Well it does help me see the other side......usually doesn't change my mind, but helps me gain appreciation and perspective from where they are coming from. I just wish that:
A. People would stay away from inflammatory words as that is very hurtful.....calling someone racist, or using the words 'beyond contempt'....well just not very productive in a discussion.
B. Just because someone criticizes a particular candidate doesn't mean that they are criticizing those that support him. I have relatives that voted for Obama and I still love them.
I would say my feelings got very hurt when everyone ganged up on me for posting the article about Obama being a pathological narcissist. The words used towards me were inappropriate and they were taking it as a personal affront to themselves when the article was directed at Obama.
Same thing with religion...just because I believe with my entire soul that Christianity is the only way, doesn't mean that I don't respect others to have their own opinion on the subject. I can still think they are wrong and respect them. My beliefs will not allow me to compromise on thinking it is the only correct path. Has nothing to do with me having to be right, but more in my faith in the God I believe in.....He has said this is the only way in the Bible, not me.
I will say that I used to be VERY Prochoice, but the debates here did help me move completely to the other side.....those who are Prolife made VERY poignant points and helped me immensely. I think because I was prochoice at one time, I have a certain amount of sympathy towards those who are faced with a tough decision (such as when pregnant with a baby with a serious birth defect), but with my religious beliefs in place and having read the arguments in favor of prolife, I am now wholeheartedly proflife.