Which Is It?
by FG
Posted here June 2015

The road back home



There was a time when gay marriage was a foolish idea. Marriage was only between a man and a woman. Everyone knew that. But now, gay marriage is the rage. It's celebrated in the media, in Hollywood, in the education industry, and states are legalizing it all over the place. So, is gay marriage good or bad? Which is it?

The legalization of recreational drugs was another topic where there used to be general agreement. Most people thought drugs should be controlled so their harmful effects would not harm the general public, and particularly kids. But now, many state laws have been revised and marijuana is widely available. So, is the legalization of drugs good or bad? Which is it?

Up until recently, pedophilia was universally condemned. It was considered reprehensible. But now there are voices of support for this sexual activity. So, is pedophilia good or bad? Which is it?

We can look on the Internet for answers to these questions, but we won't find agreement. We'll find different opinions, different judgments, different perspectives. So, what's a person to think?

The answer is we must each decide for ourselves. But that decision will be strongly influenced by the media, by family and friends, by society's changing "norms," and by one's own personal set of attitudes, values, and beliefs.

Presented here are articles arguing both sides of some of the major issues being debated today.

(In some cases I suspect my selection of articles has been influenced by my opinion on the issues, but I've tried to present reasonable arguments for both sides.)





Thumb up . . Dot Is gay marriage good?

. . "8 Reasons to Support Gay Marriage".


. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is gay marriage bad?

. . "Ten Arguments from Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is legalizing drugs good?

. . "Why All Drugs Should Be Legal. (Yes, Even Heroin.)"

. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is legalizing drugs bad?

. . "Top Ten Reasons Not to Leagalize 'Medical' Marijuana."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is pedophilia good?

. . "It Begins: Pedophiles Call for Same Rights as Homosexuals."
. . Also: "The Washington Post Endorses Pedophilia."



. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is pedophilia bad?

. . "Statement of the American Psychological Association Regarding Pedophilia and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)."
. . (I had difficulty finding an article saying pedophilia is bad.)

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is corn ethanol good?

. . "Ethanol Facts: Environment."

. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is corn ethanol bad?

. . "An Immoral Food-to-Fuel Policy."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is the UN good?

. . "60 Ways the United Nations Makes a Difference."

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is the UN bad?

. . "The U.N.: So Bad It's Almost Beautiful."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is sugar good (for you)?

. . "Sugar: Why Your Body Needs It."



. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is sugar bad (for you)?

. . "10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar Is Bad for You."
. . Also: "15 Amazing Things That Happen When You Quit Sugar."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is the EPA good?

. . "EPA 40th Anniversary."


. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is the EPA bad?

. . "The EPA: The Worst of Many Rogue Federal Agencies."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is fluoridation good (for you)?

. . "5 Reasons Why Fluoride in Water Is Good for Communities"

. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is fluoridation bad (for you)?

. . "The Fluoride Deception: An Interview with Christopher Bryson"


. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Are flu shots good (for you)?

. . "Flu Shot: Your Best Bet for Avoiding Influenza."

. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Are flu shots bad (for you)?

. . "Why You Should Not Get the Flu Shot."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Are Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 good?

. . "Agenda 21: Just the Facts."



. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Are Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 bad?

. . " Agenda 21: Conspiracy Theory or Threat."
. . Also: "Special Report: Sustainable Development -- Transforming America."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is butter good (for you)?

. . "7 Reasons Why Butter Is Good for You."
. . Also: "The 20 Health Benefits of Real Butter."

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is butter bad (for you)?

. . "5 Reasons Why Butter Is Bad."
. . (Most of the Internet articles I found seem to say butter is good for you.)

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is Common Core good?

. . "Six Ways the Common Core Is Good for Students."

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is Common Core bad?

. . "Top Ten Things Parents Hate about Common Core."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is genetically-modified food good (for you)?

. . "2000+ Reasons Why GMOs Are Safe to Eat and Environmentally Sustainable."

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is genetically-modified food bad (for you)?

. . "10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful to Human Health."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is Islam good?

. . "Why Islam?"


. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is Islam bad?

. . "Ten Obvious Reasons Why Islam Is NOT a Religion of Peace."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is recycling good?

. . "Recycling . . . More Than Just a Good Idea!"

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is recycling bad?

. . "10 Ways Recycling Hurts the Environment"

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is raising the minimum wage good?

. . "Top 5 Reasons Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for You and Me"

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is raising the minimum wage bad?

. . "15 Reasons Raising Minimum Wage Is Bad."


. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is cow's milk good (for you)?

. . "Why Do We Drink Cow's Milk?"




. . I want to know more
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Thumb down . . Dot Is cow's milk bad (for you)?

. . "Milk Is Dangerous for Your Health."
. . Also: "12 Frightening Facts About Milk."
. . (I had trouble finding an article that said drinking cow's milk is good.)

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is gun control good?

. . "10 Arguments for Gun Control."


. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is gun control bad?

. . "If You Believe in 'Gun Control,' This Is Probably Not for You."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is the U.S. economy for 2015 good?

. . "The U.S. Economy Will Soon See Its Best Years in a Decade, Forecasters Say"

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is the U.S. economy for 2015 bad?

. . "Surprise: U.S. Economic Data Have Been the World's Most Disappointing."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is global warming real?

. . "Global Warming Is Happening Now."


. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is global warming not real?

. . "'Global Warming the Greatest Scam in History' Claims Rounder of Weather Channel."

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Would Hillary Clinton make a good president?

. . "5 Important Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton."

. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Would Hillary Clinton make a bad president?

. . "Hillary, Was That You?"

. . I want to know more


Thumb up . . Dot Is Barack Obama a Christian?

. . "Obama: 'I'm a Christian by Choice'."


. . I want to know more
Or:

Thumb down . . Dot Is Barack Obama not a Christian?

. . "Seven Reasons Barack Obama Is Not a Christian."

. . I want to know more