Rep. Pete Stark is an Atheist

March 23, 2007 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The first story I read about this was a little over a week ago, so this maybe old news. Maybe some readers of this site do not know. The Secular Coalition for America offered $1,000 to anyone who could identify the "highest-level atheist, agnostic, humanist or any other kind of non-theist currently holding elected public office in the United States." A member of American Atheists in California nominated Rep. Pete Stark of California. Stark confirmed the claim to the Associated Press by saying he was "a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme being." Pete Stark has been a California Representative since 1973.

For atheists, agnostics, and other non-believers, this is great news. Stark may pave the way for other atheists politicians in the future. The stigma that atheists cannot run for public office really bothers me, but maybe this will change.

There is another part of this story that I like. Pete Stark and I have two things in common. Were are both Unitarian Universalists that do not believe in god. I now consider myself an Unitarian Universalist. I will have to discuss that more in another entry one day soon.


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