CultureWatch

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

Schools, Values and the Family

Jan 28, 2004

Early this year Prime Minister John Howard stirred up a hornet’s nest of indignation when he made some comments about the trend towards private education. He said the reason more and more parents are sending their children to private and

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Parents in Crisis

Jan 28, 2004

Mark Latham is partly right: there is a parenting crisis, but not exactly of the sort he envisages. Yes, children do seem to be more unruly and parenting is becoming more difficult and demanding, but a large part of the

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Playing Against a Stacked Deck

Jan 19, 2004

In the culture wars, fair fights are hard to come by. Sometimes the odds are so stacked against you, that you hardly feel like wading into a fight. Often those promoting all the wrong causes are entrenched in public service

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Cloning Concerns

Jan 18, 2004

If a rogue scientist is to be believed, the stuff of science fiction has become fact. Dr Panos Zavos, an American fertility expert, claims that a cloned embryo has been implanted in an American woman. He says he is waiting

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Targetting Believers

Jan 11, 2004

The Greens, along with the Democrats, are among the most supportive of the homosexual agenda, with Labor not far behind. Thus religious folk in general, and Christians in particular, need to be aware of what these parties are up to.

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Gay Rights and Wrongs

Jan 7, 2004

A Latham-led government would introduce sweeping changes to give homosexuals special rights and privileges, according to Robert McClelland, the former shadow attorney-general. The Labor pledge to radically overhaul existing laws and policies to give gays special benefits is part of

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Another Look at Jesus

Dec 25, 2003

Two years ago on this day the Herald Sun featured an opinion piece by Andrew Bolt entitled, “Even heathens can learn from a man who wasn’t the Son of God”. Given that this was Christmas Day, Mr Bolt’s piece was

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Paying the Price of Porn

Dec 2, 2003

In late November the Sexpo experience again came to the city of Melbourne. The four day exhibition is put on by the porn industry. It is primarily an assortment of strippers and porn stars and sex club owners, with a

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False Prophets: Lessons for Today?

Dec 1, 2003

It has often been noted that the most liked people in the Old Testament were the false prophets. How come? Simply because the false prophets told the people what they wanted to hear. Did the masses want to hear about

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Marriage Wars Continue

Nov 20, 2003

On Tuesday November 18 another scene from the culture wars was played out. The top court in the US state of Massachusetts declared that a ban on same-sex marriage was discriminatory. In a 4-3 decision the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Clear Thinking on Equal Rights and Discrimination

Nov 9, 2003

Australian comedian and television personality Julie McCrossin gave an address to the Sydney Institute in July of 1999. Entitled, “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride: Recognising Same Sex Relationships,” she spoke of how she and her lesbian partner were denied

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A Tale of Two Cultures

Oct 27, 2003

I want to mention two films I have seen on television recently. How much you relate to what I am going to say will depend on how old you are and your cultural literacy.

Both films brought back a lot

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Homosexual Marriage: What is at Stake?

Sep 26, 2003

Perhaps the most disconcerting item on the gay agenda is the desire to equate same-sex relationships with normal marriage and family life. In this the gay lobby has been quite successful. For example, during the International Year of the Family,

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Quick Facts on Marriage

Sep 20, 2003

We live in an age where common sense has deserted us and old truths need to be restated. This paper looks at some home truths about marriage.

*  Almost every culture throughout human history has had a recognizable form

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Some Simple Truths on Homosexual Law Reform

Aug 25, 2003

Since a number of Australian states are currently looking at granting special rights to homosexuals, including adoption rights, and given some recent overseas victories for homosexual activists, some simple facts need to be set forth and made available. These are

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