CultureWatch

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

Cheap Grace and Cheap Living

Nov 17, 2011

Sometimes the contrast gets quite overwhelming. In this case, it involves reading two quite contrasting texts. On the one hand, we have press reports of some pretty reprehensible behaviour, and on the other hand we find very strong admonitions to

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Our Sleaze-Soaked Society

Nov 12, 2011

All over the Western world sexual crimes are sky-rocketing, and all over the Western world we live in a sex-soaked society. Is there a connection? Anyone but a libertarian ideologue would of course know there is. You simply cannot pump

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Hollywood’s War Against Children

Mar 6, 2011

The makers and promoters of popular culture have a lot to answer for. Hollywood in particular and the entertainment industry in general are keen to get all the disposable income which young people have in abundance, and they don’t really

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Mutilating Our Children

Nov 14, 2010

(Caution: adult-only content)

With moral decline reaching epidemic proportions, it is hard to find much of anything nowadays to actually shock us, move us, or spur us out of our lethargy. If the following item does not do

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Saying No To Pornland

Oct 7, 2010

The pornification of our culture is destroying everything and everyone in its path. Men are harmed by porn, as are women, children, marriages, and society as a whole. No one escapes the devastating effects of the toxic porn culture. The

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Pop Music and Porn Culture

Aug 15, 2010

The number one song in the year I was born was by Patti Page. It was, “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” Ten years later the Beatles were singing, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. All pretty bland

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A Few More Nails in the West’s Coffin

Jul 15, 2010

If aliens came to earth and surveyed the scene in the contemporary Western world, they would have to ask themselves, “Why is the West so intent on destroying itself?” Good question. The evidence for this self-immolation is everywhere to be

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Turning the Porn Tide?

Apr 5, 2010

Two articles in the papers offer a glimmer of hope that the porn avalanche may be meeting a bit of resistance. It is early days yet, but these news items may well be the harbinger of more good news to

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More Scenes from the Sex Wars

Apr 21, 2009

There is never a shortage of news items on the sexual side of the culture wars. Every day new battles are reported, and the war over sexuality continues unabated. The West is embarked on a course of sexual suicide, and

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The Sexual Assault on Childhood

Sep 19, 2008

The recent news story of three six-year-old boys at a Brisbane school who ran a “sex club” is certainly a shocking bit of news. One media source begins the story this way: “A group of six-year-old boys ran a ‘sex

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More Scenes from the Passing Madness

Jul 6, 2008

Keeping up with cultural decline and mental erosion has now become a full time occupation. Simply listing all the cases of Political Correctness would fill hundreds, if not thousands, of volumes. And detailing the decline of the West is a

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The High Cost of Free Love

Apr 23, 2008

Last week at a Melbourne university I found myself in the middle of something called Sex It Up 08. I could have been forgiven for thinking I was in the middle of a red light district. A large public student

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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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The Mainstreaming of Sleaze

Jun 27, 2007

The mainstreaming of sleaze and porn has been going on for some time now. As is often the case, it involves little, gradual, and often unnoticed changes. But there is a cumulative effect. It is just like the familiar story

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