50 Controversial Persuasive Speech Topics

Controversy attracts people like ants to honey. Whether it’s something that happens in the neighborhood or in the political arena, it evokes discussions that last months or years.

A controversial persuasive speech involves picking up a topic that is controversial in nature and it has to be one that either stands the test of time or belongs to the current world we live in.

Here are some creative controversial persuasive speech topics that are sure to attract your audience and elicit an emotional response, which is what persuasion is meant to do. You can create a speech around a topic based on your stand.

A List Of 50 Controversial Persuasive Speech Topics:

  1. “Pride House” for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) athletes.
  2. Islamic economics and capitalism. Which is better?
  3. A non-college education for higher income possibilities. (A PhD Biologist earns less than a highly skilled aircraft engine mechanic.)
  4. Bailing out of banks and financial institutions by the government.
  5. UK is a surveillance society based on the level of regulation and surveillance.
  6. Polygamy should be legalized.
  7. The negative impact of a lesbian mother on her daughter.
  8. The requirement of a warrant for search and seizures should be dropped.
  9. Abolishment of the jury, giving sole power of decision to a judge or to a panel of judges.
  10. The use of biological weapons that strike a specific race and leave most others unharmed.
  11. Torture as a useful interrogation tool for particularly heinous crimes like rape, child molestation, murders etc.
  12. Mandatory implants of contraception against pregnancy for all (both sexes) close to the average onset of puberty until people obtain a license to have children. To conceive, both parents must be certified.
  13. The merits of genetically modified organisms, specifically transgenic crops.
  14. The world would be better off without organized religion.
  15. Why we should not buy music released under RIAA labels.
  16. Harvesting sperm from dead male relatives/spouses for someone else to have their own children.
  17. The use of stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases.
  18. Legalization of assisted suicide for people suffering from terminal illnesses.
  19. Hunting is good as it brings in money for the state and local businesses.
  20. Religion can help with the spiritual growth in a society where people are nothing more than shelled husks without souls, where only money and superficial beauty matter.
  21. Why self help books cannot help and are cheap and short-term fixes, rather than a long-term solution.
  22. Nature versus nurture. Going green is not legit and isn’t working.
  23. The ethics of combining human and animal DNA in order to research stem cells.
  24. Chip implants in pets for identification.
  25. Anarchism is better than all forms of government due to its definitions and applications.
  26. Racial profiling should be done.
  27. Say no to adult content in cartoons and other programs watched by children.
  28. Single parents should not be allowed to adopt.
  29. The use of health insurance companies, of the medical history and genetic information of their clients.
  30. Gender choice during child adoption.
  31. Availability of HIV drug kits in drug stores.
  32. Implanted GPS systems threaten privacy.
  33. Why using ‘Yank’ ‘Nigger’ ‘Abo’ ‘Asian’ ‘Kiwi” etc. is not offensive.
  34. Journalism is the art of intellectual prostitution.
  35. Say no to palm oil and other products made with palm oil and save the orangutans.
  36. Climate change is more political than scientific.
  37. Allowing drugs in some sports competitions will allow us to keep others clean.
  38. Why the decision to disarm Americans may lead America to Civil war?
  39. Why the all-male court culture doesn’t work.
  40. Why mass school shootings should not get media attention.
  41. Should prayers be imposed in schools? Why?
  42. Zodiac signs changed with the introduction of the 13th.
  43. Fast food chains should face regulations as a result of the nation’s obesity problem.
  44. It should be legally made mandatory for adoptive parents to allow biological parents access to the children they gave birth to.
  45. Terminally ill patients should be allowed to use heroin.
  46. The ethics of Drone warfare.
  47. Should churches work harder to be multi-racial?
  48. Why America should stop behaving like the World’s police force.
  49. New York City soft drink size limit should be implemented.
  50. Ban all foods containing “beef,” in view of the huge 2013 meat adulteration scandal.

You must understand that controversy doesn’t mean a personal insult. It just means convincing people to accept your side of the story. Go ahead and get your ideas across to the audience with any one of the hot controversial topics listed above.

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