The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
The limits of Comstockery: Bible Belt Desperate for those Housewives...
Brent Bozell watch out!
According to a New York Times piece, Red America loves its smut. (Or what passes for smut on network TV, at least.)
Media guru Herbert Gans is quoted as saying
For some people it's a case of 'I am moral therefore I can watch the most immoral show.'
A Bozellite, one
Gary Schneeberger, the senior manager of issues for Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical Protestant group that urged its supporters to vote on valueslaments
History has shown that even people who could be described as values voters are prone to sinful behavior and watching representations of sinful behavior. Is it shocking that people would be enticed by it? It's not shocking, but it is tragic.
Just like the Great Fornicator, the Monkey Trialists compartmentalise.
In the old days, the Bible Belt legislated for prohibition, and sermonised against the Demon Drink, all the while refreshing itself discreetly from its hip-flask.
Plus ça change...
Poor primitive St Augustine famously prayed 
Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo.
The superior theologians of modern-day American evangelism manage to allow their flock to embrace chastity without the need to forgo fornication - it's what I think used to be called American know-how...
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