Corrie finds humanism!

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I have always appreciated how Coronation Street has touched upon current issues in a sensitive and often amusing way (compared with the brute force and gloom of East Enders) and so given that there has been a surge in support for humanism it was hardly a surprise that the subject would be mentioned, eve if it has taken nearly 50 years.

Entirely predictably the mention of humanism caused a storm of protest from religious fascists. Much was made of the fact that it occured over easter, though I dare say that there are plenty of other times of the year to take offence. In fact I felt it was a pity that Ken was displaying his humanism at the same time that he was thinking about betraying Dierdre - it implicitly associates humanism with a lack of morals, which every independent piece of research seems to contradict. But I don't have the oversensitivity and defensiveness of the god squad and felt that the average intelligent viewer would not suspect that there was any connection to be drawn. Nor did I object when one of the younger charcters found god! Or that Emily Bishop has been a churchgoer since I was in nappies!

However there is clearly a group of religious people who feel that alternative opinions should not be aired. I can see a parallel here between their views and those of the Muslims who objected to the cartoons of Muhammed in the Danish press - intolerant and bullying. I am pleased that you are standing up to them and look forward to positive portayals of the role that humanists play every day in the diverse society in which we live.

Tip for the day: Take a look at Andy's paintings of Frigiliana at

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