Monday, February 11, 2013

Cambridge Union debate on religion

The motion: 'This House Believes Religion has no place in the 21st Century'

Speaking for the motion:
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association,
Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and militant evangelical atheist, and
Arif Ahmed, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

Speaking against:
Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, ,
Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, and
Douglas Murray, Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society.

Most interesting was Douglas Murray's argument against the motion.  Murray is an atheist who made no bones about his personal opposition to the views of the other two speakers on his own side of the debate, Williams and Ramadan.

The result: Cambridge students voted 324 versus 138 against the motion.


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