Affair of the Sausages.

In 2020, like in 1522, the people had become very religious. The mediaeval religion they were following was affecting every area of life. To protect people’s identities, we shall be using the names of people involved in the original Affair of the Sausages.

In March of this year Christoph Froschauer held a sausage supper. This was controversial because to some it was breaking the lenten fast. This lead to an outcry with people. Workers who were exhausted partook in the sausage eating. Zwingli, though he himself did not eat the sausages, was quick to defend Froschauer from allegations of heresy. This lead to Zwingli being accused of grave apostasy.

The argument for Froschauer’s actions were simply that`there was nothing wrong with eating the sausage in itself. In fact due to the exhaustion of the workers it was likely to be beneficial. If it is someone’s conviction not to eat meat during lent then they should refrain from it but if it is not somebody’s conviction, then they are free to choose. Eating the sausage did no harm to the eater and no harm to anyone else. Also, on the basis of the established doctrine it was not prohibited. But to the most devoted followers of the religion, it was a great act of apostasy putting the lives of many in danger.

In this affair of the sausages it was clear that it was right for the sausages to be eaten but a witch hunt to fight the plague was orchestrated. Some of Froschauer’s supporters also partook in witch hunting and found that amongst those against Zwingli, were also people who had been eating sausages during lent. Though the eating of sausages during lent didn’t hurt anyone or put anyone in danger, people continued to make a fuss about people eating them.

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