CultureWatch

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

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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Pregnant Males and a Lost Civilisation

Apr 5, 2008

One keeps wondering just how far down the gurgler society can continue to go before it fully and finally implodes on itself. The moral madness that passes for political correctness and open-mindedness is spinning out of control today. And as

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On Values, Sacrifice and Priorities

Mar 30, 2008

What a culture prioritises tells us a lot about its moral and spiritual condition. And what it doesn’t prioritise also tells us quite a bit. It seems that as we move further and further away from the Judeo-Christian foundations upon

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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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Green Exaggeration and Hysteria

Mar 13, 2008

Some of the more radical environmentalists have really become something of an alternative religion. They can be just as zealous and crusading as any religious person can. And they can often play fast and loose with the facts to ensure

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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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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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Trivialising Baby Killing

Feb 12, 2008

In an opinion piece in the mainstream press today a columnist was discussing the issue of abortion in Australia. She sought to assure us that as an issue of debate it was not even on the radar, at least in

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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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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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Cousins: Sending Mixed Messages

Feb 6, 2008

Disgraced footballer Ben Cousins was in Sydney today helping to launch an anti-drugs program. The former West Coast Eagles star admitted to his drug addiction, and teamed up with boxer Anthony Mundine to launch the World Boxing Association’s annual “KO

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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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A review of Darwin Day in America. By John West.

Jan 30, 2008

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007.

‘Social Darwinism’ is a term which refers to the social and political ramifications of biological Darwinism and the materialism which it is imbedded in. Darwin regarded humans as basically higher animals, and as the social sciences

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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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Whales In, Babies Out

Jan 21, 2008

Japanese whaling ships continue to make the news, with Greenpeace chasing them around the oceans, and Hollywood celebrities making a whale of a stink about the treatment of these water-bound mammals.

Two recent newspaper articles about the plight of whales

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Demography and the People Haters

Jan 8, 2008

There have been plenty of false prophets when it comes to doom saying about overpopulation. In the 1800s British demographer Thomas Malthus got it wrong on this issue, and since then many have followed suit. In the 1960s there were

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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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