Anthony Weiner and Bathsheba
On Friday, June 26, 2009 South Caroline governor Mark Sanford apologized to his cabinet for his extramarital affair. The reporter from Good Morning America, John Hendren, who reported on the governor's apology introduced the governor saying, "comparing himself to the biblical king who gave into the temptress Bathsheba…" It happened again this morning with the Anthony Weiner mess. The commentator attempted to excuse Anthony Weiner's behavior, using a comparison to David and Bathsheba. Let's be clear David was a powerful man who spied on a young powerless woman, had her taken from her home, had sex with her, sent her home and when he found out she was pregnant had her husband killed. Sounds more like rape than giving into a temptress.
The commentator then went on to compare Mr. Weiner to Presidents Kennedy and Clinton and to explain that we have set the bar very low and do not expect much from our political leaders. There is no excuse. Forgiveness, yes, but making excuses for powerful men who abuse their power with sexual misconduct, no.
Bathsheba did not ask for what happened to her. The prophet Nathan is reported to be her ally. It hardly seems likely that he would have been an ally to the temptress of the king. Stop scapegoating Bathsheba and other women. Let Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner take responsibility for their own bad behavior and choices.