CultureWatch

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

Is This the Death of Christianity in Australia?

Dec 18, 2004

I just returned from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in Melbourne, where the two Christian pastors have been found guilty of vilifying Muslims. The decision handed down this morning marks the beginning of the end of freedom of speech

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Playing Against a Stacked Deck

Jan 19, 2004

In the culture wars, fair fights are hard to come by. Sometimes the odds are so stacked against you, that you hardly feel like wading into a fight. Often those promoting all the wrong causes are entrenched in public service

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Clear Thinking on Equal Rights and Discrimination

Nov 9, 2003

Australian comedian and television personality Julie McCrossin gave an address to the Sydney Institute in July of 1999. Entitled, “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride: Recognising Same Sex Relationships,” she spoke of how she and her lesbian partner were denied

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Some Simple Truths on Homosexual Law Reform

Aug 25, 2003

Since a number of Australian states are currently looking at granting special rights to homosexuals, including adoption rights, and given some recent overseas victories for homosexual activists, some simple facts need to be set forth and made available. These are

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Unwanted Babies

Jul 25, 2003

In  mid-July a High Court ruling declared that a doctor had to pay the costs of rearing a child following a botched sterilisation. A Brisbane woman opted for a tubal ligation in 1992, but had baby Jordan anyway in

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Questionable Legal Advice for Young People

Feb 21, 2003

A new taxpayer-funded booklet put out by the Victorian Government for young people has attracted widespread criticism. The 62-page booklet, entitled Am I Old Enough?, is meant to be a guidebook on the law for Victorian young people. Over 225,000

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The Problem with Vilification Legislation

Mar 26, 2002

A raft of new legislation is being passed throughout the Western world. These laws are called by various names, such as vilification or tolerance or discrimination laws. Sometimes they are referred to as hate-crime legislation. Whatever their title, these laws

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Faith Under Threat

Nov 19, 1998

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has just released its report, Article 18: Freedom of Religion and Belief. The report is the result of public comment made to a 1997 discussion paper called Free To Believe? At the time

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Do We Need a Special Children’s Rights Body?

Nov 1, 1995

The West Australian Labor Opposition has called for the establishment of a children’s rights body. Various elements have been proposed, including a children’s advocate, a children’s charter, a children’s commissioner, and a children’s council. The Opposition said it would establish

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Dangers in Special Rights Legislation

Oct 6, 1994

The Victorian Government is debating whether to include homosexual activity in changes to its discrimination laws. There are several reasons why it should not.

The issue of discrimination against homosexuals is different from those associated with discrimination against women and

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