It’s fascinating to watch Puritanism mutate into secular nannyism. The intense sense of guilt remains. The need to micromanage and control with rules remains. The search for redemption through moral superiority remains. The fastidious obsession with purity remains. The missionary zeal to conquer and control all of humanity remains. All that is gone is Jesus Christ, hope, forgiveness, and the heart and soul of the gospel.
And this is spot on:
It’s the combination of values that is puzzling: a quasi-religious zeal to eliminate soda, salt, and saturated fat on the one hand, and the toleration—nay, promotion—of grave offenses against human dignity and health on the other. When premarital sex, homosexuality, contraception, and abortion are encouraged in health class, isn’t Michael Bloomberg’s crusade against sugary drinks a bit odd? As the Church is backed into a corner because of its teaching on sexuality, and its institutions face increasing pressure to compromise and cooperate with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception, and after the city bans religious groups from using public property, lawmakers are getting moralistic about food.
Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside defiles him/her or whatever alternatively gendered person you feel yourself to be, since it enters, not his/her heart but his/her stomach, and so contributes to obesity?” (Thus he declared sugary, fatty, high carb and salty foods unclean.) And he said, “What comes out of a man does not defile a person. For from within, out of the heart of a person, come what only judgmental right wing zealots call “evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.” All these things come from your personal truth of the moment and are holy exercises of freedom of choice, and they do not defile a man, woman or alternatively gendered person.”