I don’t normally like to jump into Great Debates, because it makes me feel like a caveman throwing rocks at the moon (I mean, I’ve got a theatre degree here, I can’t really argue physics)
But I was wondering the other day if someone’s position on things like Evolution/Creationism, Anti-Abortion/Pro Choice, Republican/Democrat is strengthed or at least more respected if they admit some wrong to their position.
I’m a woman who is opposed to abortion, but whenever I hear about violence against doctors, or bombings or hate mail or whatever I just feel like they’re ruining it for the rest of us who are moderate on the issue, and I DO believe that there are cases when abortion is necessary, and I admit that when I’m arguing with someone about it.
I’m also a Christian, but when I see people at Matthew Shepard’s funeral holding signs that say GOD HATES FAGS, I just want to throw up, and I find myself explaining that away, too, imploring that we’re not all like that.
Conversely, I have friends who are strongly pro-choice, and they won’t admit for a second that there are women who abuse their right to choice (like my college room mate who had three abortions within 10 months), and I feel that this makes them seem like a blind follower.
So my question I guess, is: is it easier to respect people who say “I believe strongly in this issue, and yet I realize it has flaws,” or the person who says “I believe in this issue, and take it in 100%”?