Thank you guys
I just watched your dateline debate for the first time, and I can't thank you enough for explaining our message in such a clear and articulate manner. I've seen a lot of debates where the atheists have been pinned down by some trivial questions, but you didn't let that happen and I can't thank you enough.
One thing that I think was obvious to anyone watching was that the rational response squad was chomping at the bit to get their message through, while the Growing Pains kid and his friend repeatedly acted as if they were watching the conversation through their televisions rather than actively participating.
I have never in my life seen a more skewed representation of science than the one put forth by those two. It'd be amazing to me if they had ever taken even 1 biology class in their entire lives.
Their whole thing was less of an argument and more of a sermon. They would be laughed at in any academic setting.
I'd also like to thank the rational response squad for not drifting into personal sob stories like the Christian side did. When it comes down to it, no one cares, and it detracts from the multitude of evidence on our side.
Thank you so much, my final thoughts are simply that I hope that the goal of this group is more to spread science and overturn those who would have us read bibles in science class, and less to eliminate religion entirely. Certainly religion has done much bad, but I think that the goal of eliminating it entirely would be a very ambitious and unnecessary goal. I think it would be going too far and expecting too much of humans who are by nature a religious and superstitious group. If some people, who aren't impeding science and aren't pushing religion on anyone, want to believe in god before they die, I'm certainly not going to walk up to them and tell them they're a mental case.
I also hope the goal of this group is not to have atheists walk up to strangers wearing crosses and get in a fight with them about religion.
these last comments express my fear of what a group like this could be if not put in check. But if it's run by the people who gave such an articulate rebuttal, I'm sure I have no reason to fear.
P.S. I don't know what topic this post belongs in, so I apologize in advanced if this is the wrong one. Feel free to move it.