100 episodes

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast is an award winning weekly sceptical/atheistic 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. The motto of the show is: "I think we've all learned something here today".

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast Stephen Knight

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 154 Ratings

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast is an award winning weekly sceptical/atheistic 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. The motto of the show is: "I think we've all learned something here today".

    Taking The Myth - November 2022 Edition

    Taking The Myth - November 2022 Edition

    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
    Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

    • 58 min
    Ep#192 - Graham Linehan on Gender ideology and cancellation

    Ep#192 - Graham Linehan on Gender ideology and cancellation

    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
    Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.  
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep#191 - Andrew Doyle - The New Puritans

    Ep#191 - Andrew Doyle - The New Puritans

    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
    Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.  
     

    • 52 min
    Ep#190 - Chris Matheson - Conversations with the father

    Ep#190 - Chris Matheson - Conversations with the father

    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.


    Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.  
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep#189 - Why Human Sex Is Binary - Colin Wright

    Ep#189 - Why Human Sex Is Binary - Colin Wright

    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’?
    Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.  
    SEGM: https://segm.org/
    Reality’s Last Stand Website: https://www.realityslaststand.com/
     
     

    • 54 min
    Taking The Myth - August 2022 Edition

    Taking The Myth - August 2022 Edition

    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.
    Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com
    Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.
     

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

emma skewen ,

Late to the party…

Can’t believe only now in June 2021 I’m coming across this podcast. Look forward to listening back.

The Cotswolder ,

Very boring

Stephen doesn't half like the sound of his own voice, man. Yeah, man. Plus he likes protein shakes. He really likes clever people because he thinks if he interviews them and half understands what they say, man, and kinda like repeats some of it back at them, and says he listens to Sam Harris, it'll, like, rub off on him, man.

Sgilbs1969 ,

We’ve all learned something here today

Great podcast - deals with controversial subjects through the lens of human rights and flourishing

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