It appears that some Christians are just prudes. Who could have guessed?A church service for Dutch Christian naturists has been cancelled this weekend after hostile reactions from other, more conventional, worshippers.
Naked celebrants abandoned plans to hold a second service after media coverage of their first mass, held in a nudist park during the summer, led to a flood of threatening phone calls and emails from more orthodox Christians.
"I don't understand what all the fuss is about," said a spokesman for the Gan Eden or Garden of Eden group.
"We are just a group of Christians and we want to hold a church service."
The Dutch naturist Christians, part of a global movement, held their first service in June, when a clothed priest presided over a nude congregation of 80 people in Zeewolde, a town in the Flevoland region of the Netherlands.
But such was the barrage of hostile public opinion, the second religious event was cancelled and Gan Eden's website shut down.
"Because of the negative publicity and the lurid curses in the guest book we have been obliged to close the site temporarily," says the group's website.
"It is a problem that this proves be necessary in a country which calls itself tolerant."
Christian naturists take the tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as the model for their beliefs and ceremonies.
When God created man and woman, Adam and Eve were both naked and "felt no shame", according to the Bible.
The naturists believe that as humanity's first couple were blameless and as the Bible places no requirements to wear clothing then there is no reason for Christians to be ashamed of their naked bodies.
I can guess that the lurid curses came more from Christians than from atheists. They seem to get very excited about people acting in ways that are contradictory to their views but generally harmless.