David Silverman starts by addressing the previous speaker's (Mehrunissa Sajjad) claims that religion does not invite us to kill when in fact it does. Highlighting that religion harms society by making believers into victims forcing them to disrearding everything we know today and accept ancient myths as truth, he goes on to say that people don't do good things because they are good people but because they are religious.
Filmed on Thursday 7th November 2013 MOTION: This House Believe That Religion Harms Society. RESULT: Motion Carried.
ABOUT DAVID SILVERMAN: David Silverman is the current president of the American Atheists, a non-profit organization that supports the rights of atheists and the removal of expressions of religion in public when possibly interpretable as governmental endorsement.
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