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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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More on the Archbishop

Feb 10, 2008

The uproar over the remarks on sharia law by Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams has been quite overwhelming. He seems to be receiving almost universal condemnation for his reckless remarks (except for some Muslims who fully support them). This has not

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On Lenient Sentencing

Dec 19, 2007

It seems every day there is another shocking example of judges letting criminals off the hook. Soft sentences for a whole array of offences seem to be given on a daily basis, and the newspapers are full of public outrage

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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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The Bitter Fruit of the Coercive Utopians

Oct 30, 2007

We are getting glimpses of the future, and it is not looking too good. We are seeing how radical political agendas are being implemented throughout the Western world, along with the ugly consequences which inevitably follow. Indeed, some nations are

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