"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning."
"The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly."
"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."
"Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail, nor reason."
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
Resistance Thinking Society
'Society' is a term used to describe a grouping of individuals and outlines the structures employed to ensure that the individuals within a society relate to each other in an appropriate fashion. Different societies may have distinctive cultural behaviours and different institutions. In this society section you will find news, articles and reviews that relate to Australian society, or more specifically, individuals who live in Australia.
Topics in this section will cover: science and technology - stem cell research, IVF, cloning, intelligent design, evolution etc.; politics - ideologies (communism, anarchism, totalitarianism, capitalism etc.), state and federal politics, the free market, the United Nations etc.; sociology - globalisation, prisons, welfare, government; environment - global warming, alternative energy etc.; and moral issues - poverty, homosexuality, euthanasia, abortion etc.
The role of the Christian within society is to stand for truth, for justice and most importantly, to represent God's agenda on the earth. As the Resistance Thinking journey continues, our aim is to stimulate engaging dialogue exploring the complexities of how followers of Jesus should engage with society in our day and age.
"Describing his new found support for same-sex marriage Rudd acknowledged that his concern for children raised in same-sex relationships was the "sole remaining obstacle in my mind". He overcame this obstacle by averting his mind from the intrinsic offence of forcing a child to live without her mother or without her father, comforting himself with shallow social science: "the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010 concluded that there were no Child Behaviour Checklist differences for these kids (raised in same-sex relationships) as against the rest of the country."
How trivial to use a "behaviour checklist" to judge the impact on the inner life of a surrogate baby girl created by two married men. As if the effect of depriving a child of her biological identity, of the emotional security that comes through breast feeding and a mother's touch, of the indispensable role a mother plays in helping her daughter grow from girl to woman, is measurable by any crude checklist.
After the massive incident made out of the thirteen year old girl calling Adam Goodes an “ape” one would imagine a more savvy football commentator would be very careful with their words. Not for Collingwood President and radio host Eddie McGuire who, this week, remarked that the King Kong stage production would be well-served using Adam Goodes for promotional purposes.
Now he may claim to be making a simple joke, yet the ties that bind such a comment to racism are just as strong as those of the thirteen year old girl. The fact that McGuire was referencing her very comment does not allow him to duck similar charges of racism. So all this begs the question are Australian's notoriously racist?
"The critical vote on same-sex marriage.... is now unlikely to go ahead next week as expected.
And it seems certain there will not be a vote on marriage equality legislation this side of the September 14 election.
It had been expected that a private member's bill for same-sex marriage, presented by Greens MP Adam Bandt in the House of Representatives in February last year, would be put to a final vote on June 6.
But there will be so many MPs wanting to speak on what is essentially a conscience issue there will not be time for a vote before Parliament rises on June 27, sources involved in the operation of the House said today."
This is sure to displease the European Agency for Fundamental Rights which released this video two weeks ago:
Somehow marriage equality proponents seem to equate a lack of same-sex marriage as "discrimination" and those standing against SSM is an act of "bullying".
Here is an important list of countries. It is important to note that Australia is still considered a country where same-sex marriage is banned. Let us hope we can remain this way.
"WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS BANNED (and marriage is defined as between 'a man and a woman') Australia Poland Bulgaria Romania Serbia Turkey Ukraine WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS BANNED South Sudan Democratic Republic of Congo Rwanda Uganda Zimbabwe Honduras Bolivia Ecuador Paraguay Venezuela Hungary Belarus Bulgaria Montenegro
WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGAL Netherlands Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba) Belgium Spain Canada South Africa Norway Sweden Portugal Iceland Argentina Denmark Uruguay New Zealand France"
"Australian women seeking late-term abortions may be left helpless after a prominent abortion specialist was struck off the medical register for inappropriately prescribing patients with addictive drugs for nearly 10 years.
On Friday, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal cancelled Dr Mark Schulberg's registration for one year from July after finding him guilty of serious misconduct.
Between 2000 and 2009, the Croydon-based doctor prescribed multiple patients with more than 25,000 Xanax tablets and 9000 Valium among other addictive drugs.
In her judgment, senior member Noreen Megay said his conduct represented the ''most serious and grave lapse'' of professional standards. ''His conduct was consistent with poor practice, it endangered the patients, it continued over a number of years and we viewed the pattern of prescribing as reckless,'' she wrote.
The tribunal heard Dr Schulberg was the only doctor in Victoria, and potentially Australia, who continues to perform late-term surgical abortions on women between 16 and 24 weeks gestation.
While Dr Schulberg's lawyers urged the tribunal to maintain his registration to practice for this reason, Ms Megay rejected this and said she was concerned late-term abortions were being carried out in a day surgery clinic without a specialist anaesthetist and intensive care services nearby.
Dr Schulberg supervised disgraced anaesthetist James Latham Peters, who is serving a 14-year jail sentence for infecting 55 women with hepatitis C at the Croydon Day Surgery. He infected patients by injecting himself with pre-filled syringes of fentanyl - an opioid used in general anaesthesia - and then administering the remaining drug to the patients."