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Incredible Portraits Of Prominent Secular Thinkers By @EmmyJewel

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I thought I’d draw your attention to some serious talent that continues to catch my eye on Twitter.

When she’s not tweeting sense on topical issues, ‘Just Juliet’ (@EmmyJewel) has been sharing some incredible portraits of prominent secular thinkers.

Not only is the technical ability on display so impressive here, but she has expertly captured the essence of her subjects too.

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Why Give Britain First What They Need?

Footage has emerged allegedly showing Britain First leader Paul Golding facing attempted violence whilst out shopping. Although the sight of someone as odious as Golding fearfully retreating into a Curry’s store can’t fail to generate some level of amusement, I’d like the perpetrators and celebrants to consider the following: You are selfish and are only helping the dangerous cause of those you hate.

Britain First are every bit as sinister as you might imagine. This is a group who storm mosques during prayers to intimidate worshippers or rally in the streets under the cross of Christianity.

Not to mention they are currently under investigation for inciting hatred and can count Darren Osborne among their supporters (a man currently facing terrorism charges for ploughing a van into a group of Muslims in Finsbury Park). They will also share any piece of misinformation across social media just so long as it’s sufficiently anti-Muslim. Well, until they were banned from Twitter that is.

If I switched on the breakfast news tomorrow morning and learned that the leaders of Britain First had taken a stroll off a cliff (preferably hand-in-hand), I’d barely be able to muster a shrug before spooning another heap of muesli into my mouth. However they are not going to, so where does that leave us? Attack them in the streets you say? Make them so fearful that they will stop publicly spreading their hate? You must be joking.

These people aren’t afraid. They spit in the face of fundamentalist Islam every single day. What can you threaten them with that the theocratic loons haven’t already? The truth is, incidents of this kind are great for them. They rely on them. And they only make them shout louder.

For all the cheering this clip has produced amongst my fellow liberals, the only winners here are Paul Golding and Britain First. This pointless altercation will make the newspapers, which inadvertently advertises Britain First’s ‘cause’ to the uninitiated. Free marketing of this kind is invaluable. Golding, with his fresh glow of martyrdom will also get to address his supporters with “See? They can’t defeat our ideas so attack us in the streets”.

How is increasing support for Britain First and emboldening their existing support going to help ethnic minorities? It isn’t. But at least you got your five minutes of internet fame. And that’s what it’s all about. These two jokers went camera in hand, seeking infamy—not justice. Giggling away in the knowledge that they’d just secured some internet gold. Hash tag ‘punch a Nazi’.

People behave like this for their own gratification. They want to be celebrated as heroes across the internet. And depressingly, they will now receive such rewards–despite their criminality.

And thanks to their hard work the racist far-right now have an example of a thuggish ethnic minority to point to in service of their hateful stereotypes and biases. Cui bono?

And what happens when people like me decry vigilante violence in the streets because they fear it will only embolden the far-right and hurt ethnic minorities further? They are smeared as ‘far-right apologists’ in the tawdry leftist game of ‘Pin the label on the heretic’. A sad state of affairs indeed.

This has been a good day for the far-right and Britain First.

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

Jordan Peterson, Cathy Newman and Online Abuse

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I was sent an early copy of Jordan Peterson’s book ’12 Rules for Life: An Antidote To Chaos’  and just finished reading it moments before tapping this out. Images of lobsters, tampons and The Little Mermaid are still fresh in my mind, such is the breadth of material he tackles. I’ll embark on a fairer, more sincere analysis another day—as the Canadian professor has found himself at the centre of more ‘controversy’, this time in my home country.

I don’t really have strong views on Peterson. I’ve simply not absorbed enough of his output. Although, the way in which people are committed to shutting him down wherever he goes makes me want to see what all the fuss is about. See how that works?

I have however noticed the creepy personality cult that he appears to have inspired and when I hear him speak on the topic of god and religion, I get a Deepak Chopra vibe. Not to mention a bit drowsy.

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Does Lily Allen Have Anything Else To Say About The Grenfell Tower Fire Now?

Back in June a devastating fire gripped the 24-storey Grenfell residential tower in London. The horrifying images of the inferno and subsequent damage occupied our news cycle.

In the months that followed, the authorities would embark on the grim and incredibly challenging task of identifying the burnt remains of those who tragically perished. This task was further compounded by fraudulent claims of missing loved ones and the PTSD experienced by those who were first responders.

Today, after a 5 month long forensic investigation, it has been reported that all remains have now been identified and the final death toll stands at 71.

Back in June, as this unthinkable situation was still unfolding, I couldn’t help but notice how deeply irresponsible some of the conversation surrounding it was.

Indeed, depending where you looked for information, you may have been forgiven for assuming Theresa May lit the fire herself, such was the Tory disdain for the working class.

This brings me to UK pop star Lily Allen. As self-appointed champion of the people, Allen took to television and Twitter to make declarations such as: “…I am hearing from people [that] the figure is much closer to 150 – and that many of those people are children.” 

She also retweeted sentiments such as “Death toll of #grenfelltower being suppressed by UK MSM” and “when i was down there they said well into triple figures so is probably even more than 150.good on you for telling some truth”
Now that the official figures are in, does Lily have anything further to add? A “sorry”, perhaps? 

71 is 71 too many of course. A devastating tragedy of which no final number will be of comfort to the bereaved. 

Misinformation and unsubstantiated claims whilst this was all still unfolding however, made an appalling situation even worse for those involved. 

I would suggest, that during a time of great public grief and anger, going on television & conjuring a conspiracy/death toll from thin air with an emphasis on dead children is a tad irresponsible.

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

 

Off To London For ‘A Celebration of Science & Reason’

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The Conservative Party conference rolls into my home city of Manchester this weekend. The Tory government (as usual) is failing to energise the younger voter in a way that Corbyn’s populist approach is not. The news is saturated with the doom and gloom of Brexit negotiations and it’s expected that a sizeable number of protesters will be making their presence known in Manchester today.

‘Hang The Tories’ effigies have already been reported in the city. The police presence is high, including road blocks and rooftop snipers.

This seemed like the perfect excuse to be anywhere else.

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Joe Walsh Says Charlie Hebdo Are ‘Cowards’ For NOT Mocking Muslims

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Joe Walsh is an American conservative radio host and former congressman. He may now also be responsible for the most ignorant and misjudged tweet ever sent. Those who have spent enough time on Twitter will understand the magnitude of this achievement.

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The tweet reads: ‘French rag Charlie Hebdo mocks Harvey victims as Neo Nazis Charlie Hebdo makes fun of everyone but Muslims. Cowards’

Charlie Hebdo is a left-wing, satirical newspaper produced in France. Of course, the only reason most outside of France have even heard of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ is because two Islamist gunmen forced their way into their Paris headquarters in 2015. Twelve members of Charlie Hebdo’s staff were slaughtered at the hands of these Muslim fanatics for the ‘crime’ of drawing Islam’s prophet in their magazine. The headquarters had previously been firebombed in 2011 for the same reason.

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