CultureWatch

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

The Paid Maternity Leave Debate

Aug 29, 2002

Should we institute a scheme of paid maternity leave? I am going to argue neither for the affirmative, nor for the negative. Instead, I will seek to argue for a third way. The third way I propose is fairly straight-forward:

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Sex Zone Plan Abandoned

Aug 13, 2002

The Victorian Government and the Port Phillip Council have abandoned their plans for tolerance zones for St Kilda’s sex workers.

The decision comes after local residents expressed their outrage and concern at the proposed red-light districts. After continuous strong showings

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Politically Correct Children

Jul 19, 2002

The forces of PC are ever at work, ensuring that all of us – young and old – keep on the straight and narrow of right thinking and right practice. An interesting illustration of this took place recently when it

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Science, Ethics and the Media

Jul 1, 2002

There has been a noticeable shift over the past fifty years concerning those whom society, and the media, look to as authority figures, as sources of truth and values. For centuries pastors and priests were seen as sources of

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Our Moral Judges at the ABC

Jun 28, 2002

One can always count on the ABC to put its politically correct two-cents worth in to its many broadcasts. This has certainly been the case with its regular Monday night offering, Media Watch. The 15 minute show is supposed

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Fatherlessness and the Two-Parent Family

Jun 3, 2002

Fatherlessness is a growing problem in the Western world. Whether caused by divorce and broken families, or by deliberate single parenting, more and more children grow up in Australia without fathers. Concerned groups have argued that a mother and father

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The Problem with Vilification Legislation

Mar 26, 2002

A raft of new legislation is being passed throughout the Western world. These laws are called by various names, such as vilification or tolerance or discrimination laws. Sometimes they are referred to as hate-crime legislation. Whatever their title, these laws

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A review of The Broken Hearth. By William Bennett.

Feb 15, 2002

Doubleday, 2001.

This new book by the former Education Secretary under President Reagan is an examination of how the family is unraveling in Western society. Although the book deals specifically with the American situation, its relevance for countries like Australia

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The Betrayal of a Generation

Feb 2, 2002

An extremely revealing and disturbing television documentary was aired on America’s Public Broadcasting System in February of last year. Entitled The Merchants of Cool, the show examined the way big business and the advertising industry have targeted our young

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The Case Against Euthanasia

Feb 1, 2002

Euthanasia is not about making sick and dying people as pain free and comfortable as possible. That is what is known as palliative care, and that is something which is improving all the time. Euthanasia is about allowing other people

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A review of Genetic Turning Points. By James Peterson.

Jan 26, 2002

Eerdmans, 2001.

In the past few decades the advances in bio-technology and genetics have been astounding. The scientific and technical breakthroughs have far out-stripped our ability to consider their ethical ramifications. The developments in the Human Genome project alone are

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