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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 • 144 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".

    Ep#176 - Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Prey

    Ep#176 - Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Prey

    This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes author and ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (@Ayaan). They discuss Ayaan’s new book ‘Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights’.
    Video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fbSPoGtAyew
    0:00 Intro
    3:40 Start of interview
    4:46 On Richard Dawkins and the American Humanist Association
    08:01 Is Ayaan still an atheist?
    10:25 Is Islamic reform a worthy endeavour? Maajid Nawaz and the closure of Quilliam
    12:52 The 5 key elements required for a modernised Islam
    15:21 Is it any easier to discuss Islamic fundamentalism now?
    19:13 Does Ayaan feel betrayed by the modern feminist movement?
    23:03 Is Islamic fundamentalism an important topic in the USA?
    24:53 The ‘Dawah’ infrastructure
    26:55 What are ‘Western Values’?
    29:06 How do we fix the failings of multi-culturalism?
    31:37 Do you have to learn to get used to smears? And the far-right
    34:30 Is it fair to select immigrants based on religious background?
    36:59 Ayaan as a beneficiary of immigration/asylum
    38:50 Is sexual violence really connected to immigration? How do you know?
    43:51 The late and great Christopher Hitchens.

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

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    Buy ‘Prey’: https://amzn.to/3nxSgWc
     
     
     
     

    • 47 min
    Ep#175 - Why did American Atheism lose its way?

    Ep#175 - Why did American Atheism lose its way?

    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


     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Taking The Myth - April 2021 Edition

    Taking The Myth - April 2021 Edition

     






    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/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep#174 - David Baddiel - Jews Don't Count

    Ep#174 - David Baddiel - Jews Don't Count

    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
    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.
    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/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep#173 - Liam Duffy - Western Foreign Fighterts and Yazidis

    Ep#173 - Liam Duffy - Western Foreign Fighterts and Yazidis

    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/

    • 54 min
    Ep#172 - Rahima Mahmut - 'Stop Uyghur Genocide'

    Ep#172 - Rahima Mahmut - 'Stop Uyghur Genocide'

    This week on The Knight Tube Stephen Knight welcomes Uyghur Human Rights Activist Rahima Mahmut (@MahumtRahima). They talk about the oppression of Uyghur Muslims in China and what people can do in response
    0:00​ Start
    0:28​ About Rahima's work and background
    1:58​ Who are the Uyghur?
    3:45​ Leaving China/The Baren Township riot
    4:53​ Fears of surveillance
    8:00​ Religious freedom in China & crackdown on Uygurs
    13:00​ Concentration camps? Genocide? Rahima's family
    17:15​ How is China suppressing the truth?
    25:28​ “Never again” and Western apathy
    32:32​ What can be done about China? The Genocide amendment
    39:55​ Joe Biden's comments on China and Donald Trump
    45:15​ Personal security concerns
    48:43​ The response from within China
    53:16​ What can we do?
    Watch the video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/H7jQr0Rr7zs
    Stop Uyghur Genocide Campaign: https://www.stopuyghurgenocide.org.uk/​
    Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker​

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Sgilbs1969 ,

We’ve all learned something here today

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

Tall Londoner ,

Brendan O’Neil !! Are you kidding me??

Loathsome, homophobic Brexiteer Brendan O’Neil, that one ?

Rose104000000 ,

Keep doing what you are doing.

Thoughtful and brave podcast. Sad that I even have to say brave - discussing, challenging and exposing religions problems shouldn’t be something that involves taking death threats, hatred and bile but in the 21st century but it still is. Stephen takes on big subjects with care and humour. Please do listen and support.

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