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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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Nov 10, 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
0:39 The death of The Queen, the impact of monarchy and national identity
11:17 Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover
27:43 The current civil unrest in Iran
36:03 The attempted terror attack on a migrant centre in Dover, UK
46:19 The Stop Oil protests and disruption in the UK—Climate activism
52:16 Audience Questions: Leicester riots and the war in Ukraine

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

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Oct 11, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by comedy writer and activist Graham Linehan. Graham had a very successful career in comedy writing (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) until he vocally opposed gender ideology. They discuss the destruction of his career by activists, gender ideology and his journey from pro-cancellation to the ‘cancelled’.        

Watch the video version here: www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

                                                                                                                                                                    
0:00 Intro
0:23 How much has Graham’s worldview changed in the last few years?
4:11 What would Graham do if he got his Twitter account back?
5:13 How does he feel about what happened with Mark Meechan/Count Dankula now?
9:07 Why get involved in the trans/gender debate?
16:34 Is it fair to label Graham “anti-transgender”?
21:47 When did Graham realise his career as a comedy writer was in big trouble?
24:18 How can we expect people to speak up when the personal and professional consequences are so huge?
29:05 Why was Graham so critical of comedian Stewart Lee?
37:04 Unisex spaces and safeguarding
40:43 Will those responsible for supporting this harmful ideology be held to account? And the misrepresentation of trans murder stats
44:47 How far has gender ideology spread?
47:47 The controversy over the Canadian teacher with the huge prosthetic breasts…
51:51 Punching down?
54:19 Visits from the police

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Sep 21, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by author and comedian Andrew Doyle (@AndrewDoyle_com). Andrew discusses his latest books ‘The New Puritans: How the Religion of Social Justice Captured The Western World’. Andrew makes a strong case for treating the new ideology of social justice the same way we would any faith-based religion.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

0:00 Intro
0:26 Andrew working for GB News
3:29 ‘The New Puritans’. What is this ideology? How can it be a religion without a god?
7:18 Titania McGrath and the challenge of satire in the current climate
11:42 Has Twitter spilled over into the real world?
15:39 The Salem witch trials hysteria
20:35 Jerry Sadowitz’s show being cancelled at Edinburgh fringe and the decline of mainstream comedy
30:14 Is everyone now being forced to engage in “the culture war”?
32:25 Does the issue of class and economic inequality get overlooked by ‘the new puritans’?
36:25 Does Andrew feel he has been let down by gay rights movements in the current day? And how much harm has gender ideology caused children?
41:55 The treatment and misrepresentation of JK Rowling

Watch the video version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP2wOf3SUkw&t=255s

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Sep 8, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by screenwriter and renowned author Chris Matheson. Chris Matheson is one of the screenwriters for the popular Bill & Ted movies and the author of several books of comedy fiction. Chris’s late father is Richard Matheson, author of iconic books such as ‘I Am Legend’. In Chris’s latest book, ‘Conversations with the Father’, he explores his relationship with his father, and how they became estranged due to their differences on spirituality and new age beliefs.

0:00 Intro
0:29 Thoughts on Bill & Ted Face The Music
5:19 Why pivot from fiction to writing about your personal relationship with your father?
10:36 Who was the author Richard Matheson?
13:51 Does everyone have unresolved issues with their parents that they need to work through after they have died?
15:59 Were you worried about the possibility of tainting the public perception of Richard Matheson?
17:33 Is it an odd upbringing having a famous father?
18:48 Disdain for Psychics
23:22 Is comedy a coping mechanism?
31:51 What are “new age beliefs”? Why do they annoy you so much?
36:28 Is it harder to find meaning as a non-believer?
43:00 Is there a sense that your father was stolen from you by new age ideology?
46:13 Do you regret arguing with your father about these issues? Would you have done it differently if you could go back?
51:30 The fictional, second half of his book.

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Aug 29, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by Journalist and evolutionary biologist Colin Wright (@SwipeWright). Colin has spent a significant amount of his time debunking a lot of the anti-scientific claims made in service of gender ideology. On this episode a number of those claims are covered in detail.

Watch the video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nIT9hmtwQ3I

0:00 Intro
0:21
2:18 What is ‘male’ and ‘female’? What can science objectively tell us about the distinction between the two?
5:11 What is ‘intersex’? Is it relevant to the current debates about gender?
8:15 Is an intersex condition really as common in the general population as red hair?
11:27 Why get involved in this issue? How does it affect you at all?
15:24 Has academia been completely captured by gender ideology?
16:54 The current state of ‘new atheism’ and atheist organisations
21:16 The accusation that open debate on gender ideology will lead to trans suicides.
25:13 Puberty Blockers: What do they do? How are they used? Are there permanent effects?
29:42 Is any progress being made in the States on this issue compared to the UK?
32:17 The effects of gender ideology on free speech in the UK.
36:18 Gender v Sex.
39:40 In what ways do men have biological advantages of women in sports?
44:24 What role does testosterone play in sex differences?
46:11 Attempts to control the language: ‘sex assigned at birth’?
49:31 How credible is the claim about ‘social contagion’?

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Aug 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
0:29 Iram’s trip to Pakistan
4:14 The attempted assassination of Salman Rushdie in New York
19:49 Comedian Jerry Sadowitz has is show cancelled by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
27:52 Movie studio Paramount says they will not censor or edit ‘problematic’ content from the past.
31:30 Movie Review—Top Gun: Maverick
36:31 Muslim woman loses discrimination claims over being referred to as a “guinea pig”.
44:17 Retailer Marks and Spencer affirm commitment to ‘inclusive’ changing rooms policy.
55:25 Megan Markle and her amazing new podcast and celebs using social media.

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Aug 18, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by writer and renowned feminist campaigner, Julie Bindel. Julie will be discussing the issues covered in her new book ‘Feminism for Women: The Real Route to Liberation’.

0:00 Intro
0:39 About Julie
1:38 Liberal Feminism Vs Radical Feminism
5:54 What is ‘The Patriarchy’? Where can we see it in action?
8:09 Why is feminism so unpopular with women according to polls? Third Wave Feminism and choosing religion over feminism.
15:42 Can a man be a feminist? Should we be suspicious of ‘male feminists’? Owen Jones and Matt Walsh
16:43 Porn, prostitution and ‘sex work’. Is this really a form of female liberation?
26:59 Is the prominence of OnlyFans good for women?
33:16 Has the women’s rights discussion been hijacked by trans issues? Can you be “trapped in the wrong body”?
39:18 The framing of gender critical feminists as “fascists”.
46:32 Social contagion and the erasure of gay people.
50:43 The accusation that discussion on this issue will cause death and harm.

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Aug 9, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by Dr. Lyell Asher. Dr. Asher is an American English teacher and has become increasingly concerned about the stifling of free expression on American campuses and the spread of illiberal ideologies. He’s recently fronted a documentary titled ‘Why colleges are becoming cults’ which can be found on YouTube.

You can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube: www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

Watch ‘Why colleges are becoming cults’ on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAqDwn_Q-QQ

0:00 Intro
0:18 About Dr Lyell Asher
2:13 Why take the risk of speaking up publicly?
5:28 Which incidents inspired action?
08:37 The ‘N-word’ and a focus on ‘impact’ over ‘intention’.
15:31 How are you defining ‘woke’?
19:53 Why is progress not being acknowledged? Why is there a new obsession with race?
25:56 Why are students imposing speech codes and illiberal ideology on themselves?
30:49 How do we know we aren’t just grumpy old men that need to get with it?
36:31 Do you use social media?
38:16 Authoritarian tactics and redefining words as violence.
42:03 Have the right taken ownership of defending free speech?
46:32 American speech rights compared to UK ‘hate speech’ laws.
52:19 The importance of which method of reading is taught in schools.

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May 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
0:27 Finally blocked by Owen Jones on Twitter
2:49 Reports of a school girl bullied for disagreeing with gender ideology
13:36 Covering a feminist free speech event in Manchester, death threats, counter-protests.
20:31 The Netflix memo: Has Netflix decided to push back to ‘woke’ employees?
26:00 The impending release of Ricky Gervais’s ‘Supernature’ special on Netflix
29:53 The white supremacist mass shooting in Buffalo, USA.
45:28 Should a terrorist’s manifesto be published by the news media?
47:43 The Taliban orders women to cover their face.
54:05 New UK police chief pledges to concentrate on real crime and not to be the ‘thought police’.
01:00:00 Audience Questions: Andrew Doyle’s new book? Elon Musk Twitter takeover?
01:04:19 A suspicious increase in Twitter followers for conservative and controversial accounts?

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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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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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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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