This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics.
0:00 Intro & Iram talks about her laser eye surgery 5:29 Update on activist Zara Kay 7:28 Scottish man charged for ‘offensive’ tweet about Sir Tom Moore 17:50 BBC Woman’s Hour Muslim leader controversy 31:53 Supreme Court rejects Shamima Begum’s appeal to return to the UK 45:40 Coca-Cola ‘be less white’ leaked training sessions 51:12 Robin DiAngelo and ‘White Fragility’ 57:42 The new racism of ‘anti-racism’ 01:00:00 Twitter Question: Harry and Meghan 01:03:48 Twitter Question: Should ‘gay conversion therapy’ be banned?
I’ve always been a great believer in the utility of satire in the war against bad ideas. There is something so uniquely powerful about eviscerating dogmas with a chuckle. This is far mightier than any knife, gun or bomb.
Whilst many satirists and activists in recent years have enjoyed the relatively risk-free act of mocking Donald Trump or sticking it to the ‘Nazis’, there are very few people brave enough to poke the hornets nest of Islamic fanaticism. In reality, the front line in today’s resistance to real and present fascism is comprised of Muslim dissidents, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims willing to vocalise their concerns with fundamentalist Islam.