CultureWatch

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

On the National Census

Aug 5, 2016

On August 9 the Australian federal census will take place. There have been various concerns expressed about this from different quarters. Some are legitimate concerns while others are less so. So let me look at some of these issues.

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Love and Marriage, Horse and Carriage

Nov 5, 2015

Up until recently pretty much everyone knew that marriage and family go together, and more specifically, that sexual intercourse and reproduction go together. Most folks recognised that sexuality and children were best safeguarded within the institution of marriage.

Marriage was

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China’s Two-Child Policy

Oct 30, 2015

You might be forgiven for thinking that I got my title wrong, and that it is of course a one-child policy. Well that certainly was official policy since 1979 in China, but just today in the press we read about

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Abortion and the Myth of Overpopulation

Jul 17, 2015

The excuse of overpopulation is often bandied about by the anti-life crowd. All the major pro-abortion groups list overpopulation as a chief reason for pushing abortion. One simply has to look at the websites of such groups as Marie Stopes

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Gates, Giving, and Gullibility

Nov 7, 2013

There are far too many Christians who are woefully ignorant of things they really should know something about. And there are far too many believers who think that good intentions alone are sufficient to justify a particular course of action.

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Demography and Humanity Haters

Apr 23, 2013

Tonight, we are told, Australia will reach a new milestone with 23 million people. Most of this is due to immigration, with Australia’s birthrate hovering around 1.9 children per woman, still below the replacement rate of 2.1. While this is

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A Tale of Three Greenies

Jan 23, 2013

We all should be concerned about taking care of planet earth. After all, this is our only home, and we owe it to our children to leave them a habitable planet. But we should also be concerned about radical greenies

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When Aid Money Means Killing Money

Jul 15, 2012

Simply giving money to various “good” causes is not itself always necessarily virtuous. In fact, it may be downright harmful and evil. A lot depends on where your money is going and what it is being used for. I have

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Human Haters

Jun 14, 2012

There is a radical cult of anti-humanity which has evolved, quite willing to do anything to “save the planet” – including culling millions if not billions of human beings. Plenty of radical environmentalists, earth-worshippers, and Green extremists seriously believe that

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The Massive Costs of Abortion

May 14, 2012

Obviously every abortion costs us another innocent human life. That is of course the greatest cost of all. Each year in Australia we lose 100,000 Australians to this barbaric form of killing, and globally some 45-50 million lives are lost.

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Sex-Selection Abortion

Mar 28, 2012

We have known for some decades now that in a number of countries, notably China and India, sex-selection abortions have been taking place at an alarming rate, with worrying trends in gender imbalance as a result. Perhaps most cultures throughout

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More Recommended Christmas Reading

Nov 25, 2011

OK, it is not quite Christmas yet, but you do need to get presents – for yourself or others. And there is nothing better than getting some good books to give – or to keep – as holiday reading. Here

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Faith, Population, and National Survival

Nov 8, 2011

A number of scholarly works have now noted the connection between religion and demographics. Faith and fertility it seems are closely linked. Consider for example sociologist Eric Kaufmann’s 2010 volume, Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?

Simply put, nations with

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When Churches Go Bad

Apr 29, 2011

You can always tell when churches are losing the plot when they start making the headlines – but for all the wrong reasons. When they stop preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and instead start pushing the latest trendy lefty

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More Ugly Anti-Natalism

Apr 7, 2011

Big families always used to be seen as a good thing – even a blessing. But increasingly population controllers are telling us they are a bad thing – even a curse. And the voices in the West calling for radical

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Global Islamification

Feb 10, 2011

Two new studies provide some worrying statistics on the spread of Islam around the world. One focuses on the global reach of Islam while the other highlights the situation in Britain. Both make it clear that the Muslim population continues

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Save the Planet: Hate Humanity

Oct 27, 2010

There is never a shortage of those who are so obsessed with saving the environment that they are quite happy to implement quite anti-human policies along the way. Examples abound of planet-loving, human-hating zealots who are more than willing to

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Whither Europe?

Aug 10, 2009

It’s been a long time since I walked the streets of Europe. Being here again both raises memories and creates contrasts. In one sense things don’t change. Its cities, many over a thousand years old, seem to withstand the tests

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