Featured on the Intelligence Squared website, this amusing animation is clearly designed to make the famous Stephen Fry/Ann Widdecombe debate accessible to those usually unwilling to give this sort of thing a try. The debate is formed around a simple/unimaginably complicated topic: The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world. Aaandd Discuss.
Ann Widdecombe very much thinks that the Catholic Church is a force for good, while Stephen Fry respectively disagrees, and Christopher Hitchens snorts derisively in the background- his argument is left out of this particular animation, but you can see what he has to say (and find links to the debate in it’s entirety) by clicking here. Acid tongued Christopher Hitchens is obviously very passionate about dismantling religion in all it’s hierarchical forms, but it’s very interesting indeed to see Stephen Fry’s take on the whole thing. While Ann Widdecombe manages to say a lot without saying very much, Stephen Fry skilfully crafts his argument, in a clear and simple manner, stating exactly what it is that he thinks is wrong with the Church, and questioning the so called moral values of religion.
It has to be said that this particular animation is very, very one sided, and gives Fry the last word on the matter (in a wonderfully final exclamation). However, Gorilla Film Magazine can hardly begrudge someone for being bias, given our own content, that would not only be churlish but downright hypocritical, and besides Stephen Fry speaks with such elegance and grace. If God truly does hate fags, as seems to be the case, then I don’t care whether he exists or not, I’m with Stephen.