First member of Congress to openly announce nontheism

Details found at the Secular Coalition of America press release: 2.html

"Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), a member of Congress since 1973, acknowledged his nontheism in response to an inquiry by the Secular Coalition for America ( ). Rep. Stark is a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and is Chair of the Health Subcommittee."

This will hopefully be the first among many to be open about their secular beliefs.


Tags: atheism, CA-13, Culture, Misc, Pete Stark, Politics, religion (all tags)



Re: First member of Congress to openly announce no

Stark is a UU (Unitarian Universalist), which is a "religion" (if that's what you want to call it) that allows all other religions within it. UUs can be humanists, atheists, Christians, Buddhists, Jews; they are united, however, in being religiously liberal.

The only other UU in Congress is Kent Conrad.

by raginillinoian 2007-03-12 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: First member of Congress to openly announce no

Yes, I have occassionally attended UU services too.  At one, a poll was conducted and about a third of the congregation were self-identified atheists.  There may be more closet atheists in Congress still, and hopefully they will feel freer to come out as a result of Stark's presence.


by Brian63 2007-03-12 07:36AM | 0 recs

Oh no, he didn't really use the word 'nontheism,' did he?  That's not even a real word, it's just a gormless relabeling of atheism with some convenient-but-meaningless distinctions tacked on.  Listen, you can't just go around combining Latin prefixes with Greek roots, especially not when there's already a perfectly good word to describe what you want described.  This guy's a longtime Congressman? And people say the kids aren't alright!

by Endymion 2007-03-12 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: First member of Congress

We have a discussion of this at the Internet Infidels Discussion Board: =182524


by Brian63 2007-03-12 02:39PM | 0 recs


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