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

George Pell on Intolerance

Mar 13, 2009

Last week Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, gave a very important speech at Oxford University. In the talk, “Varieties of Intolerance: Religious and Secular,” he made a number of important points about the collapse of the West and the

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How to Kill a Nation (From Within)

Mar 12, 2009

Enough already. Let’s just get it over with and put this nation out of its misery. How much further down the gurgler can it go? Surely it has reached rock bottom by now, and no amount of CPR is going

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Our Anti-Natalist Fatalists

Mar 6, 2009

Planet earth is doomed. That is the clear message coming from the population control zealots. These anti-natalists are certain that if we do not immediately take radical steps to curb population growth we will all perish. Of course we have

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Our Government’s True Colours

Feb 25, 2009

Immediately after John Howard and the Liberals won their fourth-term in the 2004 election, Kevin Rudd called together certain Federal Labor members to see how they could win the next election. The main strategy was to win over evangelical Christians,

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Same-Sex Divorce

Feb 24, 2009

Now that the homosexual activists have succeeded in ramming same-sex marriage down our throats in so many parts of the West, the next obvious outcome is already taking place: same-sex divorce. And given that long-term relationships are not exactly a

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Censorship and the Secular Left

Feb 17, 2009

Liberal or leftist secularism is the reigning ideology amongst our Western intelligentsia and elites. It certainly has a stranglehold on our educational system. It can be very difficult to get in alternative points of view. Most attempts to penetrate this

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Sexual Suicide

Feb 16, 2009

The dramatic erosion of marriage and the explosion of out-of-control sexuality are not without their devastating consequences. Many acute observers have noted this. In 1968 Will and Ariel Durant’s important book, The Lessons of History appeared. In it they said,

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On Social Workers and Arsonists

Feb 11, 2009

There was a lead letter in today’s Melbourne Age which caught my attention. It is a letter so very typical of the Age. The newspaper is a hotbed of trendy radicalism, secularism, and feel-good liberalism. Its editorial stances are

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On 1000 Articles

Feb 2, 2009

OK, another cryptic title. Some with a bit of knowledge of ecclesiastical history might be thinking of the 39 Articles (the 1562 Anglican statement of faith). No, that is not quite what I have in mind here. Actually, the title

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What Can We Do?

Feb 2, 2009

For those people concerned about pro-faith, pro-family and pro-life issues, these are dark days indeed. In the West these values are taking a hammering. It really seems that a new Dark Ages is about to descend. Simply opening the morning

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Time to Put the UK Out of Its Misery

Feb 2, 2009

Historian Arnold Toynbee once said “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”. I don’t think there is much debate about that. There might be some debate however as to which nation today best exemplifies this. A number of countries are clearly

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The Ugly PC Assault on Our Children

Jan 30, 2009

Each day another horror headline. The latest outrage concerns two Scottish grandchildren snatched away from their own grandparents and forcibly given over to two homosexual men instead. Bloody-minded bureaucrats thought homosexuals were better for the kids than their own grandparents,

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Freedom From Religion

Jan 25, 2009

American President Ronald Reagan once famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’.” That is certainly true in the area of religion. Whenever the government starts sticking

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The Coercive Utopians Are At it Again

Jan 22, 2009

Amongst the favourite terms blithely thrown around by the various radical social activist groups are “tolerance,” “acceptance,” “inclusion,” and “love”. Sounds pretty good. But the rhetoric seldom matches the reality with these groups. They are all about sweetness and light

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Nothing Right about a Bill of Wrongs

Dec 23, 2008

The Rudd Government has established a panel to conduct an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Bill of Rights. The panel will be chaired by Fr. Frank Brennan. The recently passed Victorian Bill of Rights seems to serve as

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He’s a Killer, But…

Dec 8, 2008

The US election is now history, but there is still plenty of discussion about the election of Barack Hussein Obama. His supporters and detractors are still slugging it out. Indeed, in my discussions with other Christians I find a constant

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Students, Red Pens, and the State of a Nation

Dec 5, 2008

By now most of you would have heard of another example of madness in our public (taxpayer-funded) schools. An education kit in Queensland is encouraging teachers to throw out their red marking pens because using them might give little Johnny

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So Just Shoot the Messenger

Dec 4, 2008

It is a commonplace tactic for those who do not have a leg to stand on regarding the facts and evidence to simply ignore the facts and evidence, and instead resort to ad hominem attacks. Attacking the character of one’s

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