Religious freedom IN THE NUDE! (??? Enough of this!)
love at ATRIBUNA.COM.BR
Sat Aug 16 22:58:57 PDT 1997
Ed Darrell wrote:
> In a message dated 97-08-14 03:46:39 EDT, VOLOKH at LAW.UCLA.EDU (Eugene Volokh)
> << 2) Now a perhaps harder question. Say that a nudist feels the
> religious motivation to walk around nude in public, on the city
> streets. (The WSJ did not discuss this, but I suspect there are
> *some* nudists who at least feel motivated to be nude in public as
> well as private.) Should the religious freedom principle carve out
> an exemption from public nudity laws for such conduct? >>
> Hard, but not wholly outside the realm of possibility. From Isaiah, chapter
> 20, we have this story:
> 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod (when Sargon the king of
> Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
> 2 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and
> loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot.
> And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
> 3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and
> barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
> 4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the
> Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their
> buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
> 5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of
> Egypt their glory.
> 6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our
> expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of
> Assyria: and how shall we escape?
> Ed Darrell
> Duncanville, Texas
Ed instead of looking here and there went right to the
source of the solution. Does anybody still feel like debating the matter
after what he wrote?
The words that stand out are "ashamed", "afraid", etc.
If the Lord had wanted to, he could have said "Isaiah,
put on your finest tuxedo, your best new shoes, a silk shirt and a
colorful neck tie". That would not have been a lesson. Nudity was, is
and will be.
The son of the Lord, Jesus, was born nude and in the
flesh from the Virgin Mary same as each one of us is born. None of us
need to be ashamed of our bodies, but we have learned about Jesus's
sacred clothes that were divided among soldiers after his death on the
cross for us, before his resurection.
Those who walk around publicly in the nude beware.
There would have been no clothes to divide had Jesus been crucified in
the nude. His clothes are not as important as the signal.
As always, the decision again is up to each one of us,
but all of us are now aware of how our maker thinks about it.
love at atribuna.com.br
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