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The Tyranny of the Virtuous

ladisney Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 12:33 PM
Hmm, should the government use the welfare and the public school systems to encourage immorality? If morality is none of the governments business then why are they forcing me to pay to support other peoples choices? The same people who say I should have no say about other people popping out bastards every year or two think I have a moral responsibility to pay taxes to support them.
The first law of thermodynamics says that energy can't be created and can't be destroyed -- it can only be changed from one form into another. The same holds true of the puritanical impulse.

Puritanism in the historical sense is as dead as the Salem witches. The religious group that settled in New England outlawed theater, rejected any form of sex except marital intercourse, banned celebration of Christmas and spent hours in church listening to horrifying depictions of Hell.

But the term has come to be a synonym for any disapproval or discouragement of carnal pleasure. Sexual puritanism has receded even among devout...