Should God be De-Radicalised? ( Bob's Opening Statement - 1 of 4 )

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Is religion the cause of modern day wars, social breakdown and global warming? Can religion provide answers which are fundamentally lacking in Secularism? Is public morality in decay due to the secularization of society. Representing the Muslim perspective was Brother Abdullah al Andalusi: Brother Abdullah a public speaker and activist. He is a former Christian who embraced Islam at a young age, and has studied Islam in depth since he was 18. He also has an academic background in Computer Science. Abdullah has had a long experience in working for Islamic revival and the establishment of Islamic shariah in the Muslim world. Abduallah is a member of the Muslim Dawah Initiative its formed of members from the Muslim community with experience in public speaking, apologetics, polemics, research and community work. His activities involve speaking at community centres, universities, colleges and appearances on various TV programmes. He is experienced in debates with Atheists, Secularists and Christians, and has be involved in public and radio debates with Atheists and Christians. He has made hundreds of videos defending Islam on Youtube. He has debated Christians on Hyde Park Corner for the past 5 years. Representing the Secular Humanist side was Mr. Bob Churchill, Mr Bob studied Philosophy at the University of Warwick and Queens University, Canada. He worked in communications and marketing, then systems development, before joining the British Humanist Association in January 2008 as the Membership and Web Manager. He now liaises with local humanist groups, manages membership communications, and has been responsible for the BHAs online presence during the Atheist Bus Campaign. He has represented the BHA on radio and television and has discussed philosophy, religion, values and Humanism in public debates and interfaith forums. The Topic of Debate:Should God be De-Radicalised? Abdullah al Andalusi (www.thedebateinitiative.com) vs. Bob Churchill (www.humanism.org.uk) (Abrar House, Central London, UK 30th September 2009) 

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