Speaking of post-modern Puritanism

Years ago my pal Dave listened to a long piece NPR did on “How to have a Green Vacation”. Listeners were urged for half an hour to only have environmentally friendly vacations. But the best part came at the end, when the host furrowed his brow and asked the Big Moral Question: “But… can we really be justified in having any vacation as long as there is environmental damage going on anywhere in the world?”

This is precisely the excuse Lake Wobegon Pastor Ingqvist’s parishioners give him for not underwriting any vacation time. “How can you feel right about taking a vacation as long as there is sin and suffering anywhere on earth?” At least Pastor Ingqvist believes in heaven. Leftism is puritanism without any of the consolations of the Puritans. All the guilt and no sacrament of reconciliation.