[quote="jerome_ky, post:1, topic:339165"]
My teenage son has joined his high school debate club. We are in a fairly conservative area so I feel pretty confident he won't be given very controversial topics. But just for the sake of debate :) What if one is asked to defend a moral evil, like contraception? I can make a case for standing up for principal and refusing to take it on (or asking to be on the opposing side), and I can make a case for taking it on as an exercise in the art of debating.
I have not been on debate teams, so I don't know the rules on these things, but I'd like to give my son some guiding principles. If you've faced this yourself or have authoritative citations, those would be very helpful. Thank you.
I wouldn't put it out of the realm of possibility that he would be asked to defend things he disagrees with, especially at debate meets: same-sex 'marriage', abortion, and such. True, it is more about the tactics, and such, not necessarily agreeing with what you are 'defending'. However, I myself would have a hard time being asked to debate on the side of those two particular issues if it disagreed with my moral and Faith beliefs. I don't think my youngest son would have been able to accept defending abortion in debate club (he was in Forensics). He could have argued other points he disagreed with (like government, choice of football teams, etc), but his moral compass would not have allowed him to defend abortion in any manner.
Are you in a public school?