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.The body politic and the politics of the body:
.the religious origins of Western secularism

William Blake, 'The Whore of Babylon'    
William Blake The Whore of Babylon 1809    
The original propaganda of the Lutheran movement in Germany used the fantasy of prostitute-murder as one of its motifs and portrayed the pope and his followers in obscene and scatological terms. Systematically, the supporters of the Church of Rome were smeared with the excrement of the imagination and the papacy was represented as the ultimate source of all corruption. It was this source of defilement which, according to the propaganda of German Protestantism, was destined to be cleansed from the face of the earth
.....A similar apocalyptic vision eventually became the psychological engine which Puritans in Britain and America used in order to bring about their cultural revolution. It was in the medium of sadistic and pornographic fantasies which themselves looked forward to the murder of a prostitute – the Whore of Babylon – that Puritans mounted their massive onslaught against ‘natural man’ – against all forms of sensual and sexual enjoyment; against the spontaneous expression of physical affection; against ritual licence, collective exuberance and laughter; against the human imagination itself.
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