Taking The Myth – 31 Aug Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and A Scotsman Abroad discuss the big topics with guest callers. Topics include: Hamza Tzortzis’s details being found on the Ashley Madison leak, the Virginia shooting, gun control, Donald Trump’s Hair, Jeremy Corbyn, The Guardian’s hatchet job on Maajid Nawaz, the left’s alignment with Islamists and A Scotsman Abroad blames religion for something.

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Mo Ansar Calls Me A ‘Paranoid Racist’

Image taken from BBC Documentary: 'When Tommy Met Mo'.

Image taken from BBC Documentary: ‘When Tommy Met Mo’.

Like reputable media outlets and the general public, I was happy to forget all about Mo Ansar. A malicious fraud who was exposed in grand fashion last May when several mainstream media outlets reported on his fairytale C.V and Islamist sensibilities. Journalist Jeremy Duns appears to have collated the most comprehensive account of Ansar’s lies and malice. I encourage you to share it far and wide.

During this time, I tweeted out an offer for Mo Ansar to clear his name on my podcast, perhaps even a discussion with Jeremy Duns on these allegations.

PodcastOfferAnsarHateMo then accused me of a campaign of ‘hate and harassment’ (a tweet he subsequently deleted when pressed for examples) and decided he would just ignore the charges against him, presumably in the hope they would go away. Well, they won’t. He’s still yet to publish a response to these serious, career ending allegations over a year later. Read more

Fox News Blames Atheism For Virginia Shooting

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The debate surrounding gun control is once again dominating discourse Stateside after the brutal gunning down of two Tv news journalists live on air.

The usual suspects wasted no time in exploiting this atrocity to further their own political agendas and prejudices.

So, what does the Fox say? Now, I know most sensible people would agree that Fox ‘News’ is a wretched little propaganda hole that would only merit a mention were it to actually deviate from its usual M.O. of sowing fear and hate.

However, given Fox is the main source of information for countless American citizens – I can’t help but feel they’ve certainly played their part in influencing some of the disconcerting polling data regarding American attitudes towards atheists. Read and weep at the thought that some consider atheists to be less trustworthy than rapists & murderers in the land of the free.

Let’s take a look at what Mayor of Bullshit Mountain Bill O’Reilly had to say in the aftermath of this horrific crime (via The Examiner):

“Every single murderer over 40 years that I have covered in these circumstances has been either atheistic, agnostic, no religious basis at all.”

O’Reilly continued, claiming that Americans were “tending away” from religion and spirituality.

AlterNet has already gone to the trouble of pointing out a number of examples to falsify O’Reilly’s dubious claims, but what of the shooter in this particular crime?

Sometime after gunning down Allison Parker and Adam Ward live on air, suspect Vester Flanagan found the time to fax a 23 page suicide note and list of grievances to ABC News, before eventually turning his gun on himself, ending his life.

Contained amongst the slew of grievances he’d highlighted about his former colleagues and employers, was this item of note (ABC):

He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.

I wonder if that’s spiritual enough for Bill O’Reilly.

Needless to say, of all the things Vester Flanagan may have lacked, religion doesn’t appear to be amongst them.

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

Ep#64 – Ryan Bell – A Year Without God

Ex-Pastor Ryan Bell (@YearWithoutGod) is this week’s excellent guest on The #GSPodcast. He tells us all about his decision to ditch god for a year. Ryan chronicled his experiences on his incredibly popular blog, which led to him becoming the subject of upcoming movie documentary ‘A Year Without God’. What difference does god make?

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Ep#63 – Nathan Phelps – Ex-Westboro Baptist Church

Nathan Phelps (@N8Phelps) is this week’s guest on The #GSPodcast. Nathan grew up in the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. He’ll be telling us what it’s like to be part of the Phelps family – often dubbed ‘the most hated’ in America, and why he decided to leave and channel his efforts into secular activism. A truly eye-opening and candid discussion.

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Atheists, How Do You Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe?

cosmosTom Chivers captured people’s attention recently when he asked a group of doctors ‘How They Would Prefer To Die’ and published the responses over at Buzzfeed. It makes for great reading.

He then announced he would be looking to speak to atheists for a similar project, specifically asking how atheists managed to find purpose in a seemingly purposeless universe.

I emailed over my thoughts on the matter, and the final piece titled ‘I Asked Atheists How They Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe’ can now be read in full here.

I wasn’t sure whether my submission would be included – and as I scrolled through the contributions of prominent authors, scientists and public figures, I convinced myself it definitely wouldn’t be.

To my surprise, it appears I slipped through the net however, and my ten cents somehow ended up amongst the thoughtful answers of much brighter folk. Anyhow, here is my contribution:

“When we reject the imagined supernatural meaning from our existence, what we’re left with is far from a consolation prize. Sure, it’ll be messy at times, sometimes joyous, sometimes miserable, but it’s all we’ll ever know. And it’s ours. We invent comforting lies to distract us from one simple truth: Oblivion looms. So, what are you going to do about it?

 

 

“I choose to live, laugh, love, travel, create, help others, and learn. And I’m going to do as much of this as I can manage, because the clock is ticking. We create our own meaning, and there’s more than enough to be had. Seize it where you can.”

It was also great to see a number of #GSPodcast alumni featured, such as Alom Shaha, Andrew Copson, Michael Marshall and Jerry Coyne.

I think it’s great that this type of content is being published on a mainstream platform and I imagine as a consequence, it may challenge a few misconceptions about us heathens.

How would you answer this question? I’d love to read your answers in the comments.

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

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