CultureWatch

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

Actually No, Jesus Was Not a Socialist

Aug 14, 2018

As biblical illiteracy and radical leftism both increase throughout the West, we are finding more and more people who say they are Christians making the silly claims that Jesus was a socialist, that socialism is somehow biblical, and that all

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Scandinavia, Socialism, and the Welfare State

Aug 13, 2018

There is plenty of fuzzy thinking about what is variously called Scandinavian socialism, the Nordic model, democratic socialism, and so on. And now that most leftists have finally realised that their socialist utopia – Venezuela – is actually just another

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Hungary and Orban: Hope for the West

Aug 4, 2018

More than once when I have been with a group of concerned Christians and conservatives we have talked – only half in jest – about where we might go, given how bad things are getting. As Australia and so much

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On National Reprieves

Jul 29, 2018

Just as individuals might get a second chance at life, so too nations. Sometimes a nation may seem to be on the edge of a precipice, just about to head over, but a reprieve of sorts will come along. To

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The Laughable and Lamentable Loony Left

Jul 27, 2018

The loons on the left are certifiable. They are unhinged, they are militant, and they are hate-filled. They are getting increasingly nutty, and increasingly militant and thuggish, with violence more and more replacing debate and reason. Just the other day

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This Is How Free Speech Is Destroyed

Jul 20, 2018

Many enemies of the West and its values have sought to smash free speech and prevent differing points of view from being heard. This is typical of the radical left, and the examples of it are now endless. But of

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Kavanaugh, SCOTUS and Abortion

Jul 10, 2018

Today President Trump has just named his preferred candidate for the Supreme Court vacancy left by justice Kennedy. He is Brett Kavanaugh who has served 12 years on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The 53-year-old is a Catholic, a

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SCOTUS, Kennedy and Beyond

Jun 28, 2018

Anyone who follows American politics knows how important it is to get the right sort of president in, because – among other things – he is the one who nominates new Supreme Court of the United States’ justices when one

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The Sexual Politicisation of Everything

Jun 11, 2018

Up until recently in the West we had rather minimalist governments, with individual freedoms much more widespread, and what we call mediating structures (the family, churches, civil associations) standing between the individual and the state.

Increasingly these institutions are being

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Sex Scandals and Public Office

Feb 8, 2018

There is nothing new about sex scandals. And there is nothing new about public office. Sadly, there is also not much new about sex scandals involving those in public office. And we have just had another very public case of

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More on Oprah – and Truth

Jan 10, 2018

Yesterday I wrote about how America’s left and the Hollywood jet set are all agog with the prospect that Oprah Winfrey might make for a great Democratic presidential candidate. As I pointed out, she is everything liberals and Hollyweirdians would

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Oprah for POTUS, and Other Scary Thoughts

Jan 9, 2018

OK, the next US Presidential election is not scheduled for another few years, but the Party that lost the unlosable election in 2016 is already sniffing out possible candidates. And a speech at a Golden Globes ceremony may have given

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Challenging Our Secular Theocracies

Nov 28, 2017

Hmm, a contradiction here? An oxymoron? We know that the word ‘secular’ is synonymous with terms like non-religious, non-spiritual, non-church, temporal, worldly, etc. Secular is the opposite of sacred. ‘Sacred’ has to do with God, religion, spirituality, etc.

The word

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It’s the Culture, Stupid

Oct 19, 2017

In Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign he used the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That economics is important is true, but it is far from the whole picture. In the ideological and political realm, economics is just one part of

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The Paris Statement

Oct 17, 2017

Europe is in a real bad way. Secularism, immorality, porous borders, an inability to understand Islam for what it is, the rapid decline of Christianity, a loss of purpose and identity – these and other factors have resulted in a

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Confronting Christophobia in Queensland

Jul 28, 2017

Yesterday I wrote about a very worrying news report that spoke of an “unofficial” policy in Queensland which would keep four-year-old children from sharing religious-themed Christmas cards or sharing the gospel while at school. This was the recommendation of a

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