Ten Most Controversial Debate Topics

I am a Debate Student, and I feel that these topics are controversial.

The Top Ten

1 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. - RogerMcBaloney

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

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. - LordDovahkiin

No, it shouldn

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. - MasterBeef

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.

It's the mothers choice at the end of the day and what she does is her decision alone

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. - Kuro

3 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. Full House was awesome.

No they shouldn't - ElSherlock

4 Should Animal Testing Be Banned

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. - RustyNail

It depends on what they're testing and how the subjects are treated. - RoseWeasley

No. Because we use new medicines on animals, just to see if it's safe for humans. If we didn't do this, people would die. - LordDovahkiin

5 Should Marijuana Be Legalised

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

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

I'm not a stoner, but I don't see how Nicotine is legal and this isn't. - IronSabbathPriest

Only medically - blackflower

6 Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legalised

What'a the point of gay marriage? It's not like they're going to have kids.

Of course. Honestly, that shouldn't even be a question. Love is love. All love should have equal rights.

Yes. It should stay legalized in the United States because some people are homosexual because of the nature of the human brain. - JoeBoi

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.

7 Religion vs. Science

They don't serve the same purpose and you don't have to choose between them - Alkadikce

I've been in this argument so many times, and my response is: take whichever side you please. - PositronWildhawk

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

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

Yes and anyone who thinks otherwise is a jerk( this coming from a 12 year old)

Ofc! It should not matter about the gender of the parents! As long as the child is in a safe home

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

9 Housewives Should Be Paid for Their Work

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

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 they are housewives for a reason.

Nah. They should just go find a job

10 Should Prostitution Be Made Illegal

Prostitution itself should be legal, but it should be independent work; no pimps involved - yungstirjoey666

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. - Pergipsy

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.

Should be made illegal

The Contenders

11 Should Abortion/Euthanasia Be Legal

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

Yes and yes

12 Is the Earth Flat

Actually, it's shaped like a banana

Lol what u on bout it's a cube

No, unless your brain is flat. - MrCoolC

No, it is round. - I80

13 Should Beauty Contests Be Banned

I don't care

YES

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

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.

14 Should Guns Be Banned from the Public

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

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. - TealBoyxx

America's obsession with guns is ABHORRENT! In the countries where guns are illegal, there are N O SHOOTINGS!

I live in Canada and there are shootings even though guns are illegal. - RogerMcBaloney

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. - LordDovahkiin

15 Is Suicide Weak?

Depends on the reason. - DarkBoi-X

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.

yes

YES

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% - Kuro

17 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. - DarkBoi-X

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.

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.

Neither. Both might be too extremist. - JoeBoi

18 Israel vs Palestine

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

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

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

Palestine

19 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. - DarkBoi-X

Yes women have brains that are too small to be as smart as men!

Whom from what middle eastern country put this here - Kuro

20 Should Europe Let in Millions of Refugees

I honestly believe that the priorities should be geared towards nearby countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. However, Europe should not deny refugees either, considering the fact that refugees have been going through hell escaping from wars; accepting refugees is a basic human decency. I don't know what these alt-right people are thinking, but there are more important things to worry about than "preserving" culture. - yungstirjoey666

The only thing I’m worried about this is overpopulation. I understand that these people have risked their lives fleeing their unsafe home countries, but how about we let them in. - JoeBoi

Definitely not. They should think of themselves first and put in place more security measures instead of letting anyone in. Look at France for example: ever since they let more refugees into the country, everything from crimes to mortality to rape has gone up. You can't just let anybody in just because their country is going to crap, you have to check every single person's background and intentions first. - RogerMcBaloney

21 Eminem vs Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, because (. )(. ) - RogerMcBaloney

None. kendrick lamar

Eminem - ElSherlock

Eminem - Luckys

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

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

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

It doesn’t hurt anyone, so yes. Unless you scream it so loudly that it damages other people’s hearing. - I80

Nobody should be able to say it - RustyNail

23 Should Human Testing Be Made Legal

If it is voluntary and there is no chance of death, then yes it should. Even if there was a chance of death, it is the choice of the volunteers. Also, many forms of testing that exist today provide money as a benefit so I mean if somebody wants to help the advancement of science of their own will and get something in return, it shouldn't be against the law. - Pergipsy

If the volunteers agree and get payed. - XxembermasterxX

It should be legal on criminals. - DarkBoi-X

No because they're humans too. By testing on humans you're just as bad as the criminals. - MasterBeef

On child and animal abusers - RoseWeasley

24 Is Water Wet?

Water is wet, sure it makes other things wet, but that still doesn't mean it's not wet. I just don't understand why everyone believes water isn't wet.

No water is not wet. Water is what causes something to be wet. An object being wet is an effect. One thing or concept can not be both a cause and an effect. I REST MY CASE.

No it isn't! of course it isn't! is fire burn?

YES IT IS! What about an ice cube? when it starts to melt it turns into water, and ice is water so if the melted water is making the frozen water wet then the water is wet.

25 Should Dogs Be Free to a Good Home?

Yes, they should. To properly care for and feed dogs, it costs hundreds of dollars every year and we should not have to pay to give love to a well deserving animal. - Pergipsy

Yes, only makes sense.

26 Nature vs. Nurture for Serial Killers and Murders

Well it depends on the mind of said serial killer. Psychopath? Nature. Sociopath? Nurture.

Kill serial killes

yes

yes

27 Metallica or Megadeth?

This is gonna be good... - yungstirjoey666

Metallica - Kuro

28 Goku vs Superman

Goku is omnipotent and superman is not... Superman's weakness lie in the Kryptonian stone but Goku has no weakness... As it was stated in Anime that Saiyan is a race which becomes more Powerful and Stronger as they fights more battles...

Super man will of course win

Goku. - LordDovahkiin

These dragon ball fanboys - ElSherlock

29 Fortnite vs Pubg

Fortnite. It's more intense and fun. I also like that you can build and mess around in it. PUBG is too serious and realistic.

No minecraft

No apex legends

Black ops

30 Is It Gay to Fall for a Trap

Hell yea it is

Not gay if your socks are on

Happens to everyone - Kuro

If you're a guy, yes. - RoseWeasley

31 Should Parents Vaccinate Their Children?

Ouch. No.
Just kidding, anti vaxx losers need to get a vaccine that will make them not anti vaccination. - I80

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.

Of course. Imagine thinking no. - DarkBoi-X

Yes - ElSherlock

32 Straight vs Gay

How is this even a thing? - RoseWeasley

The big gay - Kuro

Straight...how it this controversial.



They gave us existence lol. - Crizz

33 Should In-N-Out Be Moved to Other Areas in the US

YES, YES IT SHOULD.

yes

YES!

34 Does praying display a lack of faith in God?

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

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

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... - LordDovahkiin

35 Mac vs PC

PC, Mac sucks and is just a cash grab and a trap for rich people. - RogerMcBaloney

That's their choice. A Windows or Linux machine would do the exact same job. - RogerMcBaloney

36 DC vs. Marvel

marvel

marvel

Marvel - ElSherlock

Both

37 Should Gays Be Allowed to Marry in a Church?

Well think about it- the church is simply a place of love and respect, at it's core. Where you get married doesn't matter, but the idea that you would be forbidden from creating a special bond with someone in a place that matters to you is utter rubbish.

Duh of course - Luckys

Bad place lol - Crizz

yes

38 Should Shakespeare Continue to Be Taught in Schools?

Some people just claim that he was never alive and that his plays were all written by somebody else. - JoeBoi

Yes, it shows young people how the English language evolved.

Nah it's boring and irrelevant - TealBoyxx

Well, duh. - LordDovahkiin

39 Is Global Warming Fake

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

It's real. Imagine thinking it's fake. - DarkBoi-X

It's real - ElSherlock

Its fake

40 Should We Have English in School?

It's one of the most spoken languages in the world, so like it or not, it has to be taught in school. It will open the doors to many things in a person's life. - RogerMcBaloney

yes

41 Should P-Zar Be Free?

P-Zar workers should be earning wages so no.

Obviously it should be because I said so

Only bad quality ones

What is "P-Zar"?

42 Should Jeremiah Get a Boyfriend

Who is this guy!?

Should Jeremiah get a boyfriend?

Who tf is Jeremiah? - RoseWeasley

Hell yea - Kuro

43 Should Japan Make a Bigger Army
44 Should Playing Ps4 Be a Lesson in School?

In certain tech classes maybe - Kuro

yes

45 Is It Ok to Be Attracted to the Same Sex as You If You’re Not Gay?

Its called being bisexual, that when you're attracted to both sexes. And its okay.

Dude... you okay man?

Then you're bi/pan - Kuro

46 Pokemon vs Digimon

Digimon

Oh, yes

Pokemon - ElSherlock

47 How Good is Black Panther

Good very good

Decent, not the best. - MrCoolC

Great movie

Cool - DarkBoi-X

48 Batman vs Superman

Kirby will suck them up

That movie sucked. Also Batman. - LordDovahkiin

49 PC vs Console
50 Is wearing double denim a sin?

Yes it is a disgrace to the fashion society

Who cares? Gods sins outweigh our own

I'm not religious, but I still agree with this. - Kuro

Yes but I love to wear it all the time.

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