Open Discussions About Various Controversies

The Controversy of Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage has been a controversial social issue in the U.S. for several decades, but public opinion on this topic seems to be evolving. For example, an annual poll by Gallup has been tracking the question of whether or not same-sex marriages should be legal since 1968, and the percentage of favorable responses has increased [...]

The Controversy Surrounding Abortion

Of all the heated controversies in today’s hyper-politicized society, abortion is perhaps at the top of the list. While pro-life forces insist that fetuses have all the rights that can be properly ascribed to human beings, pro-choice folks argue vehemently that the government should not be able to tell women what to do with their [...]

The Controversy of Global Warming

Global warming, also known as climate change, is an environmental and atmospheric phenomenon that is subject to much debate. Global warming is blamed for higher average temperatures, freak storms, rising sea levels, droughts and humanitarian crises. However, people in different political parties cannot agree on the cause of global warming or an appropriate course of [...]

The Controversy of Overpopulation

With the Earth continuing to grow in population, scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the dwindling natural resources. In fact, many experts feel that certain measures must be taken before the planet itself is destroyed beyond repair. Other individuals believe that the threat of overpopulation is a myth that has been pushed by national governments [...]

Opposing Viewpoints: Logging and Deforestation

As the last tracts of primeval forest continue to shrink, the debate over logging practices will remain. While conservationists oppose deforestation for a number of philosophical reasons, logging proponents insist that old hardwood forests are vital for various manufacturing industries. A close look at both sides of the argument will reveal the major points of [...]

The Controversy of Stem Cell Research

Stem cells are able to separate into virtually any type of cell, making them useful in the development of treatments for many illnesses and disorders. In fact, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute claims that stem cells may represent a major step toward finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease (http://www.hsci.harvard.edu/newsroom/opening-new-door-parkinsons-disease). Stem cells are not constrained to [...]

Capital Punishment is Still Controversial.

Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is a legal sentence to die for criminal behavior. How the execution of the convicted criminal is carried out varies from state to state. Some states use lethal injection, the electric chair or hanging. Anywhere from 50 to 75 executions take place in the United States annually, according to [...]

Porn and Sex Addiction Controversies

The Internet was a revolutionary technology when it became widely available in the 90s. Communication became instantaneous. People could research any topic in the world. Shopping was simplified, and consumers benefited from increased competition. Within a few years, it became apparent that the Internet had another driving force: pornography. Just like VHS tapes became popular [...]

The Controversy of Gun Control

Gun control is a hot button issue that boils over whenever acts of gun violence occur. Citizens, lawmakers and gun lobbyists have been debating the issue of gun control for more than a century, and there has yet to be a definitive answer. Proponents of gun control don’t believe that state and federal gun control [...]

The Controversy of Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana is a mixture of dried leaves and flowers taken from the hemp plant. Drugfree.org explains that the altered mental state achieved when people smoke or consume marijuana is primarily the result of a naturally occurring chemical known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. While the use of marijuana is barred according to federal and state laws, [...]

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