CultureWatch

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

Government By Experts

Feb 6, 2008

The beginning of the Constitution of the United States reads, “We the people…” The basic idea of democracy is that the people rule. Of course people need rulers, and expertise in various fields is not to be shunned. However, whenever

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“We’re From the Government…”

Jan 28, 2008

It has been rightly said that perhaps the scariest phrase one can hear is this: “Hi, we’re from the Government and we’re here to help you.” Whenever you hear those words, you should either turn and run as fast as

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Draconian Citizenship Tests?

Jan 3, 2008

There have been some complaints about the new Australian citizenship tests. Evidently around 20 per cent of those taking the test for the first time are failing it. Ethnic groups are calling for their scrapping, or at least a major

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Jolie Good in Hollywood

Dec 30, 2007

Angelina Jolie has just been voted the best celebrity humanitarian of 2007. With her role as a UN goodwill ambassador she topped the Reuters poll as the most respected celebrity humanitarian. Other celebs who made it onto the list included

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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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Why Do the Nations Rage?

Nov 25, 2007

This famous phrase, made even more famous by Handel in his Messiah, comes from Psalm 2. The whole Psalm is about the nations, and their limited and temporary nature, in contrast to the everlasting God. The Psalm reminds us

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How to Vote in this Election

Nov 10, 2007

On such a hot potato subject as this, a few preliminary disclaimers. First, it would not be wise for me to presume to tell other people how they should vote at the upcoming Federal election. That I will not do.

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A Conflict of Visions

Oct 19, 2007

With the Federal election now well underway, it is time to turn the spotlight on some of the competing visions of the two main political parties. This essay will examine some of the philosophical distinctions between the two parties, outlining

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Religion and the Political Spectrum

Sep 13, 2007

While many Christians may be apolitical or even look down on political involvement as being somehow not very “spiritual,” the truth remains that we live in a world where politics is one crucial dimension of human life.

Avoiding politics or

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More Public God-Loathing

Aug 11, 2007

The recent Make it Count forum put on by the Australian Christian Lobby in Canberra has created a predictable stir amongst our intelligentsia and Christophobes. The atheists and God-haters have come out in droves, complaining about the nasty influence of

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Faith, Leadership and Politics

Aug 9, 2007

In Canberra several hundred Christian leaders had the opportunity to hear and interact with the leaders of the two main political parties. Both Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd were allowed to address the audience with a

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Amazing Grace

Jul 28, 2007

The film Amazing Grace, the story of Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery, has opened in cinemas across Australia. The film, despite some shortcomings, is well worth seeing. One of the chief drawbacks of the film is the decided

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The Value of History

Jul 24, 2007

It was the Spanish philosopher Santayana who once remarked that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. He knew that we could be spared a lot of grief if we simply studied history more closely, and sought

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Leftist Ideology is Not Helping Aboriginals

Jul 23, 2007

It has become the accepted wisdom today that somehow the political left is all about compassion and concern, while the political right is just hard-hearted, cold and uncompassionate. Thus the left is supposed to be the champion of the underdog

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Who Says the Media is Biased?

Jul 23, 2007

Those on the left seldom accuse the mainstream media of bias, for the simple reason that the left pretty well dominates the MSM. When non-lefties make accusations of bias, our concerns are of course quickly shrugged off. But what happens

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Whither the EU?

Jul 7, 2007

Vladimir Bukovsky knows all about dictatorships. He lived in one for over a decade. The former Soviet dissident was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1976 after enduring the hells of the Soviet Gulag.

He penned two important volumes during

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Real Help for Aboriginals

Jun 30, 2007

If someone supports John Howard, then surely he is a racist, right-wing redneck who is completely biased and should be absolutely rejected. Or so argues much of the liberal/left and the mainstream media. So what do you do when a

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Dictatorships and Double Standards

Jun 11, 2007

It is the accepted wisdom of our friends on the far left that ‘any enemy of America must be a friend of mine’. That is, for the radical left, any regime – no matter how dictatorial – that hates America

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