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.



Abortions 'unlikely to rise due to RU486'

Belinda Tasker, AAP Medical Correspondent
Wider availability of the abortion pill RU486 in Australia is not expected to spark a jump in pregnancy terminations, a major sexual healthcare group says.

Backers rally for tough ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill
Hundreds of pro-life supporters rallied Tuesday as part of a drive to make Ohio the first state in the country to pass a law effectively banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. “This day signals the beginning of the end of abortion on demand,” Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action, told the rally in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus

Human embryonic stem cell trials to begin

A US biotech company said today it will soon begin the first-ever European trials using human embryonic stem cells in an experimental treatment for people with a form of juvenile blindness. However, the technology has raised objections by conservative and religious opponents who say it should be banned because the cells' extraction involves the destruction of a human embryo.

Children & Family
Generation Y battles partner void

Jeff Kennett
Why do those who seek long-term partners seem to be finding it so difficult?

Social networks help perverts find victims
Mark Butler – The Telegraph
Internet sex predators are sending out thousands of friend requests on social networking sites to trawl for young victims. The perverts are making massive sweeps of the sites in an attempt to identify and groom their preferred prey, police say.

Politicians should heed grey areas of gender
Michael Cooper - SMH
Julia Gillard has repeatedly insisted marriage should be between "man and woman". Her position on same-sex marriage may seem clear, but only if it is possible to define man and woman.

Australians heading to housing struggle street
Daily Telegraph
The great Aussie dream of secure home ownership is rapidly fading for Generation Y with just one in 40 expected to own their properties outright when they retire. While property prices continue to soften and rates remain on hold, Generation Y is heading to housing struggle street as they age, a survey reveals.

Greens call for history revision on Stolen Generation

Milanda Rout - The Australian
The national history curriculum fails to adequately teach students about the Stolen Generation and should be revised before it is signed off by state and federal education ministers next month. That is the call from the Greens and the National Sorry Day Committee who will today hold a joint press conference urging the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority to delay the final approval of the history curriculum before it goes to the ministers.

Schools change national anthem
Bethany Hiatt - The West Australian
Some private Christian schools are singing an alternative version of the national anthem which promotes religious values and talks of Christ. Instead of the official second verse of Advance Australia Fair, which starts "Beneath our radiant Southern Cross", the alternative verse says "With Christ our head and cornerstone, we'll build our nation's might".

School hate mail as prayer dropped
Nicolas Perpitch
Hate mail sent to a Perth primary school after it decided to stop reciting the Lord's Prayer at assemblies has been condemned as cowardly and "un-Christian".

One green job created, 3.7 jobs destroyed elsewhere

Kevin Andrews - The Punch
Australian manufacturing is facing a major slump, with thousands more jobs expected in light of the carbon tax policy - especially in places like the La Trobe Valley in Victoria. According to recent research from the Australian Trade and Industry Alliance, less than nine per cent of the one million manufacturing workforce are employed by firms that will receive compensation for the carbon tax.

The cold hard proof Australia is getting warmer
Anthony Sharwood – The Punch
Look at this graph. Each blue bar shows the peak annual snow depth at Snowy Hydro’s five official snow measuring stations at Spencers Creek, about halfway between the NSW ski resorts of Perisher and Thredbo

Indigenous issues
City APY people 'deserve' dignity

Michael Owen, SA Political Reporter
An indigenous organisation for people from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands living in Adelaide has accused the Rann Labor government and its senior social issues adviser, David Cappo, of ignoring the most needy people in Australia.

Leading anti-gay-marriage group names new chairman

The Associated Press
A law school professor from Southern California was named Thursday as the new chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most active groups opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage. John Eastman, a professor and former dean at Chapman University Law School in Orange, Calif., will replace NOM's co-founder, Maggie Gallagher, who will remain a member of the board while devoting some of her time to finishing a book about the same-sex marriage debate.

Same-sex marriage is really an assault on the church
The Christian Institute
The furious reaction to church leaders defending marriage show that same-sex marriage is not about gay rights, it is about attacking the church, an editor of a Scottish national newspaper says.

Overseas Aid
Starving thousands forced back into famine

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked rebels said today they have begun moving more than 12,000 starving families back into famine zones they had fled, areas where the UN have warned they will die without help. Draconian aid restrictions imposed by the extremist Shebab are blamed for turning harsh drought across the Horn of Africa into famine in the areas they control, with 750,000 people at risk of death in coming months, the United Nations warns.

Rudd 'nine votes' from PM

Phillip Coorey - SMH
A coalition senator says he witnessed a phone call three nights ago during which Kevin Rudd told a Labor senator he was nine votes shy of taking the leadership from Julia Gillard.

Watch out, powerbrokers. Trouble is brewing with the troops
Michelle Grattan – National Times
Things are so crazy in Canberra politics that it's easy to miss the significance of Labor senator John Faulkner's attack on Julia Gillard this week.

Religious Persecution
Arab Spring worries Mid-East Christians
Catholic News
First, the Maronite Patriarch, Béchara Raï, in Lebanon, and now, the Chaldean Archbishop in Kirkuk, Louis Sako, in Iraq. The development of the Arab spring are causing concern to leaders of Eastern Christian communities, who have by now started to openly express their fears with regard to an rise in Islamic radicalism in the New Middle East.

Is religious freedom attainable for Algeria's Christians?
Aidan Clay - ASSIST News Service
Following reports in May of churches closing and a Christian being issued a five-year prison sentence for blasphemy, there is finally some positive news coming out of Algeria. For the first time in 20 years, the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA) was given government permission to officially register its congregations throughout the country.

Bowen to hand over children

Kirsty Needham - SMH
The Malaysian government would become the legal guardian of lone child asylum seekers sent from Australia, it has been revealed to a Senate inquiry.

Refugee swap deal will worsen situation - Malaysian advocate
A vote on the Australian government's proposed changes to migration laws has been delayed until the middle of next month. The bill, which would pave the way for the asylum seeker deal with Malaysia, won't pass the Senate because neither the Opposition nor the Greens will support it. Now, a human rights organisation says the refugee swap deal will only exacerbate the situation of undocumented people already in Malaysia.

Ex-league star damns 'toxic' Scientology leader

Steve Cannane - ABC
A former Australian rugby league star who abandoned his sporting career for a life in the Church of Scientology says its head is a "violent" and "toxic" individual. Former St George captain and player of the year Chris Guider walked away from his league career in 1986 at the age of 24. After spending more than 20 years in the church in both Australia and the US, working closely with Scientology leader David Miscavige, Mr Guider has now left the movement, which he says is more about money and control than anything else

France issues first face-veil fines
A French police court has issued its first fines against two women charged with wearing the full-face covering Islamic niqab.