MICHAEL J J DAY
Settle, North Yorkshire
Sir: Philip Hensher (Comment, 21 August) starts by stating that it is apparent that "nobody at all believes in a God". How does he know what I believe? He goes on to attack the "derr-brained bishops from Africa" and those who attended the Lambeth Conference as "these awful scum". Articles putting forward a humanist viewpoint have a rightful place in print. However, if The Independent is going to carry articles advocating such sweepingly racialist and offensively prejudiced views on a regular basis then my readership will go elsewhere.
Professor BRIAN BROWN
Sir: Paul Perrin takes you to task for not reporting on the religion of those killed and injured in the Omagh bombing (Letter, 21 August). I thought that this was an admirable approach; they were people first and foremost; their religion was, at most, a minor point.
Sir: "If you honk too much you get the bonk." Few present-day cyclists would, I suspect, recognise this charming phrase, which was everyday parlance among "roadmen" more recently that the inter-war years to which Ani Harris refers (letter, 18 August). To honk meant to stand on the pedals, thus inducing the state of over-exertion or "bonk" which your correspondent describes and which could also manifest itself as sudden inanition, or "hunger-knock".