Galilee was the scene of many of the most important moments in the life of Jesus Christ, from the miraculous transformation of water into wine at the wedding in Cana, to his walking on water on the Sea of Galilee. Not that we expect them to walk on water, but some Republican congressmen and staffers seem to have rather miserably failed to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.Politico has the details on last year’s junket, which apparently included the consumption of a great deal of alcohol at a restaurant on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, followed by a clothing-optional dip in said waters. The exploits have earned the troupe an FBI probe and the scorn of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
These trips to the Holy Land are a rite of passage for members of Congress, as they visit the most sacred sites in the Jewish and Christian faiths – while their Israeli government hosts drive home the huge importance of U.S. support of Israel. That’s partially why, when the trip devolved into drinking and merrymaking, Cantor was livid.
We’re betting that the Politico story is the beginning rather than the end of the published details of this dreary mess. Unfortunately this comes at a time when American public relations with Israel would be best uninterrupted by messes—even goofy ones like this cheeky dip in the Sea.Only Jesus could still the waves of scandal that otherwise threaten to sink this sorry ship of fools, and at the moment he seems to have other things on his mind.