CultureWatch

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

Good Intentions, Unhelpful Outcomes

Dec 15, 2007

When Chamberlain visited Hitler, he was full of good intentions, even though he was being pretty naive. He came back from his meeting proclaiming “Peace in our time”. Of course in less than a year the world was at war.

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A Dark Day for Children

Dec 14, 2007

Why am I not surprised? The Victorian government has just announced that it will grant IVF access to homosexual couples. Minutes ago it declared that it will go ahead with most of the recommendations put forth in a Victorian Law

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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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Civilisational Decline

Oct 18, 2007

There are plenty of signs of civilisational collapse. They are easy to come by. Here I want to focus on just two, and discuss a recent case in which they converged into one ugly proposition. I refer to the ongoing

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A review of One Man, One Woman. By Dale O’Leary.

Sep 22, 2007

Sophia Institute Press, 2007.

This book seeks to do two things: affirm the traditional understanding of heterosexual marriage, and challenge the homosexual offensive. Of course the two go together. There is probably no greater threat to the institutions of marriage

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Mutilating Marriage

Sep 21, 2007

I guess it had to come to this. We live in such a moonbat age that what comes out of the lips of some politicians becomes more bizarre with each passing month. Consider the recent proposal by a German politician

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More Madness, More Messed Up Children

Sep 19, 2007

It seems daily we are now hearing about radical social experiments and the terrible toll they are taking on our children. These radical social upheavals are leaving devastation in their wake, and our kids are suffering big time.

Consider another

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When Madness Reigns, Children Suffer

Sep 19, 2007

In an age obsessed with granting adults every single whim and craving, often the biggest losers are children. We are so intent on pleasing the desires of adults, especially those from the various noisy minority groups, that the wellbeing of

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As Marriage Goes, So Goes the Nation

Sep 16, 2007

Up until quite recently, societies benefited greatly by certain institutions which in fact predated the state. Marriage and family are two institutions which have been around for a very long time, and have offered social glue and moral stability to

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When PC Endangers Children

Sep 7, 2007

There is never a shortage of examples of political correctness in Western society. And there is never a shortage of examples of how PC can be damaging and destructive of the very things we should really be caring about.

The

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A review of Conjugal America. By Allan Carlson.

Sep 5, 2007

Transaction Publishers, 2007.

A number of important books have appeared recently defending the institution of marriage. This new volume by family expert Allan Carlson adds to the collection, emphasising, as the subtitle indicates, the public purposes of marriage.

Carlson argues

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Declaring War on Children

Sep 1, 2007

Not everyone can have children, and not everyone wants children. That’s OK. There is no law mandating fecundity. For various reasons, many may want to forgo the whole involved process of bearing and raising children.

But the norm throughout human

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Family Matters

Aug 6, 2007

Two recent well-publicised events have highlighted the importance of family, of parenting, and the vital role of fathers. The first was the surprise announcement of the Victorian Premier, and the second involved a payout to a member of the so-called

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Group Marriage on the Way

Jul 17, 2007

Dumb ideas have the propensity to spawn more dumb ideas. Reckless social engineering tends to result in even more radical social changes. Give the radicals an inch and they will demand a light-year. Such is the nature of the never-ending

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The Family As Abomination

Jul 6, 2007

Coming soon to a politically correct municipality near you: mandatory punishment for using despicable and abominable language such as “marriage” and “family”. Yes, you heard it right. To merely talk about the institutions of marriage and family is well on

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Real Help for Aboriginals

Jun 30, 2007

If someone supports John Howard, then surely he is a racist, right-wing redneck who is completely biased and should be absolutely rejected. Or so argues much of the liberal/left and the mainstream media. So what do you do when a

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Sense on the Census

Jun 28, 2007

The 2006 National Census data has just been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with a number of interesting details. What is also interesting is the way the media has put a spin on certain parts of the Census

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All Children Deserve Protection from Porn

Jun 25, 2007

Prime Minister John Howard’s decision to clamp down on porn and alcohol in aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to combat high rates of child sexual assault has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the general public. Most Australians rightly believe it

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The Family Obliterated

Jun 21, 2007

We live in strange times. So persistent and insistent have been the various radical minority groups, that increasingly we are living in an Alice in Wonderland world. Readers will recall this exchange between Humpty Dumpty and Alice:

Humpty Dumpty: When

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