THIS WEEK IN NAKED CHRISTIANS
The periodic Christian Nudist Convocation took place in July at the Cherokee Lodge nudist camp in Tennessee, and according to a dispatch in Nashville Scene, the group evokes skepticism not only from most Christians (who dislike the flaunting of naked bodies, even if innocently done) but from most Cherokee Lodge members, who see them as too intense for naturism’s laid-back attitude. One CNC attendee acknowledged that many Christians would not approve of Cherokee Lodge, but to him “It’s Jerusalem.”? Another compared his work at nudist camps to missionary work: “Some people get sent to Africa, some people get sent to South America and the Lord was like, want you to go to nudist resorts.’ And I’m like, “˜Wow, what an assignment.'”
CIVILIZATION IN DECLINE
Sweden’s English-language Internet news site, The Local, reported in August that a couple in Kinda Municipality had just been denied generous welfare benefits because they object to the government’s work requirements. The husband wanted the payments even though, he wrote, “Conventional work is out of the question for me, both in terms of my conscience and on an intellectual level, as it seems objectionable with regard to both my personal well-being and the well-being of society as a whole. Emotionally, too, conventional work creates unbearable pain and dejection.”?
A 38-year-old man drowned off Ocean City, Md., in July, trying to save his two sons from a rip current. Two men from a nearby parasailing boat had jumped in to help and could have used more assistance, one said, except that the boat’s passengers declined, with several more concerned with video-recording the drowning. And as a 27-year-old woman lay dying from a stab wound incurred at a Wichita, Kan., convenience store, in June, at least five customers stepped over her to enter the store, including one who stopped to photograph her on a cell phone camera.
In September Megan Conroy, 18, pleaded guilty in Brisbane, Australia to kicking a 40-year-old man in the testicles because he had mispronounced her first name. (If you should ever meet her, it’s “mee-gan,”? not “may-gun.”?)
LEAST COMPETENT PEOPLE
Quinton Thomas, 22, inadvertently strengthened the murder charge against himself in April when he mailed a letter from the jail in Rockville, Md., believing jail officials would not read the contents. But Thomas got the recipient’s address wrong, causing the post office to “return to sender,”? and, as longstanding policy, officials inspect all incoming mail for contraband. According to an August Washington Post report, Thomas characterized his emerging alibis and also wrote about a witness, “This white expletive deleted can’t make it to court on May 7 through May 12, ya feel me. I don’t care what you gotta do, you don’t even gotta stink the cracker, he just cant make it to Rockville that whole week, Homie.”?
Australian rugby league player Ben Czislowski, 24, complaining of an eye infection and pain in July, was found by doctors to have, embedded in his head, a tooth belonging to opponent Matt Austin, with whom he had violently collided in an April match. Austin also lost several other teeth in the collision. MTW