Ten Most Controversial Debate Topics

I am a Debate Student, and I feel that these topics are controversial.
The Top Ten
1 Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legalised

In my humble opinion, yes and no. I believe marriage is sacred and is designed to bring a male and female together. This is mainly because of my religious beliefs though. Another side of me says, as long as you don't force your beliefs on me then go for it. I still believe it is wrong regardless.

Yes because we shouldn’t be homophobic. Because what I think about is whether they are nice people or not. That’s what matters most

No.What is the purpose of marriage if same sex marriage be legalized? Bible isn't the only basis.It is beautiful to look if a women to women and men to men what is the purpose of a sex and gender? what I'm pointing here is I disagree to legalized same sex marriage.

Absolutely not. Life is NOT about what makes you happy. I agree with the other guy, as a Christian. Besides being the cringeworthy and revolting aspect ever, is downright, morally, ethically WRONG. It is against the Christian faith, the Bible, and most importantly GOD. He said ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN in the Bible, no exceptions. So, I ask you- who do you think you are, maarilynmaanson?

I don't agree with you because first of all not everyone has the same beliefs as you but also, we are no longer in a period of time where we need to reproduce like crazy to survive.

2 Would Abortion/Euthanasia Count As Murder

Euthanasia is one-hundred percent fine. It is better for both parties. Abortion should be banned overall, but that is my belief. Give it up for adoption. You may argue "But why bring a child into an already crumbling society? " Simple answer: They might save this crumbling society, they may cure cancer, they may stop pedophilia and more. If Stephen Hawking's mother got an abortion, we would've have lost the smartest person since Einstein who gave his life to give us just a tiny bit more understanding of the universe. I understand having a kid as a young child is disastrous. My mother has told me hundreds of times the effect, yet she kept the child because every human deserves a chance to live. The moment it is confirmed you have a child in your belly, you are an adult. That thing is alive and causing the murder of your young, innocent child is awful.

Yes both of them. Abortion is killing a innocent child. Euthanasia is literally assisted suicide. Both are bad. I would say Abortion is worse because the victim has no choice.

It is more selfish to allow a baby being born into a world where it is not wanted and in a society that is already crumbling than letting it rest in peace where if the mother is eventually ready to have a child it can be welcomed. Meaning it would be placed into a bad environment where it would have lived a much tougher life. BUT not only that a life which already exists and is present on this world is going to suffer even more with mental and physical pain being brought on by being forced to have a baby in which this woman does not want.

Euthanasia happens only when someone will only suffer and never recover. As for abortion, as a guy who can't get pregant I feel indifferent about it.

3 Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished

No. Irredeemable criminals like mass murderers and pedophiles should get the death penalty, because it costs money to keep someone locked up in prison and people like them are not fit to live in society.

No, it shouldn't. If it were up to me, murderers would be put to death, or put in jail for life. Same for rapists and other terrible people like that.

Well, the only people that should get the death penalty are rapists, serial killers, and terrorists.

No. It cost money and it cost space to manage inmates. Mass murderers should get the death penalty.

4 Child Performers Should Be Banned

Not really. It doesn't make sense to ban all child performers, maybe some especially those that aren't in overly pressuring industries, and that are doing it for fun. A young violinist is a child performer, yet he is never told he should stop performing? My guess is that people don't really understand what 'child performer' means and assume, erroneously, that it involves acting or singing, which is not true.

Child Performers should not be banned because there can be some really talented children out there. If we just ban them SO much talent,shows, and movies will be lost. Think about it. (Also by the way I agree Full house was awesome! )

No. If a child is talented then they should get to show it.

As long as they aren't being hurt, no.

5 Should Marijuana Be Legalised

Um only medically and only certified people can prescribe it. You shouldn't be able to walk up in a gas station and get weed for no reason other than your obsessive need for it.

This doesn't need to be something huge, but it is. If its legalized and your against it, don't take/use it.

It should be legalized for medical usage. For recreational, that can be decided upon by the people.

Since it hasn't killed anyone and alcohol & cigarettes are allowed, then totally.

6 Should Animal Testing Be Banned

Animals aren't any less valuable of lives than people, and they can't consent. If you're going to test on someone, don't do it on an innocent animal that may be killed without it even knowing, this shouldn't be controversial

Animal testing should be banned. If it is necessary, I understand how testing for medicine could be helpful to us, but testing cosmetics on animals is a definite no. Cosmetics aren't life-saving, so they shouldn't kill animals to formulate them. Also, humans are already killing off so many innocent animals through hunting, pollution, and in the meat industry-- is it necessary to kill even more?

I'm an animal love at heart as well as a vegetarian, but if a vaccine, medicine or new drug doesn't work and hurts or kills something, I'd rather it be an animal. Also if the roles were switched- people being tested and animals left alone, people would be saying that animals should be the ones being tested.

Yes because it is cruel to the animals. If people want to test the medicine, they should test it on human subjects instead.

If the humans consent or it's also cruel and you might as well just do it on animals lol

7 Religion vs. Science

Religion. But why can't we have both. It's not like religion and science contradict each other. Atheistic belief and religion contradict each other. I believe Atheistic belief and science are completely different.

I personally believe, no matter what you choose, religion and science intertwine in some weird way. This idea works with any religion, but basically just combine science and religion and they both can be true. A lot of people who believe in religion, don’t believe in evolution, but that is them. I think evolution and religion highly intertwined at some point in time.

The way I see it is that our bodies and our planet can be explained through science...our world, mind, soul, and emotion needs a leader something known for its purity and known for giving off a strength in people that can't always be explained... religion

I choose science because it answer a lot of life questions with a verified answer. Although that doesn't mean the religion automatically bad. Choose whatever you want.

8 Should Same Sex Couples Be Allowed to Adopt

Same sex couples should be allowed to adopt. Any couple can have the same lovingness and happyness that a family needs even if it is same sex. Social media shows people that its ok, for example modern family, it shows that its ok to adopt with same sex marriages. There for same sex couples should be allowed to adopt. The world today shows that anything is ok no matter how you feel are look, so why are you saying that this is not ok.

Of course. At least with same sex parents, the child will grow up in the most loving household possible because they will always be wanted. Furthermore, there are more kids in need of adoption than heterosexual couples willing to adopt

A child needs a father and mother. The 2 genders are fundamentally different and two fathers or two mothers cannot provide the same that a father and mother can.

If they can properly raise the child then yes. This applies to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

9 Housewives Should Be Paid for Their Work

What if they have jobs but they are currently not in their home country where their job is for about 30 years now, my mother herself is in that position.

No.. that's like a kid being payed for going to school. That's not how it works lol

No they are housewives for a reason.

Nah. They should just go find a job

10 Should Prostitution Be Made Illegal

Prostitution should not be made illegal. Rarely do women have complete power over their bodies and someone else's, especially when it comes to sex. Even if it is male prostitution this is a well paying and an economically beneficial job that if controlled and done in the right way, benefits everyone involved. I don't want to be a prostitute, but props to anyone who chooses to do so. We should not be putting people in jail for doing something to benefit themselves, especially if they chose to do it. It isn't our choice, it's theirs.

Legalise it. If someone needs money and they are struggling to get a job... they decide to turn to this. Who are you to judge them? There is a stereotype of it being to feed a drug habit and pimps. But they are some who use this as a way of living until they get a job.

Prostitution itself should be legal, but it should be independent work; no pimps involved

Prostitutes provide a valuable public service and deserve more credit than they get.

The Contenders
11 Is the Earth Flat

Actually, it's shaped like a banana

If you think Earth is flat, your brain is flat.

No, unless your brain is flat.

No, it is round.

12 Should Guns Be Banned from the Public

Yes, more people die in accidental shootings then when actually what they are intended for. ask yourself, how many times have you heard of a child being accidentally shot and killed by their family's own gun, then someone actually shooting an intruder. also when people have a gun to protect themselves they tend o use the shoot first ask questions later mentality.

No. It just keeps law abiding citizens from protecting people. I mean, criminals are just going to get their hand on a gun illegally anyway.

Hell no. Guns actually protect more people than they kill. Wait, guns don't kill people. It's the person operating the gun that kills people.

If it's a gun that can shoot 1 hundred bullets per shot then yes.
If it's a normal gun then no

13 Should White People Be Able to Say the N-Word?

I've never seen a good argument why they shouldn't lol. People shouldn't say it in an aggressive or offensive, deliberate way. But you also shouldn't be so concerned with what words other people are saying, which is what this is about.

Yes, because it’s the black people that make it ‘racist’ but they are allowed to say it and the black rights matter when they can also be very aggressive towards white people. Why should they be allowed to say it and not whites people

No one should say it with hard r but only black should say it with the a.

You can't control what people say or think no matter what you do

14 Should Abortion/Euthanasia Be Legal

No on abortion, yes on euthanasia, if with the patient's consent.

15 Is Suicide Weak?

That can be debated, on one hand, suicide is weak because a person doesn't want to bear with the pain of being alive anymore and choose to end it. on another hand, suicide is not weak, a person who is suicidal crawls through every day in pain and frustration so already they are braver than anyone. Once they take their life they have to actually have the courage to take their life.

No, every animal to ever exist has naturally feared death, so if someone kills themself they do not fear the very thing that all species are fearful of.

Depends on the reason.

It’s strong for those around you.

16 That it is Ethical to Genetically Engineer Babies

If it were to remove hereditary diseases, then yes. If it were so parents can change how their kid looks and acts, then no.

We need this to create catgirls, so I support 100%

17 Should Beauty Contests Be Banned

If you put someone down that tried their best to look great and just because you're too lazy to take the steps they did means beauty contests should be banned, no, I don't think so. Why don't we stop showing professional athletes, some of us aren't as good and it makes us feel insecure. Why don't we stop letting people be rich, it makes the less fortunate feel bad. Get this joke of a controvery outta my face... ig@ayyye.josiah if u wanna talk about it.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder <3 respect all.
-peace, el wazir

18 Is Global Warming Fake

Absolutely not. Can you not see the rising sea levels or the Ozone layer depletion?

It's real. Imagine thinking it's fake.


19 Feminism vs Meninism

As a male, we've never really been oppressed so Meninism seems unnecessary for the most part. Maybe it could be used to challenge social issues based mostly around males.
But for Feminism it depends. I hate Radical Feminism for obvious reasons(Radfems being sexist and hating males) but other than Radical Feminism, I don't have a problem.

Feminism is a clamour for equal rights without equal responsibilities. And rights without responsibilities is a social crime. Thus, feminism, just like crime should not be supported.

Feminism is preaching for equal rights specifically those for women and although some "feminist" are too extreme and preach the wrong message, some feminist just want equal rights.

Neither. Both might be too extremist.

20 DC vs. Marvel





21 Should Parents Vaccinate Their Children?

Of course. Parents have the responsibility of provide health attention to their children and vaccinate them, parents are protecting them from diseases that children are exposed to.

If the child's life is in more danger without the vaccine than with it, then of course, yes. If it is not necessary, e.g. the flu vaccine then no, it needs the child's consent.

Ouch. No.
Just kidding, anti vaxx losers need to get a vaccine that will make them not anti vaccination.

Of course. Imagine thinking no.

22 Batman vs Superman

Kirby will suck them up

That movie sucked. Also Batman.

23 Female Education is a Threat to the Society

NO WAY! Whoever came up with this was probably a man intimidated by a woman's intelligence.

No. Whoever thinks this is probably a member of the Taliban.

There’s absolutely no way women don’t deserve an education. It’s just very inhuman as to why some countries forbid women education.

Whom from what middle eastern country put this here

24 Israel vs Palestine

I only recognize Israel. Palestine is probably just an area controlled by terrorists with no real government.

Whom do you choose - homeland of Jews/a bunch of goons

This really is controversial. I'd say 2 state solution.


25 Does praying display a lack of faith in God?

No. Praying is having a conversation with God, even though he knows everything you think. Prayer is an action to show faith.

No. You pray to someone you have never seen because you have faith in Him.

If I ask you do unicorns exist, you will probably say no, no one had ever seen one. So why believe andere pray to something no one had ever seen?

I don't see how...

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