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Bradley Manning is the intelligent analyst in the US Army accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. The conditions of his detainment pending his trial have been controversial.
The controversial WikiLeaks cable leaks have been condemned, particularly by those in power, for sabotaging diplomatic efforts and empowering terrorists with sensitive information. Defenders of the leaks downplay such concerns, which they believe are outweighed by the benefits of bringing transparency to government.
Julian Assange, via his organization WikiLeaks, recently released classified communications between the US State Department and its embassies throughout the world. Should he be considered a criminal who compromised the noble goals of a righteous country, or a hero who fights corruption and champions freedom and transparency?
A significant number of fathers mistakenly believe they are the biological fathers of all their children. If paternity testing was mandatory, the fathers would know the truth. Critics of such a scheme suggest that the father and the child would be happier if they did not know the truth, and that it undermines the pejorative of the mother to nominate the child's legal father, whom she may view as a better provider than the biological father.
Marriage is a certainly an idealized legal institute, with few entering the relationship expecting divorce statistics will one day apply to them. Of course this is not to say that there aren't long and happy marriages, but on the whole, does the evidence suggest that marriage is, at the risk of sounding wholly unromantic, rational?
New York has countless mosques, but recently a plan to build a large mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero has sparked controversy. Some conservatives want to ban the construction of the mosque, claiming its an insult to the people who died on September 11th, while libertarians tend to argue that religious freedom is a constitutional right.
An argument - arguably the argument - in favor of drug prohibition is that it actually reduces drug usage. This assumption has not only been challenged but actually tested by countries such as Portugal which have recently decriminalized drugs.
The burka is clothing that completely hides a woman's body and face, apart from a small slit for the eyes. Some countries outlaw the burka, some claiming it oppresses women, and others saying it poses a security threat. Defenders of the burka claim a ban is an infringement of religious freedom.
Euthanasia is the act of mercifully ending someone's life, such as a terminally ill patient. It can be voluntary (where the patient gives consent) or involuntary (where the patient is unable to communicate). It can also be via action (e.g. a drug overdose) or inaction (cutting off life support). Euthanasia also encompasses assisted suicide, where a physician enables the patient to perform the act.
A common reason for the prohibition of psychoactive drugs is the health risk they entail. However, from a libertarian perspective, a person is free to engage in activities that are a risk to themselves, such as high-impact sports.
Anti-doping advocates assert that drugs undermine the spirit of sport, which is about pushing natural human limitations and playing within the rules. However, as sport becomes increasingly high-tech, what is 'natural' becomes harder to define. Defenders of doping also dispute the efficacy of drug enforcement, suggesting that anti-doping rules foster the opposite of fair play.
Mitt Romney
Well, yes. I'm going to want to see a marriage limited to a man and a woman. I don't want to see civil union either. Of course, if we find ourselves in a setting where the only choice is between civil union and marriage, I will prefer civil union. But I would prefer neither.
Al Gore
I support the death penalty. I think that it has to be administered not only fairly … but also with very careful attention. If the wrong guy is put to death, then that’s a double tragedy. Not only has an innocent person been executed but the real perpetrator of the crime has not been held accountable for it, and in some cases may be still at large. But I support the death penalty in the most heinous cases
Old Testament
Should abortion be legal? Mostly Disagree
Exodus 21:22 If men strive [fight] and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit [fetus] depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
Mitt Romney
The appropriate response of society to terrorism carried out around the world or within the Commonwealth’s borders is to apply the death penalty.[...] along with a small number of other crimes, including the assassination of a law enforcement officer, judge, juror or prosecutor, for the purpose of obstructing an ongoing criminal proceeding.[...]as well as cases in which the defendant has already been convicted of first-degree murder or is serving a life sentence without parole.
Abortion always ends the life of the unborn child, typically by dismemberment. Abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, future premature birth, mental illness, and other long-term health problems for the mother, as detailed below. Sometimes women die from abortion.
Donald Trump
Anyone who would commit an act as heinous as this clearly has deep rooted emotional problems. While this crime was an insane act, it demonstrates a deep lack of respect for law and order by a segment of society in this country. I would be in favor of the death penalty for this type of senseless and violent act (as well as others like espionage, treason, acts of terrorism) committed against innocent citizens. The trial should be expeditious and not drag on for years, as so many [do].
Donald Trump
I'm pro-life, but I changed my view a number of years ago. One of the reasons I changed—one of the primary reasons—a friend of mine... ...he ends up having the baby [he originally didn't want] and the baby is the apple of his eye. He said it's the greatest thing that's ever happened to him. And you know here's a baby that wasn't going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life.
Donald Trump
It's very insensitive and it shouldn't be there. I'm a big believer in freedom of religion, but I think the mosque being in that location is absolutely wrong.
Bruce James Chapman
...people in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self-assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports.
Ayn Rand
An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).

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0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks? Disagree
No, states should strive to almost complete transparency, they are way too much corruptible without it.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should the burka be banned? Mostly Disagree
People should wear whatever they want.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero? Disagree
9/11 was done in the name of Islam. They followed the Quran word to word. Why should we allow this?

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits? Agree
Homosexuals deserve rights like the straights.

0 Points       tellvinay2003       14 May 2013     Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero? Disagree
Why we want to memorise such disasteraus incident for ever?
Why don't we make a new World Trade Center on the same place and start with new Entusiasm to demolish the fear of terror for coming generation.

0 Points       Nashhinton       24 Apr 2013     Should abortion be legal? Agree
"O Daughter of Babylon doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you, he who seizes your infants and crashes them against the rocks." In that verse, "he who is happy"... that "seizes your infants and crashes them against the rocks", is God himself. Read the entire passage. God loves it when babies are dashed to pieces against rocks.

0 Points       Jenny       06 Mar 2013     Should abortion be legal? Disagree
Sid, This is not a stupid issue, it's a real/ serious issue. Sure the mother had a choice on what to do with her body but the baby doesn't have a choice. I know that the 'mass of cells' can't feel the ability to feel, think and hurt like a fully developed human being but it is still a living thing. Obesity, world hunger and bullying is not on my mind right now, those are bad things but abortion is wrong, it's murder. You can't tell anyone to grow a damn brain, what's wrong with you? I'm sure no one ever told you to grow a damn brain. If you think that abortion should be legalised, then that's wrong too, do you think it will make things better? no it won't. It'll just allow more people to have sex out of marriage and more babies would be aborted. Why? they can easily abort the baby in the clinic/ hospital and some of the majority of people are not wise and have sex out of marriage, so i'm thinking why even have sex when you don't want a baby?
Views on rape, i can't say anything on this because i'm not sure what to say about this.

This is my opinion, you don't have to agree with me but nothing will change my mind.

1 Point       Nashhinton       23 Jan 2013     Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero? Agree
Yes. Muslims have the right to do what ever their conscience tells them as long as it doesn't force a nonbeliever into submission and compliance to their religious belief. The constitution guarantees religious freedom under the first amendment while promoting secularism and separation between government and religion.

1 Point       Anonymous       10 Nov 2012     Should abortion be legal? Mostly Agree
I'm a nurse and having seen persons come into the emergency department that have been raped by strangers, friends and even their own husbands (yes, this does happen, and just because you are married does not mean you have to have sex, it's still your own body), I understand why people choose to have an abortion. I have seen pregnant 11 year olds, do you think they should carry a child? It's going to ruin their life and their body. For those that say, "Oh, I support it in instances of rape only and nothing else," sorry, you either support it or you don't. There is no walking the line. For those that say a bundle of cells is life, I agree with you, however that can be applied to many things. Frankly, I don't agree with you that is constitutes a person. What you are talking about is potential to be a human. Can those same bundle of cells live without their host? No. So saying that a beating heart means that is it a person, which occurs roughly around 7 weeks, is nonsense. That fetus cannot survive on it's own without a host. The age of viability, roughly around 25 weeks, is when a fetus can survive, WITH major medical intervention. Even then, to ensure survival, you have to make sure that the fetus being born has enough surfactant so that it can breath outside of it's host, otherwise it will not survive. Also, why bring a life into this world that is clearly unwanted? I understand some say that there are plenty of couple out there that want to adopt. Have you looked into the state of foster homes and the sheer number of children in them. I used to work in that field. If a child isn't adopted by the time they are 1 maybe 2 years old, their chances of ever being adopted decrease significantly. There are too many children already out there looking for permanent homes, why bring another child into this world that may be neglected because it wasn't wanted in the first place.

To those that say the fetus can feel pain. Again, you are misguided, please do your research. If there are no pain receptors and no development of a fetal brain, the fetus cannot feel pain. So at 7 weeks when the heart starts to beat, no, the fetus does not feel pain. Somewhere between the 20th and 25th week the fetal brain has developed and even then, the fetus is unlikely to feel pain prior to 28 weeks.

I also find it rather comical when, particularly the republican party, they say that their party platform is pro-life and wants to decrease government support of planned parenthood, and other government agencies that would help these girls and women. What do you tell a 15 year old that got pregnant because of rape, cannot work because she it too young, and because of the republican party has no access to prenatal care and well baby care. How do they afford it? They can't. To say they have to keep the baby, but we will not support you in anyway is a cruel punishment. For those that say their parents can help them, I don't think you understand that there have been many children that have been disowned or kicked out of their homes because they have become pregnant and thus, homeless.

For those religious persons out there, I'm sorry, but imposing your religious beliefs on others not of the same faith is wrong. To say that this nation is founded as a christian nation, I whole heartedly disagree with you. Read your constitution, declaration of independence, but more importantly read Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli. Yes, this nation was founded by persons of christian background but they did not intend to impose their religion on others, that's why they came to America, because England did not allow for other religions. People have different beliefs than you do, and for you to argue that it is wrong because of the christian faith and bible and whatnot, you are committing an offense and suppressing the rights of others by imposing yours on them.

Do research before you speak! Wait, you probably won't because then you'll find science proving you wrong.

1 Point       not a fucking retrard       06 Nov 2012     Should abortion be legal? Agree
You're wrong for a lot of reasons. First, you assume human life is inherently good, which its not. Humans are inherently neutral and do quite a bit of bad shit. You think humans are good simply because you're a human. If you were a cow in a CAFO you would probably think very differently of humans. I'd like to ask where you think rights come from and while your doing it id like you to remember that a) God is fake but even if he exists b) governments are representativess of he people and must be value neutral, especially one that is NOT A CHRISTIAN STATE and is supposed to SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE and c)youd be forcing a law on ppl based in belief not fact. So where do rights come from? well its called a contract. we agree to follow contracts since they are in our mutual self-interest. i.e. we have a contract to not kill each other since neither of us wants to be killed and it helps us if the other person isnt trying to kill us. Also, if you violate the contract then it becomes null i.e. if you try to kill me im gonna try to kill you right back. The cool thing about contracts is they can only exist when we have something called moral agency, AKA the ability to enter into and obey a contract. This is why the cow in the CAFO doesnt have rights, they cannot form contracts. Neither can a fetus as they DONT HAVE MENTAL CAPACITY means they cant enter contracts means no rights. Sure they have a beating heart, but just cause your heart beats doesnt mean your human, you also need to do things like react, think, and decide. The potential argument is dumb. they also have the potential to grow up and be a serial killer, or a child molester, or a rapist, or the sun could go supernova and abort them on the spot or more likely they have the potential to be an unwanted child of an unstable home growing up in massive amounts of suffering. Instead, abortion is a PAINLESS (they cant feel pain even if the procedure would cause pain (which it doesnt)) way to avoid all that suffering. I'm only sixteen yet I understand where rights come from, mostly cause im not fucking retarded

2 Points       Christina       11 Oct 2012     Should abortion be legal? Agree
I'm pretty sure the "good christians" were slave owners back in the day too. Science has proven "Gods" were in fact Aliens from other planets. All religions depict stories of Alien wars and spaceships. Close your bible (which has been said to be uncorrect due to the MANY translations of languages where truths can be twisted) and watch some Ancient Aliens. lol.

0 Points       Nashhinton       29 Sep 2012     Should abortion be legal? Agree
I find it ironic that Christians oppose abortion when God commanded the Israelis to rip open the stomachs of pregnant women when they were pillaging and destroying cities (Hosea 13:16; 2 Kings 15:16; 1 Samuel 15:3 ). The Bible also says that God favors the man who dashes babies against the rocks, thus inhumanely killing them (Psalms 137:8-9). The term "pro life" is a substantially erroneous misnomer for a Christian to bolster when God is evidently pro-murder.

If God was truly pro life, why does he naturally terminate the fetus during a miscarriage? Abortion should be legal because it's a civil rights issue, not a religious issue. Stop enforcing your vacuous religious beliefs to effectively modify politics the way you deem fit.

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Should abortion be legal?
Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Is the death penalty acceptable?
Should marijuana be legal?
Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?
Is marriage a good thing?
Is Bradley Manning being treated fairly by the US Government?
Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?
Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?
Should paternity testing be mandatory?
Should the burka be banned?
Should psychoactive drugs be legal?
Does drug prohibition reduce drug usage?
Is the health risk of a psychoactive drug a legitimate reason to make it illegal?
Should euthanasia be legal?
Should marijuana be decriminalized?
Should performance enhancing drugs be legal in sports?
Do software patents stifle innovation?