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The Grenfell effigy joke video is sick. So is a society that arrests people for it

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Back in June 2017, the British public watched in horror as a North Kensington Tower block went up in flames. 72 people died as a result of the accidental fire, the majority of which were ethnic minorities. This terrible tragedy has since been weaponised as a political football and understandably provokes a lot of emotional response from the general public.

As Guy Fawkes celebrations were in full swing in the UK, it was reported that a group of men had created and burned a card mock-up of the Grenfell Tower block. This was then filmed and posted on the internet.

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The ECHR Ruling On ‘Defaming’ Muhammad Is An Anti-Muslim Act

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that ‘defaming’ the Prophet Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace”.

The ruling was passed against an Austrian national referred to as ‘E.S’ in reports. Mrs. S, born in 1971 held two seminars in 2009 entitled ‘Basic Information on Islam’.

Referencing Muhammad’s marriage to 6 year old Aisha, Mrs. S was reported to have said “Muhammad liked to do it with children” and “… A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? … What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?”

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Listen To Stephen Knight’s Opening Remarks at The #BattleOfIdeas 2018

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I was very pleased to be at the Battle Of Ideas this year to speak about religion. The festival itself consists of many, many, (many!) public discussions and debates with an emphasis on inviting the audience to have their say by challenging the guest speakers.

My panel was titled ‘From Bakers to Burqas: Religious Freedom Today’. I aim to make audio of the full panel available soon, but for now you can hear my opening remarks below.



Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here or making a one–off payment via PayPal here.

VIDEO: Stephen Knight & David Smalley Discuss #Mythcon V & Politics Backstage

It was great to spend some time with David Smalley last week at Mythcon. We were on two panels together and we also managed to find some time to sit down and talk about lots of good stuff. You can watch that in full below now. Be sure to tune in to David Smalley’s Dogma Debate too.

I had planned to record a number of other interviews, but plans changed when the theatre was evacuated for over an hour due to a bomb threat. I’ll hopefully share some fuller thoughts about the event in the coming weeks.

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here or making a one–off payment via PayPal here.

VIDEO: How has the political climate divided the atheist community? Full Panel

I was in Milwaukee last week for Mythcon V. It was a fantastic event with a diverse roster of speakers and atendees. I had the honour of moderating the first panel of the day: ‘how has the political climate divided the atheist community?’

Featuring: Armoured Skeptic, Jaclyn Glenn, Vadim Newquist (aka, Creationist Cat) and David Smalley.

You can watch that in full below, now.

Please consider contributing to the organisation’s GoFundMe appeal. This is a great conference, and with your help they are hoping to move it out of Milwaukee and potentially bring it to a city near you.

I’ll be aiming to make an audio version of this available via my podcast in the coming days.

 

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here or making a one–off payment via PayPal here.

Ep#122 – Muhammad Syed – Hope

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight speaks to co-founder of Ex-Muslims Of North America (EXMNA.org), Muhammad Syed (@MoTheAtheist). Muhammad will be telling us all about the upcoming ‘From Islam to Enlightenment’ panel in New York on Sat 21st July. Other topics include de-platforming, Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’, anti-Muslim bigotry, reform and much, much more!

Buy tickets for the panel at http://www.EXMNA.org

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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