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.



Children & Family

Family values remain strong in a changing world

Laurie deRose - MercatorNet

Throughout the world, support for the institution of the family is strong. In every country examined except Sweden, men and women agree that a child needs a mother and father to grow up happily. In all 29 countries, a majority of adults believes marriage is still relevant and that an additional emphasis on family life would be a good thing. Nevertheless, support for marital permanence is weaker, with adults in many countries taking a relatively permissive stance toward divorce.


TV sex now a viewer turnoff for Aussies

Patrick Lion - The Daily Telegraph

Almost half the nation is concerned about the level of steamy sex and violence on television, according to a major new study by the broadcasting watchdog. But the Australian Communications and Media Authority report has found excessive commercials are our biggest bugbear when it comes to the box.

Drugs & Alcohol

Bali boy could face trial next week over drugs charges

Karlis Salna - Courier Mail

A 14-year-old Australian boy facing drugs charges in Bali could go to trial next week. The chief prosecutor in the case, I Gusti Gede Putu Atmaja, said police would hand the case over to him in the coming days. "The police said they will bring the boy on Wednesday here to my office," Mr Atmaja said today.

Human Rights

Commonwealth must ensure gays are not equated with criminals

Michael Kirby – SMH

The whole world knows that the Commonwealth of Nations has a problem securing action on the legal issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.It is a specific Commonwealth problem. Of about 80 countries of the world that still criminalise same-sex adult, private, consensual conduct, more than half (41) are members of the Commonwealth. Given that there are 54 Commonwealth countries, that means three-quarters still impose criminal penalties on gay people. The fact that such laws exist leads to stigma, discrimination and violence, and an awful lot of personal misery.


Welfare halt a last step in NT truancy rethink

Justine Ferrari - The Australian

The federal government is modifying its school truancy program under the Northern Territory intervention to align it with the NT government's reforms to boost attendance by indigenous students.

Billions of government waste not closing the gap

Glen Brennan - The Punch

Nobody likes to look incompetent or inept. So it’s no wonder the Federal Government fought to keep secret a report that revealed the $3.5 billion it spends each year on indigenous programs has generated “dismally poor returns”.


Coalition tied in knots over gay marriage

Sarah-Hanson Young – SMH

Reports that Prime Minister Julia Gillard may allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on marriage equality have given hope to those of us advocating a change to the Marriage Act so same-sex couples can tie the knot. Rumours within the walls of Parliament suggest Ms Gillard may make an announcement as early as this week, before Labor’s national conference in December. The possibility of a free vote for ALP members again puts the spotlight on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who has ruled out letting Coalition members have a conscience vote.

Overseas Aid

Tackle corruption in poor countries, G20 leaders told


An international Christian movement is calling upon G20 leaders to tackle world poverty when they meet in France next month. Micah Challenge wants world leaders to recommit to ending corruption, which it holds partly responsible for the continued reality of poverty around the world.


God is back - But does it matter in Australia?

Kristina Keneally - ABC Religion and Ethics

While I am grateful that there are serious people who think about the role of religion in the public square comprehensively and reflectively, as a politician I most often need to think through these issues practically, often quickly, and not uncommonly, on instinct. The World Youth Day that was held in Sydney in 2008 is as good an example as any to illustrate how the practice of politics and the practice of religion intersect.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

No home for persecuted Pakistani Christians in any state

Nasir Saeed - Pakistan Christian Post

The suffering of Pakistan’s Christian minority is well documented, but what you may not be so aware of is the tragic way in which many of those who muster up the courage to seek refuge in the West are turned away at the door. I say tragic because part of the reason why Christians in Pakistan are so badly persecuted is the widespread misconception that Christianity is a western religion. Many Muslims, not only extremists, believe that Christians are in collusion with the western powers and that to attack them is to attack the West.

Sexualisation of Society

Drugs, sex, crime: Rihanna's gritty new video


In the clip, Rihanna's character appears to be high on drugs, shoplifting, and lighting an enormous wad of cigarettes. "We love, obviously, to do provocative imagery... we always try to definitely push the limits," explained director Melina Matsoukas.

Parental rights come before sex-ed goals

Carolyn Moynihan - MercatorNet

The introduction of mandatory sex education classes for middle school pupils (10- to 12-year-olds) in New York has brought criticism from a leading US academic. Robert P George, a professor of politics at Princeton University, and one of his doctoral students, Melissa Moschella, have had an op-ed on sex education and parental rights published in the New York Times.