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Happy Friday everyone. My question of the week is could you imagine such a response if one of our own politicians passed away – both the vitriol and the admiration? Perhaps John Howard would get it. Perhaps it’s a good thing that our politics are comparatively bland (better bland than Maggie Thatcher I suppose), though our can’t say our blandness comes out of consensus or cooperation, it’s probably just apathy.

On marriage

Eric Simpson The purpose of marriage is not procreation. I can’t say I entirely agree with what he says the purpose is, but we agree on what the purpose isn’t.

This one pretty well represents my view at the moment. I don’t think that a secular state should legislate on marriage – it should limit itself to civil unions. Roger Olson A question for conservative Christians and GLBT rights advocates: why not civil unions?

On the Eurozone crisis

This is the best explanation of what’s going on that I’ve seen – BBC What really cause the Eurozone crisis

On language

Megan Garber ‘Ogooglebar’ and 14 other Swedish words we should incorporate intoEnglish immediately

Google has officially objected to one of the best words that has ever graced this planet: ogooglebar, which translates — if such a glorious word must be subjugated to the indignities of translation — to “ungoogleable.”

On racism & multiculturalism

Waleed Aly Curse of Australia’s silent pervasive racism

Ghena Kryem The challenges of being a Muslim woman in a multicultural society

On prison

Lisa Wade Prison labour

American companies that once looked to places like Mexico and China for cheap labor are bringing those jobs back to the U.S.  Why? Because prison labor is much, much cheaper.  Paid between 93¢ and $4.73 per day, and collecting no benefits, prisoners are a cheap labor source for about 100 companies.

On beauty

Mr Toledano A new kind of beauty. It’s beautiful pictures of people who have had quite dramatic plastic surgery.

Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?

Eddie Ndopu A black crip’s perspective on fashion and embodied resistance

When I wore sweats and lounging-around-at-home clothes in public, the gawks I got from non-disabled strangers were slightly more condescending than the gawks I got when I wore trendy, fashionable clothes. Over time, I realized that non-disabled folks re-inscribed my casual attire with a social meaning that rendered my body the personification of dishevelment and neglect. I think this is largely because, within the able normative imagination, a visibly disabled body clad in sweats and lounging-around-at-home clothing invokes a longstanding and recycled representation of Crips as the objects of deprivation and targets of charity.

On demographics

McCrindle Research Easter, Australians and Christianity

ABS Australian social trends has just come out. We’ve discovered that the ‘average’ Australian is a 37 year old woman working as a sales assistant. Sydney had the highest proportion of people reporting a religion (75%). Hobart had the highest proportion of people with no religion of any capital city (29.1%), just ahead of Canberra (28.9%)

On evangelism

Tamie Davis Re-thinking a ‘worldview’ approach to evangelism

On Mr Abbott

Address to Institute of Public Affairs – worth reading if you want to work out how he thinks and his priorities for government.

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