SEE of Galilee

10 Places Rep. Yoder Could Have Skinny-Dipped Without A Fuss

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) is in hot water for a vacation he took with GOP colleagues and families in Israel last year: After a night of fun, Yoder stripped down to the bare nakedness and skinny-dipped in the holy waters of the Sea of Galilee.

“After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit,” Yoder told Politico. “[For] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”We don’t think Yoder did anything particularly wrong. Tacky, maybe—the Sea of Galilee (actually a lake) is a Christian holy site where Jesus supposedly walked on water—but nothing worthy of an FBI investigation. It was, after all, a privately funded excursion.
 The American Association for Nude Recreation doesn’t think Yoder did anything wrong either: “The U.S. has a long history of political skinny dippers: President Johnson even went skinny-dipping while in office with evangelist Billy Graham,” says AANR spokeswoman Carolyn Hawkins. “Heck, prior to the mid-1800s, most everyone skinny-dipped — swimwear hadn’t been invented.
Hawkins does chide Yoder for dropping trou where it wasn’t allowed and suggests next time he trek to Tel-Baruch beach near Tel-Aviv, where nude sunbathing is the norm.

In the spirit of celebrating skinny-dipping, we thought it would be a good time to trot out GayCities’ roundup of the best nude beaches on Earth, including San Diego’s Black Beach, Herring Cove in P-Town and Capetown’s Sandy Bay.

Click through to see GayCities’ 2012 list of the world’s 10 best nude beaches.


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  • Aidan8

    We’ve gone down the rabbit hole folks. It’s now morally wrong, something to apologize for, to swim naked. Bat-shit-crazy-fundamentalist-christo-fascist-bullshit is warping everything. May the gods help us.

  • FStratford

    Makes sense he Pologizes. Republicans don’t like nakedness.

  • jack512

    What is holy about the water of the Sea of Galilee? If you actually believe that Jesus walked on water there you should rid yourself of that ancient religious myth and join the 21st century.

  • Cam

    So now they are against contraception and nudity as well.

    Could the right wing just admit that they want the U.S. to become Saudi Arabia with complete religious control over our every day lives and get it over with?

  • D9W

    My god! It sound like the Republicans are trying to push Christian Sharia law on America. Next we are all going to have wear Utah approved Burkas (when we go swimming).

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