Ep#176 – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes author and ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (@Ayaan). They discuss Ayaan’s new book ‘Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights’.

Video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fbSPoGtAyew

0:00 Intro
3:40 Start of interview
4:46 On Richard Dawkins and the American Humanist Association
08:01 Is Ayaan still an atheist?
10:25 Is Islamic reform a worthy endeavour? Maajid Nawaz and the closure of Quilliam
12:52 The 5 key elements required for a modernised Islam
15:21 Is it any easier to discuss Islamic fundamentalism now?
19:13 Does Ayaan feel betrayed by the modern feminist movement?
23:03 Is Islamic fundamentalism an important topic in the USA?
24:53 The ‘Dawah’ infrastructure
26:55 What are ‘Western Values’?
29:06 How do we fix the failings of multi-culturalism?
31:37 Do you have to learn to get used to smears? And the far-right
34:30 Is it fair to select immigrants based on religious background?
36:59 Ayaan as a beneficiary of immigration/asylum
38:50 Is sexual violence really connected to immigration? How do you know?
43:51 The late and great Christopher Hitchens.

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Buy ‘Prey’: https://amzn.to/3nxSgWc

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/

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