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The Godless Spellchecker Podcast

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast is an award winning weekly sceptical show in a conversational, interview format hosted by Stephen Knight. We hear from leading public figures as well as people without a public profile that have equally valuable experiences and ideas to share. The goal is to amplify good ideas and scrutinise bad ones. I think we've all learned something here today.
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Apr 12, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes comedian and writer David Baddiel (@Baddiel). On this episode they discuss David’s new book ‘Jews Don’t Count’, which takes a look at the double-standards when it comes to anti-Semitism.

Watch the video version on Youtube: https://youtu.be/yO3yUz6FdZ8

0:00 Intro
3:09 Start of interview
3:32 The meaning of ‘Jews Don’t Count’
5:54 Far-right anti-Semitism
7:17 Being “on the right side of history” and reaction to the book
9:19 Forms of anti-Semitism and conspiracy
14:17 Batley blasphemy row and “what about the Jews?” response to unrelated issues
19:06 ‘Godwin’s Law’* (*Coined by Mike Godwin, not Stephen Godwin).
19:58 On throwing the word ‘Nazi’ around and holocaust comparisons.
22:24 ‘Soft-core Holocaust denial’
23:38 Tackling weighty and intellectual issues as a comedian.
26:55 Jewish comedy and emancipation via comedy
29:24 The debate over casting minority characters from the relevant minority group.
34:35 Avoiding the culture wars
36:12 “The truth is always complex” and Twitter V real life.
37:42 The words ‘Jew’ and ‘Jews’.
41:14 Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party and anti-Semitism.
46:50 Ignorance of (and sharing of) anti-Semitic imagery
51:45 The left’s preoccupation with the Israel/Palestine conflict
57:06 Roald Dahl, cancellation & separating the art from the artist
1:01:59 David’s potential next book on atheism and Richard Dawkins

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Buy the book ‘Jews Don’t Count’: https://amzn.to/2O9zS9a

Roald Dahl blog: https://www.gspellchecker.com/2016/09/roald-dahl-failed-on-free-speech-and-threw-salman-rushdie-to-the-mob/

Apr 6, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes the return of writer and counter-extremist Liam Duffy (@LiamSD12). On this episode they will discuss Liam’s latest report for the Counter Extremism project on ‘Western Foreign Fighters and the Yazidi Genocide’.
0:00 Start
0:40 About Liam Duffy
1:55 The Counter Extremism Project
7:36 Shamima Begum & returning Jihadi fighters to the UK
12:33 Reports of Shamima Begum’s alleged crimes
16:20 Is Shamima Begum under duress?
19:20 Who are the Yazidis? What is happening to them?
23:19 Support for military intervention?
27:09 Creating ‘victims’ out of UK Jihadists
28:57 Female members of ISIS
31:30 Religion as a main motivating factor for Yazidi oppression
35:39 The line between free expression and banning extremist groups?
39:47 Islamic ‘blasphemy’ versus free expression in Europe and cartoons
44:08 Odious Islamic interest groups in the media.
49:05 How can we support the Yazidi cause?

Video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8aywa7Y5NVY

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.
Western Foreign Fighters and the Yazidi Genocide Report: https://www.counterextremism.com/press/cep-launches-report-highlighting-role-western-foreign-fighters-yazidi-genocide
Read Liam Duffy in Unherd: https://unherd.com/author/liam-duffy/
Read Liam Duffy in The Spectator: https://www.spectator.co.uk/writer/liam-duffy
Yazda: https://www.yazda.org/

Mar 17, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes Uyghur Human Rights Activist Rahima Mahmut (@MahumtRahima). They talk about the oppression of Uyghur Muslims in China and what people can do in response

0:00​ Start
0:28​ About Rahima's work and background
1:58​ Who are the Uyghur?
3:45​ Leaving China/The Baren Township riot
4:53​ Fears of surveillance
8:00​ Religious freedom in China & crackdown on Uygurs
13:00​ Concentration camps? Genocide? Rahima's family
17:15​ How is China suppressing the truth?
25:28​ “Never again” and Western apathy
32:32​ What can be done about China? The Genocide amendment
39:55​ Joe Biden's comments on China and Donald Trump
45:15​ Personal security concerns
48:43​ The response from within China
53:16​ What can we do?

Watch the video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/H7jQr0Rr7zs

Stop Uyghur Genocide Campaign: https://www.stopuyghurgenocide.org.uk/​

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker​

Mar 9, 2021

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics.

0:00 Intro & Iram talks about her laser eye surgery
5:29 Update on activist Zara Kay
7:28 Scottish man charged for ‘offensive’ tweet about Sir Tom Moore
17:50 BBC Woman’s Hour Muslim leader controversy
31:53 Supreme Court rejects Shamima Begum’s appeal to return to the UK
45:40 Coca-Cola ‘be less white’ leaked training sessions
51:12 Robin DiAngelo and ‘White Fragility’
57:42 The new racism of ‘anti-racism’
01:00:00 Twitter Question: Harry and Meghan
01:03:48 Twitter Question: Should ‘gay conversion therapy’ be banned?

Stephen Knight’s review of Robin DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility’: https://www.gspellchecker.com/2020/07/book-review-white-fragility-by-robin-diangelo/

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Feb 23, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes author Helen Pluckrose. Helen is the co-author of 'Cynical Theories' and founder of 'Counterweight'. They talk about the pro's and cons of 'colour blindness' on the issue of skin colour, 'racism blindness', counterweight, her disagreement with James Lindsay, white privilege, diversity quotas, class in the UK, Post-modernism, 'White Fragility', liberalism and much more!

Watch the full video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ve7qoFx5KF4


Support the show at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Visit Counterweight: https://counterweightsupport.com/

Buy Cynical Theories: https://amzn.to/2YUG4DN

Jan 27, 2021

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: The arrest of Ex-Muslim activist Zara Kaye, The attack on the Capitol in Washington DC, Incitement accusations against Donald Trump and his Social media ban, thoughts on Joe Biden, Maajid Nawaz's threats of legal action, Amazon upholding Hindu blasphemy dogmas, a UK Policeman charged with a crime for sharing a George Floyd meme, UK Covid Lockdown and more!

Justice For Zara Kaye Info: https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/2021/01/update-4-facts-surrounding-justiceforzarakay/

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Jan 5, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes David Silverman. David Silverman was the president of American Atheists until 2018 when allegations of sexual misconduct/abuse were levelled at him, leading to his suspension. David maintains his innocence and they talk about these accusations and the subsequent Rebecca Vitsmun case for which David was exonerated. They also discuss due process, activism, the killing of George Floyd, American Atheists, political tribalism, wokeness and much more.

Watch the Video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/K1n125qY4WU

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Read David Silverman's account: https://firebrandforgood.com/

Dec 29, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) welcomes Buck Mulligan (@ThatBuckGuy), author of the upcoming book 'Adventures on Drugs'. They talk about teetotalism, alcohol, LSD, edibles, mushrooms, psychedelics, 'spiritual experiences', the legal and ethical concerns regarding drug taking and much more.

Full Video Version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5fRfmN_4VIA

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Dec 23, 2020

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: Iram getting the Corona virus, a poll finding that Black Lives Matter has increased racial tension, 'Stolen election' videos being removed from YouTube, stopping the spread of misinformation online, the ruling on the Tavistock clinic and puberty blockers, Eddie Izzard is now a woman, the new government report on Grooming Gangs, Julie Burchill V Ash Sarkar and more. They also answer audience questions.

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Dec 11, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes Film-maker and Journalist Andrew Gold (@AndrewGold_ok). Andrew talks about his fascinating BBC documentary 'Exorcism: The Battle For Young Minds'. They also discuss producing content about controversial & taboo subjects, 'positive discrimination' at the BBC, race relations in other parts of the world and Andrew's podcast 'On The Edge'. They also talk about the pitfalls, validity and worthiness of discussing the ultimate taboo issue of Paedophilia.

Watch the video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ot3HGhVZfQg

Watch 'Exorcism: The Battle For Young Minds' on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l78hW8qVIWI

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Dec 1, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes French Author, journalist and film-maker Caroline Fourest. They talk about Islamic extremism, secularism v laïcité, Emmanuel Macron, the jihadist murder of Samuel Paty, free expression, Charlie Hebdo, the growing far-right, 'hate-speech', tackling 'fake news', victim blaming, being censored by Sky News, The Bill Of separatism, Marine Le Pen, immigration, Donald Trump's foreign policy, the Muslim Brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan and much more.

Watch the video version on YouTube: www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Nov 25, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes Dr. Debra Soh. Dr. Soh is a columnist and the author of 'The End Of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society'. They talk about liberal credentials, science denialism, the number of genders, gender dysphoria, 'social contagion', de-platforming, alliances with the political right, Joe Biden, growing instances of de-transitioning, pronouns and more!

Watch the video version at: http://www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Buy The End Of Gender https://t.co/ZLKdvnOFmu?amp=1

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Nov 12, 2020

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: the new lockdown, the US presidential election, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, voter fraud & 'stolen election' conspiracies, Maajid Nawaz, terror attacks in Paris, Nice, Vienna and Reading, Macron, the firing of Greg Clarke and much more! We also answer listener questions.

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

Nov 4, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes the return of trans commentator and YouTuber Rose Of Dawn. They talk about trans rights, misgendering, criminalising speech, Jessica Yaniv, the definition of 'woman', JK Rowling and much more!

Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/OSeZn9efIc8

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Nov 1, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) welcomes the return of writer and Satirist Andrew Doyle (@AndrewDoyle_com & @TitaniaMcgrath. They discuss atheist activism in America, Princeton University admitting to their 'systemic racism', 'preference falsification', the vilification of JK Rowling, Twitter's lack of transparency on bans, the potential re-election of Trump, the 1619 project and much more!

Video Version here: https://youtu.be/JuNlrjs5e04

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Order My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism: https://amzn.to/3j3ceFx

Read Andrew's writing at Spiked: https://www.spiked-online.com/author/andrew-doyle/

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Oct 27, 2020

This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight speaks to editor of Spiked Brendan O'Neill. They discuss Spiked's reputation, the limits of free speech, incitement to violence, editing old 'problematic' movies, the killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, the 'racial profiling' of Bianca Williams and Dawn Butler, the Muslim council of Britain pressuring the BBC to remove religious details from headlines, Charlie Hebdo, new diversity rules for The Oscars and more!

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Watch the video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmdpbp9m-Rw&t=465s

Read Spiked: www.spiked-online.com

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

 

Oct 8, 2020

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: Covid and lockdown, JK Rowling's position on certain trans issues, a trans woman suing a trans clinic, Sainsbury's divisive statements on Black History Month, Laurence fox, Donald Trump Catching Covid, Richard Dawkins being deplatformed, the Muslim Council of Britain's obsession with positive representation and whitewashing Islamic terror and listener questions answered.

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

BLOG – Does Sainsbury's agree that most of their customers are racist? https://www.gspellchecker.com/2020/10/does-sainsburys-agree-that-most-of-their-customers-are-racist/

 

 

Sep 21, 2020

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight speaks to Screenwriter and Author Chris Matheson. Chris is the co-writer on the Bill & Ted movies, including the upcoming Bill and Ted Face The Music. He is also the author of the hilarious new book 'The Buddha's Story

. They talk about satire, Keanu Reeves, Buddhism, fear of women in religion, the future of movie theatres, streaming services editing/censoring old movies, new age beliefs, making the Bill & Ted movies, punching down in comedy and much more

Video Version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck6DaOLkOfw

Buy The Buddha's Story: https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/embed?asin=B08CL54RZ5&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_mO6xFbV041783

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Sep 14, 2020

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight talks to writer and social commentator Toby Young (@ToadMeister). They discuss: Offence Archaeology, social media, Coronavirus and 'Lockdown Sceptics', The Free Speech Union, cancel culture, the failings of the Conservative government and more.

Video version at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCV8lrfs6g

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Join The Free Speech Union: https://freespeechunion.org/
Lockdown Sceptics: https://lockdownsceptics.org/




Aug 29, 2020

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight speaks to human rights activists Onur Romano and Selin Özkohen. They talk about The Atheist Refugee Assistance Program in Turkey and how you can help. They also discuss free expression, blasphemy laws and the challenges faced by non-believing refugees.

GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/atheist-refugee-assistance-program-turkey-by-ad

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

Jul 30, 2020

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: wearing masks, Robin DiAngelo's 'White Fragility', banning junk food ads, the obesity crisis, potential plans to remove references to Islam from reports of terrorism, man jailed for assaulting Owen Jones, Shamima Begum winning her appeal to return to the UK, China's oppression of Uyghur Muslims and we answer your questions.

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Jul 14, 2020

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight welcomes the return of anti-ISIS activist and former YPG soldier Macer Gifford. Macer is also the author of 'Fighting Evil: The Ordinary Man who went to War Against ISIS'. They discuss intervention, security concerns, the YPG, Islamic extremism, foreign policy, the Iraq invasion, the Prevent Strategy, multiculturalism, PTSD and much more.

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Jun 30, 2020

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: the easing of the Lockdown, the murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter protests, police brutality, statue toppling, healthy diets, suicides described as 'lynchings', the 'White Lives Matter Burnley' incident, the terrorist attack in Reading, the stabbings in Glasgow, de-funding the BBC and answering listener questions.

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Jun 18, 2020

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight talks to writer and Director of The Free Speech Union,  Inaya Folarin Iman (@InayaFolarin). They discuss the difference between race relations in Britain v USA, Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, free expression, culture, removing 'problematic' TV shows and much, much more.  
 
Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker  
 
Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.   
 
 
Sam Harris Podcast: Can We Pull Back From The Brink? https://samharris.org/podcasts/207-can-pull-back-brink/
 
 
Jun 14, 2020

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight welcomes the return of Ex-Muslim activist and author Yasmine Mohammed (@YasMohammedxx). Yasmine talks about her new book ‘Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam’. They also reflect on the infamous Sam Harris Vs Ben Affleck bust-up on Bill Maher’s Real Time and talk ‘internalized misogyny’, security concerns, ‘American Atheists’, the Coronavirus and China’s culpability. 

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Buy Unveiled on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S4TBFA

Free Hearts, Free Minds: https://www.freeheartsfreeminds.com/

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