CultureWatch

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

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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Religion Again Targeted

Apr 21, 1995

A federal Private Member’s Bill to be introduced soon by the Australian Democrats prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality is said to urge that all exemptions for church groups and religious schools be dropped.

With the easy passage of

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Womb To Let

Mar 2, 1995

The proposal to allow limited surrogacy in Victoria should be resisted, for the sake of the children involved, the “parents”, and the common good of all members of society.

What is at stake is our fundamental conception of the family

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Sexualising Our Teens

Feb 8, 1995

Some 800 sexologists were asked at a recent world congress whether they would rely on a condom for protection if they had available the partner of their dreams and knew the person carried HIV. After a long delay, one hand

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Sex Ed Wars

Feb 1, 1995

The Australian Education Union has just proposed that AIDS and sex education classes become compulsory from the earliest years of primary school. It wants homosexuality to be taught in a “positive” fashion as well. The AEU claims that children’s rights

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Dangers in Special Rights Legislation

Oct 6, 1994

The Victorian Government is debating whether to include homosexual activity in changes to its discrimination laws. There are several reasons why it should not.

The issue of discrimination against homosexuals is different from those associated with discrimination against women and

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Blurring the AIDS Message

Aug 30, 1994

A new Federal Government-sponsored pamphlet on how to talk to children about AIDS has been released by Family Planning Victoria. The pamphlet is titled, Talking to Kids about AIDS: For Parents and Caregivers of Children Under 10 Years.

The

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Lesbian mums

Jul 4, 1994

It cannot be denied that Martina Navratilova is a great tennis player. But can she be as successful at motherhood? The tennis star and up-front lesbian has recently declared that she would like to be a mother. The desire for

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Family Realities

Jul 2, 1994

The Federal Government’s decision to include homosexual couples in its definition of family makes two things quite clear: it is especially eager to cater to minority groups while ignoring the needs and interests of mainstream Australians; and it has proven

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When Kids Kill

Dec 11, 1993

The murder of two year-old James Bulger by two pre-teenage boys horrified England and the world. It seemed an anomaly. It was not. Shortly after the court delivered its verdict against James’ killers, England woke up to more bizarre news.

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