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PREVIOUS: Religion is more harmful to society than good.

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Debaters Mike Walsh and Lee Moore were this month’s winners arguing in favor of the motion.  In highlighting the common characteristics of all religion, they argued that religion has historically been, and continues to be, the source of oppression and hindrance to societal progress.  They highlighted the importance of "free thinking" backed by science, sound evidence and rationality.

Debaters Alex Grass and Iain Coston argued against the motion by positing that "atheism" was a vehicle used by past tyrants and dictators to carry on their malevolent objectives. They also cited historical instances where "atheism" was the justifiable basis for unprecedented human atrocities. Further, they argued that some of the social progress was enabled and pioneered by people of faith-based institutions.

Both sides also argued their respective positions as to why "Religion" or lack thereof, is the proper mode of achieving moral, wholesome and fulfilling life.