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

Dictatorships and Double Standards

Jun 11, 2007

It is the accepted wisdom of our friends on the far left that ‘any enemy of America must be a friend of mine’. That is, for the radical left, any regime – no matter how dictatorial – that hates America

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Burqa Wars and Public Policy

Apr 3, 2007

In the recent film, The Children of Men (based on the 1992 P.D. James novel), illegal immigrants in a futuristic UK are rounded up and caged like animals. That is one way to deal with the problem of foreigners. A

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Will Europe Survive?

Nov 7, 2006

There is good news and bad news concerning Europe. The bad news is, it is in a mess. Having rejected its Christian heritage and embraced secular humanism big time, Europe has been in decline for quite a while now. And

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Religious Demographics

Oct 30, 2006

While certain religions are growing in some parts of the world, they are in decline in other parts. But the decline of one religion is often met by the rise of another.

Consider the Christian faith. As Philip Jenkins wrote

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Free Speech and the Free West

Oct 16, 2006

Freedom of speech has never been absolute. Crying ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre, we are rightly told, is just not on. So there is often a balancing act going on in democracies. But freedom of speech is a hallmark of

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Exporting Democracy and the Case of Iraq

Oct 4, 2006

Detractors of the war in Iraq say we have been bogged down in another Vietnam and we have simply made matters worse. Critics cite the escalating violence and bloodshed, and say things were better under Saddam. They imply that a

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Another Take on 9/11

Sep 15, 2006

With the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 calamity, there have been quite a few opinion pieces and commentaries on that fateful day in 2001. This is another piece, as found in the American Spectator, September 13, 2006. David Hogberg

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Being a Christian in Indonesia

Sep 7, 2006

Indonesia is Australia’s nearest, largest neighbour. It is also the world’s largest Islamic nation. Amongst the 240 million people, around 85 per cent are Muslim. There is a Christian minority in the country, but its existence is perilous at the

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Defining Family Out Of Existence

Aug 16, 2006

Mark Tooley, writing in the latest American Spectator (August 15, 2006) notes that it is not just marriage that homosexual activists want, but the entire redefinition of family and relationships. He argues that the radical homosexual agenda includes not just

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Dismantling the Trump Myths, Part One

Mar 31, 2016

The cult of Trump has dished up more nonsense, falsehoods and flip-flops than I have seen from any recent presidential candidate. Despite the fact that Trump is a life-long progressive, and one who has supported and financed leftist and Democrat

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Beheading and Islam

Aug 27, 2014

With daily cases of infidels being beheaded by Muslims, it is worth asking whether this in fact is a Muslim thing, or simply an aberration. Western apologists for Islam like Obama and other dhimmi leaders will insist that this has

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PCUSA: Going, Going, Gone

Jun 24, 2014

‘From mainline to sideline’ is a commonly used description of American mainline Protestant denominations which have made themselves utterly irrelevant, ironically, by seeking to be relevant. These older denominations are dying because they thought they could jettison the core teachings

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Open Season on Christians

Oct 20, 2013

In the Western world a war against Christians has been declared. With militant secularism reigning in much of the West, as well as destructive social engineering crushing everything in its path, the plight of those who stand strong in their

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Islam, Wilders, Freedom and Hypocrisy

Mar 3, 2013

OK, two events, two different reactions: one features virulent anti-Semites, jihadists and opponents of women’s rights; the other champions freedom, democracy, pluralism and genuine tolerance. So which event is welcomed with open arms by the Gillard Government, and which event

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Evangellyfish or Spiritual Warriors?

Oct 8, 2012

Two recent articles coming out of the US present contrasting visions of the Christian life in general, and the culture wars in particular. One laments the sad state of affairs found amongst young evangelicals, while the other calls us to

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Time For More Sexual Perversion

Aug 24, 2011

Now that the radicals have wrapped up one agenda item, they can easily and quickly move on to the next items. With the homosexual agenda basically well and truly realised throughout the Western world, the social revolutionaries can now turn

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