It’s nor just the Catholic Church that are hypocrites and liars.
Ten years ago, two Anglican clergymen, frustrated by internal inaction, went public with claims of up to 200 sexual abuse cases by Adelaide Anglican Church officials. One of the abusers, church youth leader, Bob Brandenburg, confessed to his crimes. He committed suicide on the day his trial was to be held. At the time of the allegations, Brandenburg was reportedly connected to the suburban Magill parish in Adelaide and Dr Phillip Aspinall (now Anglican Primate for Australia) was assistant archbishop to Archbishop Ian George for the Adelaide diocese.
Another case involved the Rev. Colin Mountford, the chaplain at Adelaide’s most prestigious Boy’s school, St. Peter’s College. Mountford fled Australia after reportedly admitting to the college’s headmaster in June 1992 that he had sexually assaulted a 14-year old male student. Mountford has claimed that he was told at the time by the Adelaide Archbishop, Ian George, to flee the country or…
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Deplatforming is wrong.
I’ve always despised the conservative commentator Ann Coulter, especially for writing a book that largely made fun of those who accept evolution. In fact, I wrote a satirical piece for the New Republic excoriating her dumb anti-evolution book Godless (my piece, called “Coultergeist“, is free online).
But I’m also for free speech, which trumps (pardon the word) the perceived offensiveness of a speaker’s ideas. So I have big-time objections to the University of California’s canceling of Coulter’s speech at Berekeley planned for April 27—due to, as the Washington Post reports, “safety concerns”:
In a letter to a campus Republican group that invited Coulter to speak [Young America’s Foundation], university officials said Wednesday that they made the decision to cancel Coulter’s appearance after assessing the violence that flared on campus in February, when the same college Republican group invited right-wing provocateur and now-former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos to…
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Slick’s TAG Totally Debunked.
0. Introduction. Matt Slick; evangelical Calvinist, radio presenter, apologist. He has made something of a name for himself by promoting a version of the ‘transcendental argument for the existence of God’. His version is one of the easiest to refute that I have come across. However, in all the debates and online discussions I’ve seen Slick engage in, and to be sure he engages in a lot, I have never seen anyone offer what I consider to be the correct refutation. So I will present it here.
His argument was given on his radio-show/podcast, on 17th December, 2015, in an episode entitled ‘A Proof of God’. In fact only the last 14 mins of the show are dedicated to this topic, when Slick is prompted by a caller – ‘Hollywood dude’. I will use that version as a foil. Here is the link it on his official ‘CARM’ podcast…
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High school Architecture
In the 1950s and 60s, the NSW state government had to meet a growing demand for higher education as a result of the post war baby boom and increased immigration to Australia. This increased population put pressure on the public education system, particularly secondary education, as did the introduction of the Wyndham Scheme in 1962.
The scheme was ‘based on the premise that secondary education was for all adolescents … [formalising] the gradual shift from a hierarchical system of secondary schools where students were streamed on the basis of sex, intelligence and performance to a system of comprehensive, co-educational high schools’ (Sydney and the Bush, p. 232).
Undated image showing a model of the doughnut schools designed by Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architect’s Branch (AIA NSW Dupain Collection, http://architectureau.com/articles/designing-australian-schools)
The Wyndham Scheme saw changes to the curriculum which had a more student-centred approach and the introduction of the School…
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