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Engaging the World — Debate and the BJU Protest: An Interview with Joe Laughon

“We highlighted the issues of racial indifference in the community and how the Board played a role in this. Furthermore, we highlighted major problems with how the Board and the League were set up, problems people had known about for awhile. The work that many people did — like Dr. Konrad Hack, Ryan Herche, Jon Chi Lou and others — is something to be proud of.”

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Sailboats And The Spirit: Finn’s Thoughts, Part Two

“The messages that get to the top are those that create an us vs. them mentality: Christians in a culture war, liberals trying to destroy the Constitution, America becoming increasingly immoral, etc. …The combination of these narratives with the homogenous nature of the speech and debate community creates a very real possibility for students to develop a fear of outside ideas.”

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A Brief History of Homeschool Speech and Debate

“Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) began a homeschool debate league in 1996. Christy Shipe (then Farris), the daughter of HSLDA’s chairman and co-founder Michael Farris, started the league when she was a senior at Cedarville University. The goal of the league, according to Michael, was ‘to improve your child’s reasoning powers, clarity of thinking, and ability to stand for the truth of God’s word.’”

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