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Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.

A Kulturkampf primer
3 Jul 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, culture wars, history, Kulturkampf
The best-known culture war was fought in 19th Century Germany, pitting Prussia's Iron Chancellor against the Catholic Church. The Iron Chancellor lost.

A marriage champion changes sides
25 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage
One of the leading figures in the fight against same-sex marriage has changed his mind. Why?

“The kids are all right”? Think again
15 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Mark Regnerus, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
There have been no robust academic studies of gay parenting which prove that it is every bit as good as the traditional family.

Former president of American Psychological Association laments its political correctness
6 Jun 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: American Psychological Association
Now this is extremely interesting: a former president of the American Psychological Association who a supporter of same-sex marriage, a supporter of gay rights, and a supporter of having a debate on "reparative therapy". "All you have to do is find one exception and it knocks down the ‘never'," says Dr Nicholas Cummings in this YouTube interview with NARTH.

An unknown unknown for gay marriage supporters
29 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, surrogacy
Same-sex marriage has a dark secret: its potential for exploiting women in developing countries.

Could geoengineering save the planet?
25 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, climate change, geoengineering
And who is thinking about the ethics of a technological quick fix?

The philosophical origins of the marriage crisis, according to Joseph Ratzinger
18 May 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: nature, philosophy
Joseph Ratzinger has one of the clearest and most insightful minds on the planet. Nowadays his day job is being Pope, which involves numerous duties apart from writing academic treatises. However, back in 1995, he penned an introduction to a Vatican document about homosexuality which seems prophetic, although perhaps it's just logical. The paragraphs below have been reprinted from the blog Chiesa, written by the "Vaticanologist" of the Italian newspaper L'espresso, Sandro Magister.

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in hot water over his opposition to gay marriage
18 May 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Hollywood, Manny Pacquiao
Filipino boxing champ, Congressman, pop singer and all-round international celebrity Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was in hot water this week in Los Angeles this week over "gay hate speech" that somebody said that somebody else said that somebody else said that he said.

101 books Gen Ys must read before they die
15 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: best of, book reviews, culture, lists
Looking for controversy? Here it is: the must-read list for people who hate to read.

US Family Research Council video on same-sex marriage
12 May 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
The Family Research Council has produced a powerful video on how everyday families will suffer if same-sex marriage is legalised.

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