Opinions versus the Truth – are they one and the same?

At the Talkers Magazine convention, Glenn Beck said he regretted some of his fiery opinions, because they caused a division in the country. Then he said, “I don’t wish I could take back the truth that was spoken but perhaps—not perhaps—many times I could have said it differently.” Source: Yahoo.com

Whose truth was Beck talking about? There are so many truths to choose from. For a few examples: gun control, global warming, abortion and separation of Church and State

Beck has supported individual gun ownership rights and is against gun control legislation.

He also thinks that there is a lack of evidence that human activity is the main cause of global warming.

On the O’Reilly show, Beck has said, “Abortion is killing–it’s killing someone.”

According to NewsHounds.us, Glenn Beck also wants to abolish separation of Church and State.

We now have a better idea what Glenn Beck thinks is the truth. Because someone like Glenn Beck has opinions on these issues, does that mean his opinions are the truth?

To discover the popular truth, what do most Americans think about these same issues?

On April 9, 2013, A new Gallup poll on climate change reported, “from what you have heard or read, do you believe increases in the Earth’s temperature over the last century are due more to the effects of pollution from human activities or natural changes in the environment that are not due to human activities?” 57% of respondents chose the human activities response and 39% chose the natural changes response. Source: National Center for Science Education.com

Therefore, the majority of Americans think that global warming is caused by human activity.

On the right to own arms, Gallup reported that 92% of Americans support background checks; 44% support an assault-weapons ban and 58% want a ban on high-capacity magazines. Source: Center for American Progress.org

Therefore, the majority of Americans think that there should be some tougher laws on gun ownership.

On abortion, Gallup reported on January 22, 2013 that, “Forty years after the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Roe v. Wade, significantly more Americans want the landmark abortion decision kept in place rather than overturned, 53% to 29%. Another 18% have no opinion, the highest level of uncertainty Gallup has recorded on this question in trends dating to 1989.” Source: First Amendment Center.org

Therefore, the majority of Americans think women should have the legal right to an abortion.

Regarding separation of Church and State: On July 14, 2011, it was reported that, “A whopping 67% of the American people agree that the First Amendment “requires a clear separation of church and state,” according to the 2011 State of the First Amendment survey released July 12 by the First Amendment Center.

Therefore, the majority of Americans think there should be a clear separation between Church and State.

It seems that almost everyone has an opinion and then thinks that opinion is the truth.

There is a minority that believes one truth and a majority that believes another. Then there are people that don’t know what to think.

What truth do you support in these issues, and do you support laws to legislate opinions into a truth that can get you arrested and sent to prison?

Does the majority force its truth on the minority?  Or does the minority force its truth on the majority?  And is it okay to lie to manipulate public support for your opinions—your truths?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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