CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Owning Up To AIDS

Oct 1, 2006

In the early 80s when a strange new disease appeared in Western cities, it was first called GRID by the medical community: Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease. This was because the disease was one that predominantly spread in the homosexual community.

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Will Appeasement Save the Church?

Sep 24, 2006

There is a place for religious dialogue. There is a limited place for interfaith discussion. All religionists should be treated with respect, and religious freedom and freedom of conscience must be championed. Having said that, not all religions are equal,

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Islam vs. Christianity

Sep 24, 2006

“All religions are basically the same.” That mantra is often heard from the secular media and our ruling elites. For those who know little about religion, the phrase sounds sensible enough. But for anyone who has actually taken the time

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Why All the Anti-Christian Bigotry?

Sep 21, 2006

It is to be expected that followers of Jesus will encounter persecution, abuse and vilification. Jesus had to endure it, and he told us that we would as well.

But why the animosity to committed followers of Jesus? Well, sometimes

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Why All Human Cloning Should be Banned

Sep 21, 2006

The push for human cloning continues around the world. Sure, most people say they do not want to see humans cloned, but they do want to see cloned embryos for research purposes. Yet as I and others must keep reiterating,

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Why the Pope Was Right

Sep 20, 2006

An editorial in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (September 19, 2006) nicely makes the case for why the remarks recently uttered by the pope were needed. Entitled, “Benedict the Brave,” it laments what has now become a routine spectacle: “furious demands

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Right and Wrong Interfaith Dialogue

Sep 19, 2006

Most attempts at interfaith dialogue are doomed from the start, as they play down real differences between religions, and appeal to a lowest common denominator. As any serious student of the world’s major religions will attest, there exist very big

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Abbott on Islam

Sep 18, 2006

On Friday night Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott delivered an incisive talk on Islam and the war on terror. An edited version of the talk appears in today’s Australian (September 18, 2006). In the article, “Ask the hard questions,” he

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Are Our Universities Biased?

Sep 18, 2006

This of course is a rhetorical question, much like, Is the Pope Catholic? Western universities have been hotbeds of radicalism and leftist ideology for some time now, certainly since the 60s, when they were deliberately targeted by the New Left,

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Academia and 9/11

Sep 15, 2006

How have the universities grappled with the tragic events of 9/11? Have they learned anything? Have they had a change of heart? Have they given up on some of their radical ways? Not according to Harvey Mansfield. He should know.

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Another Take on 9/11

Sep 15, 2006

With the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 calamity, there have been quite a few opinion pieces and commentaries on that fateful day in 2001. This is another piece, as found in the American Spectator, September 13, 2006. David Hogberg

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How to Think About 9/11

Sep 15, 2006

It isn’t often that Australia takes the lead over America. But in the case of a controversial documentary, Australia has led the way.

Many of you would have watched the 2-part docudrama this past Sunday and Monday evening, entitled “The

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More on Gore and Greenhouse

Sep 13, 2006

I wrote yesterday that there is little unanimity concerning global warming and man’s role in it. Given that Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Truth is making the rounds, hyping the cause, it is worth devoting more attention to this

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What to Make of Global Warming

Sep 12, 2006

There are many who argue that the most pressing problem facing mankind is global warming. Former American vice president Al Gore was just here in Australia, arguing that very thing. He has produced a film to show the dangers of

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Is it Ever Right to Kill?

Sep 11, 2006

What does it mean to be pro-life? There is some confusion as to what the term implies. If a person is opposed to abortion, must that same person also be opposed to war, or the death penalty?

Indeed, religious conservatives

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Christianity Outlawed in the UK?

Sep 8, 2006

How long will it be before Christianity is illegal in Britain? Not long, argues Melanie Phillips. The author of Londonistan writes in the Daily Mail (September 7, 2006) that Christianity is quickly heading to extinction. It is being hounded out

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Whither the Culture Wars?

Sep 8, 2006

Those involved in the culture wars (such as myself) often are asked if this may not be at best a distraction from the gospel or at worst, a perversion of it. ‘Why waste time tying to reform society? Just save

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Being a Christian in Indonesia

Sep 7, 2006

Indonesia is Australia’s nearest, largest neighbour. It is also the world’s largest Islamic nation. Amongst the 240 million people, around 85 per cent are Muslim. There is a Christian minority in the country, but its existence is perilous at the

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Coming to Terms With Evil

Sep 6, 2006

How does the secular left deal with evil? Well, it has great difficulty in even recognising evil, argues Jewish commentator and radio host, Dennis Prager. In a new article in Citizen Magazine (September 2006) he argues that while a horrendous

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Euthanasia Myths

Sep 5, 2006

Pro-death advocates continue to peddle misinformation and maliciousness about their cause. Two recent episodes illustrate this point. Both are covered in an article by John Ferguson in today’s Herald Sun (September 5, 2006). The article (“Last rites for the euthanasia

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