CultureWatch

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

On Values, Sacrifice and Priorities

Mar 30, 2008

What a culture prioritises tells us a lot about its moral and spiritual condition. And what it doesn’t prioritise also tells us quite a bit. It seems that as we move further and further away from the Judeo-Christian foundations upon

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New Books of Note

Mar 27, 2008

Every once in a while I am asked what I am reading, so I usually produce a column such as this. Now for those folks who hate to read, or hate me, or hate what I am reading, you might

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Marching with the 10 Rebs

Mar 2, 2008

OK, now that I have everyone absolutely flummoxed by my cryptic title, let me say it is a send up on the 100 Revs which I wrote about in an earlier post. The 100 Revs were supposed to be 100

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When Foolishness Abounds

Feb 29, 2008

You know we have really entered a moral freefall when it actually appears reasonable to call black white, and white black; when we manage to convince ourselves that virtue is now vice, and vice is now virtue. And when people

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Trivialising Baby Killing

Feb 12, 2008

In an opinion piece in the mainstream press today a columnist was discussing the issue of abortion in Australia. She sought to assure us that as an issue of debate it was not even on the radar, at least in

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On Saying Sorry

Feb 9, 2008

On Wednesday the Rudd Government will offer a formal apology to the so-called Stolen Generation. The Prime Minister said this official “sorry” will come from the Parliament, not the people. And the Liberals have decided to hop on board with

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Our Censors at Work?

Feb 7, 2008

Consider this situation: World-renowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham has dropped a bombshell on the religious and not-so-religious world. He has just announced that he is no longer a Christian, and is considering becoming an atheist. Moreover, he has just penned

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Government By Experts

Feb 6, 2008

The beginning of the Constitution of the United States reads, “We the people…” The basic idea of democracy is that the people rule. Of course people need rulers, and expertise in various fields is not to be shunned. However, whenever

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Whales In, Babies Out

Jan 21, 2008

Japanese whaling ships continue to make the news, with Greenpeace chasing them around the oceans, and Hollywood celebrities making a whale of a stink about the treatment of these water-bound mammals.

Two recent newspaper articles about the plight of whales

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Don’t Worry About the Evidence

Dec 18, 2007

Take any contentious social issue of the day, and you will find plenty of illogic, name-calling, emotional appeals, and confused thinking. All this is much easier than actually dealing with the evidence and facts. Facts can get in the way

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Good Intentions, Unhelpful Outcomes

Dec 15, 2007

When Chamberlain visited Hitler, he was full of good intentions, even though he was being pretty naive. He came back from his meeting proclaiming “Peace in our time”. Of course in less than a year the world was at war.

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A Dark Day for Children

Dec 14, 2007

Why am I not surprised? The Victorian government has just announced that it will grant IVF access to homosexual couples. Minutes ago it declared that it will go ahead with most of the recommendations put forth in a Victorian Law

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Pop Culture and Porn

Dec 7, 2007

Two six year old boys are talking together, and one says that he found a condom on a patio. The other one asks, “What’s a patio?”. This joke is indicative of the culture we now live in. The sexualisation of

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Salt and Light Business

Nov 27, 2007

Every once in a while I seem to need to restate the case for Christian social and political involvement. Mind you, I have made it numerous times in the past, but I keep getting critics – some friendly, some not

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Pro-Life, for Dolphins

Nov 1, 2007

Many would have seen on the evening news last night stirring scenes of protesters surfing out into the ocean to thwart Japanese whalers who were killing dolphins. A number of protestors, including US and Australian actors, surfed out to where

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Academia, the Left, and Islamo-Fascism

Oct 30, 2007

The 1960’s revolutionary David Horowitz, who has gotten a bit more conservative in his old age, organised an Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week on American university campuses last week. Given what a hotbed of leftism, political correctness and intolerance most universities are,

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The Bitter Fruit of the Coercive Utopians

Oct 30, 2007

We are getting glimpses of the future, and it is not looking too good. We are seeing how radical political agendas are being implemented throughout the Western world, along with the ugly consequences which inevitably follow. Indeed, some nations are

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Civilisational Decline

Oct 18, 2007

There are plenty of signs of civilisational collapse. They are easy to come by. Here I want to focus on just two, and discuss a recent case in which they converged into one ugly proposition. I refer to the ongoing

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