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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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Why Some Choose Life

Sep 4, 2006

In the latest edition of the Weekly Standard (September 1, 2006) there is an interesting article on abortion by Fred Barnes. In it he describes five people who were once pro-abortion or indifferent about abortion, but have now become ardent

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Getting Real on Stem Cells

Sep 4, 2006

The embryo stem cell (ESC) hype continues to bubble along, with a seeming avalanche of support from the media and many of our ruling elites. Adult stem cells (ASCs) continue to be ignored, despite their great success, while ESCs are

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What is at Stake in the Euthanasia Wars

Sep 2, 2006

When American Terri Schiavo was allowed to die a slow and painful death by starvation under court order, it marked a turning point in the battle over euthanasia. Just as Roe v Wade was a watershed case in the abortion

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Why Fight the Culture Wars?

Sep 2, 2006

CultureWatch is many things, but it is certainly about engaging in the culture wars we find ourselves in. Not everyone is convinced this is a worthwhile calling. Some say it is a waste of time, or not a biblical priority.

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Just Convert, or Die

Aug 29, 2006

North American commentator Mark Steyn, who was recently in Australia, has just penned an opinion piece on the release of the two hostages taken prisoner in Gaza. Entitled “Achilles’ Heel,” the article appeared in the New York Sun (August 28,

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Religion, Politics and the Media

Aug 29, 2006

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott recently gave a speech in which he sought to defend the place of faith in the political arena. An edited version of his speech was reprinted in the Australian (August 24, 2006). In the article

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Aborting Babies To Look Younger

Aug 24, 2006

Pro-lifers have long warned that there are many ugly reasons for pursuing research on embryos. The cosmetics industry is one such reason. It has long relished creating beauty products from aborted foetuses. A recent article in London’s Daily Mail (August

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