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.
Abortion dishonors Dr King Legacy
Ryan Bomberger - The Radiance Foundation
The Radiance Foundation re-releases a powerful video to honor the fight against the injustice of abortion, featuring Dr. King. The thought provoking video, entitled "EPIDEMIC" deals with the human rights issue of our day, too often dismissed with bizarre euphemisms like "reproductive freedom" and "reproductive justice". Abortion is decimating the black community, outnumbering all other causes of death, combined.
Charities & NFP
Dumping on charities
Hamish Boland-Rudder - The Canberra Times
The impending switchover to digital television is causing anguish for an unexpected stakeholder – charities, which are being left to dispose of unwanted analogue televisions illegally dumped beside charity donation bins. The televisions are among a host of items left in piles around Canberra’s charity bins, which are traditionally designed for donations of clothing and blankets. In an attempt to tackle the problem, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will convene a roundtable meeting next week with members of the charity sector who look after the donation bins.
Children & Family
Harrowing letter explodes the family law debate
Tracey Spicer - The Punch
The planned rollback of the controversial Shared Parenting Law is not an attack on men’s rights. Nor is it a victory for the women’s movement. It is a sensible response to the plight of children like Darcey Freeman, who was allegedly thrown from the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne. Rather than getting into the he said/she said of this prickly debate, this is the story of one man – a war veteran - who believes his grandchildren are at risk.
Gillard Government lets women down
Bettina Arndt - Herald Sun
Three years ago, when Tony Abbott became Opposition Leader, women's groups went on the attack, convinced the man they labelled the "Mad Monk" would set back women's progress particularly in areas like reproductive health. How ironic that Australia now has its second female Federal Health Minister and despite this, Gillard's Government shows no interest in improving the sorry state of Australia's fertility control. Australia has one of the highest abortion rates in the world.
Drugs & Alcohol
House fire leads to drugs find
Daniel Tran - Greater Dandenong Weekly
Police descended upon a Dandenong North residence last night after a house fire led to emergency services discovering a sophisticated hydroponic set up within. Police and CFA firefighters were called to the double-storey house in Bellbrook Drive at about 9 and found up to 10 rooms filled with cannabis plants of different ages. Detective Leading Senior Constable Matt Hunt from the Dandenong crime investigation unit said police were stunned by the elaborate set up and contents of the double-storey.
Easy access triggers explosion in online gambling - study
Nicky Phillips - SMH
Poker machines may be in the spotlight but academics warn online gambling could become a significant public health problem if action is not taken to protect vulnerable users. The largest study of online gambling habits in Australia, which surveyed more than 6500 people, found 50 per cent of participants had taken up gambling in the past six years, making it the fastest-growing form of gambling in the country.
Andrew Wilkie tries to salvage pokie reforms
Jessica Marszalek - Herald Sun
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie is clinging to his poker reforms as he prepares to meet a key West Australian politician in a third day of salvage talks. The visit to Nationals MP Tony Crook comes as Julia Gillard refused to back mandatory pre-commitment technology, fuelling speculation she could announce a watered down reform package this week. The Prime Minister and Mr Wilkie met on Sunday to work through the details of how to address problem gambling as some critics suggest she should adopt $1 bet restrictions on all machines and dump pre-commitment technology.
Susan Reibel Moore - MercatorNet
A focus on equal rights in the same-sex marriage debate has obscured the obvious fact that men and women have complementary natures. Two people of the same gender, no matter how much they love each other, are not by nature complementary in the immutable ways that males and females are. In practice, happy marriages are much more likely to produce morally sound, joyful children than other sexual partnerships can or do. If all reasoned argument fails, as it has thus far failed with many, the research record demonstrates this unequivocally.
Santorum revels in debate with hecklers over gay marriage
P Richard Dunham - Blog Chronicles
When challenged by a group of students who support same-sex marriage, Santorum engaged enthusiastically. “Tell me the justification (for gay marriage),” he asked the questioner. “What is the public purpose served in changing the law?” Told that all Americans should be able to choose the person they marry, he asked if they could choose to marry two people. Or three people. “Is it OK to be married to five other people?” he continued. Santorum’s willingness to engage with the hecklers had its limits. “I’m happy to engage in a discussion,” he said. “But we’ll have a civil discussion or we’ll move on to another question.”
Straight or gay marriage needs a convention
Melody Ayres-Griffiths - On line Opinion
Storm-clouds are brewing in Canada once again over the issue of same-sex marriage due, ironically, to a divorce application filed by two non-Canadians in an attempt to dissolve their Canadian marriage. This highlights a serious problem that could have equally dire ramifications should Australia legalise marriage equality in the future. Where would same-sex Australian marriages be legal? Would an Australian marriage entered into by two foreign nationals be valid even here, in Australia? If an Australian married an American, and they chose to be married in Australia but live in the US, what would the legal state of their relationship be both here and there?
Religious Freedom & Persecution
Five myths about anti-Christian persecution
In his annual address to diplomats Monday, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted religious freedom with emphasis on persecuted Christians around the world, writes John Allen in NCR Online. "In many countries, Christians are deprived of fundamental rights and sidelined from public life," he said. "In other countries, they endure violent attacks against their churches and their homes." This week, a delegation of Catholic bishops from Europe and the States tried to shine a spotlight on one small chapter of this global story: the Gaza Strip, where 2,500 Christians live amid an overwhelmingly Muslim population of 1.5 million. They're caught in a vise formed by Islamic militancy on one side and an Israeli- and Egyptian-imposed blockade on the other.
Ugandan girl tortured for Christ regaining use of legs
Dan Wooding - ASSIST Ministries
Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that a 15-year-old Christian girl in western Uganda who lost the use of her legs after her father locked her in a room for six months for leaving Islam has begun to take tentative steps. CDN says that Susan Ithungu of Isango village, Kasese district, had been hospitalized since September 2010 after neighbors along with police rescued her from her father, Beya Baluku, who had given her hardly any food or water. In March 2010, Susan had trusted Christ for her salvation – prompting her father to threaten to slaughter her publicly with a knife.
Sexualisation of Society
Anti-porn activist threatens to sue blogger over religion claims
Farah Farouque - SMH
A blogger who characterised anti-porn activist Melinda Tankard Reist as a ''fundamentalist Christian'' says she has been asked to apologise - or be sued. Tankard Reist - who briefed lawyers to warn off liberal blogger Jennifer Wilson - says it's not being called Christian she objects to, but the claim that she is ''deceptive and duplicitous about her religious beliefs''.
The Lord's quarterback strikes fear into liberals
Janet Albrechtsen - The Australian
A footballer who prays rather than strays has confounded American liberals. With all eyes on the third Republican primary coming up in South Carolina this weekend, you would be forgiven for missing the other big news from the US. A footballer is making headlines all over the country. When that happens in Australia, it's usually a predictably messy story about a night out involving too much testosterone, alcohol, arrogance, a footballer or two or three, a girl and a camera. Not in America. At least not right now. Here it's all about Tebowmania, an inspiring story about humility, abstinence, and no drinking, not even cursing, about a home-schooled 24-year-old rookie quarterback who happens to be a good Christian and is not afraid of talking about God.
Also - Refer to yesterday's ACL Pick of the news article regarding Tim Tebow and the censorship by the publication Newser.