CultureWatch

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

Targeting Our Children – No. 4729

Mar 30, 2007

The war against our children never lets up. Various activist groups are continually aiming to get our children into their less-than-healthy lifestyles. Such attempts occur at a regular pace, and it is hard to keep up with it all.

The

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When Self-Esteem Fails Our Kids

Mar 25, 2007

I read a brief news item recently about a school which would no longer give low marks to students, such as a fail, because it did not want the kids’ self-esteem to be damaged. It felt such grades would unfairly

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Destroying our Daughters’ Innocence

Feb 26, 2007

For years pro-family and pro-faith groups have been complaining about the hyper-sexualisation of society and the stealing of our young peoples’ innocence. There exists a callous industry that is happy to get rich by sexualising our kids. Young girls have

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Child Neglect and Fatherless Households

Dec 8, 2006

Much is made of the tragic problems of child abuse and child neglect. The latter can take many forms, but one of the most important, yet underrated, examples of neglect is when a child is deliberately brought into the world

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Sexualising our Children

Oct 12, 2006

Earlier this week the Australia Institute issued a report claiming that the corporate world is increasingly targeting and sexualising our children. Young girls especially are in the sights of many major retailers. Bras and lingerie for 6-year-olds, for example, are

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When PC Endangers Our Children

Sep 20, 2006

Children are our most precious commodity. How we treat the next generation will determine how society fares. Treat our kids poorly, and society will suffer.

Several articles in the Australian last week show what a miserable state of affairs we

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Time To Evict Big Brothel

Jul 3, 2006

The latest sexcapade at Big Brother demonstrates that the show is well past its use-by date. Indeed, it was past its use-by date six years ago when it first appeared. How much further down the septic tank do we have

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Targeting the Toddlers

May 29, 2006

I suppose it is something that we should have expected. It had to come sooner or later. Now our day care centres are being used as hunting grounds for the social engineers. The political radicals are now targeting our toddlers,

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Making Sexperts of Our Children

Jan 27, 2006

If Lyn Allison has her way, our 8-year-olds will soon be learning the four Rs: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic and reproduction. The Democrat Senator desperately wants our primary school kids to learn everything they can about sex.

But should they? Most

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Children at Risk

Jul 20, 2004

One reason homosexuals want marriage is for acceptance and respectability. Another reason they want marriage is to get access to children. Please consider this quote from the former president of the LA chapter of the National Organisation for Women, Tammy

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Divorce madness

Jun 23, 2004

If you have seen the front page of this morning’s Sunday Herald Sun, you know of the story of a 14-year-old boy who has won the right to divorce his parents. Most evening TV news broadcasts should carry the

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Questionable Legal Advice for Young People

Feb 21, 2003

A new taxpayer-funded booklet put out by the Victorian Government for young people has attracted widespread criticism. The 62-page booklet, entitled Am I Old Enough?, is meant to be a guidebook on the law for Victorian young people. Over 225,000

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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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Fatherlessness and the Two-Parent Family

Jun 3, 2002

Fatherlessness is a growing problem in the Western world. Whether caused by divorce and broken families, or by deliberate single parenting, more and more children grow up in Australia without fathers. Concerned groups have argued that a mother and father

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The Betrayal of a Generation

Feb 2, 2002

An extremely revealing and disturbing television documentary was aired on America’s Public Broadcasting System in February of last year. Entitled The Merchants of Cool, the show examined the way big business and the advertising industry have targeted our young

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Unrestricted IVF: Who Protects the Child?

Jul 23, 2000

The Infertility Treatment Authority recently put on a one-day public seminar in Melbourne entitled “The Welfare and Interests of Persons Born as a Result of Assisted Reproduction”. A number of speakers involved in or associated with the IVF industry were

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And Baby Makes Five

Mar 2, 2000

A recent court case involving a baby conceived by IVF for two lesbians has reopened the issue of homosexual access to children. A Melbourne court decided in late February that two lesbians had not mislead an IVF treatment centre. Six-month-old

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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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