One thing I was wondering, was why you did not use our text as a reference?  Especially when you were talking about using reasons and supportive references in a position paper.  What contribution to our society do you think that position papers make that other types of papers do not?  Do you feel that if a person is really passionate about a topic, especially if it has to do with religion or politics, that they can be an objective writer or reader?  Are you able to keep your long held beliefs or prejudices from clouding your objectivity?  Good luck with the rest of your educational endeavors and goals.