Skinny Dipping Isn’t Illegal Or Even Particularly Shockingon August 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm
So Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, on a Congressional junket to Israel, went skinny dipping after a dinner with friends. He claims there was no alcohol involved and there is no reason to dispute it (or even care if there was). The rest of the group kept on at least some clothes.
Somehow this has become a big deal with even Mitt Romney deriding the action as “reprehensible.”
Well, no. No it’s not. First, the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus is purported to have walked on water, is not a holy site in the traditional sense. People swim in it, go boating and jet ski on it. Little kids swim and pee in it.
Next, Yoder may be a Congressperson, but he gets to have time off, even on a junket. If this were not the case than we can legitimately complain that he takes a dump or has sex with his wife on the taxpayer’s dime. How DARE he?! Yes, this is a ridiculous argument to make.
Lastly, it’s not an illegal activity or even particularly taboo. Here’s a list of conservative states that have nudist beaches or camps:
If you’re going to claim that skinny dipping is some kind of horrible moral crime, I’m afraid that red state America respectfully disagrees. If they haven’t made it illegal, it’s obviously not that serious.
This is a stupid controversy, even by our media’s cut rate standards. Oh, and just so we’re clear that I’m not just blindly defending a Democrat, Yoder is a Republican.
And, no, I have never gone skinny dipping.