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6.20.2004

Sense Propaganda 

LONDON (Reuters) - The Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the world's 70 million Anglicans and a self-declared devotee of the U.S. television hit "The Simpsons", could soon be paying Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa a visit in Springfield.

Producers of the animated comedy have invited Rowan Williams, 54, to take part in an episode after he praised the programme for its humour and humility, the Sunday Times reported.

"We'd love to have him on the show...It's a great thrill that the archbishop is such a fan," executive producer Al Jean said.

"In the beginning, some religious groups in the United States disliked the show, so to have such a prominent religious leader defend it is great," he added.

Williams, enthroned as archbishop last year and known for having a finger on the pulse of modern life, has called the show "one of the most subtle pieces of propaganda around in the cause of sense, humility and virtue".

In an interview to be broadcast on ITV next Sunday, he says of the programme: "It's generally on the side of the angels and on the side of sense. It punctures lots of pompous fictions about how the world works."

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