Last night on the local CBS news affiliate in Salt Lake City, a story about our most favorite subject here at the Spirit of The Law Blog (should comment count be any indicator of favoritism); Mormon Nudists, or Naturists.
Since the local affiliate does not have an embed feature on their video player I will simply share the link to the page with the story here.
A few interesting points were brought out in the story that were either unintentional, or just simply a revealing part of the practice itself. In the story was "featured" a man who claimed to be a high priest and in the bishopric of a ward. His interview was with the usual blacked out silhouette and the voice was altered to protect identity. The irony is that the reporter quotes this individual as one who will challenge anyone who questions his lifestyle. Right, that is why he is hiding and living a secret double life. Does that sound like a challenge? Or does that sound like running away?
The piece also showed, full face, two gentlemen that have left the faith as a result of the conflict between the church and nudism. When push came to shove, these men preferred being naked to their faith. One might argue that these are men that are just following what they believe. I don't deny that, but what is it that they believe? From my perspective these men have demonstrated the true hypocrisy of their position.
It is the claim that being naked does not have to be sexual. They also claim that they can be closer to god by being naked. While I believe neither of these claims to be truth, I simply ask, where is the commandment to do such a thing? Did god ever say, thou shalt be naked? Was not Jesus Christ the way the truth and the life to be brought unto the Father, not nudity? I find their position to be inherently selfish as the act gratifies their own base desires. While Christ "went about doing good" these individuals chose to pollute the fountains of living water by engaging in a practice that to their own admission "did not feel right."
I say to each his own as far as the things of this world. But when it comes to the Church, to our membership, and the sanctity of our temple bodies, there is simply no excuse for such behavior.