Constant change is one of the unalterable, unavoidable facts of life. What does the future hold? Can we see where the road ahead is leading? How can we get ready for what is coming, and can what we do or say make a difference?
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Islamism makes utopian promises which repeatedly have failed. Coming against the background of several centuries of Muslim humiliation, this results in increasing discontent. One symptom is the growing numbers of Muslims becoming agnostics, atheists, or converting to other faiths, especially Christianity. What does this mean for the future of Islam?
The marriage survey keeps rolling on – Australians still have more than a month until the survey finished on November 7. I keep pondering which way Australia will go with marriage, and what difference it will make. I've always been intrigued by situations where people vehemently disagree with each other on important issues. Sometimes in such cases the two sides engage in real debate, but at other times it's a case of ships passing in the night. The not-so-great Australian Marriage Debate sits firmly in the second category.
In a previous post I offered some thoughts on the plebiscite to change the definition of marriage in Australia's Marriage Act. Here are some more reflections in the light of responses received to that post.
Anyone who speaks up in favour of retaining the current definition...