CultureWatch

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

The Narcotic of Narcissism

Mar 1, 2007

If you want to know what’s wrong with the West, a good way to begin is simply to watch a bit of so-called Reality TV. A few episodes of Big Brother would suffice. We appear to be raising a generation

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Destroying our Daughters’ Innocence

Feb 26, 2007

For years pro-family and pro-faith groups have been complaining about the hyper-sexualisation of society and the stealing of our young peoples’ innocence. There exists a callous industry that is happy to get rich by sexualising our kids. Young girls have

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Rights and Wrongs in Relationship Recognition

Dec 17, 2006

Homosexuals continue to demand special rights. That of course is to be expected. What is, or should be, unexpected is when Christians join the chorus, arguing that homosexuals should be given preferential treatment.

The simple truth is, as individuals, homosexuals

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It’s a Great Time to Be Alive

Dec 6, 2006

Despite the by now routine and rather boring warnings about the end of the world as we know it, the actual truth may be quite the opposite. Whether coming from radical greens, concerned religious leaders, anti-capitalists or other gloom-and-doom merchants,

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Celebrities on a Crusade

Nov 21, 2006

It’s amazing how many actors, rock stars and other celebrities are coming out of the woodwork to lecture us on all manner of issues of political and social importance. It seems each passing day we have people who are better

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Surrogacy Concerns

Nov 10, 2006

The recent surrogate birth to Federal Labor MP Stephen Conroy and partner has reignited a long-standing debate about the ethics of surrogacy. As with all the new reproductive technologies, there are many moral, social, medical and relational concerns to take

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Assessing the US Elections

Nov 10, 2006

Even though it is still early days yet, there have been hundreds of analyses and discussions about the Democratic swing in the recent US midterm elections. There are probably as many different spins being put on the outcome as there

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I Love My Progenitor A

Oct 27, 2006

Welcome to the future. If you want to know where Australia is heading, just look at countries that are a few steps ahead. Consider Holland for example. Or Canada. These are two nations that have moved so far down the

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Sexualising our Children

Oct 12, 2006

Earlier this week the Australia Institute issued a report claiming that the corporate world is increasingly targeting and sexualising our children. Young girls especially are in the sights of many major retailers. Bras and lingerie for 6-year-olds, for example, are

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How To Think About Fast Foods

Oct 12, 2006

Australians are talking a lot lately about the problem of obesity. It is of course a genuine concern, given the health problems associated with it. And there are various components to the problem: fast food outlets pushing their wares; parents

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