Potentially the Smackdown of the Year
July 27, 2012
Edward “Eddie” Tabash is a longtime supporter and board member for the Center for Inquiry. He also happens to be a master of debate. You may have seen him debate a costumed Ron Lindsay at the CFI Leadership Conference in 2009 (I sure did), or you may recognize him from the various events and smackdowns he’s issued all over the United States, debating prominent figures and teaching others how to become experts at debating. If you don’t yet know of him, I’m pretty sure you’ll be in his corner after reading this.
I heard that Mr. Tabash wanted to debate Chuck Norris, so, of course, I had to learn more. When asked about the open invitation, Tabash said this:
“As an atheist/secular humanist, I am horrified at the religious fundamentalist and anti-gay ideas expressed by Chuck Norris. Even though I have a black belt in Okinawan karate, I would run for the hills if anyone even suggested that I fight him physically. He is one of the most knowledgeable martial arts masters in the world. However, because I regard the America he envisions as antithetical to the crucial needs of a modern secular society, I hereby challenge him to a verbal--yes only verbal!--debate on the separation of church and state.”
Pretty awesome, right? Yeah, I agree.
As a member of the outreach staff at Center for Inquiry, I can confidently say that we’d be happy to help facilitate a debate between Edward Tabash and Chuck Norris if Mr. Norris would be willing. We can be reached via email.
For further reading on the situation and Chuck Norris’s recent anti-gay comments, read these:
You might wonder why Edward Tabash specifies "the separation of church and state" as the topic of this potential debate. Here you go:
More about Edward Tabash: