Category: Social Values

“Twinning Point” Not The Answer

I sympathise with the Anglican effort to free up useful scientific research with their proposition that Life starts at 14 days (Age 5th Nov). They are basing their definition of a human life on the possibility of individuation. Yes, you don’t know

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Yin and Yang

I agree with Pamela Bone (Sunday Forum, 16/6) that the best regimes are ruled by a combination of males and females. The balance of yin and yang produces a saner and fairer society. But it does not follow that you

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Devout Homosexuals

Mark Dowd’s article on homosexual clergy is not trouble-making, as some might say, but merely confronting a problem that will not go away. It is a folly and a cruelty to refuse to acknowledge the many devout people of all religions

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Women Soldiers

Women soldiers must indeed be a great asset when the army is working in close with civilians as in East Timor.  But full scale battle is another scenario. There may be some women who are tough enough for combat, but

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Misery Makers

There are people whose day-to-day business is bringing happiness to their fellow humans – in one way or another.  But sadly, it has to be said, there are people who go about spreading misery.  A classic example is of course the

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Safe Injecting Rooms

I have an open mind concerning “safe” injecting rooms.  But I believe there is no hope of progress on this emotionally disturbing subject unless we call a spade a spade. Up to now, society has assumed the duty of keeping

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Surviving Religion

Hey, I’ve got a great idea! It could save a lot of people a lot of suffering.  You know how we humans sometimes form up into us-and-them teams and treat “them” rather badly?  And you know how we often use a

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Aboriginal Identity

The chronic and severe problems of rural aboriginal youth call for radical solutions. And I would like to suggest one here. Perhaps we have made a mistake in trying to uplift their spirits by urging them to get involved in

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The Gambling Game

I believe in personal freedoms.  So I don’t support prohibition.  But that doesn’t stop me from saying, citizen to citizen, that gambling is a mug’s game. We humans need to take risks sometimes.  And when we do, we have to live

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