CultureWatch

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

As Marriage Goes, So Goes the Nation

Sep 16, 2007

Up until quite recently, societies benefited greatly by certain institutions which in fact predated the state. Marriage and family are two institutions which have been around for a very long time, and have offered social glue and moral stability to

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Bureaucracy, Ideology and the Professions

Sep 13, 2007

In much of the Western world, especially Australia, it does not matter so much which political party is elected into office, since often a deeply imbedded bureaucracy remains, regardless of the ruling party of the day. This thick layer of

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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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Declaring War on Children

Sep 1, 2007

Not everyone can have children, and not everyone wants children. That’s OK. There is no law mandating fecundity. For various reasons, many may want to forgo the whole involved process of bearing and raising children.

But the norm throughout human

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How Not to Think About Abortion

Aug 14, 2007

Hot ethical topics such as abortion usually provoke controversy and noisy debate. But often these debates can be long on emotion and short on fact and reason. The truth is, like all important issues, the abortion controversy deserves careful and

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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 Bible, Slavery and Morality

Jul 25, 2007

One criticism often levelled against Christianity in particular and the Bible in general is that both have appeared to tolerate slavery. This objection is used to suggest that Biblical morality is no better than any other, and is offered as

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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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Group Marriage on the Way

Jul 17, 2007

Dumb ideas have the propensity to spawn more dumb ideas. Reckless social engineering tends to result in even more radical social changes. Give the radicals an inch and they will demand a light-year. Such is the nature of the never-ending

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Climate Rockers and Shockers

Jul 9, 2007

Another global rock concert, another major “cause,” and another set of questions the politically correct are afraid to ask. This time it was Live Earth, and the rockers were out to save the planet, or at least raise awareness about

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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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The Mainstreaming of Sleaze

Jun 27, 2007

The mainstreaming of sleaze and porn has been going on for some time now. As is often the case, it involves little, gradual, and often unnoticed changes. But there is a cumulative effect. It is just like the familiar story

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All Porn, All the Time

Jun 27, 2007

Pornography is now everywhere in the Western world. We cannot escape its clutches. Whether in advertising, pop music, magazines, the Internet or prime-time television, pornography has gone mainstream.

What used to be regarded as the domain of sleazy men who

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All Children Deserve Protection from Porn

Jun 25, 2007

Prime Minister John Howard’s decision to clamp down on porn and alcohol in aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to combat high rates of child sexual assault has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the general public. Most Australians rightly believe it

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Playing Fast and Loose with the Evidence

Jun 15, 2007

In some circles being a bit selective with the evidence can be risky business. But when it happens in certain social and political arenas, it tends to just become the accepted way of doing things. Indeed, our social engineers have

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Sperm Wars

Jun 11, 2007

The problem of sperm donation is not the highest of national priorities at the moment. Political parties usually do not have it featuring in their agendas. But it is a very important issue for at least one group: those children

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Selective Outrage About Carnage

Apr 25, 2007

Last week two events took place, both of which dealt with carnage, killing and disrespect for human life. One of course was the Virginia Tech shootings. The whole world was rightly outraged and shocked by what took place there. The

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