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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Ep#101 – Dr. Melanie Joy – Carnism

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) talks to Dr. Melanie Joy about ‘Carnism’. We cover the environmental and psychological impact of animal slaughter, the vegan movement, synthetic meat, myths about nutrition and much, much more!

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Taking The Myth – September 2017 Edition

This week on Taking The MythStephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. We talk: The Hijab in UK primary schools, regulating online extremism, the Barcelona attacks and the attempted London tube bombing. Also, the ASLAN Awards and much, much more!

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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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Can Anyone Tell Me What Mo Shafiq’s ‘Ramadhan foundation’ Does?

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The emergence of 24 hour news has produced an insatiable need for talking heads and social commentators. Producers under pressure to deliver a package on the big topic of the day thank their lucky stars for the availability of an expert or representative. It’s become clear over the years that some are more available than others however.

When choosing someone to speak on behalf of a community, it’s especially important that you do so carefully and carry out the due diligence on their CV.

Many in the UK may be familiar with the mug of Mo Ansar for instance. At one time he was the most prominent Muslim face in Britain’s media. Unfortunately for Mo, his celebrity unravelled when a few inconvenient observations about his credentials and proclamations finally caught up with him.

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ALDI Supermarket Questioned Over ‘No Alcohol’ Till Sign

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The changes in UK religious demographics have brought about a new set of challenges for retailers in recent years.

Stories of Muslim employees refusing to sell alcohol and pork products whilst working for non-religious supermarkets are not uncommon. Back in 2016 I also reported on taxi drivers refusing to take passengers with guide dogs for ‘religious reasons’. This ended in perpetrators being fined for breaching equality laws.

It’s no shock to hear of people making unreasonable requests due to their faith, it’s just surprising to me when their employers say “yes”.

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