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Pete Stark, D – CA

Peeks above our garters to Javier of The Science Pundit (who first gave us the heads up) and Rebecca of Skepchick who also posted about this:

Secular Coalition for America

Congressman Holds No God-Belief

 

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is first Congress member in history to acknowledge his nontheism

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lori Lipman Brown, (202) 299-1091
March 12, 2007

There is only one member of Congress who is on record as not holding a god-belief.

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 (www.secular.org ). Rep. Stark is a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and is Chair of the Health Subcommittee.

Although the Constitution prohibits religious tests for public office, the Coalition’s research reveals that Rep. Stark is the first open nontheist in the history of the Congress. Recent polls show that Americans without a god-belief are, as a group, more distrusted than any other minority in America. Surveys show that the majority of Americans would not vote for an atheist for president even if he or she were the most qualified for the office.

Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America, attributes these attitudes to the demonization of people who don’t believe in God. “The truth is,” says Silverman, “the vast majority of us follow the Golden Rule and are as likely to be good citizens, just like Rep. Stark with over 30 years of exemplary public service. The only way to counter the prejudice against nontheists is for more people to publicly identify as nontheists. Rep. Stark shows remarkable courage in being the first member of Congress to do so.”

In October, 2006 the Secular Coalition for America, a national lobby representing the interests of atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheists, announced a contest. At the time, few if any elected officials, even at the lowest level, would self-identify as a nontheist. So the Coalition offered $1,000 to the person who could identify the highest level atheist, agnostic, humanist or any other kind of nontheist currently holding elected public office in the United States.

In addition to Rep. Stark only three other elected officials agreed to do so: Terry S. Doran, president of the School Board in Berkeley, Calif.; Nancy Glista on the School Committee in Franklin, Maine; and Michael Cerone, a Town Meeting Member from Arlington, Mass.

Surveys vary in the percentage of atheists, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheists in the U.S, with about 10% (30 million people) a fair middle point. “If the number of nontheists in Congress reflected the percentage of nontheists in the population,” Lori Lipman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition, observes, “there would be 53-54 nontheistic Congress members instead of one.”

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9 Responses

  1. adam says:

    that’s awesome. now we just need bush to come out (like his dad did), and call mr. stark a non-citizen.

  2. blipey says:

    You’d think would be too stupid to happen, but with this administration I’ll give it a 40/60.

  3. JanieBelle says:

    I dunno blipey, I’m thinkin’ 50/50.

  4. Amanda says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but what’s the difference between nontheist and atheist.?

  5. Rich says:

    Not too much.

    I think its a case of ‘doesn’t believe in God’ vs ‘believes there is no god’, but I could be wrong. Athiest is more active, nontheist is more passive. Then you have antitheists, who are opposed to the whole theism endeavour.

  6. JanieBelle says:

    I guess Rich is right from what I can tell.

    I’ve always thought of myself as “Christian – other” because I think that many of the words ascribed to Jesus are worthwhile philosophies, like “love thy neighbor as thyself” etc.

    Lately though, I just feel like I can’t associate myself with that name. The public face of Christianity has become so insane and inane that I just won’t.

    I guess I’m just me now. I’ve been thinking about “irrelevantist”. I think how you treat other people is much more important than anything else, so the question of religion or no religion or which religion becomes irrelevant.

    What do you think?

  7. adam says:

    i think nontheist in this context is like saying ‘nonwhite’ in a racial context. it just a lump category for agnostics, atheists, new age followers, etc.

  8. Cool stuff. The responses I get when I inform people of my position on this matter can be pathetic.

  9. JanieBelle says:

    Hi BR!

    Do elaborate!

    Kisses!

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