This was held on Tuesday 19th August in Sydney, I had tickets but unfortunately was unable to go. Lucky for me, and everyone else, the debate is now available online, via the SMH site.
I have been reliably informed that
The second speaker on the affirmative was censored (the audio had been removed from the video) when talking about “The Jewel of Medina” a book which criticizes Islam and subsequently pulled by the publisher. This is quite disgraceful, clearly the whole point behind what the speaker was talking about was missed by the editors too scared to upset the sensibilities of Islam.
If this is true it is very disgraceful of the Sydney Morning Herald. Screw the sensibilities of any religion, they don’t hold any special rights to be upset just because someone legitimately critiques them.
Hopefully, eventually all these debates will be either shown on TV (ABC are one of the sponsors, so we might be lucky) and or released on DVD.
Hat Tip to Aaron from the Secular Party discussion board for the link and above information.
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