Now, picture this: certain Native Americans are allowed to use otherwise-illegal substances during religious rituals; Muslim women have been known to have picture ID photos taken with their face covered; people are allowed to skip work for religious holidays; unnecessary cosmetic surgery (religiously inspired) is routinely performed on male newborns and Insurance providers are required to cover it; it’s illegal to discriminate due to religious viewpoint; funerals (religious in nature) get to break traffic laws; religious nuts are allowed to disturb the peace screaming “God hates fags!” ; and much more. A whole lot more.
That’s because while America supposedly tries to maintain some separation of State and religion, Americans as a whole respect everyone’s right to practice their own version of it. The underlying idea is freedom of expression, plus the understanding that if ‘they’ come for one, they can come for any. Mutual defense.
So what if…
“The Universal Life Church of Naturism”
How does that grab ya? We become a ‘religion’ (perhaps ‘belief system’ is better), non-denominational, with all the benefits and protections of any other. The main premise could be that the human body, as representing the most highly developed example of sentient life on Earth,. should be appreciated and not hidden from sight. To do so would be to say that we are a failure, too disgusting to look upon.
Or something like that. How about the Sun as source of all life? Is it right to deny the body exposure to that which nurtures it? Of course not! Promote physical well-being as a tenet of ‘faith’, but not a requirement? Social nudism as a means of awareness of Community and diversity? Crossing class barriers? A more ‘green’ lifestyle? Respecting the environment?
And do we remember somewhere some mention of the body as the temple of God? Do other religious folks have to hide their temples?
Imagine ULCN ‘churches’ nationwide, sharing information and helping each other when in need. Community support, so to speak.
Ok, maybe it’s a goofy idea, but what if…
Maybe, just maybe, it could be one more tool in our self-defense of beaches and clubs that are threatened by folks less tolerant of us than we are of them.
By the way, Steve’s a long-ordained minister and this could begin in a heartbeat, if only a few thousand folks would drop a comment saying ‘Go for it!’ 😉
Related, sort of: Texas Nudist Church