My response can be found below:
Watched it. Sadly, I'm not convinced, and my "brain did not thank me", it simply asked me one thing, "WHY?".
Great rhetoric, but no real-life support. He did mention one author who wrote a fatwa paper condemning the killing of the innocent. What he did not elaborate on, is the definition of innocent.
Additionally, what is most profoundly MISSING from his statement is the condemnation of the killing of those who (only by Islam's definition) deserve to be killed. He even goes out of his way to confess that war and killing are needful things and certainly not prohibited under Islam, if for the right reason. What do you think that really means?
As a matter of full disclosure, I do not have an issue with this principal as a principal. As a matter of fact I believe a solid case can be made that the same belief is true with Christianity. HOWEVER, the two faiths differ in the extreme when it comes to "just cause' for the act of violence. As an example, I do believe Christianity allows for the use of sufficient violence in defense of one's life, or the defense of the life of others. I do not however believe, nor does any Christian that I know of, believe that the bible (the Christian book of scripture and tenet of our faith), teaches, and calls it the duty and responsibility of all adherents of Christianity to KILL those who will not become Christians or convert from a perceived false religion when given the opportunity to convert. Those in the Islamic faith flatly cannot say this is so, as the book of the tenets of their faith (the Koran) does teach such as being right.
This man is 100% right about at least one thing: The panel he is debating against is impotent. There is no one there who speaks the Arabic language, there are no religious experts (only atheists), no historians, and no one who really knows a thing about Islam. Of course it looked like he tore them up - they do not know what they are talking about and CANNOT refute his opinions and rhetoric when it comes to what HE SAYS is right and true about Islam. Fools.
Sure, I believe this finely dressed man is probably not a suicide bomber, and probably never will be. But what we have to remember is that Islam, like Mormonism and other cults, is what is called a "progressive revelation religion" meaning new truths are constantly being given to new prophets of the faith, and these new truths can rescind previous truths and over-ride existing dogma.
Additionally, one of Islam's tenets is in fact LYING. It is a religion of lies, and this man's lies are not only forgiven of him, they are encouraged by the doctrine of Islam. Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to "smooth over differences."
There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. This means that any Muslim is permitted and encouraged to lie in circumstances that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them. This is their definition! Look it up.
How do you refute a man who's own cause encourages his lying??? You do not. All you can do is judge the results that you see: unrelenting TERRORISM that is supported by their leadership.