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

More on the Mufti

Nov 4, 2006

The radical comments by Islamic Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali have not only generated lots of controversy within Australia, but have caused quite a stir around the globe as well. Many international commentators have been discussing the Mufti’s

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Women and the New Biotechnologies

Nov 3, 2006

It is not often discussed, but perhaps the biggest losers in the new biotech revolution are women. They often pay the heaviest price, be it in IVF, surrogacy, or other assisted reproductive technologies. The same is true in the cloning

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Islam and Women

Nov 2, 2006

Much has been written and spoken about the recent comments by the imam of the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly. Fortunately, many Muslims sought to distance themselves from the remarks, arguing that women are treated with

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Marriage Takes a Beating

Oct 31, 2006

When radical social experiments are undertaken, it takes a while for the dust to settle and for clear assessments to be made as to how beneficial or damaging the changes have been. The current assault on marriage is a good

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I Love My Progenitor A

Oct 27, 2006

Welcome to the future. If you want to know where Australia is heading, just look at countries that are a few steps ahead. Consider Holland for example. Or Canada. These are two nations that have moved so far down the

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Is the Family Court Family Friendly?

Oct 15, 2006

Touchy, touchy. That is the immediate reaction one gets to the latest comments by Family Court Chief Justice Alistair Nicholson. Speaking in Brisbane on Wednesday, Justice Nicholson said that “right-wing” groups and dysfunctional malcontents (usually fathers unhappy about

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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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A Secular Defence of Marriage

Oct 3, 2006

Marriage is not regarded very highly nowadays. The institution of marriage has been savaged for some time, and the attacks look set to continue for quite a while. Alternative lifestyles and political correctness have taken their toll on marriage, and

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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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Feminists and Islam

Aug 17, 2006

Why do feminists and those of the Left seem so indifferent about Islamic extremism? Why are radical women who often have been part of the anti-war movement so willing to get into bed with jihadists? Why is the sisterhood so

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Defining Family Out Of Existence

Aug 16, 2006

Mark Tooley, writing in the latest American Spectator (August 15, 2006) notes that it is not just marriage that homosexual activists want, but the entire redefinition of family and relationships. He argues that the radical homosexual agenda includes not just

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An Assessment of the EA Paper on Homosexuality

Jul 13, 2006

The Evangelical Alliance has recently released a paper entitled “Same-Sex Relationships and the Law”. The nine page document also has a five-page “Statement on Marriage and the Family” added to it. Both were penned by Brian Edgar of the EA,

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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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Making Nothing out of Something

Jun 29, 2006

It is a general rule of thumb that whenever we try to turn some thing into everything, then it becomes nothing. Let me explain. If I seek to argue that any and every sort of relationship is to be considered

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Propaganda Masquerading as News

Jun 22, 2006

Once upon a time a person could buy a newspaper and be fairly confident that the news covered therein was more or less reliable, factual and impartially presented. That certainly is no longer the case, especially for certain newspapers.

Consider

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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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Swiss Cheese Reasoning

Apr 2, 2006

Sometimes you read something that really gets your juices flowing. An article in yesterday’s Sunday Herald Sun is a case in point. The author made a really illogical case for homosexual marriage. I felt compelled to pen a reply this

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