Thursday, April 16, 2009

Raisin of Reason: A fictitious Barlow stirs controversy across the pond

From the BBC:

Angry Coronation Street viewers have complained to Ofcom and ITV after a character made "anti-Christian" remarks during an episode on Easter Sunday.

The broadcast watchdog said it received 23 complaints over Ken Barlow referring to the faith as "superstition" and God as a "supernatural being".

ITV said it received about 100 complaints over the remarks.

It added the soap was set in modern society and "represents views from all sides of the religious spectrum".

In the soap, while the Barlow family were preparing to go to church, Ken - played by William Roache - questioned his son Peter on why he was allowing his grandson, Simon, to be "indoctrinated" by the church.

He then went on to criticise Simon's school for teaching creationism.


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