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Liberals and the Gospel of Banning.
Welcome to America’s New Theocracy.
Please take a pew while we kneel reverently and pray the Gospel of Banning.
Guns. Soda. Salt. SUVs. Trans Fats. Plastic bags.
Have I mentioned:
Conservative talk radio.
Shark fin soup.
The internal combustion engine.
Incandescent light bulbs.
And don’t forget the Foie Gras.
One could keep going, but suffice to say these things are on the short list of things liberals in America either have banned or seek to ban. All with a religious fervor that puts those celebrating yesterday’s selection of Pope Francis to shame.
And these liberals think the Puritans were up tight?
At a certain point… have we reached a certain point?
One can only ask the obvious: What is going on in America when the once upon famous description “Banned in Boston” has now morphed into a quasi-religious liberal campaign to ban almost everything, almost everywhere?
The phrase “Banned in Boston,” it is good to remind, came originally because the literary work of one William Pynchon — that would be 1651’s The Meritous Price of Our Redemption (which is actually still sold on Amazon for a mere $111.00) — outraged the ruling Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Author Pynchon, a one-time treasurer of the colony, took aim at what he considered to be the colony’s theocratically minded ruling class. Suffice to say, his book was not appreciated by theocracy bosses. Nor was Pynchon, who was so scorned he eventually found himself on a boat for a one-way return trip to England a year after the publication of his book.
Pynchon’s book became the first of several centuries worth of literary works (and later, films) to be, literally, “banned in Boston,” although the actual phrase wasn’t coined until the 19th century. One Anthony Comstock, a moral crusader and creator of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, took it upon himself to become the watchdog of public morality. Comstock, a postal inspector by trade, persuaded Congress to enact what became known as the “Comstock Law” in 1873, in which it became illegal to send “obscene, lewd, and/or lascivious” material through the U.S. mails.
During his crusade Comstock discovered that he was receiving particularly strong support from the good citizens of Boston, the descendants of the banners of William Pynchon’s troublesome 1651 book. Boston was now regularly banning literary works the town fathers considered too racy. This included H.L. Mencken’s magazine The American Mercury. Mencken promptly showed up in 1926 Boston with a copy of his banned-in-Boston magazine in hand — and was just as promptly arrested. His case was dismissed by a local judge and the Sage of Baltimore sued the Boston group that had targeted him, winning on the grounds of restraint of trade. But banning rolled on in Boston, the tide finally turning with a 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case, Memoirs v. Massachusetts (the book was a 1749 hottie titled Fannie Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure). The case clamped down on municipalities (read: Boston and any other localities similarly inclined) who took upon themselves the role of literary nanny.
Now, banning is back. Big time.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?