Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Atheist columnist Christopher Hitchens
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Tony Blair debates Christopher Hitchens on religion

Former UK PM Tony Blair has defended the role of religion in global affairs, in a televised debate in Canada with atheist columnist Christopher Hitchens

Mr Blair, a Catholic convert, said faith was a force for good and it was futile to attempt to drive it out.

But Mr Hitchens, who is terminally ill with cancer, argued religion forced people into doing terrible things.

In a vote after the debate, the audience voted two-to-one in Mr Hitchens' favour.

The BBC's Paul Adams reports from Toronto.