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.




New Tasmanian law aborts protests

Chelsea Pietsch - OnLine Opinion

I've only ever been to one protest in my life. Even then, it was an accident. I just happened to be walking through Federation Square in Melbourne on a day when members of the public were protesting against the war in Iraq.

Wrong way, turn back (Yes you Tassie, on all things abortion)

Claire van Ryn - Faith like a Mushroom

The weather on Thursday suited the gloomy forecast from parliament as the Legislative Council passed the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill, further opening up access to abortion in Tasmania. It only needs the tick from the lower house now. A sad day for the unborn.

Pope Francis: Abortion ‘cries out in vengeance to God’; Church will never change teaching

John-Henry Westen - Life Site News

In a high level teaching document released this morning, Pope Francis has firmly responded to those who have expressed hope that the Catholic Church may one day change its teachings on abortion, writing, “the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question.”

Pakistan: 56 women killed in 2013 for giving birth to girls

Hassan Naqvi - Tribune

Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday. “A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

Obama administration puts a price tag on your religious freedom

Matthew Clark - Charisma News

Can you put a price on religious liberty? Apparently the Obama administration has. If you value your faith; if you are one of the millions of Americans who believe that abortion pills cause the destruction of innocent, God-given human life; if you are an employer who believes that being forced to pay for others’ abortion pills is morally reprehensible, the Obama administration wants you to pay a dramatically steep price for your religious liberty. The penalty for failure to abide by the Obamacare HHS abortion-pill mandate is an astounding $36,500 a year.

Supreme Court takes case on ObamaCare, birth control

John Johnson - Newser

ObamaCare is headed to the Supreme Court, but it's a case about the specifics of coverage rather than a broader fight on the program itself. More than 40 companies have sued because they object on religious grounds to providing their employees with birth control, as the new law stipulates.


For academics, religion is a conflict of interests

Margaret Somerville - Mercator Net

A campaign against a bioethics professor turns very nasty.

Children & Family

Coroner warns of dangers of Facebook after student, 19, targeted by young women bullies online hanged himself

Harriet Arkell - Daily Mail

At the inquest into the death of 19-year-old Lewis Thelwall, who committed suicide after false rumours about him were put on Facebook, a coroner warned users of social networking sites to 'think of the consequences'.


Journalist Chris Kenny takes legal action against ABC

Nick Leys - The Australian

Defamation proceedings have been launched against the ABC and its satirical program The Hamster Decides after the broadcaster refused to apologise for its depiction of a noted critic having sex with a dog.

Drugs & Alcohol

$250,000 cocaine bust at Schoolies

Greg Stolz - The Courier Mail

Police have seized an estimated $250,00 in cocaine in a major drug bust in Surfers Paradise during the middle of Schoolies.


Belgium to debate giving children right to euthanasia

Robert-Jan Bartunek - Chicago Tribune

Belgian lawmakers will on Wednesday vote on whether to support a proposed new bill to give extremely sick children the right to euthanasia, a move certain to fan the divisive debate on the practice worldwide. The new bill would make Belgium the first country to remove the age limit for the procedure - though it would insist parents have a role in their child's decision to die.

Like it or not, euthanasia is already an everyday part of our lives

Noel Debien - ABC

The voluntary euthanasia debate has the ability to polarise, but the reality is that there are many incidences of physician assisted death happening in Australia every year. Noel Debien explores some of the contemporary responses to the issue, and where new laws might be leading us.


Online gambling just went live in New Jersey

Alexandra Dean - Business Week

New Jersey’s first virtual casinos go live today, a highly anticipated moment for the industry since it’s the third, and by far the most populous, state to legalize online gambling after Delaware and Nevada. It’s also a time of reckoning, because brick-and-mortars are divided on whether online gaming is beneficial or dangerous. New Jersey is home to Atlantic City, the beleaguered gaming town where casino revenues are down 40 percent from their 2006 peak.

Homelessness & Poverty

Pope Francis calls unfettered capitalism 'A new tyranny'

Naomi O'Leary - Reuters

Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny”, urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.


Traditional owners take back seven Cape York national parks

Sharnie Kim - ABC

The Queensland Government has transferred seven national parks in the state's far north Cape York region back into Aboriginal ownership.


Gen Y spends years waiting to meet the right partner or saving up to afford their big day

News Ltd

Married life begins at 40, with more Australians waiting until middle age to tie the knot. The marriage rate for Australians in their early 20s has halved in two decades, new Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals. One in 10 Australian brides and 12 per cent of bridegrooms are now in their 40s.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Prostitution: France wants to punish clients

Sylvie Corbet - Associated Press

France's government is pushing one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world's oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Nigeria: School principal, teachers beaten to a pulp in Osun

Oluwole Ige Osogbo - Tribune

There was confusion in the ancient town of Ejigbo in Osun State, on Monday, as the principal and some teachers of Baptist High School were beaten to a state of coma.

Jailed U.S. pastor's wife praises Trump

Michael Carl - WND

When U.S. officials negotiated an interim nuclear deal with Iran, they left out one very important detail – release of the American pastor imprisoned and tortured in the Islamic republic for more than a year. Nagmah Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, says she is very disappointed by the U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal that left her husband in prison.

Sexualisation of Society

Porno Britain: Are we all to blame for child-on-child sex abuse?

Alex Stevenson - Politics

Two sex stories in this morning's news - but they're not as unrelated as we'd like them to be. A society's culture is the fault of nobody - and everyone. If there really is a link between the appalling stories of child-on-child sex abuse revealed today and a culture of pornography, we should all have some serious thinking to do. One is based on research on sexual attitudes and lifestyles in Britain. The other story is the complete opposite - a warning from the deputy children's commissioner.

Paedophile blames childhood for porn

Patrick Billings - The Examiner

A Campbell Town paedophile's extreme sexual fetishes stemmed from an unusual childhood involving the wearing of girls' clothes, a court has heard. Leigh Andrew Coghlan, 41, yesterday pleaded guilty to 12 charges of accessing and sharing child pornography.


Quentin Bryce: a big disappointment

Ros Phillips - Family Voice Australia

“I first met Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce over 30 years ago, when we were among over 100 delegates to a Canberra conference to mark the UN Mid-Decade for Women,” FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said today. “She and I were on opposite sides of the debate for many of the motions put to the conference, and I suspect we both remain firm in our views".

Mail Online seeks editor to break 'good Australian exclusives'

Sally Jackson - The Australian

Britain's Daily Mail Group has announced it will launch an Australian version of its site with the goal of becoming this country's leading news website. Daily Mail Australia will launch early next year and hire 50 local journalists, with an editor to be appointed in the next few weeks.