CultureWatch

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

Schools, Values and the Family

Jan 28, 2004

Early this year Prime Minister John Howard stirred up a hornet’s nest of indignation when he made some comments about the trend towards private education. He said the reason more and more parents are sending their children to private and

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Playing Against a Stacked Deck

Jan 19, 2004

In the culture wars, fair fights are hard to come by. Sometimes the odds are so stacked against you, that you hardly feel like wading into a fight. Often those promoting all the wrong causes are entrenched in public service

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Targetting Believers

Jan 11, 2004

The Greens, along with the Democrats, are among the most supportive of the homosexual agenda, with Labor not far behind. Thus religious folk in general, and Christians in particular, need to be aware of what these parties are up to.

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Gay Rights and Wrongs

Jan 7, 2004

A Latham-led government would introduce sweeping changes to give homosexuals special rights and privileges, according to Robert McClelland, the former shadow attorney-general. The Labor pledge to radically overhaul existing laws and policies to give gays special benefits is part of

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Marriage Wars Continue

Nov 20, 2003

On Tuesday November 18 another scene from the culture wars was played out. The top court in the US state of Massachusetts declared that a ban on same-sex marriage was discriminatory. In a 4-3 decision the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Clear Thinking on Equal Rights and Discrimination

Nov 9, 2003

Australian comedian and television personality Julie McCrossin gave an address to the Sydney Institute in July of 1999. Entitled, “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride: Recognising Same Sex Relationships,” she spoke of how she and her lesbian partner were denied

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Homosexual Marriage: What is at Stake?

Sep 26, 2003

Perhaps the most disconcerting item on the gay agenda is the desire to equate same-sex relationships with normal marriage and family life. In this the gay lobby has been quite successful. For example, during the International Year of the Family,

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Quick Facts on Marriage

Sep 20, 2003

We live in an age where common sense has deserted us and old truths need to be restated. This paper looks at some home truths about marriage.

*  Almost every culture throughout human history has had a recognizable form

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Some Simple Truths on Homosexual Law Reform

Aug 25, 2003

Since a number of Australian states are currently looking at granting special rights to homosexuals, including adoption rights, and given some recent overseas victories for homosexual activists, some simple facts need to be set forth and made available. These are

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Who Edits the Editors?

Aug 15, 2003

A free press is one of the hallmarks of a democracy. The ability to allow various opinions to be heard is an important part of a free people.

Of course newspapers tend to reflect the left/right divide in politics. The

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Media Debates: Never a Dull Moment

Aug 14, 2003

Over the years I have been involved in many public debates on contentious social issues. Given that there is a left/liberal hegemony over much of the media, these debates have often been far from fair. The more politically correct a

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A Theological Dead End

Apr 22, 2003

Three guesses as to who said the following: “Even in purely nonreligious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty and, in the words of one…educator, of ‘human construction.’ It is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality,

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A review of Alsorts.

Jan 9, 2003

In mid-2002 a pro-homosexual booklet was distributed to every secondary school in Victoria. The 72-page booklet, Alsorts, cost some $80,000 to produce and distribute. The book is jointly published by the Alternative Lifestyle Organisation (ALSO Foundation) and Deakin University.

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Breaking Through the Pink Curtain

Nov 14, 2002

There are certain taboo subjects which in an age of Political Correctness are pretty much guaranteed never to see the light of day. Many such topics come to mind. But the most obvious candidate is homosexuality and anything even remotely

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Politically Correct Children

Jul 19, 2002

The forces of PC are ever at work, ensuring that all of us – young and old – keep on the straight and narrow of right thinking and right practice. An interesting illustration of this took place recently when it

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When the Church Loses Its Way

Jun 1, 2001

The ink had just dried on a piece I wrote critical of a new book on homosexuality and the church by the Anglican Church doctrine committee, when the May 28 Australian ran an opinion piece that nearly made me unload

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Heated IVF Debate

Aug 15, 2000

A fiery debate about allowing IVF access to singles and lesbians was aired on the Nine Network’s Sixty Minutes on Sunday August 13. What went on behind the scenes was as interesting as what was finally aired.

When called a

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