• Lucky For Weiner, I’m an Atheist

    Recently, the news has been abuzz about former Congressman and possibly future NYC Mayor Anthony Weiner’s latest sex photo scandal. For me, this is really a non-issue and I have my lack of belief in deities to thank for it.

    For those of you who never watch the news and have no idea what is going on in the world, a few years ago then Congressman Anthony Weiner was caught doing nothing at all illegal. He took some photos of his penis and Tweeted them out to women he had been consensually talking to about his penis. Weiner is married and was married at the time. Even so, sending photos of your penis to other women while being married isn’t illegal. Still, Weiner resigned from Congress in disgrace.

    After, Republican Mark Sanford won his election post-actually illegal sex-scandal (using tax payer money to visit his mistress on the Appalachian Trail in Argentina), Weiner decided to get back into politics and run for Mayor of NYC. Surprise, surprise, but Weiner couldn’t stop sending photos of his weiner to women on the internet. To be clear here, as far as we know the photos were sent with consensual knowledge and still nothing illegal has happened.

    How does my atheism figure into this situation? Well, for starters, being an atheist I have no hang-ups over consenting adults expressing their sexuality. That alone takes out most of the media’s fascination with the situation.

    Furthermore, while I personally can’t imagine why anyone would enjoy sending photos of their penis to women or why a woman might want to see a photo of a guy’s penis, that isn’t any of my business. We live and we die. We don’t have an eternity in some future life. This life is it. So follow your bliss. If someone enjoys sending photos of their pee pee and there are others who enjoy seeing photos of your pee pee, then have fun.

    In this particular case, Weiner’s wife doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, so why should I? Even if she did have a problem with it and is just hiding it from the public that is between her and her husband. It still is none of my business.

    In the case of Anthony Weiner, there is no hypocrisy angle since he wasn’t running on “family values” issues. Unlike Elliot Spitzer, he also didn’t try to prosecute prostitutes. So where is the hypocrisy? It isn’t there.

    If I were Anthony Weiner, I would totally own this. He has every right to Tweet photos of his penis to anyone who wants to see it. If he wants to chat with someone on the internet late at night and the subject of his penis comes out and she is interested in seeing a photo of it and he wants to send it to her, then that is their business. Stop trying to tell him what he can and can’t do with a smart phone, a Twitter account, and his penis!

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.