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Apr 22 2005
shl president invited to debate in oxford

Herb goes to Oxford

On May 26, Herb Silverman will debate at the Oxford Union, at the University of Oxford in England.

The Oxford Union is the most renowned student society in the world. Others who have spoken or debated there include Queen Elizabeth, British Cabinet ministers, three US Presidents, Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson and even Clint Eastwood, as well as innumerable academics, authors and artists. At the Oxford Union, Winston Churchill warned of Hitler’s aggression; Richard Nixon made his first post-resignation apology for Watergate; Malcolm X demanded black empowerment “by any means necessary,” and OJ Simpson continued to protest his innocence.

The motion at Herb’s debate on May 26 is “This House believes that American religion undermines American values.” The debate will include two teams of three people who agree with or oppose the motion. Others on Herb’s team include the Rev. C. Welton Gaddy and Michael Lind. Rev. Gaddy is a Baptist minister and head of the Interfaith Alliance. Michael Lind is the Whitehead Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. As of this writing, the opposing team had not been named.

The president of the Oxford Union said he was inspired to invite Herb after learning of his battle to change the South Carolina constitution, and also because of Herb’s role as president of the Secular Coalition for America.

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