victoria are 16 times more likely than the state’s other children to be in out-of-home care, a report from the state’s Commission for Children and Young People tabled in parliament says.Religious Freedom & PersecutionChristian Youth Camps seeks to appeal against discrimination finding in High CourtTony Nicholls - ABC
A Melbourne-based organisation, Christian Youth Camps (CYC), which is connected to the Christian Brethren church, has applied to the High Court for special leave to appeal against a discrimination verdict.Overseas AidUN to cut food aid to SyriaThe Guardian
The UN warned on Thursday that it will be forced to cut food rations for more than 6 million Syrians from next month unless it received more funding.OtherCory Bernardi renews calls for burka ban after Sydney, Brisbane anti-terror raidsSimon Cullen - ABC
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has renewed his call for a ban on the Muslim burka following this morning's anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane. He described the head covering as a "shroud of oppression" and a "flag of fundamentalism", adding they are "not right" in Australia.Give poor countries tax reform say: OxfamAAP
Multinationals that cheat the global tax system are just the tip of the iceberg, Oxfam warns. The world charity estimates that $US100 billion ($A108 billion) of tax revenue is lost by developing countries each year through tax avoidance.