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What do you think is the most controversial issue?
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Religion isn't really controversial though... that would be more the effects certain religious people have on others.

Assisted suicide is a good one. So is abortion. Since people are stating their views, the 1st one is a little hard. I'm against the second one, though. Just think where we'd be if Einstein or Newton were aborted...
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I'd say any form of prejudice because nobody really can escape a conversation about prejudice without feeling offended or being ripped on, even if they didn't do anything. Even stating this topic will likely create a lot of unnecessary backlash.

The issue here is that prejudice, notably racism and sexism, are terrible in the sense to what it has done to anyone on the bad end of it and it is still a legitimate problem that needs to be decisively eradicated from our society as an institution (because it still very much exists); however, it also doesn't give those who are apart of the bashed group the right to bash on people who haven't done anything wrong either just because they are apart of the sex or ethnicity who practiced those prejudices, because that in itself is prejudice. People have the right to be angry at the people who did practice those prejudices, but generalizing people into a stereotype and speaking poorly of the innocent is just as bad as those who institutionalized prejudice in the first place.

To sum it all up, people should be judged by their actions: if someone practices prejudice, then they should be judged for their crimes. If someone is a victim of prejudice, then it is our civic duty to end that prejudice. However, it does not give people the right to practice reverse-sexism, reverse racism, or any form of reverse prejudice for the sheer fact that it is prejudice and it only continues the cycle of hatred. Everyone should stand on their own merit, their own actions, and should not be coddled or punished by anyone based off prejudices, because that is when true equality will come.

I'm just going to wait patiently as I likely get bashed for this comment, but it needed to be said.
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That question is very controversial.
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Sword Art Online.
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Abortion and religion for me.

Well for people around me. I'm agnostic which means I get thrown in with the Atheists who get lumped in with the Satanists. It's some really confusing shit. And I'm pro-abortion. We are a crowded species, and I find it funny how religious people want to act like they have a say in this matter when they're always "free-willing" themselves everywhere. There's probably a small fraction of abortions compared to how many humans are pumped out each and every day, so I see no problem with trimming the species. Hell China even has a one child per family rule or something to that effect.


According to these stats from the US's CDC
3,999,386 were born in 2010 in US
765,651 were aborted in 2010 in US

If we assume that all aborted could have been born healthy then
765,651 / (765,651 + 3,999,386) = .1622 or 16.22% of potentially healthy babies were aborted. Which is kinda high in my opinion.

But unfortunately, not all babies will survive. Infant mortality rate in 2010 was 6.15 per 1,000 births. So we can recalculate,
Number of potentially healthy but were aborted: 765,651 * (1000-6.15) / 1000 = 760942
And we get that 15.98% of potentially healthy babies were aborted. Still too high in my opinion.

Granted, this is a pretty cold and mathematical outlay of the numbers. There is much more to the discussion of abortion than just numbers. But nonetheless, in my opinion, I think that the abortion focus should be less about demanding people to stop having abortions. More towards answering why people are having abortions? And if this is a genuine problem, how can we make society a better place where people don't want to have abortions? (that doesn't include imposing rules and restrictions on people).

Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_01.pdf -- Birth stats for 2010 in US
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6208a1.htm?s_cid=ss6208a1_w -- Abortion stats for 2010 in US
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm -- Infant mortality
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Gay people hate and their rights. Personally, it's fine if they want to get married because if two people truly love each other regardless of gender than I don't see what's so wrong. But I do have my doubts because two reasons.

1.) Marriage is a privilege, not a right.

2.) Gay marriage may lead to more children being raised in same-sex households, which are not an optimum environment because children need both a mother and father.

As for gay community reviving hate from straight people, this is how I personally see it without bringing religion into this. If you're gay that's honestly fine, but please do not shove your sexuality in my face, do not force your sexuality to straight people, and I beg you please don't prance around and discriminate other gay people with "Oh, I'm gay so I have to act all flamboyant." I understand that it's their personality, but I can assure you that gay people who act masculine do not appreciate it and and rather annoyed.

I'm sorry if I offended anyone, but I had to share my opinion on this controversial issue.



First off, I don't believe in any kind of marriage. The US culture of marrying young then divorcing later (and remarrying and divorcing) has created a large industry for divorce (at least in the US). Now it is so easy to divorce that you can just use an online app to divy up your estate. Where's the commitment in that? Nonetheless, if people want to (foolishly) get married I say have at it.

Regarding marriage as a privilege not a right
Trying to distinguish between privileges and rights is hard to do. Certainly in the US we have a bill of "rights", but these are really just privileges since not all Americans can be guns for example. But I will argue that if it is not a right then it should be because unlike guns, with marriage it is hard to do damage to anyone but yourself and your own children.

Regarding #2
I'm sorry but this is just dumb and uninformed. Even assuming that it is optimal to have a mother and father, I'm sure you would agree that having gay parents or even just 1 parent is at least a little better than having none (and I can assure you that it is much, much better). Which is the case for any child who doesn't get adopted. (Thank goodness gay couples are loving enough to adopt the babies that straight couples rejected).

Regarding your last statement
Gay people don't force their sexuality on anyone no more than guys will try to force their sexuality on lesbians. And I'm sure you do things that other people find annoying too. If some is acting flamboyantly gay and that is all you can see in them then you have a closed mind. In short, stop being so judgmental of other people.
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Religion, in some countries just choosing the wrong one is enough to get you killed. It's a cause of a lot of conflict in the world today, and throughout history, It gives people reasons to do good deeds, and excuses to commit crimes as well. Bring it up in a conversation and it'll bring out the worst in some people. If you believe your religious text is the infallible word of a omnipotent higher power, why should you entertain opinions and facts that contradict that text?
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alienrox wrote:


BeyondTheGrave007 wrote:

Gay people hate and their rights. Personally, it's fine if they want to get married because if two people truly love each other regardless of gender than I don't see what's so wrong. But I do have my doubts because two reasons.

1.) Marriage is a privilege, not a right.

2.) Gay marriage may lead to more children being raised in same-sex households, which are not an optimum environment because children need both a mother and father.

As for gay community reviving hate from straight people, this is how I personally see it without bringing religion into this. If you're gay that's honestly fine, but please do not shove your sexuality in my face, do not force your sexuality to straight people, and I beg you please don't prance around and discriminate other gay people with "Oh, I'm gay so I have to act all flamboyant." I understand that it's their personality, but I can assure you that gay people who act masculine do not appreciate it and and rather annoyed.

I'm sorry if I offended anyone, but I had to share my opinion on this controversial issue.



First off, I don't believe in any kind of marriage. The US culture of marrying young then divorcing later (and remarrying and divorcing) has created a large industry for divorce (at least in the US). Now it is so easy to divorce that you can just use an online app to divy up your estate. Where's the commitment in that? Nonetheless, if people want to (foolishly) get married I say have at it.

Regarding marriage as a privilege not a right
Trying to distinguish between privileges and rights is hard to do. Certainly in the US we have a bill of "rights", but these are really just privileges since not all Americans can be guns for example. But I will argue that if it is not a right then it should be because unlike guns, with marriage it is hard to do damage to anyone but yourself and your own children.

Regarding #2
I'm sorry but this is just dumb and uninformed. Even assuming that it is optimal to have a mother and father, I'm sure you would agree that having gay parents or even just 1 parent is at least a little better than having none (and I can assure you that it is much, much better). Which is the case for any child who doesn't get adopted. (Thank goodness gay couples are loving enough to adopt the babies that straight couples rejected).

Regarding your last statement
Gay people don't force their sexuality on anyone no more than guys will try to force their sexuality on lesbians. And I'm sure you do things that other people find annoying too. If some is acting flamboyantly gay and that is all you can see in them then you have a closed mind. In short, stop being so judgmental of other people.

But you're forgetting it's my opinion. There is no point of arguing who is right or wrong so I'll do the favor and not reply back again.
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History. (Since studying history can and will lead to animosity between groups)

The use of GMOs. (Does one company/country have the right to use GMOs since we do not know the impact GMOs will have on our bodies/environment, and once they are released in fields, it will be impossible to contain it)
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Religion and racial arguments.
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hmm to be serious or not to be serious, that is the question
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racism and discrimination.
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What do you think are the truly most controversial topics to exist?
Religion- No religion can prove that they are the right one. Religion is a concept which is based on the faith of the religious individual. Faith cannot be tested, that's why it's called 'faith'. So, as long as no religion can actually test itself and all of its followers are being told to just believe, no religion can truly be more correct than another religion.

Who is the most controversial person of all time?
Adolf Hitler- On Crunchyroll, Im pretty sure Ive seen enough similar opinions where I can say that we have reached a unanimous decision where we realize that Adolf Hitler is absolutely abhorred. However, the controversial part is how he led. Many people claim he was a genius while others say that he was too much of a control freak. There was a conversation recently about how Hitler had made Germany prosperous again and decreased the unemployment rate, while another person argued those facts where falsified by the Nazi party.
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Euthanasia, abortion, immigration, same-sex marriage, legalization of drugs, child pornography, and sexual abuse of children from religious figures.
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