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Apr 26, 2022

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

0:00 Intro
0:20 Iram and suspicious kitchen activities.
1:08 Stephen finally gets Covid
4:16 Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at The Oscars
11:12 Trans female police officers are authorised to strip search biological women.
22:21 Man gets suspended jail sentence for ‘offensive’ video of Grenfell Tower model
28:20 Women’s clothes shop Monsoon apologies for refusing a non-binary customer access to the changing rooms.
37:39 Elon Musk and the Twitter takeover bid
47:51 Islamist terrorist convicted for the murder of MP David Amess
58:20 Audience questions: Is Putin ill? What does Boris Johnson need to do to lose his job?

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Apr 4, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by Katy Montgomerie (@KatyMontgomerie) and Debbie Hayton (@DebbieHayton). Katy is an LGBT and atheist activist and Debbie is a journalist and physics teacher. They are both are transgender women; however they have very different opinions on the major talking points related to gender and trans rights.

0:00 Intro
1:11 What is a woman? Is there an objective definition? Should we be invoking intersex people in this argument?
21:34 Is sex binary?
23:20 Is Katy male or female?
29:06 What rights would trans people lose if they identified as ‘gender non-confirming’ instead of the opposite sex?  
31:47 Why does this conversation always focus on women? Are women justified to fear an encroachment on their rights? What are the safeguarding concerns?
37:27 Can you change your sex?
40:12 The problem of men talking about what it means to be female
41:02 Is it mostly men that have concerns with self-ID/trans issues?
43:34 The WDI declaration and use of women’s spaces.
50:52 India Willoughby, misgendering and the chilling effect on free speech.
1:02:53 Final questions to each other

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Mar 23, 2022

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

0:00 Intro
0:16 The Weather….
1:38 The Russian invasion of Ukraine
9:36 Jussie Smollett sentenced for hate crime hoax
16:28 Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas winning competitions
30:05 Maajid Nawaz continues down the conspiracy rabbit hole with Ukrainian ‘crisis actors’ tweet.
41:35 Ofsted downgrades school for too much of a focus on ‘social justice’.
44:59 The New York Times podcast series on the Islamist ‘trojan horse’ school controversy in the UK.
55:13 Ofcom banning Russia Today in the UK

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Mar 17, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes Dr. Sohom Das (@Dr_S_Das). Sohom is a Consultant forensic psychiatrist. They talk about mental illness and ideology.

0:00 Intro
0:22 What does Sohom do?
1:30 What is schizophrenia?
3:07 Can people recover from schizophrenia?
4:08 The difference between psychologist and psychiatrist.
5:50 Psychiatry as a science and its dark past
8:17 Society’s attitudes to mental illness
11:25 Why pursue this type of career?
14:11 Religious ‘delusion’ and mental illness.
16:33 Mental illness and suicide bombing.
19:52 How does our understanding of mental illness inform concepts of ‘free will’?
25:42 Spice: Drug use and mental health
28:36 Cannabis and mental health issues.
36:04 The ‘insanity please’.
39:40 Personal safety when assessing patients
45:03 What is the notorious Broadmoor Hospital like?
46:46 Conspiracy theorists
49:28 Soham’s upcoming book ‘In Two Minds’.

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Order ‘In Two Minds’ book: https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/dr-sohom-das/in-two-minds/9780751583786/

Dr Sohom Das’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPR1k3dnTWhSfezRnDHEJKg

 

Mar 17, 2022


This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes Zara Kay (@ZaraKayk). Zara is an Australian, ex-Muslim human rights activist. In 2020, she was detained in her birth country of Tanzania for seemingly political reasons.

0:00 Intro
0:22 London Pride 2020 and a foiled terror attack.
2:31 Is it getting more difficult to have public conversations?
4:17 About Zara Kay and her relationship to Islam
8:24 When did Zara start questioning Islam?
13:22 Why speak out against Islam?
18:08 Has the modern feminist movement gone missing on the issue of Islamic patriarchy?
21:45 How does Zara view western progressives and ‘woke’ activists?
26:20 Why did Zara get arrested in Tanzania?
36:10 How long was Zara in Jail? What were the conditions like?
42:27 How did Zara get out of Tanzania?
43:19 Why were the Australian authorities so unhelpful?
45:31 Can Zara ever return to Tanzania?
46:22 What was the infighting amongst ex-Muslims all about?
55:21 About ‘Faithless Hijabi’.

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Faithless Hijabi Website: https://www.faithlesshijabi.org/

 

 

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Jan 24, 2022

  Edward Colston statue case could be sent to appeal court - BBC News

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

0:00 Intro
0:59 Reporting from the Covid related protests in London
5:22 Vaccines becoming part of the culture war
10:53 Alleged lockdown Tory drinks ‘parties’.
19:19 Harry Miller legal victory over ‘transphobic tweets’ and ‘non-crime hate incidents’.
25:37 The gender debate and the impact on free speech
32:18 Edward Colston statue toppling court verdict
43:34 Maajid Nawaz gets fired from LBC Radio
51:23 How can you tell if people are playing to their audience rather than being objective?
55:06 Handling a sudden increase in audience size
1:00:00 Angela Rayner playing the ‘working-class northerner’ card.
1:13:00 Texas synagogue hostage taker was from Blackburn, UK


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Jan 21, 2022
This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens (@AMHitchens). Alexander is a Lecturer in terrorism at King's College London and the author of ‘Incitement: Anwar al-Awlaki's Western Jihad'. They discuss radicalisation, terrorism, and the influence of al-Awlaki on modern Islamic extremism. 0:00 Start
0:35 About Alexander
1:51 The approach and style choice when writing about Anwar Al-Awlaki
5:35 Who was Anwar Al-Awlaki?
11:09 Foreign policy versus religious ideology?
19:08 Is the doctrine of Islam a special case when it comes to extremism?
26:33 Should Islamist and Jihadi sermons remain on platforms such as YouTube? What role do digital platforms play in radicalisation?
34:27 The government response to the killing of UK politician David Amess at the hands of a suspected Jihadist.
39:39 Are counter-terror organisations better prepared than our politicians?
45:58 The public opposition to linking Islam with violent extremism
52:05 The ‘reactionary wave’: Similarities between salafi-Jihadists and white supremacists.

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