CultureWatch

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

Georgia, the West, and Geo-Politics

Aug 14, 2008

The incursion into two Georgian provinces by Russia has been interesting for several reasons. One, it highlights how America is no longer the global policeman it once was. Two, it accentuates the selective outrage of the Left. And three, it

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On Breaking the Marriage Covenant

Aug 12, 2008

For millennia, the institution of marriage was viewed as a solemn covenant, involving strong obligations and commitment. Recently however many Westerners have come to view marriage as just a mere personal arrangement, which can be treated lightly and dissolved at

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China, the Olympics and Humans Rights

Aug 2, 2008

In less than a week the Games of the XXIX Olympiad will begin. While the world’s attention will be on the athletes, the competitions, and the medal count, others will be feeling the effects of an oppressive regime which has

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Home Truths about AIDS

Jun 16, 2008

Put together one part political correctness, one part minority group activism and intimidation, and one part infectious disease, and what do you get? The world’s first politically protected disease. Of course these sorts of things are not often said, but

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The Abortion Wars, Round 89

Jun 6, 2008

Abortion is never far from the headlines. In Victoria the VLRC released its report recommending open slather on baby-killing. And the Rudd government is considering overturning a ban on abortion services as part of its overseas aid programs.

In Victoria

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Home Truths about Working Families

May 29, 2008

The Rudd Government speaks incessantly about working families. The recent Federal Budget was all about working families. Government policy is aimed at working families. So just who and what exactly are these working families?

Certain terms are simply government code-words,

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America, Religion and Politics

Apr 17, 2008

Many non-Americans are perplexed by the political scene in America. It can indeed be a bewildering and complex situation. I wish here to throw a bit of light on this topic, specifically on the issue of religion and the American

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Thoughts on Islam and Australia

Apr 14, 2008

The issue of Muslims living in Australia is part of a bigger, broader debate about such things as multiculturalism, immigration, Australian values, the war on terror, social cohesion, and so on. The thoughts presented here largely spring from the context

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New Books of Note

Mar 27, 2008

Every once in a while I am asked what I am reading, so I usually produce a column such as this. Now for those folks who hate to read, or hate me, or hate what I am reading, you might

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On Selective Moralising

Mar 25, 2008

The Left likes to claim the high moral ground when it comes to things such as social justice and defending the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Now such causes are all very worthy, and the Left of course

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When Foolishness Abounds

Feb 29, 2008

You know we have really entered a moral freefall when it actually appears reasonable to call black white, and white black; when we manage to convince ourselves that virtue is now vice, and vice is now virtue. And when people

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Reflections on the New Government

Feb 25, 2008

It is early days yet for the new Rudd government, but already we have been given some pretty good indications as to where and how this government will proceed. These first few months in office make up what is known

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The Left and Dictatorship

Feb 23, 2008

The stepping aside of Fidel Castro provides a good opportunity to recall how Western lefties have tended to idolise various tyrants, especially Communist dictators. The Left has had a love affair with such thugs, and the irrational devotion bestowed upon

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The Misery that is Cuba is Not Over Yet

Feb 20, 2008

After 49 years, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has announced that he is stepping down from power, due to failing health. That is very good news indeed for the oppressed citizens of Cuba. The bad news is, his brother will continue

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Now That We’ve Said Sorry

Feb 13, 2008

Well, the speeches have been made, the protests have been held, the emotions have poured forth and the rhetoric has been sprayed over wide areas. Time will tell whether today’s historic gesture will achieve anything of real value, for blacks

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Islamisation versus Christendom

Feb 13, 2008

There are plenty of theological differences between Islam and Christianity. But there are also some profound differences in terms of political and social life under both systems. While these distinctions are a matter of historical record, some ideologues refuse to

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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 Saying Sorry

Feb 9, 2008

On Wednesday the Rudd Government will offer a formal apology to the so-called Stolen Generation. The Prime Minister said this official “sorry” will come from the Parliament, not the people. And the Liberals have decided to hop on board with

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