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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

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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

Taking The Myth – April 2021 Edition

Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99

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/

Are Jews Welcome at The American Humanist Association @AmericnHumanist?

I recently wrote about the hysteria emanating from a number of American atheist, secular and humanist organisations in response to some words tweeted by Richard Dawkins on the topic of self-identification. This circus culminated in the American Humanist Association withdrawing their 1996 Humanist of The Year Award from Richard Dawkins.

Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of American Humanists appeared to explain the decision by stating that ‘Dawkins pattern of insensitivity to groups who experience prejudice are holding our movement back from attracting diverse populations we should be seeing in droves..’.

Which got me thinking. Are Jews welcome in the American Humanist Association? You see, I only ask this question because a year after Richard Dawkins was awarded Humanist of the Year in 1996, the 1997 honour went to American activist Alice Walker.

In the intervening years Alice Walker has earned a reputation as someone that promotes anti-Semitism. It seems even after her promotion of anti-Semitism was well known and documented, American Humanists were still celebrating her on their social media.

So, if Dawkins is to be publicly condemned and have his award withdrawn on the grounds of ‘insensitivity to groups who experience prejudice’, I fully expect Roy Speckhardt and the American Humanists will be announcing their withdrawal of Humanist of The Year from Alice Walker any moment now. Unless of course Jews don’t count in the model of intersectionality they are pushing. I await a response.

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