To the Puritans of the 17th century, Christmas was terrible thing. Christmas was the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus by praying, being humble, and working hard, all with a spirit of self denial. In the mid 17th century Christmas was banned in Britain by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliament. In America the Puritans wanted something similar. The Rev. Increase Mather (pictured above), father of Cotton Mather, spearheaded the movement to ban Christmas with this denouncement,
“it is consumed in Compotations, in Interludes, in playing at Cards, in Revellings, in excess of Wine, in Mad Mirth.”
In 1659 the City of Boston banned Christmas, the law stating,
“It is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county.”
Boston’s ban on Christmas lasted 22 years. In 1681 a royal governor named Sir Edmond Andros took control of governance of the colony and rolled back many Puritan laws, including Boston’s ban on Christmas. However, Christmas was still de facto illegal by many other laws. Civil servants could be removed from their posts, public school students could be expelled for skipping Christmas Day. Celebrating Christmas was also highly looked down upon by Bostonians. When Gov. Andros attended Christmas celebrations in 1686, he had to be guarded by a regiment of soldiers to fend off a mob of angry Puritans. Christmas celebrations didn’t come back into fashion in Boston until after the American Civil War.
Sundance winner, The Witch has an extremely creepy trailer. The movie is about a family of
Puritanical Christians who take their five kids and move them to a completely isolated patch of wilderness to live a simple and peaceful life. Of course that’s when all the creepy stuff starts to happen. The movie also does a great job with the gorgeous cinematography. It will be out in 2016.
La predicación doctrinal ciertamente aburre a los hipócritas, pero es solo la predicación doctrinal la que salvará a las ovejas de Cristo. La tarea del predicador es proclamar la fe, no para proveer entretenimiento a las cabras, sino para alimentar a las ovejas.
J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, 284-85
An anon! *gasp* We don’t see too many of your kind around these parts, pardner.
3. Have you ever unfollowed someone over a fandom opinion?
I unfollowed someone for constantly engaging with antis, because when I say I don’t want that shit on my dash, I don’t want that shit on my dash, even if it’s being disagreed with.
18. Does not shipping something ‘popular’ mean you’re in denial and/or biased?
…about how good the ship is? No, of course not.
20. What is the purest ship in the fandom?
Fandom’s obsession with purity and wholesomeness is just American Christian puritanism dressed up in a social justice costume (I could rant about this all day), which is to say, no ship is pure because that’s a bullshit concept.
On this day in 1564, the French theologian John Calvin died in Geneva aged 54. Calvin, born in France in 1509, is best known for his formulation of the Protestant doctrine known as Calvinism. Calvinism advocates the view of predestination - that God chooses who will be saved and who will be damned even before their birth; there is thus nothing one can do in this life to alter their fate in the next. Whilst there is nothing one can do to alter their fate, Calvinists hold that those who live a godly life show evidence of being one of God’s elect, and so there is a point to living righteously. The elect had to prove their status by giving a narrative of their conversion before the church (which at this point meant the congregation of the elect). It was these views that provided the foundation of Puritan belief in Britain and colonial America. Calvin’s views made him a controversial figure in his lifetime, and he was an early supporter of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation. In the last years of his life, Calvin was the ruler of Geneva where he relentlessly promoted Protestantism, even resorting to executing and exiling religious dissenters.
“We call predestination God’s eternal decree, by which He determined what He willed to become of each man. For all are not created in equal condition; rather, eternal life is ordained for some, eternal damnation for others.” - John Calvin
Something I like thinking about Killing Stalking is the power dynamics and sadomasochism. I like thinking about Foucault and Oscar Wilde and how these two talk about authority and power. Oscar Wilde had to deal with censorship and being called obscene. Foucault was diagnosed with homosexuality and sadism as a young man. Sometimes, I wonder what life would be like if we weren’t put under pressure by puritanical values and Christian society.
I finally realized why anti/tumblr “problematic” culture bothers me so much, why i fucking hate the “what if someone sees it and thinks it’s real and it’s all your fault for mentioning this thing, even if it exists in the real world, we shouldn’t talk about it because that’s “romanticizing” it”.
It’s because it is verbatim the puritan/evangelical christian “PROTECT THE CHILDREN” mentality that got made book burnings and censoring.
I feel like I’m turning into a assbro dude, but seriously, what’s the difference between “if we show a married couple sleeping in bed together; it implies sex and then children will be confused” and “you can’t ship that because what if a kid who doesn’t understand that’s not how relationships work in real life sees it?”
Censoring what people do and what people (SIGH) ship because it’s not 100% ~pure~ is just fucking that: censoring.
You know what isn’t going to help this kid? Protecting them from every bad thing ever, every bad thing in the world, every shitty relationship, every shitty thing. Kids NEED, not should, not can be, NEED to be exposed to bad things and sexuality…..in a controlled fashion. (Exp.: movies, fanfiction, cartoons, shows, etc). The world isn’t going to protect them forever, and I don’t mean in the “WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD GET TRIGGERED” rhetoric, I mean: people are gonna die, people are going to get hurt, nature is going to happen. Not just by other humans, but they’re gonna see and experience things that hurt because bad things happen, you can’t fucking shield kids from that forever and you shouldn’t.
Kids need to be hit over the head with [figurative] shit and YOU ~protecting~ them from seeing it ISN’T FUCKING HELPING.
Y’all sound like fucking suburban moms ripping Harry Potter out of their kids hands: “No you can’t ship that because it’s the devil’s ship! Even though it’s fictitious and not real at all if you ship it, that makes it real and you’ll go to hell and become abusers”
I had to learn more about the banana story so I fell down the internet rabbit hole. Apparently there were also convos between him & a lady friend about his kinks? Spanking, bondage & biting?!?!?
Yes, I’ve heard that. I have three two things to say about it:
1. Not surprised. I mean really, he leaves us hints constantly. Song of the day I Told You I Was Freaky (Flight of the Conchords). Uh, “I’d take the month of August off just to get you off?" The song goes on. And the "Good boy in some situations, bad boy in others…”, the liked bondage!Loki photo on Twitter (which has since been removed, poor baby, he can’t even be open about it now) I mean he just throws reference after reference (IMHO).
2. I’m GLAD he feels comfortable (or did at one time) speaking about his kinks. Especially as a younger guy in a culture that I think is fairly repressive emotions-wise, Brits, am I right? I mean, he is a young, gorgeous, virile man who is well aware of the effects he has on women and who knows he could have a good majority of whichever ones he wants. Sex is, at least in the US, too stigmatized and taboo (I blame our puritan roots and “Christian” emphasis, yes I quoted that on purpose), and as a result too many of us have no idea who we are sexually. Heck, I have been married for 11.5 years and didn’t even know that for myself until recently (thanks, fanfic and the ‘embrace who you are sexually’ attitude of people like elementarydata and skadi-again-again from whom I have learned SO much) because of the sexually repressive religion from which I hail. ANYWAY point is, YAY KINKS, embrace yours, and I will never judge you for them unless they involve animals or kids in which case I will judge the heck out of you.
3. THIS KNOWLEDGE KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT OKAY BONDAGE I LOVE BONDAGE JUST STOP PERIDOT MY HEAD IS GOING TO EXPLODE