posted on Feb, 16 2008 @ 01:57 AM
The topic for this debate is "Organized religion is inherently dangerous".
chissler will be arguing the pro position and will open the debate.
Parabol will argue the con position.
Each debater will have one opening statement each. This will be followed by 3 alternating replies each. There will then be one closing statement each
and no rebuttal.
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