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

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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Real Help for Mothers

Jan 11, 2002

Very early this year the Federal Government announced a proposal to spend $39 million on job training skills for stay-at home parents – mostly middle-aged mothers – to help them make the needed adjustments to get back into the workforce.

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IVF and Rights Gone Mad

Nov 15, 2001

We live in an age in which rights are being pushed on all fronts. Individuals and groups are clamoring for rights that until recently didn’t even exist. Much of the “rights industry” has developed around so-called social justice and discrimination

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Keep Fighting Against Drugs

Aug 10, 2001

The National Crime Authority has recently re-ignited the heroin debate by saying that we are losing the war against drugs. The NCA says that too many illicit drugs are entering the country, and that organised crime is spiralling out of

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The Importance of Fathers

Aug 9, 2001

Thirty years ago American Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a report called “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”. In it he wrote these words: “The breakup of the black family is the single most important social fact of

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A review of PC, M.D. by Sally Satel.

Jul 6, 2001

Basic Books, 2000.

This book has a simple theme: Political Correctness has entered the medical profession. The politicisation and radicalisation of health professionals and workers has altered the nature of health care work, and has dangerous repercussions for patients and

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Mother Wars

Jul 3, 2001

The battle over motherhood continues unabated, with a recent controversy re-igniting a long standing debate. In the one corner are those who feel that government policies tend to penalise stay at home mums, while rewarding those who move into the

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