Potential B60 FEE Topics for MONDAY (12/2)

(Fall 2013)

1.                Stores Open on Thanksgiving

A number of retail stores are breaking tradition and opening their doors early on Thanksgiving Day, eliminating that holiday for their employees. Companies such as Macy’s, Office Depot, and K-Mart say there is a clear demand from consumers who want to get the earliest start possible on their Christmas shopping.  But others argue that holiday openings place an unfair burden on those stores’ employees. Should retail stores remain open for business on Thanksgiving Day?

2.                Restricting Content in Violent Video Games

In spite of a video game rating system, studies show that young teenagers and children have easy access to games rated “M” (for mature) or “A” (for adults). As a result, it has recently been suggested that the same standards applied to movies depicting sex or violence should also apply to video games. These standards would require video games to have political, artistic, literary, or scientific value in order to be acceptable. Game designers feel these standards would severely reduce creativity and game sales.  But supporters say they would force game designers to stop glorifying mindless violence. Should more rules be enacted to control the content of video games?

3.                Businesses, Gay Clients, and Religious Beliefs in Maryland

A Maryland company that offered old-fashioned trolley rides at weddings recently decided to shut down rather than provide the services for same-sex couples. The owner says he is following his religious beliefs.  But state law prohibits business owners from discriminating against racial or religious minorities, as well as other protected groups, which, in Maryland, includes gays. Now the owner of the trolley company wants a law passed that would allow wedding vendors to ignore the state’s non-discrimination laws. Should businesses that provide wedding services be exempt from laws that prohibit discrimination against gay couples?


4.                HIV testing for everyone

The U.S. Preventive Services Task force recently recommended that all Americans between the ages of 15 and 64 should be tested for the virus that causes HIV. This recommendation is based on a desire to control the spread of the disease, as well as to make drastic improvements in early treatment of those who have the virus. Many groups oppose such testing based on religious or moral reasons. Should more doctors recommend that their patients receive HIV testing?