Recently, there was an Intelligence Squared debate over the motion: “The Catholic church is a force for good in the world.” In support of the motion were Archbishop John Onaiyekan and MP Anne Widdencombe. Against the motion were Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry.
The audience voted on the motion before the debate began: 678 people were in favor of the Catholic church, 1102 were against it.
But after the debate, they voted again. What happened? A massive 410 people changed their mind from supporting the Catholic Church to being against it.
This is just one small debate, but I think it’s part of a larger movement. We humans have something to say. This is what we’re saying:
Church, we have moved beyond your ancient and twisted morality. We are better than that. We don’t need you to tell us what is right and wrong, because you’ve done a poor job of it.