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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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Now displaying: April, 2021
Apr 29, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes co-founder of Atheists for Liberty Thomas Sheedy (@SheedyThom). They talk about the controversy surrounding Richard Dawkins and the regressive descent of other American atheist groups into intersectional ideology. Where did it all go wrong for American atheism? And what can we do to course-correct?

0:00 Intro
2:19 Start of interview & About Thomas Sheedy
3:54 The creation of Atheists for Liberty
5:35 Why did the ‘Reason Rally’ fail so badly?
6:48 ‘Elevatorgate’ & the beginning of the end
13:45 Is going woke really hurting these groups?
21:09 American atheist organisations excommunicate Richard Dawkins
24:13 Why is the debate around self-ID and gender forbidden by ‘sceptics’?
29:33 Is far-left secular ideology making religion seem more appealing?
35:26 What atheist issues should we be paying attention to?
38:52 Can Atheists for Liberty claim political neutrality?
42:30 Setting up Atheist for Liberty stalls at conservative conventions
46:52 The rise of ‘Trumpism’ and the Capitol Hill attack
50:58 Is America on a political knife edge?
53:27 Wokeness uniting non-believers and believers in opposition?
59:30 How to support Atheists for Liberty

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

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Atheists for Liberty: https://www.atheistsforliberty.org/

Stephen Knight blog on Richard Dawkins Controversy: https://www.gspellchecker.com/2021/04/american-atheists-american-humanists-and-the-secular-coalition-join-the-woke-church/

Thomas Sheedy’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaR_8e3N15aLNGPABUhs_vg

 

Apr 21, 2021

 

Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99

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

0:00 Intro & Ramadan
1:00 The Daily Mail
2:11 The Death Of Prince Phillip & Monarchy in 2021
13:46 Derek Chauvin found guilty of Murdering George Floyd
17:41 Policing and the shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant
20:54 The UK Race and Ethnic Disparities report and class structure in the UK
37:21 Maajid Nawaz and the closure of Quilliam
46:49 Muhammad cartoon controversy at Batley school
57:57 Iram reviews Robocop (1987)
59:54 Richard Dawkins being cancelled by American atheist organisations
01:07:12 Bad lockdown habits. Stephen gets fat.

‘Race report shows this victim culture is wrong - and so damaging’ – Iram Ramzan in the Daily Mail https://tinyurl.com/ce6sy5rt

Blog on Richard Dawkins and American atheist groups: https://www.gspellchecker.com/2021/04/american-atheists-american-humanists-and-the-secular-coalition-join-the-woke-church/

Are Jews Welcome at the American Humanist association? https://www.gspellchecker.com/2021/04/are-jews-welcome-at-the-american-humanist-association-americnhumanist/

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

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

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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/

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