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

Christians and Civil Disobedience

Nov 2, 2008

Throughout history civil disobedience (that is, the public, nonviolent conscientious resistance to, or breaking of, a law deemed to be unjust) has been engaged in. Somewhat recent examples of those resorting to civil disobedience include Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi,

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The Threat of Judicial Activism

Nov 2, 2008

All over the Western world we are witnessing the rise of judicial activism. That is, we find the active political involvement of judges in contentious social issues. Judges, who are often unelected, but appointed, interpret the law in such a

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Morality, Reason and Abortion

Sep 23, 2008

A Victorian bill to decriminalise abortion was recently passed in the Lower House. It must now go to the Upper House for further debate and voting. Along the way a lot of ink has been spilt as to the pros

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Abortion and Hard Cases

Aug 19, 2008

One of the most common arguments for the legalisation of abortion is the issue of the so-called hard cases. Invariably when a discussion of legal abortion is underway, the pro-abortionist will raise issues such as rape or risk to the

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More Objections to Legalised Euthanasia

Aug 6, 2008

The push to legalise euthanasia is continuous and relentless. Thus those concerned about the dignity of human life must be aware of the challenges, and have the right information at hand to take on the pro-death crowd. Thus I here

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Kids and Crime

Aug 3, 2008

Two recent articles about teen crime in Victoria make for disturbing reading. But of more concern is that most of the “experts” seem to have no idea what the real cause is. On August 1 the Herald Sun ran with

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Some Objections to Legalised Euthanasia

Jul 29, 2008

There are many reasons why we should not legalise euthanasia. To deal adequately with them all would make this article far too long. So here I wish to concentrate on just two considerations. But before proceeding, let me make a

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Homosexual Lawsuit against the Bible

Jul 23, 2008

If nothing else, the steady stream of madness and moral decrepitude one encounters on a daily basis at least keeps life interesting. It is hard to stay bored in such an environment. Consider as an example this quite recent news

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Sliding Toward Polyamory

Jul 22, 2008

Polyamory has gone big time. There are magazines and journals devoted to it, societies founded to further it, conferences held around the world to discuss it, and countless organisations in existence to promote and defend it. In case you are

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Going Ape over Human Rights

Jul 17, 2008

The first sentence of the preamble to the US Declaration of Independence is well known. It reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable

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On the Rights of Children and Pedophiles

Jul 11, 2008

The recent case of pedophile Dennis Ferguson raises important questions about the rights of criminals, and the rights of the rest of society. In this instance, the serial child sex offender is moved from one location to another – only

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Scenes from the Passing Madness

Jul 1, 2008

As the West sinks into terminal decline, it becomes a fulltime job simply to chronicle each new case of madness and idiocy. The West is becoming expert at self-destruction, and the examples of its deterioration are the stuff of daily

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How Free is the Free West?

Jun 10, 2008

A case can be made that there is some sort of connection between the Judeo-Christian worldview, and basic Western goods, such as freedom of speech. And a case can also be made that there is a connection between the decline

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A Runaway Judiciary

May 19, 2008

Democracy is always a precarious thing at the best of times, and the increasing rise in judicial activism is not helping matters much. Throughout the Western world we see examples of judges running amok, ignoring the will of the people

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Another Good Mind Gone to Pot

May 5, 2008

Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so silly and so preposterous, that one does not know whether to laugh or cry. It is, as George Orwell once remarked, a case of there being “some ideas

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On Relationship Recognition

May 1, 2008

People are involved in all sorts of relationships and personal associations. They always have been, and always will be. But the question arises as to how much government and public recognition and support should be extended to various types of

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More Sloppy Thinking on Religion

Feb 28, 2008

What is known as the myth of moral equivalence refers to a tactic usually used by the Left which basically involves mixing apples with oranges. During the Cold War, for example, Leftist apologists for communism tried to argue that there

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More Fuzzy Thinking on Church and State

Feb 11, 2008

The issue of the relationship between church and state is always controversial, and arguments about it tend to generate more heat than light. Much muddled thinking can be seen on this topic. But that tends to be true of most

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