Re: Puritanical Gratitude
- --- In Maury_and_Baty@yahoogroups.com, rlbaty@w... wrote:
> Puritanical Gratitudeof 'Prohibition'
> Joel Mark Solliday
> Have you ever been called, "puritanical"? Count it as a
> The myth of the joyless Puritan began during the era
> (1920-1933) with a crank journalist named H. L. Mencken. He calledRick:
> Puritanism "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be
> ...Mencken wanted his one-sided stereotype to pollute the
> truth about Puritans...
If somebody calls you a Puritan they certainly don't mean it as a
And what collective America thinks of Puritanism is due more to its
remembrance of the Salem witch burnings and Nathaniel Hawthorne's
masterpiece, *The Scarlet Letter*, published in 1850, than anything
Mencken ever wrote.
But as far as that goes, what is a "crank journalist," anyway? "One-
sided" on the other side?
YECs have some "haunting fears" of their own: more fossils will be
found, bigger and better telescopes will be built, their children
will learn to think for themselves...
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