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Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy?      Disagree      02 Nov 2010      1 Point
Democracy can not be created out of Military aggression.

Well, it can, but only when the oppressed rise up against the forces of aggression -- like in the American Revolution, or in India's.

Remember, the large majority of Iraqi's people have always wanted American forces out of their country and government. How is it American aggression there is going to "create democracy" when the military is itself non-democratic? If America were to support democracy in Iraq, shouldn't America help that nation respond to the democratic opinions of it's people?

Should the United States invade Iraq?      Disagree      02 Nov 2010      1 Point
1. There was no legal grounds for the invasion of Iraq, whatsoever.
2. That "Mr. Hussein must disarm!" or "That Iraq is building nuclear weapons!" is not grounds for invasion, by the international laws America helped create and by our domestic law. Needless to mention, military aggression wasn't supported by Iraqi law either.
3. The U.S. invasion of Iraq was projected by the Pentagon to make the world a more dangerous place -- to increase the raw number of terrorists, the potential for destruction from each of that growing population of terrorists, and to increase the rate of nuclear arms proliferation among terrorists and terrorist states. Even though the most educated military strategists in the world for the most powerful military in the world all agreed that the invasion would actually increase the amount of terrorism America and it's allies were to face, the political party in power lied to Americans that the "War on Terror" was going to reduce terrorism.
4. The U.S. has the biggest nuclear arms arsenal in the world. We already had some of these human-civilization-ending weapons pointed at Iraq when our military illegally began provoking Iraq into war. Iraq didn't respond. America used the excuse that "Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction" and that was somehow a threat to our power (remember, we had the biggest nuclear arsenal on the planet already developed...)

Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?      Agree      02 Nov 2010      2 Points
There is no legal or moral reason for preventing the renovation of the mosque in question. There have been other mosques near that location for over 40 years. American constitutional law protects freedom of religion.

Yes, of course Muslims (or anyone else) have the right to build a mosque near "ground zero". This is America, after all.

One could only justify preventing a mosque at ground zero if America were a Christian nation -- which President Adams signed into law as not true when composing the Treaty of Tripli. http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/secular.html

Muslims are not terrorists. They are people that believe in the same God as Christians and Jews.

Is marriage a good thing?      Neutral      02 Nov 2010      3 Points
This is an extremely subjective question, and requires attention on it's different elements to form any sensible answer.

"What is marriage?"
Is marriage a legal bond between sexual partners? Is marriage a moral relationship? Is marriage open to non-heterosexuals? In what society is the marriage taking place (not all cultures approve of marriage, so there'd be significant social pressure not to marry which would make marriage "bad")? Are these marriages chosen by the people being married, or are they forced by the families of those people? This question demands some constraints in order to yield intelligent answers.

"What is good?"
Is good what a person feels? Is good what society approves of? Is good something that doesn't harm the environment or culture that surrounds marriage candidates?

In the United States, among most WASPs over 50, I'd say that marriage is generally a "good thing." In the United States, among white teenagers, I'd say that marriage is generally a "bad thing."

Do children make you happy?      Neutral      02 Nov 2010      1 Point
Sometimes yes, they do. Sometimes no, they don't.

Happiness is often the result of focused attention on something difficult, but achievable. In this way, children might lead to happiness, as they fit the bill. But I wouldn't ever agree that by default children lead to happiness. For many, it's just the opposite. The answer to this question all depends on the context of parties involved.

Expert in the psychology of "flow" (related to the human perception of "happiness" or "creativity"), Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is a solid reference resource. http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/j21/csiksz.asp

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75% agreement / 1 opinions

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75% agreement / 1 opinions

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50% agreement / 3 opinions

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U.S. Senator, Republican
25% agreement / 3 opinions

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25% agreement / 2 opinions

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0% agreement / 1 opinions

Donald Trump
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0% agreement / 1 opinions

Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Rudy Giuliani
Former Mayor of New York City
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Sarah Palin
Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Christian Encyclopedia
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Glenn F's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Glenn F typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Disagree Should the United States invade Iraq?
Medium Agree Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?
Medium Neutral Is marriage a good thing?

Nonconforming Opinions

Glenn F's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers Glenn F typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Contributor Answer Question
Low Mostly Disagree Disagree Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy?

Projected Opinions

Glenn F's projected opinions are opinions Glenn F is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Mostly Disagree Is Islam fundamentally a peaceful religion?
Medium Mostly Disagree Are America's rich taxed enough?
Low Neutral Will genocide occur if the US pulls its combat troops out of Iraq?
Low Mostly Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Low Mostly Agree Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Low Agree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
Low Agree Is global warming caused primarily by humans?
Low Mostly Agree Does minimum wage help the poor?
Low Neutral Does Cap and Trade beat carbon tax for reducing emissions?
Low Neutral Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?
Low Mostly Disagree Is politics a waste of time for ordinary citizens?
Low Mostly Disagree Is trying to "change the world" foolish?
Low Neutral Should marijuana be decriminalized?
Low Neutral Is the war on drugs good policy?