CultureWatch

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

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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On Capital Punishment, Part 2

Oct 12, 2007

It is clear that the Old Testament has ordained the death penalty as part of criminal justice in a fallen world. Human life is so valuable to Yahweh that one who takes innocent life must lose his own life as

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On Capital Punishment, Part 1

Oct 11, 2007

The recent squabble within Labor Party ranks as to whether the Bali bombers should be executed raises the old issue of capital punishment, and the biblical and ethical concerns surrounding it. How should the believer view this issue? Can a

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Unleashing the Thought Police

Jul 18, 2007

Living in a democracy today is no guarantee we will live in one tomorrow. People in democracies do not always value or protect the freedoms they enjoy. Often, they are willing to vote away their freedoms. Recall that the Nazis

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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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Playing Fast and Loose with the Evidence

Jun 15, 2007

In some circles being a bit selective with the evidence can be risky business. But when it happens in certain social and political arenas, it tends to just become the accepted way of doing things. Indeed, our social engineers have

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Who is Doing the Hatred?

Jun 6, 2007

It is a strange fact of life that those groups who most go on and on about love, acceptance, tolerance and peace can often be the most intolerant and hate-filled folk around. Those who are most vocal about demanding that

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Fake Hate Crimes

May 3, 2007

There are two general truths about so-called hate crime legislation, regardless of where they appear around the world. One, they are largely the work of homosexual activists and their allies, seeking to gain ever greater acceptance of their lifestyle, and

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The Trouble With Hate Crime Legislation

May 2, 2007

As has already happened in Western Europe and Canada, and some American states, the US as a nation is now on the verge of passing “hate-crime” legislation. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act is set to be

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Parental Rights vs the Nanny State

Apr 10, 2007

In the minds of many, there are no more scarier words than these: “Hi, we’re from the government and we’re here to help you”. Patronising government bureaucrats can certainly come up with some nightmarish scenarios. When governments become convinced they

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The Terrorist Cheer Squad In Action

Mar 28, 2007

The David Hicks guilty plea can easily be understood: He was brutally tortured to make his confession. The American government is the source of all evil in the world. It is the real terrorist organisation. Hicks was just a good

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Our Absurd Religious Vilification Laws

Dec 20, 2006

As I mentioned last week, the Victorian Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by two Christian pastors who had been taken through the wringer by our draconian and ridiculous vilification laws. Arguably one of the worst pieces of legislation

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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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Is it Ever Right to Kill?

Sep 11, 2006

What does it mean to be pro-life? There is some confusion as to what the term implies. If a person is opposed to abortion, must that same person also be opposed to war, or the death penalty?

Indeed, religious conservatives

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Crime and (Leftwing) Misdemeanours

Aug 21, 2006

Why is it that on a daily basis we seem to hear of outlandish crimes, and equally outlandish sentences handed out by our courts? Why does criminal activity seem to thrive, and why does our judiciary seem more concerned about

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