On the way back from a debating tournament in Vienna this weekend we had quite an intense discussion on whether its motions were a good choice.
Above all, the motion of the first round - "Should national anthems be formulated in a gender-neutral way?" was controversial.
I believe this debate to be far easier for the opposition because it requires sophisticated feminist reasoning to overcome the deeply entrenched common sense idea of "this is simply a historic document".
However, as some people already told me on the tournament, there is an ongoing debate about this issue in Austria - read this dpa story.
And on my favourite feminist blog I just read a few hours ago that there is such a debate in Canada as well.
This adds a sense of realism to a motion that I considered absurd before. Still, the question remains whether current debates in politics necessarily are good motions for a debating tournament.