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Author: Gabriel Porras

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All we have to comfort, guide us and sustain us in this straggling path called life are the radiant whispers that we grasp as a distant “sunrise of wonder” in our spiritual practice, in great works of literature, music, art, and in nature and blue skies. These are the Radiant Whispers. That's what this podcast is about. We will talk about culture and society, about ancient and modern history, literature and art with dramatized readings of poetry, fables, theatre, novels and stories. Subscribe -let's find radiant whispers everywhere.
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Islam Hates Women

Islam Hates Women


A billion women live under the shadow of Islam today (that's almost one in eight human beings walking the planet today). And all the evidence from fourteen centuries of Islamic history and theology points to the uncomfortable fact that Islam hates women. We examine numerous texts from the Qur'an and hadiths of Sahih al-Bukhari to illustrate the thesis. Credits and references: Programme written, produced and hosted by Gabriel Porras at and Cover: Carte Portale 532 - Jeunes Filles Arabes, by Lehnert & Landrock at Music: "Broken", by Michael Vignola at "The Art of Listening", by Gnawledge, from their album Granada Doaba at Texts quoted from the Koran: Distribution of inheritances: 4:11 and 12. Islam is the "perfect" religion for all mankind: 5:3 What to do with women "who commit unlawful sexual acts" (and those who are raped): 4:15 and 24:2 Men are superior to women: 4:34 Commentaries (tafsir) of Al Qurtubi, Al Tabari, Ibn Hajar: Hadiths of al-Bukhari: Most of the inhabitants of Hell are women, and they are deficient in intelligence and devotion: Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301 It is not permissible to mourn a woman for more than three days: Sahih Bukhari 1:6:310 Not to whip the wife as a slave: Sahih Bukhari 7:62:132 The beaten woman who sought help from Aisha: Sahih Bukhari 7:72:715 Hadith on the benefit of drinking camel urine: Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 233, and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1671. Hadith on the wings of flies: Sahih Bukhari 4:54:537 and also Sahih Bukhari 7:71:673. You can learn more about Bukhari here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Ayaan has written several books, among them "Infidel", about her own story and her flight from Islam, and "Heretic", about the reformation that Islam needs today. Visit his website here: The quote read comes from: "Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now",
Paul Kingsnorth is an English intellectual and environmentalist who has written novels, essays and poetry, contributing to publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, New Statesman, Granta and BBC Radio and Television. His spiritual quest was passionate and diverse. As he says, The Cross and the Machine is "an essay-length account of my journey from atheism to Orthodox Christianity, via Buddhism, witchcraft and other strange twists." It is a beautiful, lyrical and revealing text. The Cross and the Machine originally appeared in First Things magazine: To read more from Paul Kingsnorth, visit his website and his YouTube channel. Programme recorded, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional broadcaster at and Music: The Last Train, by David Roy, on Morning Mist, by We Dream of Eden, on Subscribe, comment and share this programme with others.
We are all surprised by the rapid advance of transgender ideas and LGBTQ ideology. Although their proposals are controversial and have no historical or scientific basis, they penetrate all layers of society. Learn how they infiltrate businesses, universities, schools and governments worldwide. Programme written, recorded and presented by Gabriel Porras, a professional communicator at and Music: "Balance" by Invisible Choirs at If you are interested in this topic, listen to "If gender is fluid, why not also age?" and "The Disappearance of Women", both available on, YouTube, SoundCloud and all podcast platforms. Comment, share and subscribe. Cover: “The judgment of Paris”, by Enrique Simonet (1904) Links: Stonewall's "Champions of Diversity" programme: The UK's "Top 100 Employers of 2023" list: There is an extraordinary BBC Radio Ulster podcast entitled "Nolan Investigates", which published in October 2021 a revealing 10-episode series detailing Stonewall's influence on public institutions across the UK. It is a masterclass in in-depth journalism and took them eighteen months of research to achieve, but what a triumph of professionalism, intelligence and dedication! All BBC material has territorial restrictions, so you may be unable to access it outside the UK. Try here: Happily, a feminist group called "Fair Play for Women" has taken on the great task of preparing detailed transcripts of the key points of each episode for all to read and quote from. You can find the transcripts here:
A programme written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional philosopher, journalist and voice actor. Music: "Gone with the winds", by Veaceslav Draganov on ******* Learn more about this URGENT topic by following these links: The Story of Helena Kerschner, who regrets having “transitioned” as a teenager: The Irish Bill to remove the words "woman", "mother", and more from legal language: New Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown cannot bring herself to say what a woman is: …and she then refuses to answer clear questions about self-definition as a woman: Documentary “What is a woman?” by Matt Walsh: Disability statistics in the UK: Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Act (Transgender Trend): The SNP’s Gender Recognition Bill is a threat to women (Spiked Online): Ministers face public backlash over gender recognition reforms (The Times): Brit Awards 2023: Why no women were nominated for Best Artist (BBC) The nonsense of nonbinary (Spiked online): "Toxic feminism is the ONLY kind of feminism": "Biology trumps gender," says the president of the World Athletics Association: The "triumph" of transgender athlete Lia Thomas: Transgender martial arts "champion" Fallon Fox punches her female opponent so violently that he (she) breaks her skull: Why female athletes should raise their voices every time a transgender athlete tries to compete against them: Toilets in new public buildings should be separate for men and women: But transgender activists consider this "transphobic": It is "unfair" to force someone "who is already facing exclusion" to use toilets that are not "neutral" or "gender neutral": The alarming "gender dysphoria" among minors, which jumped from 138 cases in 2010 to 2,383 in 2020: Bullying and violence against girls who dare to question the transgender agenda in their schools:
A masterpiece of the Latin-American imagination. Juan José Arreola is one of the greatest writers of the XX Century in Spanish, one of the first to dare to abandon realism. He is the greatest precursor of Magical Realism. As Professor George D Schade says: Whatever the subject of his satire, Arreola most often achieves his effects by a deliberate jumbling of phantasy and reality, a mingling of the logical and the absurd, a blend of imaginative frivolity and Orwellian grimness. CREDITS Produced and recorded by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist at and Translation by George D Schade for the University of Texas Press Sound effect by Pixabay For more of Arreola, listen to his “Bestiary”, also recorded by Gabriel Porras as "A book of fabled creatures" for and available on all podcast platforms and at Soundcloud and YouTube.
Extract from the final chapter of the book "The Sanity of Belief - Why faith makes sense" by Simon Edwards. A great, very readable and valuable book which you can buy in paperback or ebook version here: Simon Edwards is a member of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) team, who do excellent work communicating the teachings of Jesus Christ through the big cultural questions of our day (such as science, suffering, the meaning of life, homosexuality and many more). As they say on their website "We seek to extol the credibility of the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ through the questions of culture, speaking in secular settings and contributing to the public discourse on religious belief." A podcast produced and presented by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist. You can find out much more about Gabriel here: Music: "Circle of life", by Letra, on
Presented y produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Original text by WW Jacobs published in 1902 in his collection “The Lady of the Barge”. Music: “Reflections”, by Ian Post, at Listen to more great stories like this one on also available on your favourite podcast platform
Podcast presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist. Text taken from 'After Ten Years' in Letters and Papers from Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works/English, vol. 8) Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010, edited by Gabriel Porras. Music: "The Surprise", by Kristian Sensini, on If you want to know more about the admirable pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, look for his books "Life in Community" and "The Cost of Discipleship". There is also a beautiful biography titled: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller, et al.
Podcast presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Text and Translation are taken from the book "The Prophet", by Gibran Khalil Gibran, in the public domain. Music: "Devotion", by dear gravity, on
Written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Music: "Wants to know", by Bodysurfer, at "Morning Mist", by We Dream of Eden, at Stings by Orange Free Sounds, Links that will give you a much broader perspective on this issue: Read the stories of people who have had gender reassignment surgery and have lived to regret it every day. You can start here: Jeffrey, repentant transgender: Scott Newgent has devoted his life to denouncing the irresponsibility of the many doctors who operated on him and the psychologists who should have warned him of the devastating consequences of the changes brought about by the surgery. His life as a transgender person has become a living hell. Scott has a whole website about it: Learn about his story and his struggles here: and another one:
Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy, it's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here: Music:
The Lessons Of Porn

The Lessons Of Porn


Written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Music: “Wants to know”, by Bodysurfer at Stings from Orange Free Sounds, Links that will give you a much better picture of this topics: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious, non-legistlative, not for profit organisation producing fantastic materials: Exodus Cry is a channel with more than one hundred videos on YouTube. Watch their documentary “Raised on Porn” about the effects of porn on children’s development and behaviour: And their documentary “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” on human trafficking and the sex industry: Let’s talk porn, a TEDx Talk by Maria Ahlin: A study by Natalie Purcell, UCSF, on Aggression in Hardcore Pornography (2012): A study by Dr Valerie Voon, of Cambridge University Neuroscience Department, showing the similarity in brains of porn and drug users: Brain, Heart, World – documentary series on the harmful effects of pornography: Testimonies of former sex slaves and porn actors: Testimonies of Trafficking survivors: Jeffrey, Transgender with regret: A medical article about sexually transmitted diseases of the colon, rectum and anus: ...and another on the type of bacteria that live in the anus:
Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy, it's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here: Music: "Kazoo Zoo” by Down Old Country Lane, at
Little Red Ridding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy, it's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here: Music: "Happy to be happy", by Dapun, at
Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy, it's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here:
Sunstone is the longest and perhaps the most extraordinary poem by the extraordinary poet Octavio Paz. Sunstone is an epic poem, long and passionate, like a golden mantle in which to take shelter. A hypnotic torrent of images and signs dazzle and enchant us as we pass through each verse. The imagination is left spinning, intoxicated with pleasure. Sunstone is made up of hendecasyllables because hendecasyllables are the measure of the sonnet, the love poem par excellence in Latin languages. And they are 584 hendecasyllables because the planet Venus covers a cycle of 584 days to return to the same point in relation to the sun. This peculiarity was highly valued and studied by the Aztecs, who placed it at the centre of their cosmogony. And of that portentous and complex machine for reading the cosmos, the Sunstone, the Aztec Calendar. Let the music, the images and the many lights of the 584 lines of this prodigious love poem to life and its fragility carry you away. Credits: Poem by Octavio Paz Translation  1987, 1991 by Eliot Weinberger (New Directions Paperbook NDP735, ISBN 0-8112-1195-9, 1991) Read by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist Music: Horizon, by Josh Leake at With our own atmosphere, by Kris Keogh, from his album Processed Harp Works, Vol. 1 at
An old man carries on his shoulders his only son, who’s been wounded. He has to cross a mountain in the dead of night, to get to the next village, where there may be a doctor to look after him. Both their lives unravel in the journey. A masterful and heartbreaking story of the father-son relationship. Original story by Juan Rulfo read by Gabriel Porras Translation by Stephen Beechinor Production: Gabriel Porras Music: La Guanábana, by Los Parientes de Playa Vicente, from the album América Afroíndigena at
The Teachings Of Jesus

The Teachings Of Jesus


The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of Jesus' teachings to a group of simple people who followed him everywhere. It is not a theological dissertation for intellectuals, nor a discourse delivered in some elegant college or palace of the time. It is, as the title implies, a talk on the mountain. In direct, simple and often incandescent language, Jesus rewrites everything people knew about God up to that point. These words have been so influential that with them Jesus founds a new period in human history. Jordan Peterson describes it as "the closest description of what it would mean to walk with God so that you’re in the Ark when your personal flood comes." CREDITS: Written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, voice artist at, Biblical Text: The Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5 to 7 Bible version: The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson Music: "Horizon", by Josh Leake - Songs for Norah at "Dusk to Dawn", by Clara at Photo: “Sunset over sunflowers Field” at
The Hero´s journey

The Hero´s journey


If you have ever thought of writing a novel, a short story, a film script, a play, take advantage of this sequence of twelve steps known as The Hero's Journey. This is the path that the hero follows to earn the treasure, the throne, the hand of the princess. A journey we can also follow in everyday life, and which we illustrate here step by step with the plot of three admirable stories: The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Harry Potter. Enjoy it!
The Power of Myths

The Power of Myths


We all need myths. Myths are foundational stories that give us life, and without them, we die. Myths are great truths disguising as stories. Human beings need myths because we are stories made of stories, poems decanted from poems, beings created and nurtured by stories and poems. The second season of Radiant Whispers kicks off in mythical and heroic fashion.
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