Along with Todd Akin’s asinine choice of words we have ourselves another scandal – only this one is so much more fun!
Enter the Swimming nude in the Sea of Galilee Scandal of the Summer.
After a long, hot day in Israel, Republican lawmakers along with some of their families and staff decided to jump into the Sea of Galilee. Many jumped in fully clothed but one free-spirited Republican bared more than his opinions, stripping down and swimming sans clothes in the beautiful sea. He may be the first elected official from the United States to do so, but believe me – swimming nude in the Galilee is a bipartisan activity that has been enjoyed by many.
One group in particular comes to mind. The Middle East Studies Program that began in 1993 under my husband’s leadership brought students from all over the United States to study in Egypt for a semester. Included in this study abroad program was a trip to Israel/Palestine. A good motto for
one most semesters would have been “What happens in Galilee stays in Galilee”, for it was a bit more racy than fishes and loaves. On a night with clear sky, a slivered moon and twinkling stars the guys in one group decided to experience the sea in a more intimate way – they swam nude (skinny dipped if you want to use the vernacular) While one of the women in the group guarded their clothes, the men enjoyed a memorable evening. It should be noted that their fearless leader was a full participant in the scandal.
So what do I think of elected officials doing the same? Good for them! Personally I don’t equate nude bathing to having affairs and sending pictures of private parts to anonymous ladies that you meet over the internet.
These people live under a microscope, their every word and sentence questioned, parsed, and diced. Within one day their lot can change– so argue their politics all you want, but for God’s sake let them frolic in the sea! Who on earth did they hurt?
And if, in the process one of them brings back some drops of water for a baptism, good for him! It’s a story their child will never forget.
- Rep. Kevin Yoder Rebuked After Nude Swim in Sea of Galilee (nytimes.com)
- GOP lawmakers reprimanded after swim in Sea of Galilee (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Kan. Rep. Apologizes for Nude Sea of Galilee Swim (abcnews.go.com)
- Is skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee sacrilegious? – Articles (religionnews.com)