You will always have less trouble with a snake in a towsack than a man in a robe

Sensuality and social experimentation, along with both political and religious corruption and fanaticism, were hallmarks of the Renaissance era. This was followed by Puritanism which attempted to reimpose morality upon the church and free the people from despotic rule.
For this transition from the lurid grip of sensationalism to the almost suffocating restrictions of puritanism to be accepted by the masses there had to exist a desperation and a commonly felt need for moral and political order.
As I watch the march of Islam across Europe I wonder if I am witnessing the rebirth of a new Puritanism brought about by the same symptoms experienced in the early 17th century. As someone once said, Nature abhors a vacuum!

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