CultureWatch

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

Youth Suicide and Secularisation

Sep 18, 1998

Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates among the world’s developed nations, with 27.3 out of 100,000 Australian males aged 15 to 24 expected to kill themselves. In 1996, 2367 Australians killed themselves, and perhaps a quarter of

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To Judge, or Not to Judge

Aug 23, 1998

Even in our biblically illiterate culture there is one verse which non-believers know and know very well: “Judge not, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1).

It seems that whenever a moral point is being made, whether pornography, abortion

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Character and Public Life

Jul 4, 1998

Although Australia is in many ways a thoroughly secular nation, it is interesting to note how biblical literacy comes to the fore when issues of morality and public office are raised. When a public figure is engulfed in a moral

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Abortion and Science Fiction

Mar 16, 1998

There is a new shoot-em-up sci-fi thriller which has hit the big screen. Starship Troopers is another good guys (earthlings in the future) versus bad guys (giant nasty insects from outer space) film, great on special effects but low

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The Horror of Late Term Abortion

Dec 23, 1997

The dilation and extraction method of abortion (D & X) is in the news after a Brisbane doctor proposed using the method in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The medical doctor of Planned Parenthood Australia, Dr David Grundmann, is a proud proponent

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Families and the New Eugenics

Oct 25, 1997

In the brave new world of the 1990s, a number of emerging technological possibilities pose a threat to the family unit. The ability to ascertain various physical ailments in utero, and the ability to preselect the sex of the child

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Protection From Internet Dangers

Aug 25, 1997

A recent survey found that 2.7 million (41 per cent) of Australia’s 6.6 million households had computers, with between a third and a half of these households hooked up to the Internet. In Victoria, every school is to be online

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Who Censures the Censors?

Jun 15, 1997

Many Australians are mystified and disturbed about the proliferation of pornographic, violent and obscene materials on television, in films and video, in magazines, in advertising etc. Many are also curious as to why our official censors and monitors seem to

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You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Feb 1, 1997

Several recent newspaper articles underscore the intellectual confusion that is so rampant in our society. Writing in the Melbourne Herald Sun, for example, a staff writer, Ms Helen Elliott, offered an article entitled, “Men who die of shame”. One

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Hold the Line on Drugs

Feb 1, 1997

At the moment the state of Victoria has relatively strong laws against drug possession and use, but various groups are attempting to change this. In 1995 there were about 16,000 drug offences in Victoria. About 11,000 were for cannabis, 2,600

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Peter Singer and the Gospel of Death

Oct 14, 1996

Peter Singer is considered by many to be Australia’s leading ethicist. He is well known as an animal rights crusader. However, he holds some very cavalier views about humans. He is pro-abortion, pro-infanticide and pro-euthanasia.

Unfortunately Prof. Singer influences many

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Is Pornography Harmless?

Jul 13, 1996

According to the FBI, the pornography industry in America grosses $10 billion a year. Moreover, there are more outlets for hardcore pornography in America than there are McDonalds’ restaurants. That’s a pretty frightening figure, considering how ubiquitous McDonalds is.

The

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Questions About Our Condom Culture

Feb 8, 1996

What’s wrong with condom vending machines in schools? Let me count the ways.

1) The call for condom vending machines in high schools reveals a condescending attitude to our young people. It says, in effect, our young people behave like

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