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Writing Persuasive or Argumentative Essays - In persuasive or argumentative writing, we try to convince others to agree with our facts, share our values, accept our argument and conclusions, and adopt our way of thinking. Elements toward building a good persuasive essay include * establishing facts to support an argument * clarifying relevant values for your audience (perspective) * prioritizing, editing, and/or sequencing the facts and values in importance to build the argument * forming and stating conclusions * "persuading" your audience that your conclusions are based upon the agreed-upon facts and shared values * having the confidence to communicate your "persuasion" in writing Here are some strategies to complete a persuasive writing assignment: Write out the questions in your own words....   [tags: Writing an Essay] 438 words
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Writing Persuasive or Argumentative Essays - In persuasive writing, a writer takes a position FOR or AGAINST an issue and writes to convince the reader to believe or do something. Persuasive writing is often used in advertisements to get the reader to buy a product. It is also used in essays and other types of writing to get the reader to accept a point of view. In order to convince the reader you need more than opinion; you need facts or examples to back your opinion. So, be sure to do the research. Persuasive writing follows a particular format....   [tags: Writing an Essay] 1005 words
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Writing Persuasive or Argumentative Essays - Everyone needs to know how to write a persuasive essay. It's actually not as difficult as it seems. Give yourself time. Trying to cram an entire 5 paragraph persuasive essay within 100 minutes is not a good idea. Allow yourself enough time to brainstorm, write, and proofread. Put as much effort into your paper as you can in the time period you are given, including the steps below. Brainstorm. Writing a persuasive essay is very much like writing an ordinary paper. Of course, before you begin, you have to come up with a good solid view, a foundation which you can base your entire paper on....   [tags: Writing an Essay] 574 words
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Persuasive Essay: Football - Once again, after a successful season, Shadle Park was defeated by a Big 9 school in the first game of the regional tournament. This reoccurring event has led many to believe that the four year football program puts GSL students at a disadvantage compared to other districts. A junior high school football program would not only increase the competitiveness of the students but also have more important consequences. As far as football goes, the GSL has become the laughing stock of the state. No team in the entire GSL has entered into the state tournament more than ten times....   [tags: Persuasive Essay] 635 words
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Persuasive Essay: The Holocaust - My reaction to the Holocaust was devastating. It is one example of bad things happening to good people. The mass murdering of so many Jews is just disgusting and also because it was done for basically no reason. As this was a true event many sources or witnesses are available to express their views, feelings and emotions of themselves and those who survived this terrible tragedy. I will demonstrate examples of Jews who have survived what they have been through and what they think about God....   [tags: Persuasive Writing]
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Persuasive Essay: Defend Your Choice - Defend Your Choice Roe v. Wade: the Supreme Court case legalizing a woman's right to choose abortion has been around our entire lives. In 27 years, memories of back alley clinics have faded - the past is past, right. Wrong. It's too soon to start taking reproductive freedoms for granted. The next president will appoint two or three Supreme Court justices, potentially changing the Court's position on this pivotal case. George W. Bush supports the Republican call for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortions; do you think he, if elected, would appoint pro-choice justices....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 386 words
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Analysis of Stevenson's Persuasive Communication - Analysis of Stevenson's Persuasive Communication In "Persuasive Communication," Stevenson examines how the "global communication system offers increasing opportunities for governments, private corporations, and occasionally individuals to reach and influence people around the world" (364). He takes a look at two particular aspects of this process: government engagement in "public diplomacy" or propaganda directed at the citizens of other countries and advertising. I will focus my critique on his analysis of the earlier one....   [tags: International Relations Global Essays Papers]
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Persuasive Essay on Electoral Colleges - Persuasive Essay on Electoral Colleges In the United States we are all guaranteed one vote per person. Everyone has an equal voice in electing the people that serve in the government. Every four years during the month of November citizens of America go to the polls to vote for a president and vice-president of the United States. Am I right. Not really. They actually vote for electors that then vote for our president. It makes me wonder, "Are we a democracy?" Having the Electoral College defeats its purpose....   [tags: Papers] 378 words
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Persuasive Essay: The Need for Stronger Gun Control Laws - Switzerland has compulsory gun ownership for military age males, yet it has a far lower murder rate than the U.S. But Switzerland also has far stricter gun control laws. Even so, Switzerland has the second highest rate of handgun ownership and handgun murders in the industrialized world, after the U.S. Switzerland is frequently cited as an example of a country with high gun ownership and a low murder rate. However, Switzerland also has a high degree of gun control, and actually makes a better argument for gun regulation than gun liberalization....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 468 words
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Persuasive Essay: America Needs Gun Control - Imagine enjoying a movie at Cinema 10, eating a meal at Taco Bell, or even sitting in a history class at Carman-Ainsworth High School while people all around you are carrying loaded guns. Although this may seem unbelievable, it is possible because the second amendment of the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to possess and carry guns. It is understandable that Americans would want to possess guns such as shotguns and rifles for the popular sport of hunting. However, it is ridiculous that our government would allow people to carry handguns....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 610 words
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Persuasive Speech: I Should Be the Next Class President - Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience that I should be the next class President The 16th president Abraham Lincoln once said "Character is like a tree and reputation is like a Shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing." I feel like Public School #23 has a character of its own....   [tags: Example Persuasive Speech] 618 words
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Envision: Persuasive Writing in a Visual World - Envision: Persuasive Writing in a Visual World Envision: Persuasive Writing in a Visual World, is most certainly a book that more than lives up to its title. Envision is basically a book that covers both persuasive writing strategies, as well as the use of visual rhetoric. Other topics covered by the Envision book include developing research questions and ideas, finding research sources, working in collaborative groups, and other writing topics. It is a how to manual... how to become a more developed and more disciplined writer....   [tags: Book Writing Education Papers] 2460 words
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Persuasive Speech: America Needs a Uniform National Gun Policy - Topic: Gun Policy Specific Purpose: to persuade my audience that a uniform national gun policy is necessary. Thematic statement/ central ideas: A uniform national gun policy is necessary because the gun policies vary from state to state, the lack of a policy allows innocent death, and costs the public money. INTRODUCTION: ATTENTION GAINING DEVICE: Let me tell you a short story. At 11:10 AM, on Tuesday, April 20th, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arrived in the parking lot a few minutes before lunch “A” began....   [tags: Example Persuasive Speech ] 665 words
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Persuasive Speech: We Must Stop Giving Money to Charities - We Must Stop Giving Money to Charities 1: Introduction 1: In a story in the New York Times written by David Barstow. It’s estimated that over 1.6 billion dollars have been raised by charity organizations since the attacks on Sept 11th. That money has been raised for victims of that tragic day…..But where has all the money gone. 2: I started this speech as a simple exploration into the Red Cross and its Liberty Fund that was established to help victims of the attacks on Sept 11th. Instead I came across information and countless stories of political blunders, red tape, indecision, and the general chaos that has rocked the charity world since that day....   [tags: Example Persuasive Speech] 1208 words
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Persuasive Essay:Doctors and Euthanasia - Doctors and Euthanasia At the center of the euthanasia debate are doctors. In their hands is the authority to act with regard to the early termination of human life. When doctors graduate from medical school, who should decide if they live or die. The parents. The patients. The government. In a perfect world, such a cruel question would never be asked. Not long ago, doctors were seen as an integral part of the community where they practiced. Today, unable to make house calls, relying on exorbitant fees, often able to communicate only with their own kind, physicians are segregated and distanced from their patients and, indeed, from life itself....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 497 words
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Persuasive Essay: Federal Assisted Suicide Law, Euthanasia - Federal Assisted Suicide Law, Euthanasia A debate has begun on the application of federal drug laws to assisted suicide -- a debate which may result in a new federal law to counter Oregon's experiment in doctor-assisted death. Last November the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) concluded that assisting a suicide is not a "legitimate medical purpose" for the use of federally regulated drugs, and that using such drugs to assist a suicide could cost a physician the federal DEA registration authorizing him or her to prescribe controlled substances....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 610 words
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Persuasive Essay: Gun Control Contradicts the Second Amendment - Gun control has been a hot topic for very long time. People on the anti- gun control side believe that gun ownership is a Constitutional right backed by the Second Amendment. The anti-gun believe that you should be able to posses and own any firearm. They also believe that gun laws only restrict the law abiding citizens. Pro-gun control believe that guns are the backbone to our crime problem. They also believe that gun laws help keep guns of the street and deter crime. The Second Amendment reads," A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" (Caplan p32)....   [tags: 2nd Amendment Constitution The Right To Bear Arms] 1288 words
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Persuasive Essay: England Must Stop Illegal Immigrants - If we, as a country don’t decrease the amount of immigrants in this country the population will be overrun by a lot of people who shouldn’t be here. I say a lot of people because a large number of immigrants have valid reasons for living in England. One of the main issues with illegal immigrants is that they work for a very small amount of money. They are doing the same quality job as your average tradesman but for a huge amount less. This means that most citizens are choosing to employ these less expensive workers....   [tags: Papers Agains Immigration Essays UK England] 558 words
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Public Schools and Education - It's Time for Education Reform - It's Time for Education Reform My sentence is still being carried out and, as such, I am still gathering much damning evidence on the topic. Hopefully I will be able to compose a meaningful -- perhaps even persuasive -- critique of the system. There is quite a bit of bureaucracy and conformity to overcome. The education system is profoundly skewed and this is the second time I have experienced its most significant problem: placement and grading. Most educators place too much value on inflexible systems for identifying proper places for students and estimate their comprehension of the material; there are many factors that may aid or hinder a student's performance on such tests....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 972 words
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Immigrants and Immigration - Roy Beck's The Case Against Immigration - Roy Beck's The Case Against Immigration One of the more remarkable aspects of the continuing debate over American immigration policy is that the nation's liberal elites seem, ever so gradually, to be finally catching up with the people. For years opinion polls have shown that a large majority of the American people, of all political persuasions and all ethnic backgrounds, want less immigration. Yet year after year immigrants continue to flood across our borders as "opinion molders," elected officials, business executives, and professional eggheads insist that mass immigration is really beneficial and its dangers are much exaggerated by "nativists" and "racists." Only in the last couple of years have a few books been published that dissent from that view, and the appearance of these books, published by major New York houses, suggests that the elites are finally beginning to grasp what uncontrolled immigration means for the people and the country they rule....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1899 words
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Socrates was a Wise and Harmless Man - Socrates and the Apology Some of the best sources of information about Socrates' philosophical views are the early dialogues of his student Plato, who tried to provide a faithful picture of the methods and teachings of the great master. The Apology is one of the many-recorded dialogues about Socrates. It is about how Socrates was arrested and charged with corrupting the youth, believing in no god(s) (Atheism) and for being a Sophist. He attended his trial and put up a good argument. I believe that Socrates was wrongfully accused and should not have been sentenced to death....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1122 words
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Diet Pills: The Miraculous Weight Loss Formula? - Below is part of the sample persuasive research essay. Please note: • how the introduction introduces the topic and offers a clear forecast of the essay's thesis (the author's position and stated reasons) • how the conclusion restates the thesis and ends with a call to action • how each character’s speech is fully developed: each speech has the three "E"s of paragraph organization and development: Exposition, Examples, and Explanation. To illustrate these components, in the paragraph below I've placed the exposition (claim and stated reason and background) in blue, the examples in green, the explanation in purple, and the concluding statement in orange....   [tags: Persuasive Research Essays] 963 words
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Extending Business Hours in Australia - In South Australia, the business hour is shorter than other places in Australia, such as Sydney and Melbourne. Some people states that the business hour is long enough to them in South Australia and extending business hour would raise social problems, such as social security and state budget. However extending business hour benefits a lot for South Australia. It can create more economic profits and is good for the whole society. The main argument against the extending business hours that is increasing trading hours will lead to many problems, such as social security and state budget....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 561 words
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We Must Revitalize Downtown Los Angeles - Downtown is the commercial center of city or town. Downtown is a main target for employment and a great place to live in most cities. It should be the biggest attraction and most beautiful place of the city. Los Angles downtown is voted to be one of the dirtiest downtowns and Los Angles is a big attraction to tourist. Cleaning up downtown would leave better impressions on tourist and also residents. The crime rate would get lower and their wont be any homeless people around. One of the most beautiful music centers is the Disney Hall....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 1397 words
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The Death Penalty: Cruel and Unusual - ... We are not only killing, but also the government contradicts itself because people have rights in which they are protected. The lives of every individual living on American land should be safe, and if something were to happen to one of us, the government would act with all its power to find justice. But a person’s right to this is denied when they are put to be executed. No one should have the right to determine when a person’s last day in this world should be. Only god can decide when that time should be....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 1284 words
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Motivating Students - ... She looks in the cabinet for a plate and a cup. She asks the other students if they are hungry and they reply with a yes. She starts fixing their plates by using a shovel to dip the soup out. Children are born to explore. With the proper tools and education, teachers are able to make exploring a positive learning experience. Some students discover that they do not like the feel of sand between their toes or the taste of green peas and peaches mixed. By providing students the tools to explore, we provide them a way to learn....   [tags: Persuasive, Classroom] 1917 words
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Limited Government - ... This era happened to be about the same time as Roosevelt’s New Deal, but it is not directly related. The creation of a “fourth branch” of government seemed to appear with the Administrative Branch. The bureaucracy did not really create another branch of government, but did implement agencies which were to oversee legislation and “empowered it with broad governing authority” (Pestritto, Page 203). Machiavelli (The Prince, Page 229) speaks at length using the term “Prince” to explain how to acquire and maintain political power, “Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them.” Surely you will see this same theme in the agencies of the Progressive Era as the Administrative Branch determined its power without regard for the freedoms in our Founding Documents....   [tags: Persuasive, The Constitution] 925 words
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Human equality does not trump that of Nature - ... They are both experiencing a nonchalant way of life that dismisses questioning and analysis. But yet in the speakers content with the observance of natures evidence, he looks to his soul for a form of spiritual reassurance and guidance as if he needs to be reassured of his actions of lethargy E.g." I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you,”(82) Whitman does not want his own actions of lethargy to be a target for questioning by another side of his mind. Perhaps this side of the mind is one that supports the criticism of nature’s evidence, criticism that the speaker seems to want to live without....   [tags: Persuasive, Whitman ] 1602 words
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Alcohol and Sexual Assault - It's Time to Stop Sex Bias - Alcohol and Sexual Assault - It's Time to Stop Sex Bias If we are serious about sexual assault, we should reject principles that perplex us when honestly applied to the problem. Some are now advising us to accept, as a guide to personal responsibility and the prevention of sexual assault, the intoxication principle: an intoxicated person cannot consent to sex. So should we accept it. If so, how shall we apply it to Jack and Jill, who had sex while both were intoxicated. According to this principle, neither Jack nor Jill consented to sex, which is perplexing about which, if either, has been assaulted....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 701 words
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Argumentative Essay: Teachers Should Earn More Than Athletes - Why do teachers get paid so much less than sports players. A teacher mentors a child or teenager and gives them knowledge. A sports player plays a game in which they are good at and love to do. So why does a sports player live a dream life earning millions of dollars a year while a teacher is stuck living the middle class life. A teacher gives a student the gift of knowledge, teaching them day by day helping the student almost all the time. Giving the student the choice to do something great with their life....   [tags: Persuasive Essay] 480 words
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Graffiti is Vandalism - Many writers look at graffiti as their voice, a way of asserting identity and power. They see tagging as a way for them to make a name for themselves. Although many of these writers are extremely talented and spend a lot of time on their pieces, I believe that graffiti is vandalism. Since the inception of graffiti, the government has made incredible efforts to enforce graffiti laws. Each day, the problem of graffiti increases in cities nationwide. It is relatively cheap for taggers to leave their mark on a wall but it has cost taxpayers $17 billion dollars to remove the graffiti....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 310 words
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Napoleon Bonaparte - Napoleon Bonaparte On November 9-10 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte and his colleagues joined together a conspiracy against the government. They seized power and established a new system. Bonaparte and others were known as the Consulate. Bonaparte, as first consul, had almost absolute rule. He became emperor in 1804. Thus, changing Europeans society from a monarchy to a dictatorship form of government. As emperor, Bonaparte won several battles for Europe. He helped the society of France, rising all classes of society such as the Middle Class....   [tags: Persuasive, Historical] 318 words
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Insurance Companies Should Not Have Access to Genetic Records - Over the years researchers have dramatically increased their ability to detect diseases in genes. Genetic testing is their ability to find defective genes that cause diseases that may or already affect you. Over twenty million Americans have their genetic test results on record. However, this information is not private. Insurance companies have access to these records. They are denying coverage too not only individuals who have diseases, but to people who have a possibility of getting a disease....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 301 words
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Las Vegas is the Best Vacation Spot - Las Vegas is the Best Vacation Spot Las Vegas is one of the nation's favorite vacation destinations. It's a 24-hour city where gambling is a loved past-time and dreams of striking it rich can came true. But Las Vegas has many attractions and casino action is just one of them. Las Vegas is the best vacation spot because it offers entertainment for the whole family, unique marriages, and most recently plenty of activities for children. Because Las Vegas was usually considered a adult city, visitors in the past have often left children at home....   [tags: persuasive, informative] 396 words
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Christian Beliefs on the Beginning and End of Life - Christian Beliefs on the Beginning and End of Life All Christians believe that life is special to God and this means that all Christians have certain guidelines to follow about the beginning and end of life. Although this is true Christians are unpredictable and might change their beliefs in an unusual situation, such as, if the Christian would suffer devastating consequences of an act such as birth; the pregnant woman might consider abortion. Some Christians preach the word of god to many people, but is it being forced on them....   [tags: Religion, Persuasive] 324 words
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Against Conformity - Conformity "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." – John F. Kennedy. When we allow ourselves to conform to what our friends, family or society asks of us, we lose the ability to grow into our own persons. Conformity, however, is more than just the 13 year old middle school girl wearing UGG Boots and an Abercrombie hoodie in order to fit in. It is more then only listening to the top 40 radio stations and watching American Idol so you have something to add to the conversation that your co- workers are having over stale, company supplied coffee....   [tags: Persuasive Essays] 1133 words
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The Foolishness of Ignoring Advice - The Foolishness of Ignoring Advice In Disney’s the little Mermaid, King Triton gives fatherly advice to Ariel. He tells Ariel that she should love whomever she wants to, even if it is a human. .Ariel responds positively to her father, and happily takes his advice. In doing so, Ariel proves she has the intelligence and wisdom to accept her father’s guidance. In Disney’s the lion king, Zazu warns Simba not to play in the Elephant graveyard. Simba ignores this advice however, and plays there anyways....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 1527 words
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We All Be Careful With the Words We Use - Words are very powerful, and sometimes the words we use offend people. Freedom of speech is highly valued but what happens when your freedom becomes hurtful or disrespectful to someone else. There are so many different kinds of people and different things that offend each person. In this day where we are more inclined to say whatever we want, we see more and more offense being taken to the words that get said. It's hard to understand why certain words can be insulting to someone when it may not seem that way to you....   [tags: Persuasive Essay] 1026 words
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Why People Should Recycle - Why People Should Recycle I am not a big earth first person but I do believe in recycling because I work at a local recycling center and I think recycling is a good thing. In fact I think everyone should recycle to make the earth a better place as a whole. A few good reasons why recycling is a good this is, the more people recycle, the less room is filled in landfills. Also, when people recycle they are reusing materials, therefore saving resources. Another good reason is that when you recycle often times you get paid back the C.R.V....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative] 883 words
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Capital Punishment Essay: Benefits of the Death Penalty - The Benefits of the Death Penalty Crime is everywhere. Wherever we look, we find criminals and crime. Criminals have become a part of our daily lives. Does this mean we let them be the darkness of our society. No, definitely not. Eliminating crime and criminals is our duty, and we cannot ignore it. Getting the rightly accused to a just punishment is very important. Some criminals commit a crime because they have no other option to survive, but some do it for fun. I do not advocate death penalty for everybody....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Equal Rights Not Special Rights for Gays - Gays: Seeking Equal Rights Not Special Rights On October 6, 1998 two men took Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, about a mile outside of Laramie Wyoming. These men took him out to a split-rail fence, tortured him, then tied him put onto the fence, and left him for death. He was found late the next day by two bikers, 18 hours after the attack. When the bikers first saw Matthew tied to the fence, they thought that Matthew was a scarecrow, but realized that it was a person. Matthew remained in a coma until October 12, then died at 12:53 a.m....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1008 words
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Media Essay - Advertisements for Body Enhancement Supplements - Advertisements for Body Enhancement Supplements There is evidence that shows that at least one scientist reported 100 years ago that testosterone is the cause of masculine features in males. But 100 years ago this was yet to be proven. That is approximately how long the idea of a product which aids in the enhancement of mass and strength for people was around. However, when the actual development of the product came around, the advertisements designed to aid in the sales and production of the product left a lot to be desired compared to what is available....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1302 words
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Negative Effects of False Media Images - The Negative Effects of False Media Images         Since the birth of communication, media has been used to convey information to those willing to absorb it. Beginning with publications and simple spoken words, and soaring to new heights in the twentieth century with radio, television, and the internet, media have been made accessible to people in every aspect of their daily lives. With such a strong hold on modern society, mass media have been able to shape popular culture and often influence public opinion....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Welfare and Social Responsibility - Welfare and Social Responsibility   Welfare. Read that word to yourself and ask what popular images surround it. The first thing is probably women and children. This one is correct, because 97% of AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the federal "welfare" program) is made up of women and children. Young women. Not really-the average age of a mother receiving welfare is 29, and only 7.6% are under the age of 20. Is she black. Maybe, because the composition of the welfare roles is about the same percentage black and white....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2932 words
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Alcohol and Drinking - America Must Lower the Drinking Age - America Must Lower the Drinking Age In other countries around the world if you are under the age of 21 you can drink alcohol some countries don't even have an age limit, but in America you have to be 21 to buy alcohol. You can go to war and die for your country when you are 18, you can also vote, buy cigarettes, but you can't buy alcohol. One of the main causes of the drinking age being set to 21 was teenagers were getting into car accidents after getting drunk. I am not saying driving under the influence should be legal....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Exemplification Essay: Three-Strikes Law is a Mindless Response to Crime - In 1983, a young man named Michael was brought before a Pennsylvania court on a charge of armed robbery: he stole $50 from a taxi driver using a toy gun. A few days later he was arrested and was subsequently convicted. Although the trial judge sentenced Michael to 6 months in prison and required that he repay the $50, the prosecutor demanded the 5 year minimum sentence required by state law. The trial judge ruled the mandatory sentencing law unconstitutional, and Michael served his prison time and repaid the money....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2569 words
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Abortion and the Columbine High School Massacre - Abortion and the Columbine High School Massacre I am sure all of us have been affected in some way by the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado (April 1999). Certainly, our entire country grieves at the death of the many High School teens and faculty who were victims of meaningless violence. Sadly, the bullets of two Columbine students took the lives of thirteen people away. "This tragedy is an outrage", cries the public. . . . "These teens were innocent young men, and women who had their whole lives ahead of them." ....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1395 words
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Abortion and the Destruction of America - Abortion and the Destruction of America        Israel was God's chosen people. He picked them out and distinguished them from the pagan Gentile nations in order to be a special witness to His own holiness. Israel received the Law, the promises, and the covenant. They received great blessings from God. But what happened. They grew comfortable and complacent. Rather than reforming the pagans, they conformed to the pagans. The prophets were chosen by God to call Israel back to covenant faithfulness....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1532 words
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The Correct Response to Abortion - The Correct Response to Abortion Psalm 139 has often been noted as a beautiful expression of the value of human life. Taken as a whole, it is a prayer reflecting on God's intimate knowledge of who we are - a knowledge stretching to the moment we were conceived in the womb and before. The theme of continuity is striking. Notice how the author uses personal pronouns with reference to himself both before and after his birth. Past (v.1), present (vv.2-3), future (v.10), and the pre-natal stage as well (v.13)....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 812 words
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The Irony of Abortion - The Irony of Abortion It is ironic that, in a nation that defines individual rights as supremely sacred, the most basic right to life is being systematically denied 1,500,000 persons each year. This is not done in the name of God but in the name of choice, pro-choice to be exact. Admittedly, too many young mothers find themselves in unwanted situations which carry with them very difficult and painful decisions. This we cannot overlook. They deserve our mercy, compassion, and love rather than harsh words and uncharitable judgment....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 618 words
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Abortion Economics 101 - Abortion Economics 101 There was a constant debate about the approval ratings for President Bill Clinton in the midst of the sex scandal. At times the ratings were higher than even before news of the scandal broke. Everyone agreed that the high ratings were linked to the strong economy. Herein lies the truth. After all, America’s strong economy wasn't built on presidential scandals, but on abortion. The greatest economic fear right is the possibility of ending abortion, and the champions of abortion happen to be President Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party One should recall that the economy of the pre-Civil War South was built on the backs of slaves....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 823 words
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Abortion - How can I Impose My Morality on Another? - Abortion - How can I Impose My Morality on Another.       "I'm opposed to abortion, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" This common expression expresses the sentiments of one who wishes to be open to the religious convictions of another on this delicate issue of abortion.   In that statement, replace the word "abortion" with anything else you're opposed to. Like "I'm opposed to racism, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" or "I'm opposed to rape, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" Sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn't it....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]
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Essay on Internet Privacy - Carnivore is an Invasion to Privacy - Carnivore is an Invasion to Privacy Carnivore is the FBI's latest toy. All the time we hear about how it is an invasion to privacy, and while I do agree it does have serious problems it also has some moral dilemmas. For example who is subject to Carnivore and where is it located. How much and What kind of information is the FBI interested in getting. Lets start by looking at just what exactly Carnivore is. Carnivore is an actual piece of hardware that the FBI connects to an internet backbone....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 709 words
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Internet Censorship Essay - Censorship and the Internet - Censorship and the Internet As the First Amendment states, we as Americans are given numerous freedoms. These freedoms become a constitutional right which no one can take away from us. Among these rights are the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Many people feel that with these two freedoms combined they can post on the Internet whatever they want. However, the First Amendment does have limitations. Contrary to what some people may believe, our freedom of speech is not protected when it comes to indecency....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 715 words
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Television and Media Essay - Dangers of Censorship - Dangers of Censorship Imagine yourself as a journalist today who is frozen and wakes up in the United States 100 years from now. The country has changed quite a bit from what you remember. Technology has definitely advanced, language seems to have evolved a bit, and nothing looks the same, except fashion. Due to a recent trend that brought back the 90's you are strangely up on the recent fashion trends. As you roam the streets, you try to gain a bearing on this advanced country so you pick up a newspaper....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 831 words
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The Porblem of Internet Pornography - You get up in the middle of the night to get a late snack. A small beam of light is shining in the living room corner. Then, in the part of the screen not blocked by your child's head, you see a woman exposing her breasts. What do you do. You can support a government regulation of the Internet, or talk to your kid(s) and tell them that it is wrong to look at explicit material. Cyberpornography is an issue in the world that is not talked about a lot. This topic does not get much attention as it should....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1039 words
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The Evil of Human Cloning - Human cloning would certainly lead to social harm.  If an individual led a distraught or irresponsible life, would the clone be inclined to follow in his footsteps. Because of negative publicity, this clone's life may already be in the road to destruction prior to even becoming a clone. Would you want to be the clone of Hannibal, who devoured his victims after he murdered them.      Cloning would also lessen the worth of an individual and diminish the respect for life. If humans feel they can be replaced, like that of an object, then disposing of a human life would come at no great cost to their conscious.  Resulting in perhaps a killing spree that would have no type of harsh punshment.  As it stands, it is difficult to lose one loved one, but the thought of losing several would be a disaster....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 598 words
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The Ethics of Cloning - The Ethics of Cloning Regardless of what our future holds, it will be based on the decisions we make today.  Those decisions can be made using the Utilitarian Theory which states that we are doing good for the greatest number of people.  Using Rule Utilitarianism "which maintains that a behavioral code or rule is morally right if the consequences of adopting that rule are more favorable than unfavorable to everyone. (IEP)" is justifably noted that if a consensus is formed on the basis of rules that govern cloning, and these rules are broken, the appropriate punishment will result.  This is because cloning a human will not benefit the society as a whole, it would do more harm than good.  We all have rules that govern our society over what is right or wrong and we know that these rules are set forth to maintain order.  We have laws because it benefits the majority of the people....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 585 words
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The Truth About Partial-Birth Abortion - The Truth About Partial-Birth Abortion Three Works cited On June 28, 2000, Justice Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court explained a partial-birth abortion in his dissent re the court's ruling which overturned Nebraska's ban on such abortions: "After dilating the cervix, the physician will grab the fetus by its feet and pull the fetal body out of the uterus into the vaginal cavity. At this stage of development, the head is the largest part of the body. [. . .] the head will be held inside the uterus by the woman's cervix....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 673 words
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Affirmative Action Essay: Quotas for White Players in the NBA? - Is Affirmative Action Analogous to Setting Quotas for White Players in the NBA. The NBA analogy doesn't even apply because that is not how affirmative action even works. All affirmative action recipients must be qualified for their jobs. Besides, the fact that blacks overcome their social disadvantages to dominate in the NBA is no justification for keeping them disadvantaged. The argument that it's wrong to give whites an even greater advantage to make up for their lack of merit is irrelevant. If blacks got an equal start in life, they might even dominate the NBA more than they do now....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 926 words
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Evolution Essays - Is There a Conspiracy to Suppress Creation Science? - Is There a Conspiracy to Suppress "Creation Science". Two Works Cited A frequent claim in creationist literature is that there is a wealth of scientific evidence to support creationism, but that secular, mainstream scientists are suppressing its publication in peer-reviewed journals. They are not giving creation-scientists a fair shake, they claim; they are being censored. The fact is that creation scientists are not even submitting scientific theories on creation for publication. Needless to say, mainstream scientists cannot censor what is not being submitted One can begin to investigate this issue by examining what the creation-scientists are submitting for publication....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 584 words
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An Abortion at 28 Days Would Be Harmless! - An Abortion at 28 Days Would Be Harmless. Let's examine the fetal development on a daily basis for the first 28 days of life - and then decide whether such an early abortion would be "harmless" or not. Day 1: Fertilization: One little boy begins the first day of his life within his mother's body. At this point, his father's sperm and his mother's egg combine to form a new human being who carries with him as much information as 50 sets of a 33-volume encyclopedia. This genetic information (DNA) will determine all of this little person's physical characteristics and much of his intelligence and personality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 547 words
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Essay on Eating Disorder - Anorexia Nervosa - Anorexia Nervosa There may be murmurs about that girl who only fixes herself a salad with only vinegar at dining services or suspicious glances at someone who spends 45 minutes on the treadmill and then switches to the stair stepper at the rec. On-campus eating disorders are talked about everywhere and yet are not really talked about at all. There is observation, concern, and gossip, but hushed conversation and larger scale efforts to help and change never seem to earn public attention....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1306 words
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The Constitutional Issue of Abortion - The Constitutional Issue of Abortion Three Works Cited Many people believe abortion is only a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue. It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else. This right is guaranteed by the ninth amendment, which contains the right to privacy. The ninth amendment states: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." This right guarantees the right to women, if they so choose, to have an abortion, up to the end of the first trimester....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 836 words
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Eating Disorder - Anorexia Nervosa and the Role of the Court - Anorexia Nervosa and the Role of the Court       Several pertinent factors favor enacting a law that would force an individual with a severe eating disorder to receive help. No matter what their age, whether eighteen, twenty-four, or thirty-six, people can still reach the point where they are so sick that the disease has taken over their ability to think logically.   y heart is slowly breaking and searching for the answers as my sister seems to get sicker and sicker. I am helpless, yet I have a truth within me, the knowledge that a higher power has a plan etched in stone for each one of us....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Flag Burning and the First Amendment - Flag Burning and the First Amendment      Your First Amendment rights are extremely close to being violated by none other than the United States Congress. I refer to the Flag Desecration Bill that, if passed, would do irreparable damage to our right to free speech and undermine the very priniciples for which the American flag stands. Fortunately, West Virginians have an ally in Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Sen. Byrd, who previously favored the bill, now fights to protect our rights by stopping the passage of this bill....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Is Flag Burning protected under the First Amendment? - Is Flag Burning protected under the First Amendment. There is a proposed amendment to make flag burning illegal. Congress tried to pass the Flag Protection Act of 1989, but the act failed because it is seen as a form of public protection. There have been other attempts to pass legislation to protect the American flag but all of the attempts have failed so far. Flag burning is very controversial because people have different definitions of what “freedom of speech” means and what our flag stands for....   [tags: Persuasive, Exemplification Essay] 1567 words
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Protecting The Symbol of Our Country - Protecting The Symbol of Our Country On June 12,1997 the Flag Amendment was passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 310 to 114. The Amendment gives Congress the right to prevent the physical desecration of the American flag. “Today’s vote is strong evidence that the voice of the American people has been heard and heeded by the US House of Representatives”(Flag Alliance, Inc. 1), says Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, who is the head of the Citizens Flag Alliance(CFA). Today, forty-nine state legislatures have made it clear to Congress that they want flag protection laws....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1587 words
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Desecration of the Flag Should be Prohibited - Desecration of the Flag Should be Prohibited Is it necessary to allow all forms of protest to protect the right of citizens to express grievances against their government. It is not a violation of free speech to outlaw burning of the flag because it is not speech. It will not lead to the limiting of other avenues of protest, of which many are more expressive of specific problems. All attempts to protect the flag short of a Constitutional amendment have failed in the end. A change to the constitution to prohibit the desecration of the U.S....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 932 words
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Restrictions on Guns for the Sake of Life - "Our cause is just, our cause is real, our cause is now!" cried out Mayor Wellington Webb. While watching the television news, I heard the mayor say this. I also found out that over the past five years one hundred and fifteen homicides occurred each year. Obviously the harmful situation involving guns is growing to new horrible heights. The news show was about gun control. If the mayor acknowledges that there is a problem, we as the citizens should also. Restricting the right to bear arms will undoubtedly make any community safer....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 677 words
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Abortion - Post-Abortive Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Post-Abortive Drug and Alcohol Abuse The new website, www.hopeafterabortion.com, offers extensive research on the psychiatric and social consequences of abortion taken from journals of medicine, psychology and the social sciences. A new study, not mentioned on the site, was just published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. It breaks through the barrier of political correctness which seems to be the editorial policy of many American psychology journals. Authors David Reardon, Ph.D., founder of the Elliot Institute, and Philip Ney, M.D....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 395 words
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Abortion and the Media - Abortion and the Media Three Works Cited On March 11, 1997, US Senate and House Committees met jointly to hear testimony on "Partial-Birth Abortion: The Truth." The following testimony was presented by Helen Alvare, director of Planning and Information of the NCCB, specifying the lack of accuracy, if not purposeful lies, of the media regarding this abortion technique: Another theme that featured prominently in our educational materials was the way that I proponents of partial-birth abortion were repeating false information -- and getting away with it in the press....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 843 words
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An Analysis of the Legality of Abortion - An Analysis of the Legality of Abortion In Abortion and Social Justice, Dennis Horan, J.D. et alii argue "The Legal Case For the Unborn Child": Abortion is not a private matter. The destruction of human life, even 'incipient' or developing human life in the womb, can never be considered a private matter under our law. The contention that it is a private matter would be too ludicrous and absurd to even argue were it not so often put forth under such intellectually impeccable auspices. Would those civil libertarians who argue that abortion is a private matter, argue that the exercise of civil rights is purely a private matter between the Black man and the man that thwarts them....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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IndyCar Racing - We Need Speed - Every year on Memorial Day auto racing fans around the world wake up in anticipation to see the most famous race in the world. The Indianapolis 500 is an annual IndyCar race that has been run since 1916 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is a race of great tradition that is supposed to represent the fastest racers in the sport at the fastest raceway in the sport. However, Tony George, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IRL, is changing everything about the race and the sport....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 669 words
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Abortion By RU486 - Abortion By RU486 Three Works Cited Dangers inherent in this method of abortion are evident in precautions used in other countries, for example France. The Food and Drug Administration based its 1996 finding that drug-induced abortion using mifepristone and misoprostol ("M/M") was "safe and effective" on results involving a subgroup of women (1,681) in French trials. M/M abortions in France are performed at government-operated hospitals and clinics, typically with or adjacent to emergency room facilities....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 794 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells Unnecessary for Medical Progress - Embryonic Stem Cells Unnecessary for Medical Progress Reporting on new research by Dr. Donald Orlic of the National Institutes of Health and others, indicating that adult bone marrow stem cells can help repair, and restore function in, damaged hearts: "Until now, researchers thought that stem cells from embryos offered the best hope for rebuilding damaged organs, but this latest research shows that the embryos, which are politically controversial, may not be necessary. 'We are currently finding that these adult stem cells can function as well, perhaps even better than, embryonic stem cells,' Orlic said." - "Approach may repair heart damage," MSNBC, March 30, 2001 (www.msnbc.com/news/552456.asp) * * * "Umbilical cords discarded after birth may offer a vast new source of repair material for fixing brains damaged by strokes and other ills, free of the ethical concerns surrounding the use of fetal tissue, researchers said Sunday." - "Umbilical cords could repair brains," Associated Press, February 20, 2001 * * * "PPL Therapeutics, the company that cloned Dolly the sheep, has succeeded in 'reprogramming' a cell -- a move that could lead to the development of treatments for diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1526 words
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Reintroduction of the Lynx Does More Harm Than Good - Reintroduction of the Lynx Does More Harm Than Good      There I was, standing face to face with the bobtailed lynx. It was looking right at me and licking its chops with delight. It seemed as if the beast was thinking "Lunch" on this cold, gray December day, but I wasn't worried about being attacked. The reason for this was the fact that this was a domestic lynx that just happened to be on the other side of a stout metal cage, so there was no chance of the lynx getting a hold of me.      At one time, the lynx lived all the way along the Continental Divide clear up into Canada....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research Myth: "Human life begins in the womb, not the Petri dish" Reality: Actually, it usually begins in the fallopian tube, but it can also begin in a Petri dish. The testimony of modern science is clear on this point: "At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun." Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 987 words
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Congress and Human Cloning - Congress and Human Cloning This year Congress may face several decisions that could help forge, in the words of Pope John Paul II, "the path to a truly humane future, in which man remains the master, not the product, of his technology" (Address to President Bush at Castel Gandolfo, July 23). The first and most immediately urgent of these decisions regards human cloning. The Weldon/Stupak Human Cloning Prohibition Act, approved 18-to-11 by the House Judiciary Committee, is poised for a vote by the full House....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 757 words
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Capital Punishment Essay: Controversy Distorts Capital Punishment - Controversy Distorts Capital Punishment Is it just me, or have we become totally fixated with the issue of capital punishment. Save abortion, I can't think of a single issue with more passionate advocates on each side. Waiting for the controversy over capital punishment to be resolved is like waiting for Godot. What amazes me most about all of this passion and fervor is the fact that, on the grand scale of things, it really doesn't make a lick of difference. Oh sure, it matters to the guy who gets the needle in his arm, and it's an issue of concern to the families of his victims, but it doesn't really touch the rest of us one way or the other....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 713 words
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