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Joshua Z.

Montgomery, IL, USA
Speaks: english
What I Want to Do: Free Trade Pacts - Against

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I have strong convictions about what is right that I am willing to talk about with anyone so long as they avoid ad hominem tactics and namecalling.  Here are some brief explanations for why I believe the way I do on some of today's major issues:

Abortion (Against):  Is a child really less human one hour earlier than later?  Abortion, like slavery before it, is just a case of people wanting a "right" to infringe upon the rights of others.  I am a firm believer that a person's "rights" should stop where another's begin, as the saying goes, "your right to throw a punch stops where the other person's nose begins."  As for the rare cases of rape or the mother's life being in danger, abortions were allowed before Roe v. Wade and the legalization of abortion in those rare cases, therefore it is a horrible argument to use them in support of abortion in general.

Homosexual Marriage (Against):  The Bible also condemns adultery, divorce, and premarital sex, so it might seem like homosexuals are being unfairly targeted by Christians.  However, it is them who wish to change our country's ancient laws.  They already have the right to live how they wish in the privacy of their own homes.  The right they seek is to force us as a nation to acknowledge their unions as morally acceptable. 

Death Penalty (Against):  Whether we as sinful human beings ever have the right to exact God's penalties, since only those who are without sin can cast the first stone, is debateable.  However, our officials cannot even put the right people on Death Row!  It is for this reason that I say until they can assure not one person will be wrongly put on Death Row, NO ONE should be put on Death Row.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research (Against):  I am not persuaded that an embryo is a human.  However, once you begin growing it, why would it NOT be a human?  While the whole situation is a bit confusing, I oppose this research not because I think embryos are alive, but rather because I see Embryonic Stem Cell Research as a potentially dangerous first step towards a future of "growing" humans for the harvesting of their organs. 

Iraq War (Against):  We went into Iraq because our leaders lied to us, which is inexcusable in any instance.  Bush could've at least said, "We want to invade Iraq because Hussein is a bad, bad man who treats his people horribly, so we're going to risk civilian casualties to free Iraq's people."  But Bush didn't do this.  I personally am in favor of pulling back our troops and protecting our own borders.  For the sake of the Iraq and Afghanistan governments, we might want to leave 5% of our forces in the countries to inhabit defensive outposts near areas key to the country's security like government offices, oil fields, and major schools or hospitals.  But I think we need to bring back our troops and start pouring all that military money into the economy rather than playing the global policeman.  Then we'd have the military resources and support from the global community to be able to stand up against real atrocities like the ones occurring in Darfur.
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