The U.S. House of Representatives was on holiday all last week, and on Monday too. Most members of Congress spent the time in a combination of rest and meetings with lobbyists bearing gifts of money. Representative Anthony Weiner had a more interesting summer vacation.
Journalists have been busy talking about Weiner’s wedding to Huma Abedin. It was a newsworthy wedding because it was officiated by former President Bill Clinton, and because Weiner and Abedin follow different religions. Weiner is Jewish, and Abedin is Muslim.
The couple has already been barraged with idiotic questions such as: “According to Jewish law, only children of Jewish mothers are regarded as Jewish. Should the happy couple have children, will Rep. Weiner be the father of Muslim children?” Given that we live in a country where there is a separation of church and state with freedom of religion, Weiner and Abedin will probably have children who make up their own minds about what religion to follow. Given current trends, it’s quite likely that the Weiner-Abedin kids will decide not to follow any religion at all.
Still, consider what this marriage means for the world: Not much. I hope that the couple is happy, but their marriage is their marriage. What’s much more important than who Anthony Weiner marries is what Anthony Weiner does as a member of Congress.
The real story is that so many people still have the backwards, tribal mindset as to make the Weiner-Abedin wedding something worthy of remark.