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.



Commentary: Kermit Gosnell is not unique

Steve Rossie - The Family Foundation of Virginia

The late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted earlier this year on several charges related to infanticide, has been portrayed by abortion-on-demand apologists as an abortion provider gone wrong, that he’s the extremely rare exception to a responsible industry. Un-huh. Yeah. Right.

California may let non-physicians perform abortions

Ruth Brown - Newser

While states like Texas and North Carolina move to make abortion ever more restrictive, California seems to be headed in the opposite direction. State lawmakers recently passed a bill that would allow early abortions to be performed by non-physicians, like nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physicians' assistants, the LA Times reports.

Women MPs fear Zoe's bill will criminalise abortion

Kirsty Needham - SMH

Female MPs have spoken out on why they cannot support proposed legislation recognising a 20-week-old foetus as a living person, amid fears the bill winds back women's rights.

Charities & NFP

Church lobby in win over charities watchdog

Royce Millar - the Age

If Tony Abbott is elected prime minister on Saturday he will abolish the watchdog established by Labor to keep an eye on the billions of dollars received and spent by Australian charities each year. Why? The answer, in part at least, may be the lobbying power of church conservatives, the Catholic Church in particular, and the office of Sydney Cardinal George Pell, more particularly still.

Salvation Army say Fringe Benefits Tax changes will cost them $4 million

Joshua Dowling - News Limited

The Salvation Army is facing a $4 million hit - the equivalent of nearly half the money raised by Red Shield Appeal door knockers - because of the Rudd Government's controversial Fringe Benefits Tax changes.

Children & Family

Happy Father's Day everybody. Here are 17 reasons why dads are awesome. By a dad

Anthony Sharwwood -

When my editor asked me to write a Father's Day list of the reasons Dads are awesome, I politely informed him that it would be grotesquely narcissistic to write such a list myself.

FIFO and the GFC from the family perspective

Sophie Love - On Line Opinion

While we have weathered the GFC better than most, we have been doing it tough, especially in regional and rural Australia. Even the man in the street could see that our resources boom was falsifying the economic picture – there isn’t much work out there, which is why men and women are flocking to the mines or other areas and industries away from home, to make sure their families keep a roof over their heads. What does that mean in real terms - at the cliff face of family life?

Drugs & Alcohol

E-cigarettes 'as unhealthy as normal smokes'

News Limited Network

A new study has claimed that electronic cigarettes are "far from harmless", with some brands containing damaging carcinogenic chemicals and toxic properties. The research published in French magazine 60 Millions Consommateurs revealed that some e-cigarette were just as dangerous for health as tobacco.


Report tells of Nitschke's hypochondria

Big Pond News

Australia's most prominent euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke regularly thinks he's dying. Dr Nitschke's battle with extreme hypochondria has been detailed in a report in Fairfax's Good Weekend magazine.


Muslims paying Aborigines to convert to Islam, Rise Up candidate claims

Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times

A federal election candidate in western Queensland has accused Muslims of paying Aborigines to convert to Islam. Speaking to ABC Western Queensland, Rise Up Australia candidate Pam Hecht said the biggest issue facing people in the electorate of Kennedy, which Bob Katter holds by 18.3 per cent, was the conversion of Indigenous people to Islam.


The politics of gay marriage

ABC 7.30 WA

Supporters of marriage equality are targeting key marginal seats, including Perth, on the run up to the federal election. (Includes a segment with ACL's WA Director Rhys Vallance)

Is marriage before kids still a must?

Aleisha Pidgeon - Quest Newspapers

Pastor Geoff Charles, of Springwood Church of Christ, said natural marriage was part of civilisation prior to written history and not an invention of the church. "A child has a right to be raised by a mother and a father in a secure relationship which we call marriage," he said. "I think the rights of children have been well and truly overlooked as opposed to the rights of parents to have a variety of relationships." "I think when family and marriage is in trouble then society is in trouble."

Overseas Aid

Anti-poverty goals 'ignored' in this election

Manny Tsigas - SBS

Thousands of people have gathered at Sydney's Manly Beach to spell out an important message they say has been neglected during the federal election campaign.


Ad spending rises as polling day approaches

Sally Jackson - The Australian

With the finish line in sight the Liberal Party has doubled its spending on election campaign advertising in the major capitals, outlaying as much in the seven days to last Wednesday as it did in the first three weeks of the political race. Fringe groups are now also starting to advertise, such as the Australian Christian Lobby, which is running a print ad featuring politicians' photos with the tagline: "These SA senators voted Yes for 'gay' marriage."


Coalition vows to stop funding legal advice for asylum seekers

Tom Nightingale - ABC

The Federal Opposition is promising to stop funding immigration advice for asylum seekers if it wins next week's election. The Coalition has unveiled the final plank of its border protection policy today.

Pleas fail to avert boats tragedy

Natalie O'Brien - SMH

Official photos of two doomed asylum seeker boats that sank, killing all on board including two babies, show the passengers of both boats trying to attract the attention of a plane flying overhead by waving their arms or a white flag.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Australian Islamic cleric incites violence

Steve Emerson - Family Security Matters

An online video of an Australian Islamic cleric calling for Hindus and Buddhists to be killed is under investigation by South Australian police.

The Quebec government is waging a war on religion

Margaret Somerville - Mercator Net

So, the Quebec government is throwing down the gauntlet, yet again, on freedom of religion, by proposing to ban religious symbols in public spaces and to prevent people working in the public sector wearing them.


Women sell positive pregnancy tests on Craigslist for $25 each

Daily Mail

A number of women across the country have listed their positive pregnancy tests for sale on Craigslist. One expectant mother in the Buffalo, New York area is selling her used sticks for $25 each, The Daily Dot reports. Another New Jersey mom writes: 'Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad or one of your friends?