Ep#81 – Iram Ramzan – Sedaa.org

Iram Ramzan (@Iram_Ramzan) will be joining me on The #GSPodcast this week. After seeing a lack of progressive voices in the media, particularly those of Muslim heritage, Iram decided to set up Sedaa (@Sedaa_ourvoices). We’ll be talking about cultural relativism, radicalisation, Labour party anti-Semitism, racism, ‘What Muslims Really Think, reform and more!

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Salon Writer Smears Ricky Gervais As ‘Transphobic’

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Special Correspondents starring Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana debuts on Netflix today. As a fan of both men’s work, I’m really looking forward to watching it, but a weekend trip means it’ll have to wait until Monday.

I did have time to see a pretty scathing review of the film however via our favourite smear enterprise, ‘Salon’. More accurately, this was less a review and more an incredibly mean-spirited, inaccurate, sneering attack on the film’s Writer/Director/star Ricky Gervais. You’d think Gervais was responsible for creating a kitten crushing factory rather than a piece of entertainment.

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Taking The Myth – 27 April 2016 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and A Scotsman Abroad discuss the big topics. We talk about: Organ donation, Noah’s Ark employment discrimination, Islamist murder in Bangladesh, forced circumcision, the Pope, Cenk Uygur & denial of the Armenian Genocide and Mona Eltahawy’s breakdown. And A Scotsman Abroad blames something on religion.

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Cenk Uygur Still Won’t Acknowledge The Armenian Genocide

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Cenk Uygur is the co-founder and main host of the left-leaning online media outlet ‘The Young Turks’. Over recent years, he’s faced increasing pressure to address his past claims that the Armenian genocide didn’t actually happen.

As well as denial of the atrocity, he’s also accused of naming his show, ‘The Young Turks’ after the perpetrators of the genocide. He’s been willing to deny the latter, but has been consistent in his avoidance of the former.

After years of silence and public avoidance when challenged on this issue, Cenk finally released a statement on April 22nd. It is reproduced in its entirety below:

Today, I rescind the statements I made in my Daily Pennsylvanian article from 1991 entitled, “Historical Fact of Falsehood? When I wrote that piece, I was a 21 year-old kid, who had a lot of opinions that I have since changed. Back then I had many political positions that were not well researched. For example, back in those days I held a pro-war rally for the Persian Gulf War. Anyone who knows me now knows that I am a very different person today.

I also rescind the statements I made in a letter to the editor I wrote in 1999 on the same issue. Back then I had a very different perspective and there were many things that I did not give due weight. On this issue, I should have been far, far more respectful of so many people who had lost family members. Their pain is heart-wrenching and should be acknowledged by all.

My mistake at the time was confusing myself for a scholar of history, which I most certainly am not. I don’t want to make the same mistake again, so I am going to refrain from commenting on the topic of the Armenian Genocide, which I do not know nearly enough about.

Thank you for being patient with me on this issue, though I might not have always merited it.

I find this statement lacking. Cenk has had 25 years to get his facts straight on this topic, yet he still avoids confirming whether this atrocity actually took place. Merely rescinding a statement is not the same as conceding that it is untrue.

Were it the case that I wanted people to be certain that I wasn’t denying a historically established genocide, I’d be sure to confirm my acknowledgement of said atrocity in a released statement intended to put the matter to bed. Something like: ‘Of course I now accept the Armenian genocide happened’ would do it for instance.

The above simply reads as someone who just doesn’t want to talk about it and is hoping it will all go away, rather than someone who wishes to set the record straight.

But unfortunately, Cenk can only manage to concede he was mistaken for ‘confusing’ himself for a ‘scholar of history’ rather than being mistaken about historical fact. 

Also, ‘I don’t know enough about this, I’m not a scholar’ is an odd defence to take for a talk show host. Cenk is not a ‘scholar’ on any topic as far as I’m aware.

Will Cenk refrain from being opinionated on topics he is not a scholar on from now on? Surely he would need to find a new job then. Or does this credential humility only apply where inconvenient topics such as the Armenian genocide are concerned?

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here.

Become An Organ Donor Today

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It’s my birthday and before I head off to punish my liver, I thought I’d try to encourage some good where human organs are concerned.

As the majority of my readers and listeners will be atheists, I think it stands to reason that many of you couldn’t care less what happens to you after you die. I feel the same and it’s this realisation that made me sign up as an organ donor many years ago.

With this in mind, I’m calling on you to join the organ donor list and potentially help someone to live on when it’s your time to go.

Now, I wouldn’t want anyone to feel pressured. Whatever you feel comfortable with is the right decision when it comes to your body. You may wish to go away and think about it, consult loved ones or read up on the topic some more.

For those who are certain however, you can sign up using the below links in a matter of minutes.

U.K.

United States Of America

I’ve only had the time to add the links for the UK and USA so far. I’m aware that I have readers from hundreds of other regions of the planet, so please provide a link to your countries’ donor page in the comments and I will update the post.

Please let me know on Twitter or in the comments below whether you have signed up and why! This is a great cause and further demonstrates what can be achieved when a group of online atheists work together to be good for good’s sake.

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here.

Students Threaten To Leave NUS Over Malia Bouattia Appointment

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In a decision marred with controversy, Malia Bouattia has been elected president of the National Union Of Students in the U.K.

I first learned the name Malia Bouattia when she prevented a motion to condemn global terrorist organisation ISIS on the grounds of ‘Islamophobia’. As reported by Douglas Murray in The Spectator:

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