CultureWatch

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

Television and Families

Jul 28, 1994

Not long ago the Pope came out with an attack on television, claiming that it was anti-family and undermined traditional values. Critics quickly responded saying the Pope was ignorant and out of touch. One newspaper editorial even claimed that if

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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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The New Familism

Jun 8, 1994

A new social movement in America is advocating some very sensible policy proposals while arguing for pro-family values.

The communitarian movement, as it is called, is made up with those who believe that neither the market alone, nor the state

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Family: The Heart of the Matter?

Apr 15, 1994

The International Year of the Family Council has launched its first discussion paper entitled “The Heart of the Matter: Families at the Centre of Public Policies.” The paper is the first stage of a consultative process that will culminate in

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Institute of Feminist Studies?

Apr 11, 1994

The appointment of Mrs Marie Coleman as Acting Director of the Institute of Family Studies furnishes an eloquent illustration of the kind of Institute the Federal Government is promoting. Long-time feminist Senator Rosemary Crowley, the Government Minister for the Family,

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The Year of the Family Fiasco

Apr 2, 1994

With one quarter of the International Year of the Family already passed, an assessment of how it has thus far progressed seems in order. In a nutshell, if the first 90 days are anything to go by, the Year is

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The Divorce Revolution

Mar 3, 1994

California, for those who know anything about that famous American state, is regarded by many as a land of fruits and nuts. All things weird and wonderful seem to originate in California. The liberalization of divorce laws also began in

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The Family Vote

Feb 23, 1994

As the Federal election nears, both major parties are claiming to be the champion of the “battlers”. Of more importance is whether either party will do something for struggling families, the real battlers. After thirteen years in office, the Labor

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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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The IYF and Culture Wars

Dec 8, 1993

Forgive me for being recalcitrant, but the Prime Minister’s Launch of the International Year of the Family on 6 December was at best, a complete non-event; at worst, it was a pitiful display of a government selling its soul to

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The International Year of the What?

Nov 15, 1993

The United Nations has declared 1994 to be the International Year of the Family. The UN has said that the main purpose of the Year is “to enhance awareness of family issues and improve national institutional capability to carry out

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Payments to Parents

Sep 28, 1993

A new proposal to pay parents of young children $50 a week to stay at home is worth exploring. Queensland Labor backbencher, Mr Gary Johns, has recently come up with the proposal which would encourage the second wage earner to

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A review of The Feminist Gospel. By Mary Kassian.

Apr 10, 1993

Crossway Books, 1992.

Several good critiques of religious feminism have appeared lately, including two from Ignatius Press: Ungodly Rage, by Donna Steichen, and What Will Happen to God: Feminism and the Reconstruction of Christian Belief, by William Oddie.

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The Great Family Cover-up

Apr 4, 1993

Are all forms of living arrangements just the same? Do all family structures offer similar environments for a child’s development? Yes, according to the media. The papers regularly come out with stories about how the traditional family no longer exists

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All in the Liberal Family

Mar 2, 1993

The murderers of little James Bulger had a least two strikes going against them even before they embarked upon their lives of petty crime in England. Both of these boys came from broken homes and both were reared in a

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