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Now displaying: December, 2021
Dec 24, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes James Esses (@JamesEsses). James was a trainee psychotherapist and children’s counsellor until he was expelled for publicly expressing his opinions on gender ideology and transitioning. James is now taking legal action against his former place of study on grounds of discrimination.

0:00 Start
0:17 About James and his background
1:41 What is Childline?
3:26 Where was James studying before being expelled?
4:41 When did James first start taking an interest in the issue of gender dysphoria?
6:59 What is ‘gender dysphoria’
8:07 Gender dysphoria vs. social contagion
13:02 Parents with ‘trans babies’.
16:51 How do we separate the bigots from the genuine concerns?
20:25 James’s online petition to the UK government.
24:56 ‘Conversion therapy’ in the context of transgenderism
27:33 ‘Watchful waiting’: Do most people with gender dysphoria ‘desist’ if given time?
28:43 Getting expelled from his psychotherapy course.
30:59 Has academia been captured by gender ideology?
34:38 Taking legal action
38:02 Updates on the legal action
39:46 James’s relationship with his employer
41:26 Any precedents that provide hope for successful legal action?
43:47 Legal action as a last resort

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James’s article in Quillette: https://quillette.com/2021/03/11/replacing-one-kind-of-conversion-therapy-with-another/

Support James’s legal action: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/expelled-university-free-speech/

Dec 17, 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
0:24 Omicron and the NHS
4:17 Is it even possible to vaccinate the planet to a sufficient degree?
5:30 Jeremy Sleath wins unfair dismissal case after being fired for anti-Islam Facebook post
12:56 New Zealand Professor Garth Cooper faces disciplinary action for refusing to teach Māori creation myths in Science class.
16:47 The weird worship of Jacinda Ardern
17:41 Rod Liddle’s Durham university controversy and the cowardice of leaders in Academia
26:26 J.K.Rowling and Scotland to log rapes as committed by women if the male perpetrator identifies as a woman.
35:09 The erasure of the word ‘woman’.
40:25 Remembering Christopher Hitchens
45:05 Jussie Smollett found guilty of a hate crime hoax
52:09 Audience Question: Is the BBC downplaying religion in reporting on extremism?
53:36: Audience Question: Why do people love some animals but are ok with eating others?
57:16 Audience Question: Any Aslan contenders for the end of 2021?
01:00:11 Christmas plans
01:02:21 Christmas movie choices

Support the podcast at
www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

Dec 2, 2021

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes physics teacher and journalist Debbie Heyton (@DebbieHayton). Debbie transitioned in her 40s and talks about why she opposes the popular narrative on transgenderism and gender ideology.

You can watch the video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AAlJdE377t8

0:09 Start of interview
0:17 About Debbie Hayton
2:00 Debbie’s transition
4:43 Affirmation versus treatment. Is transitioning always the solution?
7:19 Are transgender rights the new gay rights struggle?
12:51 Why has defining sex become taboo? How do we define it?
18:17 LGBT & Stonewall: Should gay and trans issues be contained under the same umbrella?
24:26 Are Stonewall damaging the conversation on trans rights?
29:04 The diversity of thought within the transgender population.
30:38 What are your political leanings?
34:22 Misgendering and the importance of pronouns
40:24 Statistics on trans suicide and murder
46:35 Are trans people being presented as dangerous by default?
54:48 Is support for Self-ID a big problem for Labour’s election chances?

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

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Debbie’s writing can be found at www.debbiehayton.com

 

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