Gutter Journalism? You Won’t Find It Here!

Gutter Journalism? You Won’t Find It Here! January 28, 2021


If you’re looking for salacious sensationalism you are about to be disappointed!  I’m not perfect, but I try not to slag people off.

In fact, I barely mention anyone by name, apart from the Archbishop of Canterbury and a few other notable clerics, and I consider them to be fair game! 

Regular readers will know this, and first-time readers of my blog (welcome by the way!) can check the archive to see the truth. 

Why is this?

It’s because, in my opinion, you can’t make friends and influence people by indulging in speculation, rumour and gossip. 

I particularly don’t want to deal in insults; that’s just not my style. We found this in teaching back in the early eighties when we moved away from the corporal punishment and classroom sarcasm regime of the Victorian era, to the modern style of praising and encouraging pupils; it’s much better to be positive than negative: green ticks rather than red crosses.

And there’s a lot going on in the physical world that is far more important than internet playground feuds. 

Today, for example, Iran International TV is broadcasting an interview I had with them on Monday.

Iran is an Islamic theocracy where an act as mild as setting up an atheist Facebook group can result in severe punishment.

London based Volant TV company wanted to know how Atheist Alliance International might be able to help the growing number of heroic atheists in that country. It’s not easy to help them because the Mullah dominated Iranian government oppresses dissidents in the most cruel way. So any help we offer them, if discovered, comes with a big risk. We have to try to assist them to form secret groups…

Britain is very cosmopolitan, and my eye surgeon is Iranian. He can visit relatives in Teheran safely, provided he minds his language, but a resident atheist must stay in the closet, because to come out might risk execution. 

This is just one example of the major problems on the planet that AAI attempts to address. 

How different is the real world from the juvenile squabbles of the privileged gossip mongers! 

I’ll post the clip of my interview when International Iran TV send it to me…


Image: Addicted04, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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