The two biggest social issues of the last fifty years have been marijuana legalization and LGBT rights. We shouldn't rest on our laurels, but it seems that the ball is rolling on and we may soon see somewhat of a conclusion on those two issues soon (hopefully). There is a lot of buzz on Capitol Hill regarding federal marijuana legalization (and industrial hemp legalization). Most states have passed or are discussing pro marijuana legislation. "Don't ask don't tell" has been repealed, more states are moving forward towards marriage equality, and the President has publicly supported "gay rights." It would appear that the public is beginning to grow out of old belief systems and is moving towards more tolerant and rational views. The big question is, "what comes next?" 1.) Religion: The next social issues I think that should be focused on is promoting secularism and free thinking. This one get's a lot of reactions because many people seem to think that a secular United States would mean that it would be illegal to practice one's religion. That is simply not true. All it means is that we should start making our government respect the first constitutional amendment (the law of the land). That means (but is not limited to) keeping religion out of science class in public schools, removing the words "In God we trust" from our currency, removing tax exemptions for religious establishments. Those are just a few examples. 2.) Animal rights: I've never understood how some people can call themselves "animal lovers" and then go out and eat a juicy steak. It is considered animal abuse to smack your dog in the head. It is considered animal abuse to have sex with other animals. But it is not considered animal abuse to kill, dismember, scorch their flesh, ingest their remains, and then sh*t them down the toilet. How is THAT not animal abuse? Don't tell me that eating animals is different because it's essential to our survival, because that simply is not true. When animal flesh enters into our bodies it causes our blood to become toxic. To counteract the toxicity, our bones will release potassium which can eventually lead to osteoporosis. We are not omnivores, we were meant to be herbivores. Our digestive system was designed to digest ONLY plants. Our teeth and jaws were designed to only grind plants (not animal meat). No, I'm not a member of PETA (I wouldn't even say that I have a particular love of animals). I just think that we treat other animals very cruelly. 3.) Victimless crimes: Let's face it, using the argument that marijuana should be legalized because it's a victimless crime is hypocritical if you turn around and don't support all crimes that are considered "victimless." That just makes you a self-serving hypocrite. Any crime that has no victims shouldn't even be a crime in the first place. That includes (but is not limited to) prostitution, wearing a seatbelt, euthanasia, and public nudity. The things I listed aren't as "accepted" in society as marijuana and "gay rights" are, but that doesn't delegitimize my views. The things I have said would probably be considered "fringe" by many. I just have this to say, it's easy to voice your opinion when everyone agrees with you.