member of Congress comes out of the non-theist closet

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The first member of Congress in the history of our nation, Representative Pete Stark (D-CA), has come out of the closet as a non-theist. The Secular Coalition of America has a press release on Stark's coming-out, but Stark's website has nothing.

It's about time that someone in Congress came out, but when is Stark himself going to comment on his beliefs and defend the "no religious test" clause? Who will be the next one to come out?

Most importantly, how long will it take for some Christianist wingnut to complain about the massive secular humanist conspiracy that is taking over the federal government? If the first-ever Christian Congresscritter had come out today, they might have a point--but they don't.


update (1:12pm):
The following quote of the day is from Thomas Jefferson (h/t: poputonian at Hullabaloo), writing about the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom:

"...it is comfortable to see the standard of reason at length erected, after so many ages during which the human mind has been held in vassalage by kings, priests & nobles: and it is honorable for us to have produced the first legislature who had the courage to declare that the reason of man may be trusted with the formation of his own opinions."
(16 December 1786 letter to James Madison, available online here)


update 2 (3:35pm):
According to Brian Flemming:

In a questionnaire submitted by the SCA, Congressman Stark answered "Yes" to the statement "I am a nontheist," a term the questionnaire defined as "a humanist, atheist or other freethinker who does not believe in a supreme being or beings." Stark also answered "Yes" to a question asking if the SCA could publicize his answers.

However, Stark does not identify with the term "atheist."

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://www.cognitivedissident.org/mt/mt-tb.cgi/2413

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by cognitivedissident published on March 12, 2007 11:37 AM.

Gonzales = failure was the previous entry in this blog.

Bush administration revises the Constitution is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Monthly Archives

Pages

  • About
  • Contact
OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 5.031