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Question: Should gay couples be actively encouraged to adopt children?

Position: In the UK there are approximately 5000 children on the adoption register at any one time. In 2013/2014 7% of adopting parents were same sex couples. This is about the same percentage as there are same sex couples.

Given that same sex couples tend not to have children naturally together, adoption is the obvious solution to providing these couples with children. There are already plenty of children awaiting adoption and a shortfall of adopting parents. It makes sense to encourage childless couples to adopt and, as same sex couples are often childless, encouraging them seems the ideal solution.

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There should be more encouragement all round.

I plan to adopt in a few years time.
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Question: Does it make a difference how you die?
Position: To the universe our lives mean very little, probably nothing. On a cosmic scale we are insignificant.

On a more local scale each of our lives touch many others. We give meaning to things and to people and losing them changes so much. 
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+Wing Kearns apologies for not making myself clearer for you.

Grand scale was reference to Jasons cosmic reference.

The second part of my comment was on a local scale ie friends, family etc.
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Science is a way of not fooling ourselves.
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My viewer can't' enlarge enough for me to read the cartoon. Looks nice, though :)
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Emma Stone smile #gingereveryday   #emmastone  
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Great smile
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Which god\gods are you most angry with? Another poster suggested that atheists are angry with his chosen deity recently. It is logical to assume, if he is correct, that theists are also angry with other gods, not their own.

I'd like to pursue this idea to its logical conclusion. I'd provide a list of deities in a poll but there are far too many to choose from so you'll just have to type the name of the deity that angers you the most and provide a reason as to why you are angry with him\her\it.

Go for it.
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Concerning the OP, the only "deities" I come close to hating is Satan and his horde of fallen angels/demons. Why Satan? Because he is the father of all lies.
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Jason Horton

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Question: Should assisted suicide be legal?
Position: There are lots of arguments for and against this. The only one I think is of any importance is this: People should have the right to choose. If they are unable to act on their choice then they should be able to seek help.
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+Jason Horton , if it was my situation, I'd ask around the local dealers to find out what's in stock locally. I'm told that a heroin overdose is an effective route to oblivion - the difficulty would be securing purity, but I guess if you're aiming for lethality, you'd just go big.
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Nick Carrico has revealed himself to be a creationist and therefore an idiot.

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The dumb, it hurts

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Question: Do women earn less than men?
Position: I've seen arguments from both sides and I genuinely don't know the answer. It seems to me that women are still primarily carers for children and obviously don't get paid for that. As women in general are out of the job market for several years while they have children then their wages will reflect that.
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I recently shared a newspaper photo I found from 1917 showing that the NY Post office had just started hiring women postal carriers.

The caption on the photo read (in part) that they were paid "the same as men"

But it also stated that they worked less hours (i think it was 30/week). So a logical analysis would show that they must have been making a lower weekly salary than the men would.

I think that's probably similar even today. On the books, woman get paid same as men. But they may get passed up for special projects, overtime, or other chances to curry favor leading to promotion.

Also, a lot of businesses work on the principle that if you need a raise you have to argue for it, and some people aren't as comfortable arguing about things or standing up for themselves. And a higher percentage of that type of person are women.

So in the aggregate, they end up with lower take home pay because of this.
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Some brief tips on raising more humane children

An interesting article on parenting and discipline. I've used a few of these myself when my kids were younger. Fair warning Rule #6 doesn't work on teenagers. They just mutter "never mind" and ignore you.
Tired of nagging and scolding? Try these 7 surprising solutions.
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Boom. Exploding bottles. Lots of cleaning up to do. 
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Heard about that - hope I never see it. Scary
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This is an article about a friend of mine who I 'met' when I first started using social media many years ago on a now defunct platform known as 20six. It covers a range of subjects but for this community I want to concentrate on one paragraph:

She was brought up a practising Catholic and remained so as an adult. Lucy says her sister was once asked how she could believe in God when she was in so much pain. “She stopped and thought about it,” says Sally, “then said that over the years she thought of all the people who looked after her, and nursed her, and she sees God and love in every one of those people.”

I can't possibly begrudge her that opinion even if I think that such a view says more about the kindness of human beings than anything about gods. To some believers I have to ask: is this what your god is? Is it kindness and love and caring and all the good things in life? If that's not how you see your god then maybe that's how you see spirituality.

If so then I can appreciate that. I don't see why you'd obfuscate something so human like that but I can still appreciate the genuine sentiment of it.

Am I wrong?
The writer and disability activist has died at the age of 29, having faced the excruciating pain of her condition with bravery and humour. But she also had first-hand experience of how welfare rules are making life tougher for the most vulnerable
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Understanding/experiencing suffering can often bring altrusim through empathy - but there's no guarantee.
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Secular Reasons to oppose marriage equality

In several recent posts I've seen the claim that there are both religious and secular reasons to oppose granting marriage rights to gay couples. I maintain that, at their core, these so called secular reasons are religious arguments masquerading as secular.

Here is a list of common arguments against gay marriage:

1. It is not marriage

Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and well-being of the spouses. Gay marriage, it is argued, is something different.

2. It is against "Natural Law"

"Natural law", being rooted in human nature, is universal and immutable. It commands and forbids consistently, everywhere and always. Romans 2:14-15 is often used to justify this claim.

3. Breakdown of the family

The claim is that children need a male father and a female mother to develop as human beings and allowing gays to marry will leave children psychologically unable to cope with adulthood.

4. It promotes a homosexual lifestyle

I'm not sure what a homosexual lifestyle is exactly but I bet it's fabulous. ;) Legally recognising same sex marriage as a right validates homosexuality or so the argument goes.

5. It is morally wrong

If one assumes that morals are fixed by some external standard and that standard is assumed to oppose the gays then doing anything that might be seen as not opposing gays is apparently morally wrong.

6. Them gay folks can't have kids naturally

The argument is that heterosexual marriages tend towards the production of offspring. Gay people need a third party to offer up an egg and womb or some sperm in order to reproduce.

7. The state supports marriage in terms of benefits

Marriage provides the normal conditions for a stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere that is beneficial to the upbringing of children. The state is interested in maintaining a stable society and so supports the tradition of marriage.

8. Slippery Slope

If you let gay people marry then pretty soon people will be marrying dogs or rocks.

9. It makes baby Jesus cry

Christians often refer to Scripture here and there are plenty of religious reasons to be down on the gays. "Be" not "Go", honestly, you people.

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Anyone want to have a go at this? Maybe expand on it or point out the fallacies and religious nature of the claims.
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+Norm Englund well said.
 
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