Chicago Tribune: Did Congressman Weiner Cheat?

In the Name of God, the Kind, the Beautiful

This was published on the Chicago Tribune religion blog.


Now that Rep. Anthony Weiner has resigned his seat in Congress, after previously taking a temporary leave of absence, the question remains: did he cheat?

I never really understood his answers when the scandal first surfaced: if he was hacked, why didn’t he report it to the authorities? How could he not know if that was actually a picture of his underpants? His announcement on June 6 made everything clear.

He actually sent the lewd picture of himself to a woman that was not his wife. And because he was so embarrassed that it came out, he initially lied to everyone about it.

Indeed, there was no – as far as we know – physical, intimate contact with any of the women with which he had these virtual inappropriate relationships. Yet, clearly, it was infidelity.

He failed in his loyalty to his wife by sending another woman a picture of his private parts. There should be no equivocation about it.

Ultimately, this issue is between him, his wife, and his God. His constituents will ultimately decide whether they trust him to continue to represent them in the U.S. House.

But, make no mistake about it: what he did was cheating. Period.


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