Ed Driscoll

The Sacrament Of Style, Revisited

Ann Althouse explores the crossroads between aesthetics and Puritanism:

I simply do not believe that the so-called health side is really composed of people who are solicitous about everyone else’s health. I can’t prove it, but my intuition is that all the strength on the “health” side of this war comes not from people who really care whether other people are healthy, but from people who don’t like having to see fat people. They are concerned about their own aesthetic pleasures, and they think fat is ugly.

They wouldn’t be the first to confuse aesthetics for religion.

Update: Puritanism spreads to Australia! “Eat Your Vegatables” screams the front page of the Sydney Sun-Herald, in a headline that would make the previous generation of hard drinking, raw meat devouring newsmen around the world weep.

Or break out in gales and gales of laughter.