There's something quite endearing about politicians.
They'll rail against drunk drivers, just before being caught driving in an intoxicated state. They'll vote for anti-gay legislation, even though they might themselves be gay.
And then there are the ones who would cheerily declare that sex is a frightful thing, while themselves indulging in all sorts of carnal behaviors that might make their constituents blush or envy.
But none, surely, has offered more food for cognitive dissonance than an Indonesian politician who, like Brazilian soccer players, goes by the name of Arifinto.
You see, Arifinto helped in the passing of a severe antiporn law in his country. This law led to Nazril "Ariel" Irham, the lead singer of Indonesia's post popular band, being sent to prison for three and a half years. His crime? Making two homemade sex tapes that leaked onto the Web.
However, it seems that Arifinto might himself have some affinity for sex on the Web. For, according to the Associated Press, he was photographed hunched over what could be an iPad watching a porn movie for several minutes.
How might this photographer have known that the antiporn crusader was watching for so long? Well, because the legislator was hunched over in the Indonesian parliament during a no-doubt highly stimulating debate about erecting a new parliament building.
Arifinto is not the first member of a parliament to have been espied with his concentration on carnal matters rather than political.
A couple of months ago, Italian politician, Simeone Di Canio Abbrescia was caught perusing escort sites on his iPad. Abbrescia is clearly a politician of some dexterity, as he blamed his lack of familiarity with the iPad--as if the machine had somehow generated a little porn for his parliamentary delectation all on its own.
Arifinto has taken a different approach. He has fallen on his sword, announcing his resignation in a press conference.
However, the police reportedly are unsure if he actually broke the antiporn law. The AP quoted Indonesian National Police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar, as saying: "We need to be cautious. We need to make sure we're not violating any privacy laws."
Some might imagine it giddily interesting that Amar should mention privacy.
Politicians seem terribly keen to legislate all the things that we woeful human beings do in private. They seem concerned that technology has offered us new, exciting, and more immediate ways in which to enjoy these things. So they are tempted towards ever more draconian steps to prevent such immediate gratification.
Some might think that they might have more important issues to consider. Then again, they're politicians. What's most important to them seems to be their own gratification.