H/T to Citizen Warrior
The motion: “Islam is dominated by radicals”
Moderator: Robert Siegel. Speaking for the motion: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Paul Marshall and Asra Q. Nomani. Speaking against the motion: Reza Aslan, Richard W. Bulliet and Edina Lekovic
Before the debate, the audience held these positions: 46% were for the motion, 32% were against the motion, 22% were undecided
After the debate, the audience was polled again. The results were: 73% were for the motion, 23% were against the motion, 4% were undecided
It is unfortunate that this full video on Vimeo loses audio about half way through, but here it is from youtube in 15 parts.
I really enjoyed this debate. It is one of those that the Muslims actually admit the point of the debate. One example of this is when Nadir Ahmed slipped and said “We are not really a religion of peace, unless Jizya is paid” when debating Sam Shamoun on the topic of “Is Islam a religion of peace”. In this video Edina Lekovic admits the motion twice by saying “moderate scholars” and other people are working day in and day out to “re-emerge as the dominant force in their faith” and “regain ground” and “wrestle back our communities”. You’ll also get to see Reza Aslan show his true colors and show he is not really a “moderate”.