without active management.
176. One of the greatest challenges faced by clothing-optional beaches is that their popularity, joined
with their deficiency, leads to intensive use, which then battles with environmental and management concerns.
This has been a source of issues at several beaches across the nation, including Sandy Hook in New
Jersey, and Cape Cod National Seashore, which closed its traditionally nude shore apparently for environmental
reasons in the mid 1970s.272
177. The “secondary effects” of an actively managed nude beach have in genuine experience proven to be
less crime, less unacceptable conduct, no drug dealers, an increase in parking revenues, and an increase in business
in the adjoining commercial area.273
178. Nudity has frequently been repressed for financial reasons, not because it was considered base.
Bernard Rudofsky writes: “In the 1920s, in certain parts of Europe folks used to bathe in public without
feeling the requirement for a special apparel. At the height of summer the beaches on the Black Sea swarmed with bathers
who had never seen a bathing suit except in newspapers and picture magazines; their vacation was one of untroubled
simplicity. . . . The idyll came to an end a few years afterwards when tourism reared its hideous head, as well as the demonstrations of
foreign visitors led to making bathing suits compulsory.” 274 The same thing has recently happened in the former
East Germany, where traditionally nude shores are now being restricted to appease more conservative European
179. We have to never forget that for any freedom that’s lost, we bear partial responsibility for letting it be
In the words of Frederick Douglass: “Find out just what people will submit to and you’ve found out the
exact amount of justice and wrong which will be inflicted upon them. . . . The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the
endurance of those who they oppress.” 276
Christianity supports Naturism.277
180. Genesis 1:27–The (nude) human body, created by God, in God’s own image, is fundamentally decent, not
inherently impure or sinful. The human body was created by God, and God can create no evil. It is made in God’s
Picture, along with the image of God is completely pure and great.
181. Genesis 1: young family nudists –God saw that everything, including naked Adam and Eve, was good.
182. Genesis 3:7–Many scholars interpret the wearing of fig leaves as a continuation and expansion of the
original sin, not a favorable moral reaction to it.
Hugh Kilmer clarifies: “Man needed to place his life within his own control rather than God’s, so first he took
the power of self determination (knowledge of good and evil). Next, finding his body was not within his control, he
Commanded it artificially by hiding it. After he was expelled from paradise, he began to hunt and eat animals; subsequently to
gain complete control over other people, by killing them (the story of Cain and Abel).” 278
183. Genesis 3:10–Many scholars believe that Adam and Eve’s sense of shame came not from their
nakedness, which God had created and called good, but from their knowledge of having disobeyed God.
184. An born, God-given sense of shame related to nakedness is contradicted by the existence of
numerous native societies in which nudity is the rule and also a sense of shame is totally absent, and by the dearth of
shame felt by nude children.
185. Genesis 3:11–It was disobedience that came between Adam and Eve and God, not nakedness. The
scriptures themselves handle Adam and Eve’s nudity as an incidental problem.
Robert Bahr notes that “when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they developed ashamed of what they’d done
and tried to conceal themselves from God, who was not the least bit concerned with their nakedness but was
mightily unhappy with their disobedience.” 279 Herb Seal notes that God provided a covering by slaying an
innocent animal: the first prototype of the innocent one slain to act as a “covering” for sinners.280
186. Genesis 3:21–God made garments of skins for Adam, but the Bible does not say the state of
nakedness is being condemned. Due to the Fall, Adam and http://nudismsite.com/tube/asked-them-if-we-could-all-take-a-picture-together/ were no longer in Eden and were thus subject to
the types of weather and climate, and God knew they’d desire clothing. God loved and cared for them even
after they had sinned.
187. To assume that because God made garments He was condemning nudity makes as much sense as
Reasoning that because God made clouds which blot out the sunlight He was condemning sunshine.
188. Genesis 9:22-24–Noah was both drunk and nude, but Ham was the one who was cursed–when he
dishonored his father, by calling attention to Noah’s state, and making light of it.
The shame of Noah’s “nakedness” was considerably more than only being undressed. It absolutely was his dehumanized,
drunken stupor which was black. Ham’s offense was not just seeing his father in this black state, but
without active management.