The Common Good

Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote the following in response to news about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn:

It's a constant storyline in the media involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: Men behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women -- using and abusing them at will, and somehow believing that they are entitled to do so. These men seem to think that the ordinary rules of decent behavior do not apply to them.

This afternoon, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted, after 9 days of denial, that he had in fact sent a lewd photo of himself to a college student in Seattle. He also admitted that this is not the only time he has had inappropriate relationships online with women who are not his wife. "I have not been honest with myself. I am deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment," he said.

While the Congressman said that his indiscretions were only online and never physical, I have to repeat my earlier thoughts: "These men seem to think that the ordinary rules of decent behavior do not apply to them." Congressman Weiner should be ashamed. I hope all of these recent revelations are lessons to politicians everywhere: Your sin will find you out.


Jim Wallis is the author of Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery, and CEO of Sojourners. He blogs at Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.

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