Posted by: Shirley Galdino
On the last 15th, the writer and director Matthew Chapman participated in debate promoted by Intelligence Squared U.S. debates.
The theme was “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion.”
Matthew and A.C. Grayling argued against Dinesh D’Souza and Rabbi David Wolpe with John Donvan as moderator. John is a correspondent for ABC News Nightline.
With a narrow victory the debate ended with “FOR” 59% for the motion, while the “AGAINST” ends with 31%.
Matthew Chapman is editor and emeritus member of the Flying Teapot. Check out his opening speech for the debate.
OPENING SPEECH FOR INTELLIGENCE SQUARED DEBATE (By Matthew Chapman)
RELIGION MAKES TWO BIG CLAIMS.
God really exists and religion makes us behave better.
BUT DOES RELIGION MAKE US BEHAVE BETTER?
To partially answer that question let me read you a verse or two from my beloved Gideon’s bible. If it’s good enough for Motel 6, it’s good enough for me.
Deuteronomy Chapter 25, verses 11 and 12. “When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets, then shalt thou cut off her hand.” Read more…