I used the phrase 'slippery slope' to mention such an argument that is not easy to talk on because it's not possible to say a word without offending someone. Later I noticed that 'slippery slope' was the wrong decision. Which phrase suits in this case?

Examples might be:

cleavage in workplace

using country flags in artworks to protest

filming porno in churchs

using ezan sound in a metal music context.

The aforementioned examples are controversial, it's like everyone is right and it's so hard to draw on a conclusion.

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    Maybe "hot-button topic"? but "filming porno in churches" doesn't really seem like an issue that many people will be queueing up to defend to me. Dec 8, 2022 at 21:04
  • Your question is unclear. Examples such as "cleavage in workplace" and "ezan sound" are incomprehensible to me. Dec 9, 2022 at 2:52
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    @MarcInManhattan "cleavage in workplace" is about women wearing low cut garments at work. Ezan is the Islamic call to prayer and metal music is a genre of rock music with heavy and loud guitars and drums. Whether and why these might (or might not) be controversial is not relevant.
    – James K
    Jan 17, 2023 at 22:10
  • @JamesK Thank you for clarifying. If those meanings are what OP intended, then they should be explained in the question. Jan 18, 2023 at 17:18

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A sensitive issue. This is not about the argument itself, but about the topic being argued about.

A sensitive issue is a topic that people may have strong feelings about and be willing to argue about. It is not easy to bring up a sensitive issue because you may hurt someone's feelings or trigger them in some way:

John tentatively raised the sensitive issue of the staff dress code in the weekly meeting, and as he feared it provoked a bitter argument.

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