April 3rd 2010

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: How toxic culture exploits our children

EDITORIAL: Stern Hu trial: implications for Australia

CANBERRA OBSERVED: PM Rudd kicks off a very long campaign on health

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: $16 billion education fiasco traps Julia Gillard

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE: Voters want equality for all mothers: Galaxy poll

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rann hangs on after big anti-Labor swing

BORDER CONTROL: Rudd's time bomb on a boat: asylum-seekers

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Behind the US-China trade dispute

LEGAL AFFAIRS: Human rights legislation through the back door

EAST TIMOR: East Timor - the quiet revolution

SCHOOLS: New national English curriculum scores only C+

SCHOOL FUNDING: Governments should support parental choice

UNITED STATES: Is Obamacare destined to be a disaster?

UNITED NATIONS: UN feminist gab-fest gets up steam

Firemen hose down political correctness (letter)

Gigantic scam (letter)

Atheistic arrogance misplaced (letter)

Too tough on Tony Abbott? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Turkey's 100,000 Armenians; Al-Qaeda nuclear threat to Britain; Can Christian organisations survive in a 'tolerant' age?

CINEMA: Hollywood perplexed by family values - The Blind Side, rated PG

BOOK REVIEW: ISLAM AT THE GATES: How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks, by Diane Moczar


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Atheistic arrogance misplaced (letter)

by Peter Kavanagh MP

News Weekly, April 3, 2010

Contrary to common presumptions, demands for anti-religious governments by atheists are nothing new. Such movements resulted in places like Auschwitz, and in the murders of a hundred million or more people in communist societies across Eurasia in the 20th century - from the gulags of the Soviet Union to famine and extermination campaigns in China and the killing fields of Cambodia.

Among the ideological underpinnings for these massive atheistic slaughters was surely the belief that human beings are not creations of God.

Extremely dubious and often plainly wrong assumptions of intellectual superiority by atheists are not restricted to Melbourne's recent "Atheist Conference".

I have found that very few atheists have even considered why, if religious convictions of others must have no influence on government policy, their own political conclusions (based on anti-religious beliefs) should not also be "separated from the state".

Peter Kavanagh,
Democratic Labor Party (DLP) MLC for Western Victoria,
Parliament House,
Melbourne, Vic.

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