Ep#118 – Andrew Doyle – Political Comedy

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight speaks to Writer and Comedian Andrew Doyle (@AndrewDoyle_com). Andrew is also the co-writer of the satirical character Jonathan Pie. We talk about comedy, Michelle Wolfe, Brexit, feminism, ‘white privilege’ as an argument, Count Dankula, Graham Linehan, meme culture and much, much more!

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Show Notes

Jonathan Pie – President Trump: How & Why… (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLG9g7BcjKs)

Jonathan Pie ? It’s a JOKE! (Dankula verdict) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti2bVS40cz0)

Comedy Unleashed (http://www.comedyunleashed.co.uk)

Andrew Doyle In Spiked-The Day For Freedom Was Not a Far-Right Rally (http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-day-for-freedom-was-not-a-far-right-rally/21377#.WvsoL5ch02w)

Please make a Muslim hero character, J. J. Abrams. We need it. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/12/17/please-make-a-muslim-hero-character-j-j-abrams-we-need-it/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8b6f57238f76)

Matt Dillahunty Takes On Jordan Peterson’s Unsophisticated Arguments on God and Atheism

I have mixed views on Jordan Peterson. He’s clearly an intelligent individual and for better or worse he has captured the hearts and minds of huge numbers of people.I find some of his output valuable, and some of it has me scratching my head. This is ok though. I’ve realised that if you expect individuals to be on-point on absolutely everything, then you are going to have a bad time.

One of those itchy-scalp topics for Peterson happens to be religion and god. I’ve been waiting for someone to shine some daylight on this blind spot and I’m very pleased to see Matt Dillahunty appears to be just the man. You can watch a conversation between the two men here:

Despite the points of disagreement between them, both men conducted themselves respectfully and engaged in a constructive manner for which they should be praised.

In other spheres, Peterson is known for railing against the infuriating postmodernist way of using language in such a way that is so elastic as to be utterly meaningless.

However, it’s clear to me that this is the precise way in which Peterson operates where the question of god is concerned. For instance, at one point Dillahunty makes the claim that decapitation would be bad for human ‘well-being’. Astonishingly, Peterson attempts to argue against that proposition, playing a game of “it depends on how you define well-being”.

Peterson also espouses deeply unsophisticated attitudes towards atheists. On the one hand he claims to respect them, but then denies their entire existence by saying they are not godless, they “just think they are”.

In another conversation, when Peterson was asked to confirm whether god was “fact or fantasy”, Peterson answered with “Why can’t it be both?”.

This is garden variety ‘hide the ball’ apologetics and is not indicative of a critical thinker, or at least a consistent one.

I’m pleased to say none of this got by Matt Dillahunty. Matt is far too experienced to be bamboozled by Peterson’s verbose obfuscation.

Let me know what you think 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 or making a one–off payment via PayPal here.

Video Report From ‘Day For Freedom’

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I headed down to the ‘Day For Freedom’ event in London on Sunday 6th May. The event featured a host of controversial speakers that pulled in a surprisingly diverse crowd. I have plenty of thoughts to share on this event, so please subscribe to the Godless Spellchecker Podcast to hear them in an upcoming episode. In the meantime, please watch and share my three part coverage below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZGMzPIFIIk&list=PLJ_l4Dg_b0sOWxnUyoJlQcHb2Uy8ln77F

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here or making a one–off payment via PayPal here.

Protest March For Count Dankula: Speeches and Interviews

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I was in London on Monday to report from the free speech protest in honour of ‘Count Dankula’. For those of you who don’t know what that is all about, I made a video explaining the situation here.

In short, Mark Meechan (AKA ‘Count Dankula’) has been convicted by a Scottish court for making a joke video and posting it online. He avoided jail time but was handed an £800 fine.

You can watch my extensive footage of the protest march below, including the speeches and a couple of interviews. I have plenty of thoughts on the event which I’ll save for an upcoming episode of The Godless Spellchecker Podcast.

I really enjoy reporting from events and sharing the footage with you. However, I am an independent content producer meaning everything I do is entirely audience supported.

The equipment and travel costs for doing this sort of work are not small, and I am finding that I am using more and more of my holiday allowance from my day job to cover such events.

If you find value in what I do and would like to make it possible for me to produce content as my full-time and only job, you can do so by becoming a supporter on Patreon. This lets you pledge to support my content for as little as $1 per month. If a small percentage of my audience did this, I would be able to dedicate my time to this sort of work on a full-time basis.

Please share my video coverage and subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thank you for your support.

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here or making a one–off payment via PayPal here.

Taking The Myth – April 2018 Edition

This week on Taking The MythStephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. They cover: Allegations against American Atheists’ David Silverman, Enoch Powell, The Nazi Pug Conviction, ‘Punish A Muslim Day’, British ISIS Fighters and much, much more!

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