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  • 2 years ago

    Thank you both for joining today’s divisive debate. My name is Arielle, and I’m a residential judge here on Qallout. I’ll be giving you some feedback and announcing this debate’s winner.

    My understanding of the viewpoints put forth by the Pro side are that Islam is inherently a peaceful religion, given that the root of the word literally translates to peace; there are frequent mentions of the word peace in the Quran, and that the study of Islam does not typically promote violence or extremism. The Con side, on the other hand, took the stance that if an institution promotes coercion,that means it cannot be peaceful. He discusses this by giving example of World War II, which he states was a justified fight, yet was the opposite of peaceful. If an entity preaches threats in response to a failure to adhere to its values, then it promotes unrest. Even defensive warfare, which the Quran explicitly condemns, may be turned on its head and deemed persecutive. He validated his opponents point that many Islamic groups around the world do face danger on account of their religion, such as the Rohingya. However, he states, this does not nullify the fact that Islam, while not actively promoting terrorism, condemns it as a means towards achieving self-security, which isn’t peaceful.

    For his well formulated argument, the Con side won this debate. To the Pro side, thank you for participating, and as a judge I appreciated the respect you showed towards your opponent despite your difference of opinion. Next time, it might be of your benefit to try putting yourself in the shoes of your opponent to anticipate some of his/her main arguments, and come up with potential rebuttals in advance to achieve more of a balanced dialogue.

    • 2 years ago

      @noahdfarley Congrats for advancing to the next round!

      @tmacdagreat Hard luck on this one! Hope to see you at November's tournament (last chance to qualify for a free entry to Dec' $5,000 Championship):

      • 2 years ago

        good job man thks for the info

        • 2 years ago

          Very good debate! My personal vote will go to @noahdfarley as i felt like you tackled this from a strong point on peaceful is not the same as justified.