Back in July I had a debate with Br. Imran.
I have had a number of people contact me about the recent video of this debate that has appeared on Youtube.http://youtu.be/WLySrGMt-4M
Here is an update.
The original plan I had with IREA Australia was the video would be made in accordance with our signed agreement. This involved including all PowerPoint presentations and not removing or adding any of the speakers words. The video was to be a historical record of what happened on the night. When the video/DVD became available there would be a period before it went on Youtube to allow for DVD sales. I was happy with all of this.
However it seems that IREF India have edited the video and done it in a way that is clearly not inline with the debate agreement. None of my slides were included and since they were an integral part of my presentation my whole presentation has been gutted. Br. Imran who had no slides on the night has had many slides added in. There are "commentary" slides aimed at me and an extended section of Ahmed Deedat preaching which has been added in.
I was deeply troubled when I saw this video and have lost sleep from worry.
I have been in touch with IREA Australia and I believe that they have been caught out by these events as well. As far as I know they were planning to sell the DVD first before it went to Youtube. I have expressed my concern to IREA Australia and am waiting for their representative to return from India so that we can discuss this matter.
I believe that there has been miscommunication between IREF India and IREA Australia but I have full confidence that IREA Australia intends to abide by the debate agreement. This is why I have not done anything publicly yet. I understand that in a large organisation like IREA things may not always go according to plan and so this is why I am giving IREA some time to sort out the matter, which I believe they will.
To my Christian friends I ask that you wait with me to see what happens. Please do not make any accusations yet though you can certainly leave comments on the Youtube videos. I believe that God has sent this moment so that both Christian and Muslim debating communities can grow though it. I am prepared to wait for one month for the matter to be resolved.
Your brother in Christ Samuel