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Ep#29 – Sam Harris – Waking Up

Sam Harris drops in on The #GSPodcast to tell us all about his new book ‘Waking Up’.  He’ll be explaining just what spirituality without religion means.  I also pick that wonderful mind of his on ISIS, Israel, Meditation, Barack Obama, The Political left, Deepak Chopra and much, much more.  Follow Sam on Twitter: @SamHarrisOrg

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Relevant Links
Buy ‘Waking Up’ from Amazon & Kindle
Waking Up and Lectures
Sam Harris’s Piece on Israel: ‘Why don’t I criticise Israel?’
Sam Harris Vs Andrew Sullivan on Gaza
Debate with Maajid Nawaz & Zeba Khan VS Douglas Murray & Aayan Hirsi Ali (YouTube)
Read the first chapter of ‘Waking Up’ for free.

Ep#27 – Ali A. Rizvi

The excellent Ali A. Rizvi (@aliamjadrizvi) drops in on The #GSPodcast.  We discuss his diverse upbringing, ‘Islamophobia’ and his fantastic recent article on the Gaza conflict.  We’ll also be hearing about his upcoming book ‘The Atheist Muslim’.

As if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be debuting the ridiculously good GSPodcast theme tune by the incredible Dorian Silk and the Midnight City Hoods.

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Ali’s Article on Gaza
Ali’s Blog at The Huffington Post
Sam Harris’s Article on Israel
Hamas Filmed Launching Rockets From Civilian Areas
ISIS continues their rampage
Download The #GSPodcast Theme
Theme Tune Lyrics
Dorian Silk On Twitter
The Midnight City Hoods On Twitter

Ep#24 – Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray dropped in on The #GSPodcast this week.  He was at his usual erudite & amusing best.  We covered a wide range of topics including The Trojan Horse Plot, British Jihadists,  Hamas/Israel, the veil, Julian Assange and he shares a wonderful Christopher Hitchens anecdote.  We also waste a moment or two reflecting on the demise of Mo Ansar.  Be sure to read his hilarious e-book ‘Islamophilia‘ & his Spectator Blog.

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Guest: Douglas Murray (@DouglasKMurray)

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Buy ‘Islamophilia’ on Amazon
Read Douglas Murray’s blog at The Spectator
Watch Douglas Murray Debate Julian Assange on YouTube
View the ‘Douglas Murray Archive’ on YouTube

Are Students Required To Accept Islam Is A Religion Of Peace? The BBC Thinks So..

Religion of Peace

The BBC is not unaccustomed to criticism. Some of it is merited; some is simply due to their stature.  People love to take a swing at a giant once in a while. I hold no agenda to single out the BBC as frequently as I have this year; it’s just that they seem to be going out of their way to mock the gods of reason.

From the censorship of satire in response to a chorus of bleating from a humourless Christian minority, to refusal to re-think the increasingly outdated and less than inclusive format of its ‘Thought For The Day‘.

There was also that nasty business whereby a ‘journalist’ was able to assert something as utterly irresponsible as “men are raised to hate women” on the flagship BBC news programme, without so much as a follow-up question. Poor editorial indeed.

Throw in the BBC’s unquestioning promotion of Atheism Plus’ odious Block bot and we have an organisation that has truly earned itself a spell on my naughty step.

Imagine then, the look of unrefined exasperation on my face, as I completed a “Practice exam” on their High School revision service, GCSE Bitesize.  You could have driven a school bus into the gaping negative space created by the rapid expansion of my oral cavity.  I still have jaw ache.

For the uninitiated, GCSE’s are qualifications awarded to high school students (age 14-16) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The BBC’s ‘bitesize’ service aims to provide revision tools and practice exercises relevant to the current school curriculum. In this instance, the subject in question is Religious Studies, with a focus on Islam.

Upon taking the two minutes required to answer the questions in question, it soon became clear that the BBC, or the relevant educational bodies do not give a flying horse about objectivity where the ‘Religion Of Peace’ is concerned.

As you can see from the below, two questions in particular, or more specifically, what the exercise deems to be the correct response, caught my eye:

RelOfPeaceIslamEquality

If you’re unsure as to my gripe at this point, it may be best to return to your bubble.

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Mona Eltahawy Confuses Free Speech With Vandalism

Free speech has been a huge topic of contention in recent weeks, the same weeks which saw the deaths of 75 people and violent rage across several countries in reaction to a horrendously made YouTube video entitled “Innocence of Muslims”. 

Debate has been rampant ever since regarding what constitutes the limits of free speech, and what rights we have, if any to offend “sacred” ideas and beliefs.  New calls have been made to the UN for a Blasphemy Law and the ever-present cries of “Islamophobia!” are as tediously frequent as baby photos on a Facebook news feed.

Amid all this apologist rhetoric, one point seems frustratingly absent, or marginalised:

It is wrong to murder/react violently simply for being offended.

A failure to stand up for this point, and this point alone, is a failure to respond as a responsible human adult.

It is true that bigoted far right groups capitalise on Islamic unrest in order to advance their racist agenda and we should afford them no more than our dissent.  This, however should not distract us from the genuine concerns we have with the unique and reactionary nature of Islam.

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