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

Payments to Parents

Sep 28, 1993

A new proposal to pay parents of young children $50 a week to stay at home is worth exploring. Queensland Labor backbencher, Mr Gary Johns, has recently come up with the proposal which would encourage the second wage earner to

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A review of The Feminist Gospel. By Mary Kassian.

Apr 10, 1993

Crossway Books, 1992.

Several good critiques of religious feminism have appeared lately, including two from Ignatius Press: Ungodly Rage, by Donna Steichen, and What Will Happen to God: Feminism and the Reconstruction of Christian Belief, by William Oddie.

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The Great Family Cover-up

Apr 4, 1993

Are all forms of living arrangements just the same? Do all family structures offer similar environments for a child’s development? Yes, according to the media. The papers regularly come out with stories about how the traditional family no longer exists

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All in the Liberal Family

Mar 2, 1993

The murderers of little James Bulger had a least two strikes going against them even before they embarked upon their lives of petty crime in England. Both of these boys came from broken homes and both were reared in a

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The Assault on the Family

Jul 28, 1992

I am beginning to suspect a conspiracy. A conspiracy of silence, of cover-ups, of misleading information. A conspiracy of what? – ASIO nefariousness? American imperialism? No, something that is more important, something that affects every one of us: a conspiracy

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Dan Quayle vs Murphy Brown

Jun 13, 1992

Several weeks ago U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle caused a minor uproar concerning comments he made about television character Murphy Brown’s out-of-wedlock birth.  The liberal-left establishment went ballistic, accusing  Quayle of, at best, making a “gaffe”, and at

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F.A. Hayek, R.I.P.

Apr 10, 1992

The death of one of the 20th century’s most influential free market thinkers, F.A. von Hayek, provides an interesting example of how the philosophical/ideological differences of newspapers will affect the coverage of major news events.

A day after his death,

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A review of Darwin on Trial. By Phillip E. Johnson.

Mar 14, 1992

Regnery Gateway, 1991.

Like Marxism and Freudianism, Darwinistic evolution is a reductionistic philosophy which seeks to provide an all-embracing framework to explain life and its complexities. Moreover, Darwinists, like other reductionists, tend to grant their philosophy the status of an

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Child Abuse Concerns

Mar 2, 1992

The Australian Medical Association has recently come out in favour of a Victorian proposal to require people to report child sexual abuse. The proposal, made by the Minister for Community Services, Ms Setches, would involve mandatory reporting of suspected cases

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Australian Broadcasting Tribunal Inquiry

Jan 21, 1992

Robert Manne, writing in a recent issue of Time, (Jan. 6), said this about pornography and mass murder: “the fervor over gun control and complacency about censorship are rather odd”. Manne goes on to detail the steady diet of

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