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  • Church of Nudism--possible?

    In Indiana, both the state and IRS have granted church status and tax-exempt status to the First Church of Cannabis as written in USA Today. If the bar is set this far low, why not go for the Church of Nudism?

    Bob S.

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    There have been various religious groups throughout history that have had nudity as part of their worship. Wiccans still do, and certain Hindu ascetics are nude. Nudism/naturism is compatible with many religions. It is the belief that nudity is not "bad" or "evil" but that social nudity is a valid/good part of existence. How does that simple belief turn into a church?

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    • #3
      The landed club I attend - Cedar Waters Village - has a chapel on its grounds, which my wife and I attend during the summer months.

      But it's GOD we worship in those services, and not nudism, although you may attend nude if you like.

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      • #4
        The riddle we face is that the people with fervor are religious about fabric. Naturists are like fabric atheists. Being non-religious about clothing, we instead need protection from the Church of Textiles.

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        • #5
          Why not have a Church of Nudism? The Supreme Court ruled a few days ago that clothing choices based on religion are protected under civil rights legislation.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/us...case.html?_r=0

          Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins in Supreme Court
          By ADAM LIPTAKJUNE 1, 2015

          WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday revived an employment discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which had refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a head scarf. The company said the scarf clashed with its dress code, which called for a “classic East Coast collegiate style.”

          “This is really easy,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in announcing the decision from the bench.

          The company, he said, at least suspected that the applicant, Samantha Elauf, wore the head scarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision not to hire her, Justice Scalia said, was motivated by a desire to avoid accommodating her religious practice. That was enough, he concluded, to allow her to sue under a federal employment discrimination law.

          The vote was 8 to 1, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting.

          ...


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          • #6
            Tying into mosquito bait's argument, A&F would have to hire any nudist that walked into the store as a member of the church of nudism simply because all of their advertising contains nothing but nude models selling their clothes...it would be quite hypocritical for them to not high a nudist now that this case has been settled.

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            • #7
              I have read some literature about Christian nudism and the subject of Christian nudists in general. I also understand that there is a newsletter entitled "The Fig Leaf" which is solely centered on Christian nudism/naturism. Does this newsletter still exist? I also saw a video about two or so years ago about a church somewhere in the Midwest,possibly in Kentucky, in which most or all of the congregation members were nudists. I can't remember the name of the church unfortunately. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?

              Ken Palmer

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              • #8
                I had seen the "Church of Cannabis". When in a culture you form a "church" to get a license to do X, and get "married" to get benefit Y, and Joe Blow sends off $25 to a website in Iowa to be designated "Reverend Blow" so he can administer the church and perform the wedding - then though God is alive human perception of truth is dead.

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                • #9
                  The state might go with a church of nudism. But that ain't no church, mosque, synagogue, temple, shrine .... Worshipping nude is not worshipping nudity; assembling nude is not worship. Better to get an online degree in Applied Naturism and apply for a nudity permit at city hall.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ken Palmer View Post
                    I have read some literature about Christian nudism and the subject of Christian nudists in general. I also understand that there is a newsletter entitled "The Fig Leaf" which is solely centered on Christian nudism/naturism. Does this newsletter still exist?
                    The website is still active. Whether the newsletter is still around, I'm not sure. I used to be on its list but can't recall seeing it in recent months.


                    I also saw a video about two or so years ago about a church somewhere in the Midwest,possibly in Kentucky, in which most or all of the congregation members were nudists. I can't remember the name of the church unfortunately. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?
                    It COULD be referring to a church on the grounds of a nudist park. It is not uncommon for nudists to gather for Christian worship, or nearly any other type of religious celebration. There were a string of articles about a chapel on the grounds of White Tail Park, in Ivor, Virginia; some years ago, The club we belong to - Cedar Waters Village - also has a chapel on its grounds where services are held during the season.

                    BUT - it should be noted - these are not churches of nudism. They are sites where the members go to worship - and they are not worshiping nudism.

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