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Old 12-19-05, 05:15 PM
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Christians to get naked

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117...-13762,00.html

By Tony Allen-Mills
December 19, 2005


America's first 'Christian nudist camp' will soon open its doors for business / file IN the beginning was the word of God and God never said anything about brassieres or boxer shorts. Thus was born Natura, America's first Christian nudist camp.

After two years of biblical debate over Adam and Eve and their fig leaves and whether or not nudity is sinful, a 67-year-old Quaker grandfather is preparing to open a modern-day Garden of Eden 65km north of Tampa, Florida.
Bill Martin's ambitious plan for an 80ha Christian-oriented Family Naturist Village has survived legal challenges, doctrinal disputes and a plague of internet prudes. Land is now being cleared for the opening next year of what may become the world's only Christian community to feature nude volleyball.

Despite howls of complaint from fundamentalists who have likened Martin to the Antichrist - and described his nudist plans as "graphic evidence of America's moral collapse" - Natura intends to build 50 houses around a non-denominational church where clothing for services will be optional.

He has fought with his neighbours over property rights, fallen out with other nudists over his promotional material and sparked a vigorous internet debate over whether the true path to godliness really involves getting naked.

Yet Martin remains confident that Christians will flock to Natura to experience the spiritual benefits of a lifestyle "free from body shame". He is spending more than $US2million ($2.68million) on a nudist recreational complex that will also feature a hotel, campsites and a children's water park.

"As evidenced by Adam and Eve, we believe that when God's children are in the right relationship to Him, they will be naked and unashamed," explains one of Natura's brochures.

US christians have long been intrigued by the biblical implications of nudity and Ilsley Boone, a Baptist pastor, was the founder in 1931 of the American Sunbathing Association, an early naturist group.

Martin and his supporters argue that nudism is unhealthy, especially for children, unless it occurs in a proper Christian context. He has criticised non-religious nudist camps for encouraging alcohol and sensuality. "We are going after a totally different group, a group that doesn't want a sexual atmosphere," he said. "There is absolutely no relationship between nudity and sex."

Much of his group's philosophy appears in a book, Nakedness and the Bible, self-published on the internet by Paul Bowman, a Canadian author. The book cites several biblical references suggesting that God does not disapprove of nudity and that Jesus may have been naked at several key moments of his life - notably when he washed the feet of his disciples.

Martin's supporters also claim that nude worship is much more in keeping with modest Christian values than are the ostentatious displays of wealth on show at the suburban "megachurches", where women attend services in "designer clothes and $90 haircuts", says one internet posting.

Although Martin's land has been used by naturists before - the area has the largest concentration of nudist camps in America - he has alienated local residents with proposed property improvements that have spawned half a dozen lawsuits.

He has also upset America's largest naturist association with his "holier-than-thou" approach. Earlier this year Natura was expelled by the American Association for Nude Recreation, representing 270 member organisations, on the grounds that his website was publishing "sexually exploitative material".

Martin also became embroiled in a bizarre dispute about an article that appeared on his website discussing male erections - a perennial concern for novice nudists. Martin told the local press that the article was meant to help young men worried about an embarrassing reaction when first confronting naked women.

"If you can't speak about human nature, I don't know what you can speak about," he said. "Erections have got to be addressed. It's a major concern of teen males."

Martin's critics depict him as a religious fanatic whose criticisms of rival resorts are damaging the naturist industry. "We are not concerned about him taking our members," said Elf Anderson, who conducts nude marriage ceremonies at other resorts. "But we are concerned about the impression he gives to the public about us. We are all for wholesome family nudism - but he's just way off the scale."


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Old 12-19-05, 05:20 PM
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<----is naked right now
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
<----is naked right now
Are you preparing to frolic outside?
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
<----is naked right now
Naked typing

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Originally Posted by LiquidSky
Are you preparing to frolic outside?

Well at least she doesn't have to worry about those damn erections!

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I wonder if they need counselors. If they ask me to take off my sweater......
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Oh, and here is the obligatory pic!



America's first 'Christian nudist camp' will soon open its doors for business

Mods, please don't move this to mature. The crashing waves are placed by God in just a way that you cannot see anything that you wouldn't see in a Disney movie!

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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
<----is naked right now
Old 12-19-05, 05:38 PM
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What's wrong with these people? Don't they know what they are doing is immoral and they are going to burn in hell? Where can I join?
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Originally Posted by Michael Ballack
What's wrong with these people? Don't they know what they are doing is immoral and they are going to burn in hell? Where can I join?


This is IMMORAL!
This is debachery!
This is completely wrong?
This is the sign up sheet?

I'M IN!!!
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You people are slipping.....

"pics?"
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Originally Posted by LiquidSky
Are you preparing to frolic outside?
I love being naked outside but my neighbors don't much care for it.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
You people are slipping.....

"pics?"

Uh, hello? Didn't you see my post, 4 posts above yours?

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I hope they require these naked people to sit on towels or something during mass.
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I figured they just had people to wipe the butt sweat off the pews.
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Some of my most fond memories of Church was getting to see girls with nice asses kneel at the altar for communion. Some Churches even have kneeling benches right on the back of the pews like Airplane fold down tables. Those were great because you got close up views of asses in the row in front of you and there was nothing they could do when you checked out their ass as they prayed for forgiveness for being sluts all week.

This nude Church thing will put a whole new spin on things....
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
and there was nothing they could do when you checked out their ass as they prayed for forgiveness for being sluts all week.



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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
Some of my most fond memories of Church was getting to see girls with nice asses kneel at the altar for communion. Some Churches even have kneeling benches right on the back of the pews like Airplane fold down tables. Those were great because you got close up views of asses in the row in front of you and there was nothing they could do when you checked out their ass as they prayed for forgiveness for being sluts all week.

This nude Church thing will put a whole new spin on things....
Of course, the priests had a different perspective on the kneeling pads from their angle.
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Things like this garauntee that I will forever have screwed up clients for decades to come!

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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
You people are slipping.....

"pics?"
My eyes! The goggles do nothing!
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
I love being naked outside but my neighbors don't much care for it.
Offer them cupcakes!
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
Some of my most fond memories of Church was getting to see girls with nice asses kneel at the altar for communion. Some Churches even have kneeling benches right on the back of the pews like Airplane fold down tables. Those were great because you got close up views of asses in the row in front of you and there was nothing they could do when you checked out their ass as they prayed for forgiveness for being sluts all week.

This nude Church thing will put a whole new spin on things....
It's all fun and games till Aunt Bea starts to pray next to your hotties.
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Doesn't the bible say that eating the apple gave them knowledge of good and evil. When they ate, they noticed their nakedness and were ashamed.

So, then doesn't that mean nakedness is evil?
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"Excuse me, sir, but you can't be here. We clearly see you're not a Gentile."
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"There is absolutely no relationship between nudity and sex."
Weeeeeeell. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

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