You could almost hear them thinking: evil evil evil.
Puritans think one has to be perfect, abstain from good things (i.e. food like pizza and chocolate) and abstain from alcohol.
but Catholics? beer is fine. I mean, Jesus' first miracle was changing water into wine so that the wedding party guests could celebrate, and all good things of life remind us of the joys of heaven.
which is why there is an old saying that Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Actually, in Catholicism it is a sin to be falling down drunk, or to use it if one knows it makes you mean, or to get drunk and drive, but it's find to have a few beers to get merry.
As this photo shows. we have it on the highest authority.
and St Brigid of Ireland changed water into beer for her lepers. This poem is attributed to her (probably inspired by her).
so yes, the Simpson's got it right:
I'd like to give a lake of beer to God.
I'd love the heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.
I'd love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I'd put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.
White cups of love I'd give them
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I'd offer
To every man.
I'd make Heaven a cheerful spot
Because the happy heart is true.
I'd make the men contented for their own sake.
I'd like Jesus to love me too.
I'd like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around.
I'd give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.
I'd sit with the men, the women and God
There by the lake of beer.
We'd be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.
beer goes way back in history:
Indeed, some historians link beer making and bread, but argue which came first.
but this BBC film argues that beer was the greatest invention of civilization: