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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#177 - Calvin Robinson

    Ep#177 - Calvin Robinson

    This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes social commentator and political advisor Calvin Robinson (@CalvinRobinson).
    0:00 Intro
    5:09 Start Of interview
    6:19 About Calvin Robinson
    7:06 Education and Christianity
    7:56 Do we need Christianity for morality?
    13:33 Identity politics and being called on to discuss race
    16:10 What does it mean to you to be ‘right-wing’?
    19:57 Should we worry about a new ‘entitled’ generation of children?
    21:49 Should we defund the BBC? And the Martin Bashir scandal
    27:43 The relevance and value of a Monarchy in 2021
    30:33 Religious teaching in schools
    34:20 Anti-Semitism on UK streets and the failure of liberalism.
    36:49 The left-wing interest in the Israel/Palestine conflict.
    39:43 Black Lives Matter and George Floyd as a martyr.
    43:37 Treating ‘Black’ as a political ideology and being labelled a ‘race-traitor’.
    45:21 Is modern ‘anti-racism’ hurting progress on race-relations?
    50:54 Is social media a mistake?
    57:19 Are we too afraid to speak our mind now?

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

    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.
     

    • 1 hr
    Taking The Myth - May 2021 Edition

    Taking The Myth - May 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 & having the Covid Vaccine
    6:15 Has Jeremy Corbyn been vaccinated? Is it fair to even ask?
    9:40 The latest bout of Israel V Palestine conflict.
    17:52 The shocking scenes of anti-Semitism at pro-Palestine rallies.
    22:47 The attack on the home of Muslim Youtuber Abu Layth.
    24:50 Hummus
    25:48 The outcome of the Batley grammar school investigation over Muhammed cartoons.
    32:23 Praise for The National Secular Society
    34:02 Shout out to the Batley Binmen Massive
    35:56 The shooting of activist Sasha Johnson
    38:42 Diane Abbott’s comments on the Sasha Johnson shooting
    41:23 Commemorating the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder
    49:00 Forced ‘diversity’.
    53:33 Iram watches some more 80s movies
    56:12 Fat-shaming Stephen

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

    • 59 min
    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

    Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.
    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

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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