to Broadcast Free Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Live Online from New York on Tuesday, November 15, 2011: "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion"

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Intelligence Squared U.S. works with to offer free live stream of a debate on the merits of religion, featuring Matthew Chapman and A.C. Grayling for the motion versus Dinesh D’Souza and Rabbi David Wolpe against, moderated by ABC News Nightline's John Donvan.

Intelligence Squared U.S. "Beware of God"

On Tuesday, November 15th,, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the last Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) debate of the 2011 season. Intelligence Squared U.S., hailed as America’s premiere debate series, will host a debate on the controversial motion "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion.” From the crusades to modern fundamentalist terrorists, religious doctrines have been used as a means to justify wars and other atrocities. Yet many people value religion as a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior. will live stream the debate from the NYU Skirball Center in New York starting at 6:45pm ET (3:45pm PT) on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. The free live online event can be viewed at Following the live event, will offer the debate as a free on-demand program.

In support of the motion, "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion," are Matthew Chapman, co-founder of Science Debate and great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, and A.C. Grayling, renowned atheist and professor of philosophy. Against the motion are Dinesh D'Souza, author of "What's So Great About Christianity?" and Rabbi David Wolpe, named #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek. ABC News Nightline's John Donvan will moderate the debate.

"Religion is one of our most requested topics and we are expecting this to be a highly charged debate," says Dana Wolfe, executive producer of Intelligence Squared U.S.

“The Intelligence Squared U.S. debates bring a creative and rigorous approach to some of the most compelling issues of our time,” adds Blaise Zerega, president and CEO of “This debate on religion promises to be lively and thought provoking. We are delighted to live stream this event and make it available to the global audience of”

For the motion:
Matthew Chapman, Co-Founder and President of Science Debate, Author & Filmmaker
A.C. Grayling, Renowned Atheist, Professor of Philosophy & Author

Against the motion:
Dinesh D'Souza, President of King's College and Author of "What's So Great About Christianity?"
Rabbi David Wolpe, Named #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News Nightline. Donvan has served as ABC White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

About is the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events. With more than 10,000 free and fee-based videos, has the web's largest collection of programs that feature the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. is funded by a select group of investors led by William R. Hearst III and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit

About Intelligence Squared Debates (IQ2US)
Based on the highly successful debate program based in London, Intelligence Squared, Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented over 50 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From global warming and the financial crisis, to Afghanistan/Pakistan and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world's leading authorities on the day's most important issues.

Since its inception in 2006, the goals of The Intelligence Squared U.S. Foundation have been to provide a new forum for intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis; to transcend the toxically emotional and the reflexively ideological; and to encourage recognition that the opposing side has intellectually respectable views.

The Rosenkranz Foundation initiated the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series and continues to provide major support.

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