CultureWatch

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

As Marriage Goes, So Goes the Nation

Sep 16, 2007

Up until quite recently, societies benefited greatly by certain institutions which in fact predated the state. Marriage and family are two institutions which have been around for a very long time, and have offered social glue and moral stability to

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Bureaucracy, Ideology and the Professions

Sep 13, 2007

In much of the Western world, especially Australia, it does not matter so much which political party is elected into office, since often a deeply imbedded bureaucracy remains, regardless of the ruling party of the day. This thick layer of

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Religion and the Political Spectrum

Sep 13, 2007

While many Christians may be apolitical or even look down on political involvement as being somehow not very “spiritual,” the truth remains that we live in a world where politics is one crucial dimension of human life.

Avoiding politics or

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When PC Endangers Children

Sep 7, 2007

There is never a shortage of examples of political correctness in Western society. And there is never a shortage of examples of how PC can be damaging and destructive of the very things we should really be caring about.

The

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Declaring War on Children

Sep 1, 2007

Not everyone can have children, and not everyone wants children. That’s OK. There is no law mandating fecundity. For various reasons, many may want to forgo the whole involved process of bearing and raising children.

But the norm throughout human

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Artists Who Offend

Aug 31, 2007

It really does get tedious after a while. Self-proclaimed “artists” who want to make a strong and “courageous” statement to “get us to think”, et cetera, et cetera. Please, spare me. It is becoming so very common and so utterly

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The Media and Abortion

Aug 26, 2007

There are certain topics you just can’t trust the mainstream media with. Abortion is surely one of them. Whenever the MSM deals with the subject, more often than not it is a terribly biased and one-sided affair.

We know why

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Amazing Grace

Jul 28, 2007

The film Amazing Grace, the story of Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery, has opened in cinemas across Australia. The film, despite some shortcomings, is well worth seeing. One of the chief drawbacks of the film is the decided

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Leftist Ideology is Not Helping Aboriginals

Jul 23, 2007

It has become the accepted wisdom today that somehow the political left is all about compassion and concern, while the political right is just hard-hearted, cold and uncompassionate. Thus the left is supposed to be the champion of the underdog

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Who Says the Media is Biased?

Jul 23, 2007

Those on the left seldom accuse the mainstream media of bias, for the simple reason that the left pretty well dominates the MSM. When non-lefties make accusations of bias, our concerns are of course quickly shrugged off. But what happens

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Unleashing the Thought Police

Jul 18, 2007

Living in a democracy today is no guarantee we will live in one tomorrow. People in democracies do not always value or protect the freedoms they enjoy. Often, they are willing to vote away their freedoms. Recall that the Nazis

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Group Marriage on the Way

Jul 17, 2007

Dumb ideas have the propensity to spawn more dumb ideas. Reckless social engineering tends to result in even more radical social changes. Give the radicals an inch and they will demand a light-year. Such is the nature of the never-ending

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The Family As Abomination

Jul 6, 2007

Coming soon to a politically correct municipality near you: mandatory punishment for using despicable and abominable language such as “marriage” and “family”. Yes, you heard it right. To merely talk about the institutions of marriage and family is well on

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Coming Out, Into Freedom

Jul 5, 2007

Truth hurts. That is, it is hurtful to those who want to deny the truth, distort the truth or cover up the truth. The best weapon we have in the various fronts of the culture wars is to keep sticking

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The Mainstreaming of Sleaze

Jun 27, 2007

The mainstreaming of sleaze and porn has been going on for some time now. As is often the case, it involves little, gradual, and often unnoticed changes. But there is a cumulative effect. It is just like the familiar story

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All Porn, All the Time

Jun 27, 2007

Pornography is now everywhere in the Western world. We cannot escape its clutches. Whether in advertising, pop music, magazines, the Internet or prime-time television, pornography has gone mainstream.

What used to be regarded as the domain of sleazy men who

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The Family Obliterated

Jun 21, 2007

We live in strange times. So persistent and insistent have been the various radical minority groups, that increasingly we are living in an Alice in Wonderland world. Readers will recall this exchange between Humpty Dumpty and Alice:

Humpty Dumpty: When

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Two Men Who Shaped Nations

Jun 20, 2007

Individuals can have tremendous influence – for good or for evil. Some people live a life of integrity, humility and service for others. Other people live a life fully devoted to self, and to gratifying their selfish and sensual desires.

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