Is all debate subject to controversy?

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In the 1900's, if you supported black rights, you could be killed or put in prison for bringing such an issue to debating. However, today's society is a much different battleground, and considering that we used to have the Fairness Doctrine, do you believe that debate that is controversial should be left unspoken, or that debate with controversy should be accepted despite problems it could cause?
  1. Does all debate have to be subject to controversy?

    3 votes
    1. Yes, so as to protect certain people from harm or backlash
    2. No, so as to safeguard the freedom of speech that we cherish
    3. Debate should be restricted by controversy to an extent, not in all cases

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  • Yes, due to their being two sides or more which are arguing against their beliefs or views.
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  • No, some things can land you in jail for even suggesting.

    Anything pro-terrorism or pro-pedophilia is good to stay away from. When it comes to religion, avoid advocating cults or extremists.
    I come to debate, I stay to troll,
    I leave to think, I return to brawl.
  • edited January 1
    Well, isn't that the purpose of debating?
  • Well, isn't that the purpose of debating?
    That's debatable.  :)  I'd say no, that's why there are taboos.
  • CYDdharta said:
    Well, isn't that the purpose of debating?
    That's debatable.  :)  I'd say no, that's why there are taboos.
    I see what you did there.
  • I would argue that if a debate topic is controversial, it would depend solely on the circumstance. If it involved something like prisons or abortion or government, I think that would be fine to debate about. The types of debates I'm worried about are when debates dealing with controversy go out of line to make threats. It is at this point in which a person needs to step in and end the debate, no matter who is on top at the point. 
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