Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Apparently the BBC does not subscribe to the mercy rule

You definitely need to watch this debate. The archbishop of Nigeria and an English Conservative MP debate Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry on the motion "that the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world."

As a former debater, allow me to give a couple points of constructive criticism:

  • Don't do your topic analysis in the final speech.
  • Make sure you don't bring up what most would believe would be one of your weak points (see AIDS in Africa) as a plus for your side.
  • try and pick a debate partner whose voice does not make set people into convulsions.
  • At lease try to be conversant with the arguments against your side before appearing on national television and destroying whatever credibility your side has.

That is all.

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