Taking The Myth – March 2017 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. We talk about the Secularist Of The Year Awards, the European Court ruling on religious dress, the laptop ban, Westminster terror, Blasphemy, Andy Kindler, BBC Asian Network and much, much more! And the ASLAN Awards return!

Recorded on Tues 28th March 2017.

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Ep#97 – Secularist Of The Year 2017 – Yasmin Rehman

This week on The #GSPodcast I bring you some coverage from the Secularist Of The Year Awards in central London, hosted by The National Secular Society. The main prize went to Yasmin Rehman. You can support the National Secular Society at http://www.secularism.org.uk

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Information on speakers:

03:15 – Terry Sanderson:

Terry Sanderson is the President Of The National Secular Society https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Sanderson_(writer)

04:34 – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a British Journalist and Author https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasmin_Alibhai-Brown

11:28 – Scott Moore

Scott Moore and Let Pupils Choose, a Northern Ireland Humanists campaign,for challenging compulsory worship and religious privilege in Northern Ireland’s schools. http://strabanechronicle.com/2017/03/teenager-shortlisted-top-secularist-award/

15:35 – Houzan Mahmoud

Houzan Mahmoud and the Kurdish Culture project, for their initiative to provide a platform for Kurdish writers, feminists, artists and activists to advance gender equality, freedom and universal rights. http://kurdishcultureproject.org/author/houzanm/

22:40 ? Barry Duke

Barry Duke is a journalist and gay rights activist. Barry currently edits The Freethinker magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Duke

31:00 – Yasmin Rehman ? Winner Of Secularist Of The Year 2017

From the NSS website: ‘Yasmin has spent much of the past two years working to get the Government to recognise the dangers faced by ex-Muslims and Ahmadi Muslims from Islamic extremists. She has used her own home as a shelter for women at risk of domestic abuse’ http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/03/yasmin-rehman-named-secularist-of-the-year-2017

Andy Kindler Doesn’t Know What (Or Who) He’s Talking About

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I wouldn’t know the name ‘Andy Kindler’ had I not noticed his bizarre Twitter obsession with Ricky Gervais some time ago. It appears Andy has a problem with vocal critics of religion and is unable to separate dislike of ideas from bigotry towards actual people. He’s also a comedian, I’m told.

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It seems Sam Harris has also been on the receiving end of the same sort of treatment for quite some time too:

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Michael Nugent Debates William Lane Craig

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Chairperson of Atheist Ireland, Michael Nugent debated Christian Theologian William Lane Craig on Tuesday. You can now see the debate it in full below by clicking on the image (YouTube):

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I’ve not been able to watch it yet, but plan to do so this weekend. From what I have read of Michael’s opening statements, it seems like he came incredibly well prepared.

I was fortunate enough to speak to Michael Nugent on my podcast back in April 2016. I have a huge amount of admiration for the clarity and compassion you will consistently find in his writing and speaking.

I have long been frustrated with the way in which people engage William Lane Craig’s arguments in debate. I don’t believe he has particularly good arguments, but rather he is able to employ them in a manner that is very effective in the eyes of an uninitiated audience.

I’ve noticed Craig leans heavily on ‘gish gallop’ and cherry picks quotes out of context in service of his claims. Sean Carroll did a fantastic job of exposing the latter technique in a debate from 2014:

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Muslim’ Woman Singled Out In Viral London Terror Photo

 

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Details are still coming in after yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster and the official investigation is only just underway. I suspect I’ll be blogging and podcasting a considerable amount in the coming days and weeks about this devastating act of Islamic terror.

At the time of writing this we know that at least 4 people are dead and many more are injured. The suspect is said to be British-born and the attack has been described as ‘Islamist’ in nature by the British Prime Minister.

In the meantime, as we wait for all the details to emerge, one particular injustice caught my eye which is worth pushing back against.

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BBC Asks “What Is The Right Punishment For Blasphemy?”

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Earlier this week it was reported that Facebook were sending a team to Pakistan to discuss the concerns of Pakistani officials regarding ‘blasphemous’ content on the social media platform. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has previously described ‘blasphemy’ as an “unpardonable offence”.

The fact that Facebook is even entertaining this sort of thing deserves no small amount of opprobrium, but it should come as a surprise to no-one that Pakistan would be heavily engaged in this area.

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